Volkswagen compact models run the risk of completely losing diesel enginesApril 22, 2020
According to Matthias Rabe, Volkswagen Technical Director at Volkswagen Corporation on Wednesday, April 22, diesel engines can gradually disappear from the compact passenger cars’ motor line and remain only in SUVs and commercial vehicles.
The brand representative believes that the rejection of diesel engines on compact cars will lead to the fact that European environmental standards will be tightened. To bring small-sized turbo engines in line with Euro-7 standards, the automaker will have to invest a lot of money, which will make diesel models very expensive.
According to Rabe, the completion of diesel engines for models such as Polo and Golf will not be economically feasible, but for heavy SUVs with high aerodynamic drag, diesel engines will remain relevant for now.
The introduction of environmental standards Euro-7 is planned by 2025, so that at least 5 years diesel small cars will be produced. In the current period, the German automaker is developing a new diesel lineup with two nitric oxide converters – as noted in the company, such engines are 80% more environmentally friendly than simple engines with “heavy” fuel.
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