Autocar - - TOKYO MOTOR SHOW -

Nis­san is the lat­est car maker to con­sider the fu­ture of diesel pow­er­trains in its model lineup as a re­sult of tougher leg­is­la­tion and con­sumer back­lash on diesels.

Nis­san R&D boss Takao Asami (pic­tured) said that as more al­ter­na­tive pow­er­trains come to the fore, Nis­san “can­not keep de­vel­op­ing too many chan­nels of prod­ucts. We al­ready have petrol, diesel, hy­brid, plug-in hy­brid, elec­tric ve­hi­cle. There are so many pow­er­trains. Even­tu­ally, we need to have some pri­or­i­ties.”

Asami ac­knowl­edged that diesels are a bet­ter fit in some mar­kets and that there is still progress to be made in max­imis­ing the ef­fi­ciency of in­ter­nal-com­bus­tion en­gines but sug­gested diesel may be the prime can­di­date to be phased out in years to come.

He would not be pushed on how long it might take for diesel to be axed, how­ever.

Asami’s com­ments came as Toy­ota’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent, Di­dier Leroy, said that “in my per­sonal opin­ion, [Toy­ota] will not launch an­other diesel car”.

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