I've been doing some research on cars (basically perusing car sale websites) and two things seem to stand out. Firstly, diesel engines seem to dominate in Portugal. I'm seeing what appears to be 80-90% cars with diesel engines. In Australia, only 21% of vehicles have diesel engines. Is my research correct and, if so, has anyone any idea why diesel is so prevalent in Portugal?
Secondly, there also appears to be a very high number of estate cars (also called touring). I thought these were on the decline since the 70's, hand in hand with the demise of the travelling salesman and the emergence of the SUV to transport over-sized families. It appears not to be the case in Portugal.