When Germany He seemed to have given up on diesel and when other countries, such as Spain, had begun to import dates of death of this type of engine, there is a change of trend in the German consumer, who buy diesel cars again and show your faith in which the fuel will have life beyond the scandal of emissions fraud. According to the German Federal Vehicle Registration Office (BKA), 2.5% less gasoline cars were registered in February than in the same month of the previous year, while the number of new diesel cars increased by 3%.
The reviled diesel engines are advancing again and now account for 32.6% of registrations. Bearing in mind that in 2015, immediately before the scandal of the trucages broke out, that quota was 48%, it is clear that there is still a lot of ground to recover, but everything indicates that the German consumer is no longer afraid to buy a diesel, especially since it has been shown that traffic bans have no effect on the pollution suffered by cities. Stuttgart, the first to veto the access of these cars to several areas of the center, has been forced to recognize has been in vain. "The measurements made in February show exactly the same values as before the prohibition came into effect," said a spokeswoman for the city council, still confident that when the exceptions to loading and unloading, as well as permits for residents, are eliminated, see a difference more clearly. In Berlin, another of the cities that they have decreed the prohibition by order of the courts, following requests from environmental organizations, the police have acknowledged that they lack the necessary means to carry out checks on whether the ban is being respected and warns that "it will take years" to have the necessary technology.
To all this is added the effort in rebates and bonuses that manufacturers are making in order to give out diesel cars. For months, the new emissions regulations kept the production chain slowed down even at times, so that the shortage of supply also contributed to diesel sales continuing to decline. But that pothole has already been overcome. In addition proliferate the offers that adhere to the renove plan agreed by the government with the motor vehicles and everything points to the trend will continue to consolidate throughout 2019.
The data of the BKA reflect the reality with a few weeks of delay but there are other statistics that offer a short-term future panorama with enough fidelity. On the Internet portal MeinAuto.de you can already see a recovery of the diesel market from the last summer that is accentuated with the passage of time. This portal receives about half a million inquiries from potential buyers per year and notes that "there is a growing demand for diesel that advances good health of purchases until and during the summer". Also, the DAT data service provider reaches the same conclusion in its diesel barometer: "compared to the month of February, diesel registrations have increased". In 2018, the share of diesel cars in the total inventory fell by 0.5% while this year, in that same month, not only a greater number of records was produced, but also a clear recovery in the total inventory of vehicles in Germany. While the number of registered gasoline engines increased from 30.45 million, from 31.03 million in 2018, the absolute number of diesel engines was reduced due to the drops. In Germany, therefore, a total of 15.15 million diesel circulates, while in 2018 it was 15.23 million.
By type of engine, it is striking that last year only 9.3 million Germans owned a diesel car of the E6 regulation, while today they are 12.4 million. The amount of diesel Euro-4 even decreased by almost one million and grades 1-3 were reduced by just under 1.2 million. Only Volkswagen has managed to replace more than 300,000 old diesel vehicles (Euro 1 to Euro 5) for new or pre-owned ones that comply with Euro 6 regulations, as part of the renewal incentive program that is being carried out in Germany. The head of Sales of the consortium, Christian Dahlheim, affirms that the subsidies for the exchange of old models for more efficient new ones have exceeded their forecasts. "We have kept our promises with the politicians and we have made a key contribution to the renewal of the fleet and a rapid improvement of air quality in German cities," he explained, confident that "we are witnessing the return of the driver to the diesel and a recovery of confidence is already taking place ".