Motorists opt for diesel over ULP and LPG

New figures showed diesel vehicle ownership rates have jumped in the last year across Australia, coming at the cost of petrol and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vehicles.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Motor Vehicle Census data showed the portion of vehicles fuelled by diesel had grown by 57 percent in the last five years. Meanwhile, petrol car registration had decreased from 88.1 percent of the national fleet in 2012 to 75.7 percent in 2017.

Mr Spalding said the data reflected changes in consumer behaviour.

“It’s not surprising diesel ownership is on the rise with consumers buying SUVs and four-wheel-drives in droves – many of which are fuelled by diesel,” Mr Spalding said.

“Diesel vehicles in the past were regarded as dirty, smelly and slow, but the introduction of new engine technology means they perform every bit as well as a petrol engine, but with significantly better fuel consumption.

“While a diesel engine’s lower fuel consumption can deliver savings, purchasers need to consider all running costs, including the purchase and servicing costs when comparing a diesel to petrol model.”

But most interestingly, ABS statistics found the number of LPG vehicles registered in 2017 had fallen 29.9 percent in the past five years.

Mr Spalding said the steady decline in LPG registration had been caused by a range of factors.

“In 2006, the Howard Government introduced a concession for motorists who converted their vehicles to LPG. Before December 2011 there was no excise on LPG. Now the Federal Government charges 13.1 cpl excise (increasing to 13.2 cpl on 1 August 2017). Motorists just don’t see the financial benefit of running an LPG vehicle anymore,” he said.

“We’ve also seen manufacturers like Holden and Ford discontinue their LPG vehicle production meaning the vehicles aren’t readily available.

“And to top it off, taxi companies, once reliant on LPG cars, have opted to use hybrid vehicles.”