Are Diesel Cars Dead? This CEO Says Yes

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Are Diesel Cars Dead? This CEO Says Yes

One CEO believes the Volkswagen diesel scandal will kill the market for diesel cars in certain countries.

Continental CEO Elmar Degenhart recently spoke to German newspaper Boersen-Zeitung that he believes “The diesel passenger car could sooner or later disappear from these markets,” referring to North America, Japan and China. In those areas, diesels only have a market share of one to three percent, compared to 53 percent in Europe.

Over the recent years, Volkswagen has been trying to break through the diesel passenger car market in the U.S. by touting its clean diesel engines as an alternative to standard gasoline. Last September, the German automaker admitted that it had been cheating on EPA diesel emissions tests, kicking off one of the biggest scandals yet in the automotive industry.

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Degenhart reiterated that Continental did not supply any software used to manipulate emissions tests to any of its clients, adding that the company did develop and supply the engine controllers in line with Volkswagen’s specifications. “The installation and tuning of the software, the so-called calibration, was done by VW.”

[Source: Automotive News Europe]

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  • smartacus

    Without Diesels, and with Billions in Federal fines looming;
    VW will have to start moving assets and leave VAG to wither on the vine.

  • Labrat0116

    Thanks a lot VW CEOs! You big greedy azzzzholes !

  • dylan214u

    Diesels make sense for passenger cars, that’s why they probably won’t make it. Tell me when the US last made a move that made sense.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    I don’t know about that, with the treatment system and more costly repairs, the money saved in fuel will easily go towards said repairs. Besides, the North American infrastructure is mainly set up for gasoline with a push towards electric, I don’t think we need diesel here anymore.

  • Carlos Danger

    Diesels don’t make sense. Diesels engines cost more, pollute more and at least in the US, the fuel costs more.