The survey – which quizzed dealers from all corners of the UK – also revealed regional differences, with rural areas and Northern Ireland showing stronger demand for diesels. Research also showed larger engine and higher specification oilburners proved desirable to retail customers.
Jacqui Le Put, VRS sales and marketing director says: " Diesels are becoming increasingly popular with retail customers as well as the company car drivers. The new engines are quieter and have better performance than ever before. These factors along with rising petrol costs will continue to boost demand for diesel vehicles."