High popularity of SUVs in Belgium to increase CO2 emissions in 2019

According to the Flemish Mobility Organization (VAB), the CO2 emissions of the Belgian car-fleet are expected to increase this year because of the growing interest in Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), the average fuel consumption and fuel costs of new cars are expected to be higher in 2019 compared to 2018.

According to the VAB, 2019 will be a pivotal year for several reasons. A diesel car will be more expensive than one running on gasoline in terms of fuel costs.

The growing trend of choosing heavier and more energy-consuming diesel car explains the rise in fuel costs. A diesel car in 2017 used 5.6 liters per 100 km, and the VAB expects its consumption to reach 6.3 liter per 100 km this year, an increase of 0.7 liters/100 km.


Therefore, the growing interest in SUVs and jeep-like cars (4 × 4) will lead to an increase in the total fuel consumption of new cars in 2019. Sales of SUV cars have been on the rise for the past few years and the VAB forecasts a 30% growth in the next 12-month period. This will result in an increase of CO2 emissions by the Belgian car-fleet.