First time in 20 years: less diesels than petrol cars sold
For the first time since 1997 the number of petrol cars (156.413 or 48,5%) sold in the first half of 2017 outnumbered the diesel cars (150.021 or 46,5%). Five years ago diesel cars still accounted for 75,3% in Belgium. It sounds paradoxical, but in Brussels diesel still reigns with 54%.
The figures are released by car importers federation FEBIAC on Thursday. They show some remarkable differences when split up by region. In the Brussels Region 42.324 new cars were sold or 694 more than the same period last year, among which 22.889 diesels (54%), 17.619 petrol cars (41,6%) and 1.816 cars (4%) with an alternative drivetrain (hybrid, electric or gas).
Flanders: 6% alternative propulsion
Flanders saw the biggest increase in new car sales with +12.518 vehicles totaling 188.688 new cars, among which 86.962 diesels (46%), 90.355 petrol cars (47,9%) and 11.371 (6%) with alternative propulsion.
In the Walloon Region new car sales backed up slightly with -516 cars less for a total of 91.290. Here 53% or 48.439 are petrol cars, 44% (40.170) diesel and 2.9% (2.681) alternative.
The classic four doors sedan remains most popular in Belgium with 37,3%, followed closely now by the SUV (29.3%), the break (16.6%), the MPV (11,9%), the 4×4 (2,1%), the convertible (1,7%) and the coupe (1%).