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Christmas is getting closer.
However, due to the high fuel prices, drivers should save themselves a visit to the gas station over the festive period and refuel better beforehand or a few days later.
Every year the Christ child comes and with it the Christmas holidays.
For the vast majority of Germans, there is also a visit to the family.
In the run-up, however, there is not only the question of the right gifts for loved ones, but also when it is best to fill up the car.
It is well known that fuel prices always rise in time for the holidays.
Accordingly, it is not a good idea to go to the gas station on Christmas Eve or the holidays.
Gifts are only given under the Christmas tree and not at the pump.
Drivers should avoid visiting gas stations at Christmas.
Fuel prices at Christmas: Motorists should refuel before or after the holidays
"My tip is, at best, not to fill up at all at Christmas, but well before and then again towards the end of the holidays," said Steffen Bock, founder and managing director of the consumer information service Clever Tanken to
Ten cars with internal combustion engines that we will miss
Audi TT: Once considered the core model of the Audi brand, the compact sports car built as a coupé and roadster will not have a successor.
This is also due to the meanwhile sluggish demand for the design icon.
A comparable Stromer will look completely different.
Until the end of the year, the TT can still be ordered from 39,700 euros.
© Audi AG
Mercedes A-Class: The compact car no longer fits into the new Mercedes-Benz concept of offering high-priced sedans, SUVs and sports cars in particular.
The convincing concept of the early A-Class, to create as much space as possible in a compact car, would fit well into the electric age - but has now been watered down anyway.
The basic Benz is still available from 28,393 euros.
© Mercedes Benz
Porsche 718 Boxster: Although Porsche is still fighting for the combustion engine, it will probably only survive in the long term in the 911. In 2025, the Boxster and Cayman will only be electrified on request and later in principle.
The versions with six-cylinder boxers in particular offer almost electric virtues such as smooth running and pulling power - with a long range (for a sports car) and low weight.
Current price: from 60,061 euros.
© Daniel Wollstein/Porsche
Jeep Wrangler: The off-road icon is no longer available as a pure combustion engine.
The plug-in hybrid will run as long as it is allowed to, but will not make the leap into the electric era.
A battery-powered successor is likely to be similarly modernized as the current Land Rover Defender, but still offer outstanding off-road characteristics thanks to its electric motors.
At 77,500 euros, the classic has now become a luxury car.
VW Golf CabrioVW Golf Cabrio: Basically, we've been missing it since 2016. The open VW T-Roc cannot replace the charm of the open compact car, which started its career as a "strawberry basket" with handles.
This will probably also apply to an electric convertible based on the VW ID.3 – if one comes at all, which is rather doubtful given the weakening demand for open-top cars.
Fiat 500Fiat 500: While the current version of the small car is only produced as an electric car, the slightly smaller predecessor can still be ordered at the moment.
In the Stellantis group, however, its end has been decided.
The economical hybrid version with 70 hp is an ecologically sensible offer, for example for those who absolutely do not want an electric car - such as city dwellers who do not have a fast charging option.
The combustion engine can still be ordered from 15,501 euros.
Mercedes-Benz SLC 300Mercedes SLC: The compact roadster started out as the first convertible with a folding hardtop under the name SLK.
Now it wasn't the electronics boom that ended his career as a woman understander, but rather the slump in demand.
In the future luxury electric vehicle portfolio from Mercedes, such affordable driving fun models are certainly not planned.
© Mercedes Benz
Lamborghini HuracanLamborghini Huracán: The Italian VW subsidiary resisted electrification for a long time, but of course there is no getting around it.
The Huracán's pure, naturally aspirated V10, undiluted by hybrid and turbo, will earn its place as one of the pinnacles of the combustion engine age.
Its 640 hp would be achieved with significantly less effort by electric motors, but be that as it may: the fact that such cars will no longer exist is as reasonable as it is a pity.
Price: from 190,274 euros.
© Charlie Magee
BMW Z4BMW Z4: Yes, he's still alive!
Unlike Mercedes-Benz, BMW is continuing its mid-range roadster, a cooperation with Toyota makes it possible.
But even if BMW wants to continue building combustion engines, a successor is anything but certain.
If we're wrong and there will be a Z4 with (as is usual with BMW) combustion and electric options in the future: all the better.
If you don't want to rely on it, you have to invest at least 46,200 euros.
Tina Ruland on an Opel MantaOpel Manta: Actually, we had already dismissed the Manta as a unique Eighties.
Then Opel aroused the imagination with the announcement of an electric Mantas: A two-door, light coupe, with enough range for a trip to the discotheque (that's what clubs used to be called) and to the quarry pond, that would be a nice piece of anarchy between all the efficient, sensible ones streamers.
But only the usual battery SUV will come out again, to which a marketing genius sticks the Manta lettering.
We will miss the real one all the more.
© Rights Managed/Imago
It is best to fill up the tank early and to benefit from the currently (still) falling fuel prices.
The prices for diesel and petrol are currently back at the level of the tank discount.
Fuel prices at Christmas: Numerous price fluctuations per day
In the days leading up to Christmas at the latest, fuel prices for diesel and petrol are likely to rise again.
If you still have to fill up, the same rules apply as usual.
"Of course, the usual daily fluctuations also apply during this time," explains Bock.
Sometimes there are even up to six price peaks per day.
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“Sometimes there are differences of up to 15 cents per day at one and the same gas station.
If you compare all the gas stations in a city, you can save up to 22 cents within 24 hours,” emphasizes the Clever-Tanken boss.
It is usually best in the evening hours.
According to Bock, there are also good windows between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to refuel cheaply.
The trip to a regional chain can sometimes be worthwhile.
However, it is best to compare the current prices using an app before driving to the gas station.
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