Renault considers killing off diesel engines

Discussion in 'Diesel powered automobiles' started by Gord, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    According to BBC News Renault is considering killing off diesel engines in Europe.
    The move is a reaction to the cost of ensuring that diesel engines comply with tighter emissions regulations.

    The crackdown follows last year's diesel emissions scandal involving German car maker Volkswagen.

    Renault's move was reported by Reuters and has not yet been officially announced.

    Senior Renault executive Thierry Bollore has said that tougher emissions standards and testing methods would make diesel engines uneconomic to make.

    He told a meeting of Renault bosses in July that diesel engines had already been removed from the company's smallest cars, such as the Twingo, even before the Volkswagen scandal.

    By 2020, when more stringent EU emissions standards come into force, larger Renault cars such as the Clio and the Megane are unlikely to have diesel engine variants.

    More than 60% of the 1.6 million cars Renault sold in Europe last year were diesels.

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    Volkswagen's chief executive, Matthias Mueller, said in June that his company was now wondering "whether it still makes sense to invest a lot of money in further developing diesel".

    From 2019, tougher European rules on diesel engines will involve measuring emissions in real-world driving conditions, making the new standards much harder to comply with.

    For its part, Renault is being investigated by the French authorities for publishing suspected fraudulent emissions figures as the fallout from the Volkswagen scandal continues

    According to French road tests on 100 vehicles, Renault and Nissan cars emit more than eight times the current limits for nitrogen oxide.
     
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  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Gord:

    Do you have a direct link to the BBC story?

    TIA

    Wayne
     
  3. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

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  4. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    Hyundai is moving away from diesel also. They figure that gasoline/electric hybrid achieves the same or better economy with fewer emissions at the same cost. I'm sure many other automakers have come to the same conclusions.
     
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  5. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Which models is Hyundai moving away from diesels in? They announced their new i30 yesterday, it has three diesel options but no hybrids.
     
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  7. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    Just wait till they have to clean up GDI engines... maybe not as costly a fix I suppose.
     
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  8. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

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  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The story is on the home page. Thanks Gord.

    Wayne
     
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  10. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thought it was a good one! Cheers Wayne :D
     
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  11. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    Don't know about specific models but here's the quote:

    http://ecomento.com/2016/01/26/hyundai-debuts-new-hybrid-transmission-in-ioniq-ev/#comment-379169
     
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