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4 Jan 19

Belgian diesel sales plummet in 2018

On a total of no less than 549,632 new cars registered in Belgium in 2018 (the second highest figure ever), the diesel market share plummeted to no more than 35,5% of total sales.

 

Diesel Market share declines rapidly in the Belgian market as a whole

 

Only ten years ago, Belgian customers registered 79% of diesels, a figure that was among the highest in Europe. In 2017, that figure had already dropped to 46,3%, but last year, the decline went on, ending in a market share of only 35,5% for the new Euro 6-diesels registered in 2018.

 

Belgian car federation FEBIAC says that the decline started when the eco-bonuses granted for low CO2(diesel) cars came to an end in 2011. Knowing that diesel receives bad press these days, and given the rising taxes on that specific type of fuel, making diesel more expensive than petrol, the tendency against diesel is unstoppable, though FEBIAC thinks that diesel will still be around for a long time, given the fact that it is the fuel for all kinds of transport (vans, trucks...) and for those who cover long distances.

 

The decline of diesel does not result in a rapid increase of electric or hybrid powered vehicles. It is clearly the petrol engine that benefits from the diesel decline, with 58,6% of all new car registrations in 2018, compared to 48,2% in 2017. Hybrid power still accounts for less than 4,5% of all new registrations, and electric cars only see a very slight increase in sales figures (3,600 cars and a 0,66% market share compared to 2,700 in 2017).

 

LNG and CNG do somewhat better as a fuel, with almost double the sales figure in 2018 compared to 2017: 4,000 (0,78% of the market) against 2,500 a year earlier.

 

Year

Number of registrations (new passenger cars)

2018

549,632

2017

546,558

2016

539,519

2015

501,066

2014

482,939

2013

486,065

2012

486,737

2011

572,211

2010

547,347

2009

476,194

2008

535,947

Source: FEBIAC

 

 

 

Which brands were the most popular in Belgium in 2018?

 

Volkswagen took the lead in 2018, with 52,738 new cars registered and a market share of 9,60%, followed by Renault (50,213 cars and 9,14%) and Peugeot (42,623 and 7,75%). BMW was the first premium brand (40,057, 7,29%), followed by Mercedes that completes the top five with 35,526 cars and a market share of 6,46%.

 

First Asian brand is Hyundai, with 21,727 cars sold (3,95% market share) in tenth position. No good news however for Audi, that sees its sales figures drop by 4,613 compared to 2017, and totals 28,710 cars or a market share of 5,22% in 2018.

 

Source: FEBIAC

 

2018

Market share

2017

Market share

Difference

 

Total

549,632

 

546,558

 

3,074

1

Volkswagen

52,738

9,60%

50,461

9,18%

2,277

2

Renault

50,213

9,14%

50,949

9,27%

-736

3

Peugeot

42,623

7,75%

41,865

7,62%

758

4

BMW

40,057

7,29%

42,176

7,67%

-2,119

5

Mercedes

35,526

6,46%

37,419

6,81%

-1,893

6

Opel

34,420

6,26%

37,553

6,83%

-3,133

7

Audi

28,710

5,22%

33,323

6,06%

-4,613

8

Ford

23,830

4,34%

24,460

4,45%

-630

9

Citroën

23,561

4,29%

24,895

4,53%

-1,334

10

Hyundai

21,727

3,95%

19,577

3,56%

2,150

11

Volvo

20,155

3,67%

18,024

3,28%

2,131

12

Skoda

20,017

3,64%

19,612

3,57%

405

13

Dacia

19,658

3,58%

18,930

3,44%

728

14

Nissan

19,290

3,51%

18,287

3,33%

1,003

15

Toyota

17,933

3,26%

17,704

3,22%

229

16

Fiat

16,426

2,99%

16,563

3,01%

-137

17

Kia

13,950

2,54%

12,674

2,31%

1,276

18

Seat

9,530

1,73%

7,461

1,36%

2,069

19

Mazda

8,693

1,58%

7,730

1,41%

963

20

MINI

8,201

1,49%

7,530

1,37%

671

21

Suzuki

7,038

1,28%

6,962

1,27%

76

22

Land Rover

6,274

1,14%

5,944

1,08%

330

23

Jeep

4,930

0,90%

2,597

0,47%

2,333

24

Jaguar

3,957

0,72%

3,225

0,59%

732

25

Porsche

3,222

0,59%

3,450

0,63%

-228

New passenger car registrations 2017 & 2018

     

 

Photo: Volkswagen Media Site

Authored by: Stijn Blanckaert