Caroline and the new Opel Grandland X Hybrid4!

2020 Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 First Drive Review

Caroline and the new Opel Grandland X Hybrid4!
Caroline and the new Opel Grandland X Hybrid4!

The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 is the Opel brand’s first plug-in hybrid. It will arrive in Ireland later in February as the new, all wheel drive, range topper of the Grandland X mid-size family SUV range. Caroline travelled with Opel Ireland to the Black Forest, Germany, to test drive it.

Styling

The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 is a standard, friendly-looking family SUV, except for one key differentiating feature – the black bonnet that is exclusive to the Hybrid4. While this reviewer is a fan, Opel Ireland thinks it’s a risky move so dealer stock will be monotone only (the black bonnet will be available by special order). There’s a Hybrid4 badge at the rear and an extra flap housing the socket to charge the battery on board.

Interior

The new plug-in hybrid variant carries the same interior as the rest of the Grandland X range, except for a few new buttons and screens to control and monitor the hybrid system. The Grandland X cabin is quite sombre and conservative, but well-built with the latest technology features including the 8" touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 can drive like an electric vehicle for up to 59 km
The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 can drive like an electric vehicle for up to 59 km

Practicality

The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 is a mid-size family SUV with seating for five and competitive rear seating space for this class of vehicle. The battery has been placed under the rear seats and there has been little intrusion to the space in the vehicle as a consequence of the electrified powertrain. Charging cables can be stored in a special compartment under the boot floor and the boot is still competitively sized.

Engines

The new Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 pairs a 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors to produce an overall system output of 300 hp and 520 Nm of torque, making it the most powerful model in the Grandland X range. An eight speed automatic gearbox comes as standard.

There will also be a front wheel drive only Opel Grandland X Hybrid available from March with 225 hp.

CO2 emissions are as low as 29 g/km.

On the road

The Opel Grandland X starts in electric mode and has a pure electric range of up to 59 km. The driver can select easily between four driving modes on start up: Electric, Hybrid, Sport and AWD.

Once leaving the confines of Basel Airport, I slipped the Grandland X into hybrid mode. In this mode, the car intelligently selects how much electric assistance to give. Over the first leg of my test drive over motorway and then smaller, fast flowing roads through the Black Forest, my average fuel consumption was an economical 4.6/100km.

Opel engineers encourage owners to plug their new Grandland X Hybrid in every day because the best economy is returned from the car when the battery is kept topped up, as common with all plug-in hybrids. For drivers who travel a short commute comfortably within the 59 km, it would be possible to run the car on electricity only, dipping into the fuel tank rarely. Of course there is never fear of range anxiety because you always have the back up of the petrol engine.

Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 has all wheel drive for extra reassurance in challenging road conditions
Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 has all wheel drive for extra reassurance in challenging road conditions

On the return leg of the journey back to the airport, my battery power ran low as we did not charge at our lunch stop. Average fuel consumption was 6.3l/100km over a 100 km journey that included high speed Autobahn driving.

I dipped into Sport mode during my test drive and it turns the Opel Grandland X into a different animal. This performance biased mode gives the driver instant feedback through the pedals. However, this is not a sports SUV, the Opel Grandland X won’t hustle around corners like a hot hatch but it’s a pleasant pop of power in an otherwise demure SUV.

Charging

The battery can be fully charged in around two hours with a 7.4 kW wallbox or about seven hours using a three point plug at home.

Equipment

In Ireland the new Grandland X Hybrid 4 will be available in the high spec Elite trim. Equipment includes 19" alloy wheels, 8" colour touchscreen, leather seat trim, power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, panoramic glass roof, front parking sensors, driver drowsiness system, forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane assist and side blind spot alert.

Pricing

The new Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 Elite will go on sale in Ireland priced from €47,415. The Grandland X Hybrid (front wheel drive) will go on sale from €36,645 for the entry SC, €39,245 for the SRi and €41,745 for the Elite. All prices quoted here are inclusive of Government grants and incentives amounting to €7,500 for plug-in hybrids.

The interior of the new Grandland X Hybrid4
The interior of the new Grandland X Hybrid4

Rivals

The new Opel Grandland X Hybrid and Hybrid4 will compete against sister brand Peugeot’s 3008 Hybrid4 and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

Summary

The new Grandland X Hybrid4 is a pioneering new product for the Opel brand. Along with the new Corsa-e, these models spearhead the brand’s move to electrification that will see the brand’s entire product portfolio with a battery electric vehicle or hybrid by 2024.

