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Princely petrol pump prices miff motorists

The Local · 7 Dec 2011, 16:23

Published: 07 Dec 2011 16:23 GMT+01:00

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The group said on Thursday that increasing oil prices have caused the average prices of both petrol and diesel climb this year. The average cost of a litre of premium petrol in 2011 was €1.52, which is 12 cents more than 2010 and a 49 percent increase since 2001.

It is, however, owners of diesel cars that have been hit the hardest. An increase of 19 cents per litre has been reported by ADAC, bring diesel prices up to €1.41 per litre. This is an increase of 72 percent over the past ten years.

To put the prices in context, driving an Opel Corsa diesel around 15,000 kilometres a year would cost €371 more than it would have ten years ago, according to daily newspaper Die Welt. A petrol guzzling Audi A8 would cost €714 more.

“Lots of people are now reconsidering buying a diesel car,” said ADAC spokesman Andreas Hölzel to The Local. “Even though originally diesel cars paid less tax, the rising costs of natural resources have rendered it increasingly expensive,” he added.

One of the main reasons behind the surging costs is the price of oil. A decade ago, a barrel of oil -159 litres - cost roughly $20. Now, a single barrel costs over $100. The exchange rate between the euro and the US dollar, and the rocketing demand for oil from China and India have also both affected the price of fuel recently.

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“It’s particularly difficult for car owners at the moment,” said Hölzel. “Germans are really giving thought to what they’re spending their money on, many choosing not to make long car journeys to keep costs down.”

Jessica Ware (jessica.ware@thelocal.de)

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

18:32 December 7, 2011 by Dizz
The price of oil is only a small part of the price at the pump. The bulk of this consists of cartel profits by the oil companies and taxes and duties imposed by the state. I understand why governments and oil companies have a vested interest in keeping this misconception alive but why do the journalists do it?
19:03 December 7, 2011 by carlm
If I'm not mistaken, in Germany the majority of the price is taxes. But it all goes to a good cause, the environment, social fairness, education, global warming mitigation, more social fairness, consumer protection, protection of those who can't or don't want to protect themselves, bailing out deadbeat nations like Greece, subsidizing businesses with connections, subsidizing idiotic energy forms like windmills, etc ... And if you're a patriotic German, you're happy to pay as much tax as the crooks, I mean politicians, demand. At least that's how the kommies in the US put it, though I'm sure it's very different in the Father land. Government uber alles!
23:34 December 7, 2011 by zeddriver

Your correct. In fact since oil is sold on the world economy. The price of oil is the same the world over. The only difference between $4.00 per gallon fuel in the US and $9.00 per gallon in Germany is TAX! In the US. The total tax on fuel is about $1.00 per gallon. The cost of drilling, transporting and refining a gallon of fuel is around $2.50 per gallon. So the US government makes at least 100% more money from fuel than the oil companies do.
12:00 December 8, 2011 by freechoice
You can get dirt cheap petrol in Luxembourg and Austria.
14:23 December 8, 2011 by authun
07:10 December 10, 2011 by Drewsky
Judging from the condition of the German transportation infrastructure compared to that in the USA, I would say that having some extra tax on the fuel is a good idea. Granted, $9.00 is excessive, but in the USA they're more scared of taxes than they are of having their bridges crumble beneath them as they drive over. Their highways are also in awful condition, with potholes, poor lane markings, faded signage and so on. Don't take Germany for granted; some extra taxes can buy some nice things.
01:09 December 13, 2011 by anaverageguy
Oh please. Cite one instance of a bridge collapsing because of deterioration. And don't go to the I-35 bridge collapse in Minnesota. That was determined to be the result of a decades old design flaw and construction materials stored on the bridge deck during repair.
07:41 December 19, 2011 by Oliver Jones
I got a 2nd class BahnCard for 2011, and just upgraded to a 1st class one for 2012. As a freelancer, I get the Mwst and tax back, so it's only about €4,515.

Given the number of kilometres I travel in Germany each year, I'm quite glad I don't have to worry about fuel prices. I would only own a car if I lived in the sticks.
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