Diesel is not dead!

Contrary to the writings and musings of more than a few pundits, journalists and commentators within the automotive industry, diesel is not dead. Their comments on diesel dying out was based loosely around the strict emission limits to be imposed come 2020.

One of the greatest concerns with emissions is the release of nitrogen oxides into the atmosphere. With new refinement of current technology, “Bosch is pushing the boundaries of what is technically feasible,” Bosch CEO, Dr Volkmar Denner said. “Equipped with the latest Bosch technology, diesel vehicles will be classed as low-emission vehicles and yet remain affordable.” Indeed, they are currently quoting figures that are 10 times lower than the new acceptable limit due to come into effect in 2020.

Dr Denner further went on to say “Today, we want to put a stop, once and for all, to the debate about the demise of diesel technology. We firmly believe that the diesel engine will continue to play an important role in the options for future mobility. Until electromobility breaks through to the mass market, we will still need these highly efficient combustion engines.”

Diesel engines and their associated technology have been under close review and scrutiny after the 2015 ‘Diesel-gate’ scandal. We’re not even going to mention that the test vehicle has been a Volkswagen, or that Bosch were/are under investigation as to whether they supplied components used by manufacturers to flout the emissions requirements.

It will be interesting to see results of testing once completed, and further verified by an external source. There appears to be more than a little apprehension when it comes to diesel emission figures being quoted from the manufacturers of the components.

At least for the moment, it does appear that diesel is not dead, however time will tell.


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  • What about our truck transport system that we rely on so heavily.
    Nowhere to plug your road train in out in the bush.
    Can’t see the big rigs going electric or petrol hybrid anytime soon.

  • If a new clean diesel engine is developed it will most likely come from Germany as they are the researches who invest the most funds into R&D.

  • Highly unlikely to happen!
    Just look at the reliance placed on the diesel engine in Mining, Commercial, and recreational.
    The usage and dependence in these 3 areas alone is bigger than Ben Hur?
    How could anyone seriously believe all this is going Petrol/Electric overnight?

  • Toyota owns diahatsu and a lot of other associated component manufacturers if you do your research, I heard an new V6 diesel for the 300 series.

  • I have a family member who works for a coal mine on the northern table lands as a diesel fitter for their machinery that works under ground … the interesting thing is that there is already technology that can filter diesel emissions used on this machinery (which would not be allowed fill the mine with these pollutants). The mining equipment he works on only exhausts water vapour.

  • `Ian, I wouldn’t be putting so much faith in Toyota and diesel development, until mid 1970 they were all petrol derivatives of General Motors, then they started putting Daihatsu diesels engines in to them for many years as they did not have an engine of their own, then after many more years they bought the technology from Daihatsu, who knows, probably still Daihatsu engines.

  • I. Found the 2.5TD Pathfinder very efficient. Only problem in 250,000k was clutch replacement at 100k. Usually returned around 9 litres / 100 km which dropped to 13.5 towing a tandem trailer.

  • It’s encouraging to see an article saying diesel is not dead and will continue to play a role in the automotive arena. For towing between 3 and 3.5 tonne the automotive industry needs to take into account the mass of the tow tug as opposed to the mass of the caravan or whatever is being towed.

  • Hope not , all the new “green machines” are completely out of the price range of average wage earners, as for retired peeps who tow vans forget it, flat battery on the Nullarbor 😡🙄hmmmm

  • Hi. Handy to know some real facts. Toyota being number one world wide have ceased with diesel engine replacement for the landcruiser 200 series being replaced in year 2020. There will not be a diesel engine variant. If Toyota can’t do a diesel, then i dont believe anyone will. Hybrid and full electric is the future.

  • While this is fabulous news for diesel lovers, I cannot help but wonder what the longevity of a diesel motor will be like. We already are having big issues with Common Rail diesel motors with EGRs and Manifold issues……….

    What are they going to introduce to the diesel motor in order to ‘clean it up’ without adversely affecting engine lifespan and cost of ownership?

    The days of 1,000,000 kilometres from a diesel engine seem to have gone……..

  • That’s a shame! Over complicated,troublesome,expensive tech that’s not really needed anymore. If the manufacturers would do a PROPER petrol 4×4, which they could, and TELL people about it , we would have cheaper 4bies that do the job just as well.
    The new generation of turbo petrol motors get their torque nice and low and none of this crap about second filters or DPFs, $1200 injectors or changing the oil every 5,000.
    The reason the V6 Hilux was no good was because it was typical lazy Toyota engineering. They had a V6…so used it and it kept the likes of BP in business!! It loved to use fuel and that was it’s weak point.
    A nice motor like the Mazda 2.5Turbo used in the CX9, or even a new generation 3ltr V6 would have been better and if they took the time to make sure it was engineered for a 4bie there would have been heaps more sales.
    There are heaps more stories around about trouble with diesel motors than there are with petrol motors. It’s just like the banks…it never ends.


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