Vehicle sales: gas outstrips diesel for first time in 20 years

No fewer than 156,413 gasolene-powered vehicles were sold in Belgium in the first half of 2017, the Belgian Car and Cycle Federation, Febiac, announced on Thursday.

It added that, for the first time since 2011, this was more than the number of vehicles with diesel motors sold -150,021 units.

The market share of vehicles powered by gas thus amounted to 48.5% as against 46.5% for diesel-powered vehicles. “The movement away from diesel on the market has become more pronounced,” said the Febiac, explaining that the trend began around 2011, when an allowance granted to cars with low carbon dioxide emissions was scrapped. That allowance went mainly to vehicles using diesel, according to the federation.

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