Price of petrol and diesel cars increased by 35% in five years


OCU (Organization of Consumers and Users) says that the price increase reaches up to 42% in the case of the Dacia Sandero, the cheapest model for sale.

The new Dacia Sandero costs around 10,000 euros, up from 7,000 five years ago.
The new Dacia Sandero costs around 10,000 euros, up from 7,000 five years ago
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The Consumers and Users’ Organization (OCU) has warned of an unprecedented increase in prices New cars with combustion engines over the past five years: Average growth has been 35%, which is much higher than normal inflation accumulated over the same period, reaching 12.8%. Among the reasons for this, the EU penalizes car manufacturers for CO emissions.2Microchip crisis, inflation of many materials and products used in their manufacture.

To this should be added increased material, both comfort and safety, which is part of the standard equipment of most modern models. In fact, the organization gives as an example Dacia Sandero, the cheapest model in the Spanish market. has passed through Cost, including official discount 9,990 euros in 2022, that is 42% more than 7,035 euros in 2017. However, a comparison between one car and another does not make sense. Neither what is visible nor what is hidden in it, in the case of the platform on which it is built.

opt for electrified

In fact, analyzing the prices of the best-selling models of the 15 most important brands in Spain, so Only two put their prices below the accumulated normal CPI (12.8%): the BMW X1 and the Mercedes GLC.

In this context, which resulted in the historic increase in prices in April, OCU recommends that drivers look for models that are on sale or in stock and compare prices: savings on the official price can reach up to 20%. Another option is to look for electric vehicles or vehicles with hybrid motorization, as they become cheaper in the medium term. In addition, price increases have been reduced in these cases: The cheapest non-plug-in hybrid, Mazda 2 (18,220 euros), It costs 18% more than the cheapest model from five years ago; Now the cheapest plug-in hybrid, the Renault Captur (30,160 euros), It costs the same as the cheapest model at the time; meanwhile he more economical electric, Dacia Spring (17,905 Euro without move assistance), It costs 18% less than the cheapest electric model from five years ago.

In any case, the organization urges the European authorities to promote the development of national microchip industries that can guarantee a regular supply of this type of component and ensure stable prices. requesting the Spanish administration The current network of fast-charging charging stations has been expanded: to include the presence of one every 50 kilometers in favor of electric car use.

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