Diesel decline to continue

A new report predicts diesel vehicles will account for just 15% of the UK market by 2025.

Diesel sales fell 17.1% last year, and professor David Bailey from Aston University said diesel’s ‘slow death’ was the result of ‘environmental pressures and consumer confusion’.

He said, ‘The time is right for the government to take the initiative and offer up scrappage benefits to those who are prepared to ditch their diesels and switch to electric cars.’

Aston University expects a further 10% drop in sales this year and says diesel will account for less than a third of the market by 2020.