For the first time since they began to emerge in significant numbers, more diesel powered cars were sold in the UK last month than petrol-driven alternatives.
According to a new survey by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) more diesel-powered cars were sold in The UK in July than petrol-driven alternatives.
The survey of new car registrations revealed that last month diesel cars claimed a record high of 50.6% of market share after rising 11.8% while petrol car registrations declined by 13.2%.
Sales of alternative fuel vehicles such as hybrids claimed an all-time high of 1.4% after a staggering 52.6% rise.
The fragile economy and concern surrounding the Coalition Government’s austerity measures are regarded as the primary factors driving down the sale of petrol engined cars.
Diesel fuel can often be up to 20% more efficient than petrol and advancements in diesel vehicle technology have also contributed to the rise in popularity of diesel cars.