Diesel-powered cars gain ground
17 August 2004, BRUSSELS – More and more Belgian motorists are driving cars powered by diesel rather than petrol, a new study by the Febiac Belgian automobile federation has found.
17 August 2004
BRUSSELS – More and more Belgian motorists are driving cars powered by diesel rather than petrol, a new study by the Febiac Belgian automobile federation has found.
According to the findings, about seven out of 10 new cars purchased in the first seven months of this year run on diesel, it was reported Tuesday.
In raw numbers this translates into 224,718 diesel-powered automobiles, of which a large part are registered on behalf of companies, out of 324,354 vehicles sold since the start of the year.
At the same time, the number of cars using petrol declined by some 30 percent.
Joost Kaesemans, a spokesman for Febiac, attributes diesel’s growing popularity to two factors: quality and economy. “The consumer appreciates diesel more and more because from now on these car will be more comfortable and efficient compared to petrol-powered ones.”
La Derniere Heure newspaper reported that for a majority of models, there’s a difference of 20 to 25 cents per litre between diesel and petrol. However, diesel remains an economical choice for most Belgians who drive on average 15,000 kilometres a year.
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Subject : Belgian news