Could the popularity of diesel in Europe be about to end?
The dominance of diesel engines in Europe’s new car market could be over before the end of the decade.
That's according to leading automotive engineers, who say a combination of increasingly stringent emissions regulations and the high cost of new-generation anti-pollution technology will make diesel engines much more expensive.
This, say experts, will be coupled with improvements in petrol engine economy and the high possibility of significant rises in the price of diesel fuel.
Joe Bakaj, head of product development for Ford of Europe, said the costs of meeting the Euro 6 and expected Euro 7 pollution regulations would be a major problem, as would the possibility of reduced petrol refining capacity in Europe. This would force up the price of diesel, a by-product of the process. He also questioned the longevity of the tax advantages of buying diesel in some EU countries.