Without a doubt, Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal has accelerated the adoption of electrified powertrains in the automotive industry. Honestly, however, we don’t really think the diesel engine deserves its fate, but many automakers are now abandoning this type of fuel as a source of power. The latest to join the growing list of brands saying goodbye to diesel seems to be Citroën.
The recently unveiled C5 X will only be available in Europe with gasoline or hybrid powertrains. Its predecessors were sold with some of the best diesel engines on the market, however, Citroën believes the days of the compression-ignition engine are numbered. In fact, the CEO of the company said he was happy with how things were going.
“I am extremely cold on diesel,” said Vincent Cobée, CEO of Citroën Coach in a recent interview. “It was 80 percent of the segment five years ago and less than 50 percent last year; it could be less than 15% in three or four years. “
Of course, you can still buy a Citroën with a diesel engine today. If you take a look at the brand’s UK site, you’ll see that several models can be obtained with the BlueHDI engine, including the new C4, C5 Aircross and C4 SpaceTourer. As far as we understand, Citroën will likely stop investing money in the development of new diesel engines, although existing ones will remain on sale for a few more years.
Citroën is by far not the only manufacturer intending to stop selling diesel passenger cars in the next few years. Just recently Renault announced similar plans and before that companies like Hyundai, Nissan, Volvo and others made the same decision. However, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Volkswagen and a few others still believe that the diesel engine has a future.