Diesel will continue to be the dominant fuel in the fleet sector despite the emissions scandal, says Contracthireacar.com.
The company says its data shows that in 2006, diesel vehicles accounted for 78% of its customer fleet, rising to 90% for 2014.
For the 2015 year-to-date period, diesel’s share has reduced slightly to 85%, but still remains the most popular fuel among Contracthireacar.com's business and personal customers.
Craig Davy, business manager for Contracthireacar.com, said: "The emissions scandal may eventually result in a slight defection to electric and hybrid cars, but for now, we predict diesel to remain dominant, especially in the corporate contract hire market.”
The company has seen the share of electric and hybrid cars it supplies increase significantly, with their take-up increasing by threefold in 2014 compared to the preceding year, before again more than doubling in the 2015 YTD.
Crossovers account for 20% of the firm’s year-to-date leasing deals, compared to 14% in 2013 and 15% in 2014.
In 2010, Nissan’s Qashqai was the most popular crossover among contracthireacar.com's crossover leasing deals with a 64% share, with Kia’s Sportage in second place with 7%.
A multitude of crossovers have since been launched and although Qashqai still dominated in 2010, its share was cut to 20%, falling to 19% in 2014 and 10% for the 2015 YTD.
This year, Mercedes-Benz's GLA is the has notched up the highest crossover leases with 31%, Land Rover’s Evoque in second place with 15%.