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Motorists shun diesel vehicles

Geoff Riley

6th February 2017

Evidence of an interesting shift in the car market with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) noting that demand for diesels is down, reflecting changing consumer tastes.

This has obvious price implications, and contrary to what most previous evidence has suggested, implies that attitudes to environmental issues can move markets as much as, if not more than, price can in this instance.

UK diesel car sales were down 4% in Jan 2017 versus January 2016. Electric / alternatively-fuelled cars were up 20%

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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