FRANKFURT -- Sales of diesel cars in Germany fell 13 percent in July, a month when overall demand for cars rose 1.5 percent.
Passenger-car registrations reached 283,080, German vehicle authority KBA said on Wednesday.
Diesels' share of the market was 40.5 percent, down from 46 percent at the end last year, while gasoline cars accounted for 56 percent, with sales of gasoline models up 11 percent.
Mercedes-Benz posted the biggest gains among German brands, increasing sales by 18 percent when compared to the same period a year earlier, followed Smart, up 18 percent and BMW, whose volume increased by 7.3 percent.
Volkswagen brand had the biggest market share at 17.5 percent despite sales plunging by 13 percent. Rival Ford saw sales fall by 5.7 percent while Opel registrations grew by 2.6 percent.
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Falling sales of diesel cars led to an increase in carbon dioxide emissions. Average emissions per vehicle rose by 0.4 percent, to 128.4 grams of CO2 per km, KBA said. Diesel vehicles produce about 20 percent less CO2 than gasoline cars.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report