Diesel-fuelled as a share of new cars sold reached 30.6 % in 2020 in France, according to ACEA. This is 10.5 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, diesel-fuelled as a share of new cars sold in France reached an all time high of 77.3 % in 2008 and an all time low of 30.6 % in 2020. When compared to France's main peers, diesel-fuelled as a share of new cars sold in Belgium amounted to 32.9 %, 28.1 % in Germany, 32.7 % in Italy and 27.7 % in Spain in 2020.
France has been ranked 11th within the group of 30 countries we follow in terms of diesel-fuelled as a share of new cars sold, 7 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.
A diesel engine is an internal combustion engine that uses the heat of compression to initiate ignition to burn the fuel, which is injected into the combustion chamber.