Diesel models outsold gasoline cars here for the first time last year.
According to the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association on Monday, 672,025 diesel cars were registered last year, accounting for 43.5 percent of the total and up 13.5 percent from a year earlier.
Sales of gasoline models fell 9.3 percent to 656,128, making up 42.5 percent of the total. LPG models and hybrid cars took up 11.4 percent and 2.6 percent.
The trend is attributed to the popularity of diesel SUVs as leisure activities like camping have become popular in the country. Advanced technology has also improved the comfort and fuel efficiency of diesel cars while reducing their noise.