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Market insight: Private car buyers shun diesel

More hybrids: Toyota has introduced more hybrid variants across its new Corolla range, and has plans for five more such petrol-electric models by 2021.

Hybrid sales edge ahead of diesel as private passenger car buyers come clean

22 Oct 2018

PRIVATE passenger car customers are buying more hybrids than diesels for the first time in Australia, underscoring the slipping popularity of oil-burning engines in traditional sedans, hatchbacks and sportscars.


Petrol-powered cars still account for 96 per cent of the 153,696 passenger vehicles sold to private buyers in the first nine months of 2018, but petrol-electric hybrids have made inroads at the fringes, seemingly at the expense of diesels.

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