Audi still considers diesels to be the best enginesOctober 17, 2020
Internal combustion engines still have prospects
The head of Audi, Markus Düsmann, said that heavy fuel engines are by far the most efficient internal combustion engines and it is too early to give up on them.
With Audi pledging 20 new EVs by mid-decade and announcing new EV models with enviable regularity, the days of TSI, TFSI and TDI badges seem to be numbered. However, this is not at all the case, because in fact, Audi still considers diesels to be the best engines: as head of the brand and head of research and development Markus Düsmann told Automotive News Europe in an interview with Automotive News Europe, combustion engines still have a future – even though to the company’s impressive success in electrification technology development.
He argues that it is too early to give up on traditional powertrains, even on diesel engines that have come under fire. Düsmann called heavy fuel engines “by far the most efficient” of any ICE of the current generation. The top manager noted that Audi customers “still love diesels”, but at the same time admitted that the work on limiting harmful emissions to meet modern environmental standards for these engines has become “very expensive” and, as a result, diesel engines have become not so attractive in some market segments.
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