Diesel-fuelled as a share of new cars sold reached 32.7 % in 2020 in Italy, according to ACEA. This is 17.8 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, diesel-fuelled as a share of new cars sold in Italy reached an all time high of 58.3 % in 2005 and an all time low of 5.70 % in 1991. When compared to Italy's main peers, diesel-fuelled as a share of new cars sold in Austria amounted to 36.5 %, 30.6 % in France, 33.2 % in Slovenia and 21.9 % in Switzerland in 2020.
Italy has been ranked 10th within the group of 30 countries we follow in terms of diesel-fuelled as a share of new cars sold, 7 places above 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.