Despite a series of scandals that have tarnished the image of diesel engines, cost manufacturers billions in fines penalties and recalls and now threaten to drag them in a wider legal morass, BMW’s top executive is insisting diesel engines can have a significant role in the industry’s future.
“State-of-the art diesels will definitely play an important role in future mobility,” said BMW CEO Harald Kruger.
“Modern efficient diesel engines ensure lower CO2 emissions. On average, BMW Group diesel vehicles emit 40% less NOX than the German average, as reported by the Germany Federal Environment agency in April 2017. This is also true for both our Euro 5 and Euro 6 vehicles,” he said.
The ability of diesels to meet future emission standards have been compromised during the past two years by a series of scandals in which manufacturers have been accused of using “defeat” software to cheat on official emission tests required for certification.
The scandals started with Volkswagen, but the tests used by other manufacturers including Fiat Chrysler, General Motors and Daimler AG also have been challenged.
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