A higher proportion of Volkswagen buyers in Germany chose diesel power last year, compared to other forms of propulsion, with the diesel market share percentage at 43 per cent last year, compared to 39 per cent in 2017. By contrast, in the UK, the share of Volkswagens powered by diesel dropped from 42.2 per cent to 32.7 per cent in 2017.
The rise in registrations is despite mixed messages in the media. Demand for diesel vehicles in Germany is particularly strong amongst private buyers, where the share almost doubled from 15 to 27 per cent last year.
Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, Jürgen Stackmann, said: “In Germany, the diesel debate is emotionally charged – and frequently strays from the facts. Given its high efficiency and its performance and in light of climate change, the diesel engine will remain an important technology for years to come, especially for those who travel long distances.” He added: “Diesel engines help to comply with the thresholds for greenhouse gas emissions. Combustion is more efficient and they emit up to 15 per cent less CO2 than comparable petrol engines. The CO2 benefits are indeed even greater for larger vehicles. The very latest generation of diesel engines from the Volkswagen Group (EA288 evo) achieves even lower emission levels and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 10g/km (NEDC) in a direct comparison to the previous generation.”