“Dieselgate” plunged the compression-ignition engine’s future into a state of uncertainty, but new technology is allowing oil burners to regain ground
INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINES (ICE),
especially the diesel variety, are under threat. France has announced that, by 2040, no new vehicles fitted with an ICE can be sold. The electric revolution has started and an all-electric powertrain future is fast becoming a reality. Should we get out the violins for the last diesel engine to be used in a passenger vehicle? Not according to Siegfried Pint from the Audi drivetrain development team, with whom I spoke at the recent Audi Summit in Barcelona. The Volkswagen Group, which was in the media for all the wrong reasons, is now leading the diesel fight-back charge.