The Grandland X is currently available with diesel and petrol engines, and the Hybrid4 marks a new departure, now offering another option for buyers seeking to move to a lower emissions vehicle.

With the standard Grandland X range kicking off at €28,995, the Hybrid4 carries a significant investment. And though huge savings can be made on running costs, some strategy regarding charging at home and at your destination is needed in order to truly see the benefits of a PHEV.

The hybrid system itself is impressive, as are the performance figures for a standard mid size family SUV. But it’s the green credentials of the Opel Grandland X, not the sporty ones, which should truly inspire buyers to own one.

The Grandland X Hybrid4 is available from €47,415
The Grandland X Hybrid4 is available from €47,415 in Ireland

Caroline Kidd


The new Nissan LEAF 62 kWh

Carzone Shows Growing Interest In Electric/Hybrid

The new Nissan LEAF 62 kWh
The new Nissan LEAF is the most searched for electric vehicle on Carzone

New data from Carzone highlights the growing interest for electric and hybrid vehicles among Irish motorists, along with confirming the most sought-after electric and hybrid cars on the market.

The data shows that hybrid and electric car views on Carzone have increased by 53% and 106% respectively year on year.

These statistics coincide with the Government’s recent commitment to increase the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on Irish roads with the ‘Climate Action Plan’, which details Ireland’s plan to work towards a target of 950,000 EVs on Irish roads by 2030.

The Nissan LEAF is Ireland’s best-selling EV and has had the highest number of views on Carzone, above any other EV models, so far this year. Views for the Nissan LEAF on Carzone have increased by 19% since 2018 (from 104,311 views to 123,818). Nissan also claims the title of most viewed EV brand on Carzone for 2019 year to date.

Tesla is the second most viewed EV brand on Carzone with views of the Tesla Model S up 4% on last year.

The BMW i3 is the third most viewed EV on Carzone, with the Renault ZOE in fourth place and the Volkswagen e-Golf in fifth.

With high consumer interest in EVs, along with ambitious government sustainability plans, the demand for EVs will continue to increase in to next year, with a number of new EV launches forthcoming, including the Opel Corsa-e, Mercedes-Benz EQC, Peugeot’s e-208 and the Volkswagen ID.3.

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a popular hybrid on Carzone

Toyota retains its position as the most viewed hybrid car brand on Carzone with the Prius Hybrid, Yaris Hybrid and C-HR increasing in popularity each year. Luxury brand Lexus is the second most viewed hybrid car brand, followed by BMW in third.

Views of the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid have increased by 75% since last year. It is the number one viewed hybrid car on Carzone for 2019 so far. Views of the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid have increased from 63,402 in 2018 to 111,250 for the same period in 2019. With a growing number of these vehicles being advertised for sale, this large SUV is proving popular with family buyers transitioning from diesel and petrol models.

The Lexus IS300h is the second most viewed hybrid car for sale on Carzone in 2019, while the Toyota Prius rounds out the top three.

Karl Connolly, Audience Manager at Carzone said, “The new insights from Carzone confirm the shift in attitude towards electric and hybrid cars over the last few years as motorists get to grips with alternative fuels and the benefits they bring. According to the 2018 Carzone Motoring Report almost two thirds of Irish motorists were planning to make the switch to an alternative fuelled car soon, and this is reflected in the views on Carzone over the past 12 months. It will be interesting to see if the interest continues to rise in the coming months and years”.


Nial Ring, Lord Mayor of Dublin and David Thomas, MD of Volvo Ireland

Lord Mayor Of Dublin Switches To Hybrid With 191 Volvo S90

Nial Ring, Lord Mayor of Dublin and David Thomas, MD of Volvo Ireland
Nial Ring, Lord Mayor of Dublin, and David Thomas, MD of Volvo Car Ireland

The Lord Mayor of Dublin has been presented with a new hybrid powered Volvo S90 T8. Each year Volvo provides the Lord Mayor with the first registered car in the capital.  Conscious of the environmental impact of driving, the Lord Mayor chose to make the switch to hybrid for his 191 car.

Volvo has seen a significant increase in the demand for their T8 hybrid powertrain with orders accounting for 20% of sales on available models.  The T8 plug in hybrid is currently available on the Volvo 90 series cars.

