How do you choose a car?

Petrol, diesel, hybrid, electric or gas?

  • Electric vehicles are on the rise, but petrol
    and diesel will remain on the market
    for decades to come.
  • Hybrid cars combine a combustion engine
    with an electric drive.
  • Driving on gas is cheap, but right now the
    distribution network is limited, and the gas
    tank's installation is expensive.

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Buying a car today = more choice than ever before

‘Everything was easier back in the day.’ But is that really true? You just didn’t have as many options in the past!
When you were on the market for a car not too long ago, your options were petrol or diesel.
Usually, you'd buy a petrol car – unless you had to travel frequently and cover long distances.
That’s why ten years ago, 8 out of 10 new cars were diesels.

The situation has changed dramatically in just a few years’ time.
Diesel started being put in a bad light, and the price of it just seemed to get higher.

Come explore all the car makes and technologies under a single roof at the 2020 Brussels Motor Show.

Green evolution

It could be that diesel's poor reputation these days is due to the rapid and wide-spread evolution of the car industry.
This evolution has made all kinds of new, greener technologies available to consumers.

Gas motors were the catalyst for that change. It’s a cheaper alternative, but initially the distribution network
was still relatively limited. In the meantime, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery-electric cars are on the rise and
we’re anticipating a future with hydrogen-fuelled cars.
The result? These days only one in three buyers goes for a diesel.

Feel free to ask the experts for more information when you’re there.
They'll be happy to talk to you about the technology that's the right fit for your lifestyle.

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Driving on gas is tax-efficient. It is also more environmentally friendly, as it emits less CO2 than a petrol car and less particles and nitrogen dioxide than a diesel engine.

Gas is cheaper, but the distribution network is unfortunately more limited than the petrol or diesel network.

The purchase price of a gas-powered car is also higher than that of a traditional car.

What is a hybrid?

In addition to vehicles with internal combustion engines (petrol, diesel, gas) and pure electric cars,
there are an increasing number of hybrid cars on the market.
These combine a combustion engine with an electric drive, which means they're cleaner and more cost-efficient.

Car manufacturers and buyers are convinced that hybrid propulsion will significantly reduce fuel consumption and
CO2 emissions. It’s only logical then that hybrid sales and supply have skyrocketed in recent years.
It's a trend that’s likely to continue.

There are different types of hybrid cars. A distinction is made between cars that can be charged from
an external power source (plug-in hybrids) and cars that can’t and don’t have to be externally charged
(traditional hybrids).

What about full electric?

Driving electric cars continues to grow in popularity. Electric cars are the future, or at the very least,
are a crucial element in the evolution towards 100% emission-free personal transport. Right now, only 1% of
new cars are electric, but that number is on the rise. When it comes to purchasing electric cars,
many people are put off by their range. Over time, however, that range is going to get a lot better
with each new generation. Keeping in mind that 90% of Belgians drive less than 60 kilometres a day,
it’s clear that an e-car's driving range is more than adequate for most.

Is diesel a relic of the past?

The question everyone wants an answer to is whether petrol and diesel combustion engines are making
a quick exit from the street scene. Not at all.

After all, cars generally have a long life. In Belgium, that life is more than 17 years.

So, it will be quite some time before the entire fleet is electric (or runs on a different, emission-free technology).

Current estimates peg petrol, diesel and gas vehicles as remaining part of normal traffic until 2050.

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