BRUSSELS -- For the first time in 20 years, the sale of gasoline-powered cars topped diesels in Belgium in the first half, industry federation Febiac said on Thursday.
New cars with gasoline engines accounted for 48.5 percent of Belgium's first-half sales compared with a 46.5 percent for diesels, Febiac said.
Diesels have come under pressure by policymakers following revelations of cheating by manufacturers on emissions tests.
Sales of diesel cars in Germany fell 12.7 percent in July, a month when overall demand for cars rose 1.5 percent, the country's vehicle authority, the KBA, said in early August.
In 2012, three out of every four cars registered on Belgian roads were diesels.