Speaking at the handover, David Thomas, MD of Volvo Car Ireland said “We have made a commitment to electrification in preparation for an era beyond the internal combustion engine. It is great to see the Lord Mayor move into a hybrid Volvo and an overall increase in customer demand for our hybrid powertrains”.

Volvo stunned the automotive industry in 2017 with the announcement that, starting this year, every new car the company launches will have an electric motor. Later this year Volvo are due to add a new hybrid powertrain to their compact SUV, the XC40, which won European Car of the Year 2018 and was recently crowned Irish Car of the Year.  They will also be launching a T6 hybrid engine on the new S60, V60 and V90 models in 2019.

Volvo aims for fully electric cars to make up 50% of its sales by 2025.


The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports

Toyota Hybrid 2019 Range Preview In Dublin

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports
The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports

Toyota Ireland held a preview in Dublin this week of their new 2019 range of self-charging hybrids with the new Camry Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid and Corolla Hybrid family of hatchback, saloon and touring sports (estate) all on display. It was an opportunity to examine these highly anticipated models before their official Irish arrival over the course of the first four months of 2019.

Toyota is consistently one of Ireland's bestselling brands and in recent years they have put hybrid front and centre of their brand. And there is big ambition for this new product onslaught arriving in 2019 (or 'hybrid invasion' as the brand likes to put it). At the preview, we learned that in 2015 just 6% of Toyota's sales in Ireland were hybrid; in 2018 that figure was 54%; and in 2019 they expect this figure to look more like 80%.

It might sound ambitious but judging by the room of new cars I examined yesterday, there's plenty to like about this new generation of Toyota hybrids. I will go into more detail below on each of the models. But briefly they all sit on a new TNGA architecture, which is lighter and more rigid with a lower centre of gravity for improved comfort and driving dynamics. Material quality has improved on all models making them even more competitive among their European peers. And new hybrid powertrains promise lower emissions and improved fuel consumption in a world that's starting to look beyond diesel and petrol for default power. And on that note, Toyota is ending diesel production. So into this brave new world steps new Camry, Corolla and RAV4...

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Dublin this week
The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Dublin this week

Toyota Camry

Back in Ireland after a 14 year hiatus, the new Camry will arrive in April. It will be Toyota's new challenger in the D/E saloon segment. The new Camry uses a 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain with 218hp. In Ireland it will be sold in two trim lines: Sol (from €40,750) and Platinum (from €42,950). Equipment on Sol includes full leather upholstery, 17" alloy wheels, 7" Toyota Touch, power seat adjustment, sat nav, smart entry, parking sensors, rear view camera, LED rear lights and power retractable door mirrors. The Platinum grade will add 18" alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and electrochromatic mirror.

The new Toyota Camry arriving in Ireland in April
The new Toyota Camry arriving in Ireland in April

Toyota Corolla

The Auris is no more and derivatives will be renamed Corolla. The new Toyota Corolla will come to Ireland as a Hatchback (January), Touring Sports and Saloon (February). It will be available as a 1.8-litre (122hp) or 2.0-litre (180hp) hybrid with fuel consumption claimed from 3.4l/100km and emissions from just 77g CO2. There will also be a 1.2-litre petrol offering with 116hp.

The Corolla Hatchback Hybrid will be available in three grades: Luna (from €26,995), Luna Sport (from €28,995) and Sol (from €30,115). Standard equipment will include 16" alloys, Toyota Safety Sense including adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED headlights/fog lights and 8" Toyota Touch.

The new Corolla Touring Sports Hybrid will be available in two grades: Luna (from €26,995) and Sol (from €30,115). Standard equipment includes 16" alloy wheels, Toyota Safety Sense with adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED headlights/fog lights, 8" Toyota Touch, and rear camera.

The Corolla Saloon is available for the first time as a self-charging hybrid and will feature a 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain with automatic transmission as standard. A 1.6-litre petrol engine is also available. The new Corolla Saloon will be available in three grades: Luna (from €27,700), Luna Sport (from €29,995) and Sol (from €31,705). Standard equipment includes climate control, 16" alloy wheels, Toyota Safety Sense with adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED front fog lights, 8" Toyota Touch, and rear camera.

