Audi has announced that it will not reintroduce diesel engines in the USA. And it is not alone, since VW and Porsche also should not re-market diesel engines in the American market.
The nightmare of dieselgate continues to weigh on the decisions of the Volkswagen Group brands, which now and according to the manager of technological development at Audi, Peter Mertens, begin to admit that they will not return to the American market with turbodiesel engines. For now only with Audi, however, according to the german technician, similar take of position will soon be assumed equally by Porsche and Volkswagen.
Diesel engines still represent a large share of the European market, albeit steadily declining. This is due, on one hand, to the increasing costs of this type of motorisations – the need to accommodate costly technologies such as the injection of AdBlue is one of many explanations – and, on the other hand, the increasing number of supercharged gasoline engines and small capacity, which allows them to have a force similar to diesel, combined with very interesting consumption.
However, Mertens believes that Americans, or the way they use their cars, does not have a profile for diesel engines, especially because of low fuel costs.
At the same time, Audi decided to bet on electric and hybrid vehicles, while aiming to make gasoline engines cleaner and more efficient, which they hope to achieve by adopting particle filters, up to now reserved for diesel. This also costly technology will debut on the Tiguan 1.4TSI and the A5, with the 2.0 TFSI engine.