Citroën boss: fleet buyers could be the last nail in the coffin for the diesel

Global diesel sales will struggle to recover if the fleet buyers follow private buyers to desert the fuel, according to Citroën CEO Linda Jackson.

Highlighting that 75% of the sales of the Citroën C3 Aircross, which is on sale in Europe in the month of October, had been to the petrol variants, Jackson said: “The indications are that private investors are mainly to promote the gasoline. If it can be turned with a clearer explanation of the facts remains to be seen.

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“But if the fleet buyers who currently seem to be holding off the purchase of choose to make the switch to petrol, then it will be difficult for the diesel to recover. Something very serious is going to happen now diesel fuel to regain any kind of market share.”

Diesel sales in the UK fell by 17% in 2017, with the drop-off accelerating considerably in the second half of the year.

Jackson added that electric cars have yet to prove their viability in the long term too. “I’m sure that they are part of the solution, but there are still questions to answer, from who creates and pays for the infrastructure for the sustainability of lithium-ion materials and consumables for the cleaning of how electricity is created,” he said.

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