Diesel-fuelled as a share of new cars sold reached 32.8 % in 2020 in Portugal, according to ACEA. This is 17.8 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, diesel-fuelled as a share of new cars sold in Portugal reached an all time high of 72.3 % in 2013 and an all time low of 4.90 % in 1990. When compared to Portugal's main peers, diesel-fuelled as a share of new cars sold in France amounted to 30.6 %, 43.3 % in Ireland and 27.7 % in Spain in 2020.
Portugal has been ranked 9th within the group of 30 countries we follow in terms of diesel-fuelled as a share of new cars sold, 2 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.