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Falling Out of Love with Diesel

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VW's Dieselgate scandal has had an impact on what kind of cars Germans are buying.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    A fall in sales in Germany is a bad sign for local automakers who rely heavily on diesels.

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    • In 2015, every second new car buyers in Germany purchased a diesel.
    • Diesels have declined by 3.4 percent to 57.6 percent of overall new car sales for German automakers in the first four months of 2016.
    • Foreign automakers, such Fiat and Renault, have largely avoided the dip in diesel sales in Germany.
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German car buyers have had more than half a year to let Volkswagen’s emissions-rigging scandal sink in, and many are deciding to end their love affair with diesel.

New diesel vehicle sales fell by 3.4 percent for German automakers in the first four months of 2016, according to a study Handelsblatt obtained from the Center for Automotive Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Diesel car sales by German manufacturers made up 57.6 percent of total sales in Germany, the study found.

“Customers don’t believe in clean diesel anymore,” Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, head of the CAR Institute, told Handelsblatt.

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