More Aussies are choosing diesel-powered vehicles

Peter Terlato 21 July 2016

Diesel fuel car

Campervans are quite popular too.

The number of diesel-powered vehicles registered in Australia soared in 2015, making it the fastest growing fuel type in Australia, according to new statistics.

The 2016 Motor Vehicle Census, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), reveals there were 293,217 additional diesel-fuelled vehicles registered since 2015. In comparison, there were just 114,337 petrol powered cars added last year.

While petrol vehicles accounted for 76.8% of all vehicles registered in 2015, this represents a 0.9% drop in annual registrations.

On the other hand, diesel powered vehicles grew by 1.2%, making up 20.9% of all vehicle registrations in 2015.

The number of diesel powered vehicles in Australia has risen by almost 60% in the last five years, according to ABS statistics.

Australia's national vehicle fleet grew 2.1% between 2015 and 2016 to 18.4 million registered vehicles as at 31 January 2016.

Aussies love to travel and this sentiment has been reinforced by the fact that campervans recorded the largest growth rate of any vehicle type, up 4.5% year-on-year in 2015.

The strongest rate of vehicle registration was reported in Victoria, increasing 2.5% in 2015, while NSW was responsible for the biggest hike in the number of vehicles on the road (127,220).

The average age of all vehicles registered in Australia was about 10 years.

If you're wondering whether you'll save in the long run with a diesel purchase, we've put together a guide which helps determine potential savings, additional costs and provides the questions you should ask before you buy.

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