Audi will not abandon gasoline and diesel enginesOctober 12, 2020
The head of the premium automaker says diesels are by far the most efficient internal combustion engines. The German brand will continue to use classic internal combustion engines in its models along with all-electric motors.
Since Audi has been working a lot with prototypes of its electric novelties lately, some will be tempted to believe that the Four Rings plans to get rid of combustion engines entirely. Given the company’s decision to launch 20 electric vehicles by mid-decade, it looks like the days of the TSI (petrol), TFSI and TDI (diesel) badges are numbered. However, it is not.
In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Audi CEO and head of research and development Markus Düsmann said that the ICE still has a future.
He argues that “it will take a while” for the auto industry to ditch traditional powertrains altogether. He separately noted that diesel engines are “by far the most efficient” of the current generation of internal combustion engines.
Duesmann, who is also the head of research and development for the VW Group, which includes Audi, said that Audi customers “still love diesels.” “Diesel engines have to be adjusted to meet the current stringent emission standards,” he added.
As Audi still sees a future for internal combustion engines, Düsmann says “we will continue our efforts to make them as fuel efficient as possible.” He believes that the “death of the ICE” will depend on a political decision, and this will not happen all over the world at the same time.
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