How came the heyday of the diesel engine? Carlos Ghosn thinks so


There is life beyond 5,000 RPM. The petrol engines are going to gain in popularity, on the sidelines of the latest news

This week began the Hall of Tokyo, quote engine that has served, as is usual, in order to achieve headlines from the statements of the authorities of the sector. Carlos Ghosn, the father, the son and the holy spirit of Renault-Nissan, departs a holder clear: Diesel engines have reached their peak.

With or without the scandal Volkswagen of emissions and engines handled, this type of engine was starting to go back in the segment’s most affordable market, mainly the segment, but also in segment B. we Speak of a piece of the market where the price differences are determinants.

10 years Ago but he had sense to put Diesel engines in models such as Citroen C1, Opel Agila (now Karl) or Volkswagen Fox (now Up!). The successors of these models since you can only choose with petrol engines, consumers ended up not seeing the clear beads. are Not cars able to make enormous distances lf, unlike sedans or compact.


In the previous decade, he had more of a sense that small cars use engine oil, but not for the majority of users

small cars, by cause natural, consume little, no matter what type of fuel. The cost difference between technologies makes it more difficult to rentabilizarlos, because the difference in consumption is small. On larger models, heavy or powerful accounts faster, diesels have an advantage.

The latest advances in gasoline engines have cut back consumption considerably, in the type-approval and also in real-world conditions (as the case may be). Therefore, diesel engines are losing the sense of. The results are in, the burners of diesel fuel are reducing their market share, and that was already happening before September 2015, when the scandal broke.

from 2017 will be current Euro 6c, and the approval will be made considering the actual emissions on the road. Although the European Union has pushed the knee to the pressure of the lobby car-and like-minded countries – will continue to be more difficult to have Diesel engines that meet the standards, at a reasonable price.


The Opel Karl approvals from 4.1 l/100 km of gasoline, it makes no sense an alternative to diesel more expensive

A diesel engine can be clean with the right technology, but that technology is expensive, and that means a higher price. In the segments basic of those differences scare the customer, so that the extra costs should be sanded to the maximum. If this means stop offering versions with a diesel engine, is done. This is already happening.

With or without the scandal, there is a climate of growing hostility towards diesels for their level of pollution, higher than previously believed, and that is changing the perception of the customers. Just look at what happened in Japan between 1980 and 2010, this type of engine came to be sold out of all the manufacturers. Why not can pass in Europe?

manufacturers of global scope, and I am not referring precisely to the europeans, they think more in gasoline

The american, japanese and south koreans have embraced the diesel engine by the demands of the market, not by believing in them. European manufacturers try to place the diesel engine where it is not welcome, and the scandal Volkswagen doesn’t help the cause. In Japan, the US, South Korea and China, the share of the diesel engine is the residual, and it is not expected an explosion that would change things. Now, even less.


The Fiat 500 is one of the few models that offer diesel engines in the segment

What has been seen in segments basic is going to play later in the compact, and then in the compact SUVS. Although the European Union has softened its demands with the arrival of the testing out of the lab, the market is going to go des-dieselizando, if I admitís the term.

If you look at the sales data, we can assert ourselves in this conclusion, has reached a peak of more than 70% share of new models in Europe with a diesel engine. Now the consumer is more aware of the disadvantages: higher maintenance, difficult to monetize, breakdowns, more expensive, threats, restrictions of movement, pollute more, etc

The scandal Volkswagen has helped us all to be more aware of the problem, and to accelerate what was inevitable. Removing Western Europe, the largest markets of the planet will not opt for the diesel engine. it Was a singularity regional, inflated by the governments, but it is already decreasing. The european governments are withdrawing their support gradually. The rest will go by inertia.