The new Toyota Corolla Saloon
The new Toyota Corolla Saloon in Dublin

Toyota RAV4

From January, the new Toyota RAV4 will be sold in Ireland exclusively as a 2.5-litre petrol electric hybrid with more power (218hp) and improved efficiency (4.5l/100km NEDC correlated value and 102g/CO2). Compared to the outgoing model, the new RAV4 has a longer wheelbase and more spacious interior. Luggage capacity is up 41 litres to 542 litres and there is a power tailgate as standard on the range. In Ireland, the new Toyota RAV4 will be available in three grades: Luna (from €37,590), Sol (from €39,590) and Sport (from €40,990). Standard equipment on Luna includes 17" alloy wheels, Toyota Safety Sense including adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED lights front and rear, 8" Toyota Touch, parking sensors and rear parking camera. The Sol grade adds 18" alloy wheels, sat nav, leather-tex upholstery, heated front seats and rear privacy glass. The Sport grade adds 18" black alloys, bi tone paint scheme, projector LED headlamps, leather-tex sport upholstery and driver power seat.

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

I look forward to bringing you full road test reviews of these new models in 2019!


The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Dublin this week

Toyota Hybrid Roadshow Coming This January

The Toyota Hybrid Roadshow will be an opportunity to view the new 2019 range including new Corolla
The Toyota Hybrid Roadshow will be an opportunity to view the new 2019 range including new Corolla

Throughout the month of January, Toyota’s new range of self-charging hybrids will be touring Toyota dealerships across Ireland as part of the 2019 Toyota Hybrid Roadshow.

The Camry Hybrid, Corolla Saloon Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid and Corolla Hatchback Hybrid will be visiting two dealerships a day during weekdays as part of the Toyota Hybrid Roadshow, and one per day on weekend days, starting in Dublin on Thursday, January 3rd and travelling county by county until January 30th.

If you are interested in viewing these new cars, you are urged to contact your local dealer to find out the times and dates when the cars will be on show. Dealership staff will be on hand during the Toyota Hybrid Roadshow to take orders and inform visitors of Toyota’s 191 offers, including 3 years Servicing as standard on all new models, 3 years free 24 hr Roadside Assistance as standard, upgrade to Hybrid for Less with Toyota Finance and Trade In-Trade Up Booster of up to €3,000.

Commenting on the new self-charging hybrid cars Steve Tormey, Chief Executive of Toyota Ireland, said: “We’re really excited about the new 2019 hybrid range, and demand has been phenomenal so far with hundreds of customers already reserving early arriving models which are fast running out for January and February delivery.

“Hybrid is going from strength-to-strength, and we’re expecting 80% of our passenger car mix to be self-charging hybrids in 2019.  Our wide reaching hybrid range is very much meeting consumer demand for excellent fuel economy, low road tax and low emissions which make for cleaner air and a more sustainable motoring environment, which is something that is at the very heart of our Built For A Better World brand promise.”


The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Toyota Ireland Plotting A Hybrid 'Invasion' In 2019

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Toyota Ireland will launch four new self-charging hybrid models in 2019, including new generations of the Toyota RAV4 and Auris, as well as the return of the Toyota Camry after a 14-year absence, this time as a hybrid.

Toyota is remaining tight-lipped about the fourth model, but we expect more information in September.

Pricing and specifications for these new models will be available from Toyota dealers from the middle of October, and we are told that deposits can also be taken at this time to guarantee delivery for the new 191 registration period in January.

This news from Toyota comes on the back of the decision of the car manufacturer to stop producing diesel cars this year. New hybrid and petrol models will be built on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA). According to Toyota, the new models will carry "a more modern and highly stylised aesthetic", currently reflected in the design of the popular Toyota C-HR.

The new Toyota Auris Hybrid
The new Toyota Auris Hybrid

New Toyota RAV4 will be sold exclusively as a hybrid in Ireland

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is expected to arrive in dealers in early January 2019 promising a more spacious and comfortable cabin. There will be the option of a bi-tone colour scheme and a new interior with updated Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system with 3D sat-nav mapping, voice recognition and phone connectivity.

Toyota Auris will come in two hybrid flavours

The new generation of the Toyota Auris will be arriving in Ireland from the middle of January 2019. The new Auris sports sleeker styling and a longer wheelbase for more interior space. There will also be a new Auris Touring Sport. The new Auris will be come in the form of a 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid or 2.0-litre hybrid. The 2.0-litre hybrid is a sportier variant with more power (180hp) and steering wheel mounted paddles.

