The best-selling car brand in Europe sets a date for the end of diesel and gasoline, earlier than expected

2033 will be the year that Europe’s best-selling car brand will end diesel and gasoline, and by then sell only electric cars. A movement of special relevance, if we take into account its relevance in the European market and that this would mean advancing 2 years to the objective that had been glimpsed until now and, above all, to the ban on diesel and gasoline sales proposed by the Union. Europe, which is set in 2035.

Volkswagen will be an all-electric brand by 2033. This would have been announced by Thomas Schaefer, Director of Operations at Volkswagen, who has anticipated that as of that year Volkswagen internal combustion vehicles will no longer be sold, which implies focusing on the electric vehicle and removing diesel from the catalog by then, the gasoline, and even hybrids.

We would also have known new details regarding the evolution of the Volkswagen range, and even the rest of the group’s brands, including SEAT.

The end of the gasoline diesel of the best-selling brand in Europe, which is currently in 2033, is especially relevant for a brand that sells more than 1 million cars a year in the European Union

Setting the date for the end of diesel and gasoline

With 1,082,946 units, Volkswagen was the leading brand in the European market (European Union, but also in the group that includes the United Kingdom and EFTA) in 2021, by far (ACEA data). With which we are facing a movement of special relevance.

Especially if we take into account that the objectives of its competitors are no less ambitious, having further advanced the end of diesel and gasoline sales. The second best-selling brand in the European Union, Peugeot (649,514 units) will enjoy electric versions throughout the range in just two years and hopes to cease sales of diesel and gasoline, and that all its sales will be electric, in 2030, anticipating in 3 years to the objectives of Volkswagen and in 5 to those proposed by the European Commission.

According to the latest statements by Luca de Meo, Renault (638,198 units) would also have set a target of 2030 to cease its sales of diesel and gasoline in Europe, and sell only electric vehicles and that by 2025 30% of its sales are from battery electric vehicles.

Peugeot and Renault will stop selling diesel and gasoline cars even earlier, in 2030

Sneak peek of the Volkswagen ID.Aero, which will hit dealerships next year.

The transition to the electric car

Schaefer would have pointed out other no less important developments, such as the update of the Volkswagen ID.3 next year “to improve significantly” in the section on quality, materials and system stability, as well as the launch of two new access electrics, a compact and a crossover. Next year will see the launch of the new Volkswagen ID.Aero, the most luxurious model in Volkswagen’s electric range, which is estimated to have a range of around 700 kilometres.

has also anticipated some details of the future of the group’s volume brands which, in addition to Volkswagen, also includes SEAT and Skoda. The objective is to simplify the range, reducing the number of models and focusing on volume products, with the aim of improving the operating profit margin and placing it at 8% in 2025.

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