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Half the cars registered in Latvia use diesel fuel

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOver the course of the year, Latvia’s car park has not only increased, but has also renewed itself. The majority of cars registered in Latvia in Q1 2014 consisted of 16 to 20-year-old cars. The first quarter of 2015 was dominated mostly by 11 to 15-year-old vehicles.

In addition, unlike Q1 2014, every second car in Latvia now uses diesel fuel instead of petrol, according to information from Latauto.lv.

According to the portal’s sales manager Andris Malnieks, 30% of all cars present in Latvia are 11 or 15 years old.

There are now 12.3% more young vehicles (under 1 year old) in Latvia – a total of 12,900 vehicles. There are now 47,400 vehicles that are 1 to 5 years old in Latvia (23.3% more than there were in the same period of 2014).

According to the expert, there are now more old-timers (vehicles older than 20 year) in Latvia as well. Their numbers have increased 7.8% in comparison with the same period of 2014. These vehicles now form 21% of all vehicles registered in Latvia.

The number of cars powered by petrol has decreased in Latvia: there were approximately 317,000 such cars in the first months of 2014. Now their numbers have reduced by approximately 16,000. Their proportion on the market in Latvia is now 42.6%. 49.7% of cars registered in Latvia use diesel fuel. Cars that use petrol still form the majority in Latvia – 50.1%.

«The share of cars that use diessel fuel has increased in Latvia over the past decade. However, their numbers managed to exceed those of petrol-powered cars at the beginning of 2015. Diesel-powered cars have also become more popular in Estonia, even though the majority of cars registered their use petrol,» – Malnieks comments. In Lithuania, on the other hand, diesel-powered cars remain more popular than petrol-powered cars.

There has also been an increase in the number of cars powered by electricity. 17 new cars have been registered in Q1 2014. Their total number in Latvia is now 197.

German cars continue to dominate Latvia’s car park. Volkswagen is an uncontested leader in terms of popularity in Latvia – 141,500 cars; followed by Audi (93,300), Opel – 55,900 and BMW (46,500). The number of German-made cars (Volkswagen, Audi and Opel) had decreased by 40% in Lithuania over the course of the year. This happened because of the launch of automatic registration procedure at the end of the term of the vehicle’s technical inspection certificate or insurance.

According to Malnieks, Volkswagen cars also dominate in other Baltic States as well: there are 94,900 VW cars in Estonia and 224,600 in Lithuania.

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