New Camry Hybrid on the way in April

The new Toyota Camry Hybrid will arrive in Ireland in April 2019 with a newly developed 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain with a power output of 218hp. According to Toyota Ireland, over 550 people have already expressed interest in the Camry Hybrid and the challenge will be to match demand with the 300/400 allocated supply in 2019.

Toyota Camry Returning To Ireland In 2019
The Toyota Camry will be on sale again in Ireland in 2019 as a hybrid

Steve Tormey, CEO of Toyota Ireland, said, "With a significantly more attractive, dynamic and modern design aesthetic, we believe the new models will quickly catch the eye of drivers who previously might not have considered a Toyota, while our legion of devoted Toyota customers will be eager to get on board with our all-new range.

In March 2018, Toyota announced plans to cease production of diesel passenger cars in line with our ‘Built for a Better World’ brand promise and in doing so solidified our leadership and commitment to making cars that are better for the environment and consumer health through improved air quality. With hybrid now representing 52% of our total car sales, we expect that the new models will drive a strong upward shift to these numbers next year, as more and more drivers naturally migrate away from diesel.”


Toyota Camry Returning To Ireland In 2019

Toyota Camry Returning To Ireland In 2019

Toyota Camry Returning To Ireland In 2019
Toyota Camry returning to Ireland in 2019

Toyota Ireland is re-introducing the Toyota Camry  to Ireland after 14 years. This move comes as Toyota imports the Camry into Europe again, to maintain the brand’s presence in the D/E-saloon segment.

The new Toyota Camry is the 8th generation of a car that first went on sale in 1982 and it will be available here as a self-charging hybrid.

Toyota says that the 2.5-litre hybrid electric powertrain "combines fuel efficiency and low emissions and quiet operation with more power and greater responsiveness".

The Camry sits on Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and the driving dynamics have been specifically tuned for the European market.

The new Toyota Camry Hybrid will be available in Ireland in the second quarter of 2019.

To follow the Camry’s return to Ireland, you can register your interest on Toyota.ie, and receive regular updates between now and the launch in Q2 2019.

Toyota offers an extensive hybrid range already in Ireland, including the Yaris Hybrid and Prius Hybrid.


Mark Howard (Q-Park) and Michael Gaynor (Toyota Ireland) pictured with the Toyota C-HR Hybrid

Toyota & Q-Park Launch Hybrid-Only Parking Spaces

Mark Howard (Q-Park) and Michael Gaynor (Toyota Ireland) pictured with the Toyota C-HR Hybrid
Mark Howard (Q-Park) and Michael Gaynor (Toyota Ireland) pictured with the Toyota C-HR Hybrid

Toyota Ireland has announced a new partnership with Q-Park that allows all drivers of self-charging hybrids to take advantage of priority parking in four Q-Parks around Ireland.

In what is a first for Ireland, there will be two parking bays in four Q-Park locations exclusively for the use of self-charging hybrid cars. The spaces are conveniently placed in proximity to exits, alongside other priority spaces for mothers and babies.

Supporting the Built For A Better World brand promise, according to Toyota Ireland, "these parking bays are just one more way to make life easier for families".

The spaces are for all self-charging hybrids, not just Toyotas!

Toyota’s hybrid only parking bays are currently located in the following Q-Park locations:

  • St. Stephen’s Green – Dublin
  • Clery’s – Dublin
  • Grand Parade – Cork
  • Harvey's Quay – Limerick

In addition to these reserved parking spaces, hybrid driving Q-Park customers can already save 25% on the standard annual Q-Park Premium Card by availing of the Unlimited Hybrid Premium Card.

Commenting on the partnership, Michael Gaynor, Marketing Director at Toyota Ireland said, “We’re delighted to partner with Q-Park to bring this added benefit to all drivers of self-charging hybrid cars. While hybrid is going from strength to strength, with 50% of Toyota’s car sales in 2018 being hybrid, we need to continue to innovate and do everything we can to encourage the swift transition to alternative cleaner vehicles such a self-charging hybrid that are in electric mode up to 50% of the time. This partnership represents another step in the journey towards cleaner air for future generations.”

