Hybrids make impact at 53rd autofestival
(PC) - The 53rd Luxembourg Autofestival finished on Monday evening with a noticeable shift towards hybrids for the first time.
Although the attendance numbers have yet to be announced the sales were stable compared to previous years says Alain Petry, adviser of Adal (Association of Luxembourg Automobile Distributors).
The common trend for this year's event showed a decline in diesel cars with 5% fewer sold this year compared to last. With diesel engines being held primarily responsible for the emitting of nitrogen dioxide as well as cleaner alternatives, the engine sales have begun to take a notable hit.
The recent pollution that swept Europe with diesel cars being asked to stay off the roads didn't help matters for the engine.
With more awareness in hybrid and electric vehicles as well as falling prices and a wider range available, it's no surprise they have begun to get a foothold in the market.
A Government tax incentive of 5,000 euros towards the purchase of an electric car has also helped sales and with plans for a network of 800 fast charging stations by 2020, hybrid and electric cars look set to stay.
Whilst according to professor Stefan Bratzel, the car market will develop in the coming years as he expects a quarter of cars to be electric models in 2025, a trend that is expected to accelerate further in 2030.