What Dieselgate? Volkswagen Doubled Its Diesel Car Sales* In Germany

Volkswagen is trying to put its tumultuous past away by focusing on the development of the new ID family of electric vehicles. But that doesn’t mean that they’re willing to give up on diesel engines completely just yet.

In fact, the brand saw its diesel car sales almost double in Germany throughout 2018. That’s for the ones bought by private customers, though, (* hence the asterisk in the title), as overall deliveries of diesel cars went up by 4 points, to 43 percent last year.

“In Germany, the diesel debate is emotionally charged – and frequently strays from the facts”, said VW Brand Board Member for Sales, Jurgen Stackmann. “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.”

The latest generation of diesel engines developed by Volkswagen are not only more fuel efficient, but emit up to 15 percent less carbon dioxide compared to similarly sized petrol units. Volkswagen claims the mills produce as much as 10 g/km less emissions compared to the previous generation, in the NEDC standard.

The automaker’s Passenger Cars division sold a total of 6,244,900 vehicles last year, up 0.2 percent. The brand was followed by Audi, Skoda and Seat, in this order, with 1,812,500, 1,253,700 and 517,600 units, respectively.

Overall deliveries of the Volkswagen Group increased by nearly 1 percent in 2018, to 10,834,000. This enabled the German group to beat the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, which delivered a total of 10,756,875 vehicles, even though, as you can see, the difference is miniscule.

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  • What about the acetaldehyde, acrolein, aniline, arsenic, benzene, biphenyl, 1,3-Butadiene, cadmium, chlorobenzene, 1,8-dinitropyrene, formaldehyde, naphthalene, nickel, 3-nitrobenzanthrone, 4-nitrobiphenyl, Benzo(a)pyrene, Fluoranthene, styrene, toluene, xylene and other toxic and cancerous crap that can be found in diesel fumes? Silent much VW?

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Shhhhhhh! It’s reducing CO2 levels doncha know?

      • Daniela Wolf

        Yes dude the climate change is real!

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Yes it is but the crud that comes out of a diesel tailpipe is lethal for local air quality.
          Diesel IS NOT a good substitute for petroleum.

          • Daniela Wolf

            death of some or death of all human beings – it’s ur choice.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Where do you live?
            I’ll come round with my diesel lawnmower and cut your grass.

          • Daniela Wolf

            Well i own a diesel and a petrol car as well.^^

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            You’re raping the planet!! 😉

    • Well you have to give it to the Germans for persistence, and perfecting a way to gas the whole planet.

    • Daniela Wolf

      as healthy as petrol “crap” .^^

  • LJ

    More proof that most people don’t give two shits as long as whatever they’re buying improves their own lives.

    Same way politicians get away with corruption.

  • LeStori

    In the UK, Diesel sales are down 38% and they now hold 32% of the market, down from parity (50%) only 2 years ago . Petrol cars are up 8%.

    • ThatGuy

      Yep, here in S.A. the car market resembles the UK market with exception of course. Most Manufacturers this side dont even sell diesels in their small to medium size cars, like Renault, Opel/Vauxhall, Hyundai, Kia , Alfa, Honda, Nissan, Volvo, Mazda and Subaru. Only Toyota, VW, Merc, BMW, Audi, Mini, Jeep, Peugeot and Ford.
      Diesel sale have dropped except for the Hilux, Ranger, Navara sect.
      Petrol cars are hugely up this side as well

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