Mark Howard, Country Director at Q-Park Ireland said, “As part of our corporate social responsibility programme, and our goal to support and encourage responsible, greener driving, we are always consciously looking into innovative ways to improve our parking facilities and services. When Toyota approached us with the idea of hybrid-only parking spaces it was a natural fit for us and we’re very happy to be on-board for this very unique initiative.

Read a review of the Toyota Prius Hybrid.


Kia Wallbox Launch

Kia Motors Ireland Partners With Wallbox For EV Charge Points

Kia Motors Ireland recently partnered with Wallbox, specialists in charging solutions for electric vehicles.

Kia Ireland will roll out Wallbox 22kw fast chargers across its Irish dealer network with installation being carried out by Car Chargers.ie.

The partnership also offers Kia customers the opportunity to purchase their home wallbox charger and arrange installation via their local Kia dealership.

The Wallbox chargers will provide a full battery charge in 2.5 hours, making the choice of purchasing a Plug-In Hybrid or fully electric vehicle easier for customers.

Kia recently added the new Niro Plug-In Hybrid to their range in Ireland.


New car CO2 emissions rise in europe

New Car CO2 Emissions Rise In Europe

Average CO2 emissions generated by new cars in Europe increased during 2017 for the first time in ten years, according to JATO Dynamics.

The analysis covered 23 European markets and found that average CO2 emissions increased by 0.3g/km in 2017 – finishing at 118.1g/km.

This rise in average CO2 emissions correlates with a decrease in demand for diesel cars across Europe – which produce lower CO2 emissions than petrol cars – and the rising popularity of SUVs, which emit higher average CO2 emissions.

Data for 2017 shows that diesel cars registered in the market had a CO2 emissions average of 117.9g/km, compared to petrol cars, which had an average of 123.4g/km – a difference of 5.5g/km.

Likewise, the average power output of a diesel engine registered in the EU was found to be 142HP, with 117.9g/km CO2 emitted.

The average power output of a petrol engine registered in the EU was found to be 123HP, with 123.4g/km emitted.

New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe
New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe

With increased negative public perception towards diesels, combined with increased government regulation and scrutiny of the fuel type, the volume of diesel cars registered fell by 7.9% to 6.77 million units in 2017.

In turn, diesel cars accounted for just 43.8% of total registrations in 2017, which is 11.1 percentage points lower than their peak, seen in 2011, and the fuel type’s lowest market share since 2003, when diesels accounted for 43.4% of total registrations.

Whilst demand for diesel cars declined in 2017, registrations of petrol cars increased by 10.9% – the highest level since 2003. This meant the market share of petrol vehicles grew by 3 percentage points from 47% to 50% between 2016 and 2017.

New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe
New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe

Alternative-Fuelled-Vehicles only experienced a small increase in volume. Despite the declining popularity of diesels, they increased their market share from 3% in 2016 to 5% in 2017.

Battery-Electric-Vehicles (BEVs) experienced meagre growth too. This could be due to consumer scepticism when it comes to the battery ranges of BEVs and the number of charging points available on the road network at present. In comparison, the market share of hybrid vehicles increased by one percentage point.

Demand for SUVs continued to rise in 2017 – but despite the introduction of smaller SUVs to the market and the adoption of hybrid solutions, which helped reduce the segments average CO2 emissions from 134.9g/km in 2016 to 133.0g/km in 2017, SUVs contributed to the overall increase of average CO2 emissions in Europe. This was because they emitted far higher average CO2 emissions than the new car average of 118.1g/km in 2017.

The correlation between the decline in demand for diesel cars and the increase in CO2 emissions was most evident in Europe’s largest markets. Diesel demand fell by double-digits in Germany and the UK, and in France and Spain it fell by 5.4% and 8.1% respectively. As a result, average CO2 emissions increased in all of these car markets.

New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe
New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe

At a brand level, Peugeot, which led the ranking in 2016, fell to second place after its emissions average increased by 2.7g/km to 104.5g/km in 2017. This was mainly due to its increased presence in the SUV segment, in particular with the Peugeot 3008, which experienced a high volume of registrations.

Toyota became Europe’s cleanest car brand amongst the top 20 best-selling brands, with its emissions average decreasing by 2.7 g/km to 101.2g/km. This can be attributed to increased demand for its hybrid vehicle models, which represented half of all registrations for the brand, with petrol (42%) and diesel (7.5%) cars making up the rest of its registrations.