' This means that in 2009 the diesel saw its biggest slump in market share in Germany since the end of the Second World War, 'says the study published on Sunday by the Car-Center Automotive Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen. A year earlier, the diesel share was 44.1 percent, in 2007 it was even 47.7 percent.
Small cars with diesel are not in demand
The main reason for the diesel slump was the trend towards micro and small cars because of the scrapping premium, writes Dudenhöffer. In addition, the price of diesel at the pump is approaching the price of premium gasoline. Although the diesel will recover in the new year, the era of high market shares is finally over, the expert predicted: 'The diesel will no longer achieve over 40 percent market share in the next few years and with the coming hybrid initiatives, electric cars and more stringent ones According to emission regulations, diesel will hardly achieve a market share of more than 30 percent after 2015. '
While the costs of hybrid systems could be reduced by half in the next five to ten years, the price of diesel drives will be due to the nitrogen oxide Exhaust requirements driven up. 'Small, supercharged gasoline engines and hybrids put diesel in a mess. In addition, diesels suffer most from the environmental zones in Germany,' writes the expert. Anyone who has to sell their diesel because of the environmental zone regulations will in future be careful when buying a diesel vehicle.