Mercedes – to stop making diesel engines would be “stupid”
Despite the recent emissions scandal, which rocked the motoring industry to its foundations, the chairman of Daimler AG, Dieter Zetsche said the diesel engine has a future and to consider phasing them out would be a “stupid” decision.
“As we are proving with our new family of diesel engines, these can be as clean as gasoline engines with an on-going built-in advantage of around 15% lower CO2 emissions,” he said.
“This continues to be a key issue even though at this moment in time everyone is talking about NOx. We are seeing a highly emotional, political and illogical kind of discussion, but when you look at the facts and the technological potential, it would be absolutely stupid to forego the potential that diesel provides,” he added.
His statements are supported by figures that show the public’s confidence in diesel engines has not been affected, with sales unaffected by the scandal. Neither BMW nor Mercedes “has seen one basis point change in the take rate for diesel in Europe over the last year.”
Mercedes’ commitment to diesel contrasts to several other car makers, with Renault and Volvo looking to phase oil burning engines out at some stage in the future. A more stringent emissions standard, and the rising costs of developing engines capable of meeting them, is the primary reason for this radical policy.