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Has 'demonisation of diesel' affected your car sales? Tell AM

diesel demonisation - AM Survey

Registrations of diesel cars were down 9.9% in the first six months of this year, compared with the same period last year. Could the 'demonisation of diesel' be to blame? Take AM's two-minute survey.

Diesel has not been far from the headlines since news of the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal first emerged in late 2015.

Some car dealers have complained that the national press is responsible for a "demonisation of diesel", without fully understanding that modern, Euro 6 diesel vehicles are far cleaner than their predecessors.

France has announced a plan to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040 and Volvo said all of its models will be hybrid or electric by 2019.

An Autocar survey of 1,000 motorists published in June found that although 38% of UK motorists currently drive a diesel-powered car, only 23% plan to buy a diesel as their next car.

Mercedes-Benz dealers in the UK will apply software upgrades to “several hundred thousand” diesel engines as the premium brand attempts to cut nitrogen oxide emissions on three million vehicles across Europe.

The Government’s final plans to reduce air pollution in the UK, which may or may not include proposals for a diesel scrappage scheme and charging diesel owners to enter some urban areas, are due to be published on July 31.

AM wants to know how any or all of these developments have affected UK car dealers. Is the 'demonisation of diesel' affecting your business?

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