BMW Not Giving Up On Diesels, Says They Will Be Relevant For Quite Some Time

While some automakers are moving away from diesel powertrains in the aftermath of Dieselgate, BMW says diesels will continue to play an important role across its range.

During our interview with BMW spokesman for Corporate Communications and Politics, Wieland Bruch, at the Geneva Motor Show, we were told that internal combustion engines are still crucial for the company.

“In 2025, when we say that around 20 per cent [of our vehicles] are electrified vehicles, that also means 80 per cent of our vehicles will still be traditionally-powered”, Bruch said.

“It is therefore important to know that we see quite a future for the diesel engine because we need it in terms of CO2 regulations. It will remain one important brick in the wall to fulfill our goals. There are a multitude of technologies where we have to be state-of-the-art all the time. because who knows when the industry will become full electric.”

Since VW’s emissions cheating scandal, demand for diesel vehicles has plummeted, particularly across Europe. In response, a host of automakers have announced their plans to stop selling diesels in favor or petrol-powered and hybrid alternatives.

It’s not just diesels that BMW is developing alongside petrol, hybrid, and electric models though. The brand is also working hard on hydrogen fuel cells, as this technology could just be where the future of the automobile lies.

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  • Trackhacker

    Just let it go.

  • Autoexperte

    i don´t want German diesel, because Dieselgate is a problem of the German automaker, diesel from other automakers are not a problem

    • Christian Wimmer

      Tests have shown that the German diesels are cleaner than French, Italian, Korean and even Japanese diesels.

      Now there’s even talk of adding particulate filters and a kind of AdBlue to modern gasoline cars (Source: Auto Motor und Sport January/February issue).

      • Autoexperte

        i hate this adblue-shit, the Honda Civic 1.6l i-DTEC

        It complies with the latest EU standard Euro 6d TEMP without Adblue and that is more valuable to me than a “clean diesel certificate” for a car whose manufacturer used to cheat on diesel, so why should I suddenly believe that?

        • Timothy Gough

          Exactly. They can add all the particulates on the face of the planet if they want, fact is, governments/policy makers, environmentalists etc have had it with fossil fuels and its emissions. It’s all going electric whether anyone likes it or not. BMW are just reluctant because they want to bleed their investment in diesel engines completely dry. If it was up to BMW, they’d prefer to keep diesels for the next 100 years and I don’t blame them as businessmen but society as a majority is moving against diesels, ICEs, fossil fuels etc.

  • BobV12

    Wow BMW plans to offer only electrification on 20% of their line-up by 2025 ? This is so low it sounds dangerous for them

  • Funny how not so long ago many criticised Toyota & other Japanese brands for not investing on diesel and instead focus on hybrids/ electrics.

    The thing about the truth is that it’s relative, yesterday it was true diesels were a cashcow because they were ‘cleaner’…….it’s all about luck as to what technology will be relevant tomorrow.

    Bet wisely

  • Blue Gum

    Makes sense, there won’t even be enough batteries or infrastructure by 2025 to transition even half of new cars to full electric(globally).

    Diesel will be with us longer than unleaded.

  • Agu.55

    get back to F1

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