Within the next two to three years, small diesel-powered cars are expected to be phased out in favour of petrol-engined models using 48V mild hybrid technology
Jim Holder
15 December 2016

Small diesel-powered cars are expected to be phased out in the next two to three years and replaced by petrol-engined models using 48V mild hybrid technology, according to Volkswagen R&D chief Frank Welsch.

With tightening emissions regulations and real-world fuel economy testing coming into force, the cost of developing diesels is set to rise steeply. But with those costs being passed on to customers and profit margins on small cars already being so slight, Welsch believes few buyers will accept the price premium for a diesel on smaller models such as the Volkswagen Polo.

“Today, diesel engines are more expensive [than petrol engines] and this distance is going to grow as we have to work to tougher standards,” said Welsch. “We have enough customers for diesel in cars like Polo now, but that might not be the case forever.

“The 48V system offers better energy recuperation and near-silent stop-start, so you don’t feel the engine cutting out and starting. With a cruising function too, you will achieve savings starting at around 6-8g/km of CO2 and in real-life conditions.”

 

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16 December 2016
He means he hope they do. Desperate to move the agenda away from the diesel word are they not.

16 December 2016
that the industry is only now having to address the challenges of ' real-world fuel economy testing'. That for so long car-buyers have been defrauded and lied to.

16 December 2016
I've said it before, yes there's a need for diesel cars but the concept was oversold with 1.6 diesel super minis doing 8,000 miles a year and saving the owner no money in the long run but polluting way more than a 1.0 petrol.
America and Asia got this one right!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

16 December 2016
Diesel superminis are not the problem, the problem was not having strict emissions regs for diesel, whilst having incredibly strict regs for petrol. And to say a 1.6 diesel supermini is "more polluting" than a 1.0 petrol one is mis-leading, sure the diesel emits more particulates and NOx but less CO2, less benzine and it uses less fuel, ergo it depends WHICH pollutants youre talking about. Sorry but it just isnt as simple as youre making out.

XXXX just went POP.

16 December 2016
typos1 wrote:

Diesel superminis are not the problem, the problem was not having strict emissions regs for diesel, whilst having incredibly strict regs for petrol. And to say a 1.6 diesel supermini is "more polluting" than a 1.0 petrol one is mis-leading, sure the diesel emits more particulates and NOx but less CO2, less benzine and it uses less fuel, ergo it depends WHICH pollutants youre talking about. Sorry but it just isnt as simple as youre making out.

If you read the WHO report on diesel emissions it'll then be clear

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

16 December 2016
WHO is an intensely political organisation. Read it of course, but don't believe everything it tells you.

16 December 2016
Ah well there's millions of pounds worth of reseach and top chemists work disproved then. L320 you can put your head back in the sand now, clown.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

16 December 2016
"Clown" - childish abuse, the last resort of those without any argument.

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