Why less Australians are buying diesel powered cars

Written by 
Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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, updated on November 25th, 2021       

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Diesel fuelled vehicles are living out its last heydays with a slight decrease in recent sales. Whether it is the greener alternatives or the hybrids that we gravitate towards, it is obvious that Australians are trying to seek cars that guzzle less fuel and release toxic carbon emissions. We look at Australia’s waning love affair with diesel power vehicles to see if it is the last days for diesel vehicles.

The quest for more eco-friendly vehicles

There are currently 18.8 million registered vehicles in Australia, which means every day when we hit the road we release carbon emissions into the air. The increasing media exposure on how car manufacturers fib about the carbon emissions that their cars produced has also caught many people’s attention. A recent survey by Roy Morgan revealed that as many as 62% of Australians would pay for a car with zero carbon emissions compared to 38% that wouldn’t. Diesel fuelled vehicles, especially those produced in the last 20 years, are more toxic than petrol fuelled cars.

Diesel fuel sales hurt, but not defeated

Although the popularity of diesel fuelled vehicles has experienced a slight drop of 45%, which is down from 50% from two years ago, it is still being bought in steady numbers. The Australian Bureau of Statistics backs the fact that diesel fuelled vehicles are not the king of the pumps with it making 22.2% of the national fleet, while petrol reigns ahead with 75.7%.

Diesel vehicle drivers reside in the city and are mostly male

When it boils down to who is most likely to use a diesel fuelled vehicle, Roy Morgan found that 1.13 million (50.5%) reside in capital cities with the majority of drivers being male at 66.7%. Most drivers choose their vehicles based on their occupation, which influences what type of fuel they fill up on. The increase of SUV’s for the modern family in the city has also kept diesel fuelled vehicles sales steady. Despite the waning sales, it shows that diesel fuelled vehicles are not completely out of business.

What to choose for your next car selection

If you are currently on the car market in search of a car that will give you more bang for your buck and appease your environmental friendly side, it is best to look at the vehicles carbon emissions. Redbook data further revealed that petrol cars are most likely to hold their value the longest when compared to diesel.

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