According to a report by Standvirtual, a leading online portal in Portugal for classified adverts, data from the platform found that fuel type has become an important factor when people are looking to buy a car in the country.

While more people are looking to buy petrol cars, there are more diesel cars than other types available to buy on the site, with diesel cars representing 73.1 percent of the total number of all car adverts.

The demand for electric cars has seen the most significant growth on the site, increasing by 32.2 percent during the first half of 2019 when compared to the same period in 2018. At the other end of the scale, the demand for diesel hybrid cars has fallen by 26.91 percent, the largest drop in demand for car fuel type during this period.

The change in demand requirements by those buying cars appears to also be reflected in the number of cars of different fuels being advertised on the site with Standvirtual finding that the number of diesel car adverts rose by only 10 percent during this period, while the number of petrol cars was up by 116.03 percent and electric cars was up further by 231.24 percent.

The most in demand petrol cars on the site were found to be the VW Polo followed by Renault Clio, VW Golf, Opel Corsa and Smart for Two.

The most popular diesel cars saw BMW 320 at the top of the list, followed by Mercedes C220, BMW 520, Audi A4-Avant and Mercedes A180.