NOW NISSAN MULLS DIESEL’S FUTURE
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”.