Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How the Auto Industry fought against the Diesel Ban in Greece

eagleAID an Automotive Industry Website sums up how the Automotive Industry has been directly involved in recklessly promoting hazardous diesel vehicles and even overturning sound diesel ban legislation...

While diesels have continued to make large inroads into Europe’s car market, including of late even Switzerland and Scandinavia’s small markets - all comparative latecomers to Europe’s diesel car sales party - there was just one single market that clearly bucked the trend.

That market was Greece, and the reasons are easily identified.

Greece, some 20 years ago, banned the use of diesel powered cars in its two biggest cities.

As a result, diesel-powered cars could not be driven in either Athens or Thessaloniki, which couldn’t fail but impact on the country’s diesel car market.

That’s chiefly because a large chunk of the cars sold in Greece in an average year are sold in those two metropolitan areas.

The ramifications were such that Greece stood out as the only European car market with a virtually static and low single-digit diesel car sales share...


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