The head of Citroen predicted a drop in the popularity of diesel engines in the next 3-4 yearsMay 9, 2021
Citroen has joined the list of brands that plan to phase out diesel vehicles in the coming years. The head of the brand, Vincent Kobe, is skeptical about the future of heavy fuel engines, writes Autocar.
The demand for cars with such engines will continue to fall, Kobe predicts: “I am extremely cold-blooded about diesels. Five years ago their share was 80%, and last year it was less than 50%, in three or four years it may drop to 15% ”.
And although Vincent does not directly say that the company refuses to produce cars with diesel engines, according to him, it can be concluded that Citroen is unlikely to invest in the development of new heavy fuel engines in the future and will gradually withdraw diesel modifications from its range.
Automakers began to gradually abandon diesel engines after the scandal with the use of bypass software on Volkswagen cars that erupted in 2015. Special software in certain modes underestimated the emissions of harmful substances and thus allowed the “dirty” diesel engines to fit into strict environmental requirements. The scandal caused colossal reputational damage to the very concept of diesel engines.
The intention to gradually remove diesel cars from the range was previously announced by such companies as Renault, Hyundai, Nissan, Honda, Volvo.
Diesel engines of the Blue HDi series with a volume of 1.5-2.0 liters are installed on Citroen passenger cars: C4, C5 Aircross, C4 Space Tourer, as well as on commercial models.
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