Diesel ‘Not Yet Dead’ In UK


Diesel may be in decline as the UK moves towards hybrid and electric cars, but it isn’t finished yet, a motor trade expert has said.

This is the view of Big Mike, a pseudonymous columnist for Car Dealer Magazine, described as having “had more than 40 years in the car trade so has probably forgotten more about it than we’re likely to know”.

In his latest column for the magazine, Big Mike outlined the history of diesel cars, suggesting they were unattractively noisy, smelly and slow in the early days, but developed to the point that by the 1990s they were not only a viable alternative to petrol, but seen as a greener option because of their lower CO2 emissions.

However, that changed as the focus shifted to other kinds of emissions and government policy turned against diesel.

However, Big Mike stated, this has caused him to turn into an “advocate” old diesel once more.

Describing himself as a “womble at heart” who considers that “one’s man’s trash is another’s treasure”, he said: “Right now there are loads of unloved, unwanted and borderline unsaleable diesel cars on the market that the upper-middle end of the trade don’t really want and are throwing away.”

Of course, not everyone is so big a car enthusiast or fan of diesel vehicles as Big Mike. But the demand for such vehicles has not gone yet, not to mention the fact that vehicles such as tractors still use such fuel.

The direction the car market is going in was made clear by the latest research from the Britain Under The Bonnet report by Close Brothers Motor Finance.

It found 26 per cent of motorists want their next car to be a hybrid, with eight per cent favouring diesel, down from 12 per cent since last year.

While the diesel market is shrinking, therefore, it hasn’t gone completely, so there will still at least be some demand for the fuel.

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