A rise in average CO2 emissions from falling diesel car sales will soon become a big, prominent issue the car industry will have to deal with.
That's according to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) group sales operations director Andy Goss, who said the rise in CO2 emissions was inevitable in the short term as buyers were turned off by diesel and went back to petrol instead, in lieu of a market full of plug-in hybrid and electric alternatives.
Indeed, in 2017, average CO2 emissions rose by 1g/km in the UK, the first increase since records began in 2002, as buyers turned away from the black pump due to the bad press and punitive tax changes made by the Government to put people off the fuel.
"The CO2 issue is not very well articulated at this stage," said Goss, who was announcing JLR's record annual results for new car sales in 2017. "It needs to be. We need a balance on this, and we will try and articulate it ourselves.
"The CO2 agenda has not gone away. It's not just about CO2 or NOx – each is an agenda. All manufacturers are investing in electrification; it's in all interests to navigate a glide path together."
Goss said that the switch away from diesel was not currently impacting on any of JLR's future investment plans, because its new range of four-cylinder Diesel engines were part of the wider Ingenium family, with flexible production at the firm's Wolverhampton engine plant. However, it did cast long-term doubts over the future of the fuel.