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    Low average age of cars in Belgium but mostly diesel

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    The average Belgian car is 7.7 years old according to a report by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). Belgium ranks 2nd in Europe for the average age of cars. Only in Luxembourg, cars are younger with an average of 6.2 years.

    In Europe, the average is 10.7 years, but some countries like Poland have cars with an average of 17.2 years. For Belgian trucks, the average is 9.8 years against a European average of 11.7 years. The Netherlands, Denmark and France do better than Belgium.

    In the European context, Belgium remains a country where the share of diesel is important because of favorable taxation. The number of hybrid cars or cars with other fuels is still marginal. In 2015, the country counted 494 cars per 1,000 inhabitants.

    Jason Bennet
    The Brussels Times