Diesel produces substantially less CO2 per kilometre than petrol equivalents, and looks set to benefit from the new VED and BIK regimes. John Taylor, Peugeot's fleet and leasing director, said: 'All the indications we have are that the Government is softening its anti-diesel approach. The Government and public will realise that modern diesel is environmentally advantageous, and that will put diesel back in the headlines.'
Overall, the fleet sector accounted for 57.6% of all new diesel car purchases in 1999, some 175,100 units (1998: 197,579). Peugeot once again proved to be the most popular diesel car maker, accounting for a quarter of the market, although its sales slipped 11.1% to 42,625 units. The marque's dominance of the diesel market is such that the Peugeot 306 diesel could turn in figures 23.5% below 1998 levels and still occupy top spot in the fleet diesel market.
Top 10 best-selling fleet diesel manufacturers in 1999 were: Peugeot 42,625, Ford 32,472, Vauxhall 25,407,Volkswagen 21,323, Citroen 9,321, Renault 9,301, Rover 7,746, Audi 5,296, Nissan 3,789, Mercedes 3,020. Top 10 best-selling fleet diesel models in 1999 were: Peugeot 306 18,670, Peugeot 406 17,577, Vauxhall Astra 12,245, Ford Mondeo 11,038, Ford Focus 9,733, VW Passat 8,415, Vauxhall Vectra 8,173, VW Golf 7,419, Renault Laguna 4,877, Ford Escort 4,751.