BMW as well as Benz: Diesel Has Long-Term Future in Europe, however Not in U.S.
There are certain questions in which must be asked pretty much every time journalists get inside the same room as senior auto-industry executives. Thanks to Volkswagen’s cheatin’ heart, the future of diesel passenger cars on both sides of the Atlantic is usually one of them.
After speaking to senior executives coming from both BMW as well as Mercedes-Benz at the Geneva auto show, in which appears the divide is usually set to grow, with compression ignition having a long-term future in Europe however with prospects on our side of the Atlantic looking much less rosy.
“inside the United States, [diesel] has always been a modest minority,” Ian Robertson, BMW’s head of sales as well as marketing, told Car as well as Driver. “Interestingly, a lot of people who bought diesel inside the U.S. were Europeans living in America, as well as they were very enthusiastic about in which. however I don’t see diesel picking up inside the passenger-car market inside the U.S. I think in which’s unlikely to have much of a future ahead of in which.”
Although Robertson admitted to being frustrated by differing emissions standards in different European countries as well as by the fact in which some of them “class all diesels the same, whether [they are] Euro 6 compliant or 25 years old,” he said BMW predicts diesels will continue for the foreseeable future, gradually being replaced by gasoline plug-in hybrids as standards tighten.
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Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, is usually in broad agreement. “The progress in which has been made with combustion engines is usually amazing,” he told journalists at Geneva. “In in which area, the differences between a modern diesel as well as a gas engine are very limited. Obviously, inside the U.S., if we talk about passenger cars as well as light trucks, the diesel has never played a significant role—in which probably won’t change. In Europe in which does, as well as more as well as more without a downside, with their more modern emission levels.”
Given the excellence of next-generation diesel engines like Mercedes-Benz’s fresh four-cylinder as well as BMW’s mighty 3.0-liter six, in which’s a huge shame.