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Return of the diesel as Euro 6 models hit the used market

Diesel cars could be about to make a comeback on the used car market as ultra-efficient Euro 6 models reach the end of their lease contracts.

Every diesel car sold in the UK since September 2015 has had to comply with tough Euro 6 environmental regulations.While they cost a little more to buy, they are among the most fuel-efficient vehicles available.

“Despite the tipping point having arrived for EV vehicles,” Alex Wright, the Managing Director of Shoreham Vehicle Auctions, explained, “we will see the diesel market recover and, due to the reduction in new diesel sales, the pendulum will swing back to an increased demand in the second-hand market.These vehicles will sit alongside EVs and fuel-efficient petrols as part of the solution in reducing emissions and improving urban air quality.”

He added:“The new generation of petrol owners in an SUV will realise the extra running costs versus diesel, and when the green light is given by the government that these new generation diesels are actually helping the country reduce CO2 and NOx emissions, it will be accepted as a ‘green’ solution until EVs fully establish themselves.

“We must remember that petrol powertrains’ generate CO2 and NOx emissions too and, arguably, have progressed less than diesels in recent Euro standard iterations.”