Swedes Turn to Diesel

Five years ago diesels made up only 10 per cent of new cars, now half of all new cars registered in Sweden are diesel, says industry association Bil Sweden.

In a press release published by news agency TT, Bil Sweden says that this is a good development from an environmental point of view, "A diesel car release 20 per cent less carbon dioxide, and uses 30 per cent less fuel than a similar petrol-driven car", says Bertil Moldén, CEO of Bil Sweden.

So far this year sales of petrol have fallen by 7 per cent, while diesel sales have gone up by 13 per cent. The E85 fuel, which is 85 per cent ethanol and used in so called 'eco-cars' has so far risen by 35 per cent this year says TT.