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September 19, 2017   |

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What We Learned from Frankfurt: Auto Manufacturers See Future for Clean Diesel and are Talking About It

Sep. 19, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – Preserving consumer choice in fuels and technology is on display at the IAA International Motor (Frankfurt) Auto Show from Sept. 14 to 24, with many auto manufacturers reaffirming their commitment by announcing new diesel options for their 2018 line-ups.  

“The word out of Frankfurt is clear: there is a future for clean diesel technologies,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “While there certainly is a buzz about alternative powertrains, it is also clear that continued commitments to gasoline and diesel technology are there as well. All need to be part of the mobility plan for the future, as a means to provide consumers a choice and recognizing that no single technology can meet the needs of every driver.”

Thirteen different vehicle or technology announcements have taken place at the show thus far including those collected below.


List of Manufacturers Debuting New Diesel Technologies

BMW: the 2018 Alpina D5 S G30 sedan will be powered by diesel; the 6-series Gran Turismo sedan will come in two diesel engine options. Source; Source

Continental: a new 48-volt mild-hybrid diesel system which it claims can reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide by as much as 60 per cent, and cut fuel economy by as much as four per cent. Source

Ford: the 2018 EcoSport compact SUV adds a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Source

Honda: the 2018 Civic sedan – one of the most popular sedans globally – will be offered with a 1.6-litre diesel engine. Source

Hyundai: the 2018 Coupe Fastback will have a 1.6-litre diesel engine alongside two gasoline engines; the 2018 G70 sedan will have a 2.2-litre diesel engine. Source

Jaguar: the Sportbrake will be offered with four diesel engine options, along with a gasoline one. Source

Kia: the Stonic compact crossover will have a 1.6-liter diesel engine option, alongside gasoline options; the 2018 Sorento will be offered with a 2.2-litre diesel engine. Source

Porsche: the redesigned 2019 Cayenne SUV will come with a diesel engine option. Source

PSA’s Opel: the new Insignia GSi Sports Tourer will be offered as a diesel engine. Source

Renault: the redesigned Duster will be offered with a choice of a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.2-litre gasoline engine. Source

Skoda: the Karoq SUV will have two diesel engines – a 1.6-litre unit and a 2-litre unit – as part of five different engine types being offered. Source

Toyota: the 2018 LandCruiser Prado will only be available with a diesel engine. Source

Volkswagen: the new T-Roc small SUV will come in three diesel engine ranges, as well as three gasoline engines; the redesigned Polo hatchback will come with a choice of one diesel and three gasoline engines. Source; Source


Recent Comments about Clean Diesel Made by Global Manufacturers

Dieter Zetsche, CEO, Daimler AG

“Diesel is worth fighting for.” Source

“Our goal is to improve diesel rather than ban it…optimizing diesel is the most effective lever to reach climate targets in road transport.” Source

“The fact is, it’s more worthwhile to improve modern diesel engines than to ban them. We need diesel if we are to achieve our climate targets through less CO2 in road traffic. …Banning diesels would be a disservice to our targets.” Source


Ola Kaellenius, Development Chief, Daimler

“The debate over diesel isn’t helpful, but what we can see is that many buyers are rational, and they see that diesel is a very attractive technology. Our answer to the debate has to be innovation and technology.” Source


Dan Nicholson, Vice President of Global Propulsion Systems, General Motors

“Diesels are and will continue to play an important part of our fuel-economy goals.” Source

“Diesels present an opportunity for growth for Chevrolet because they combine fuel economy and high torque output for acceleration. Diesels are one of the lowest cost ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.” Source


Harald Krueger, CEO, BMW

“Diesel is absolutely necessary to reach climate goals in the medium-term.” Source


Ian Robertson, Head of Sales, BMW

“Yes, diesel will play a part in it...diesel will have a future in this technology.” Source

“Diesel is still a very important part of the combustion engine mix…we still see very strong demand. You will see diesels - the EU6 and the very cleanest diesels – still in our mix in the years to come.” Source


Fritz Steinparzer, Head of Development for Diesel Engines, BMW

“…in reality we have not lost so many diesel sales. That says to me there are many customers who really like diesels and this big impact hasn’t led to people no longer buying diesels. And the new diesels, with Euro 6 standards in technology are really very clean.” Source


Steven Armstrong, EMEA President, Ford

“Our job is to offer the information to make a good decision, help them understand the facts behind the different powertrain vehicle options that there are, and to give them a choice of vehicle types and powertrains to meet the use case that they’ve got.” Source


Lars Stenqvist, CTO, Volvo Group; Executive Vice President, Volvo Groups Trucks Technology

“[Diesel and the combustion engine] will be the foundation of long-haul freight for many years to come. We are investing heavily in next-generation combustion engines, and it still has a lot of development potential.” Source


Oliver Blume, CEO, Porsche

“In several markets, especially Europe, Korea and Australia, people love the diesel engines. So, we won’t decide yet to go off the diesel.” Source

“Modern diesel is a very good option for our customers. It will travel long distances. So I think we will continue for a while.” Source

“Fact is, the new Cayenne will also be available in diesel.” Source


Sebastian Mackensen, Senior Vice President, Mini

“…I think there is a future for diesel in Mini vehicles.” Source

“[Mini is] looking forward to selling many of them, committed [to diesel] long term…” Source


Michael Winkler, Head of Powertrain, Hyundai

"We will have different shares of powertrains for different markets. Diesel's share will decrease into the future but it still has a big, relevant role." Source


Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors

“I think it works best when, instead of mandating, customers are choosing the technology that meets their needs.” Source


Thomas Linebarger, CEO, Cummins

"Cummins will continue to provide a variety of power technologies -- including electric, diesel, natural gas and future alternative fuels -- for different applications. We need to make sure we have the right technology for the right application. Even if the electrified power train replaces the internal combustion engine completely, that's still a 20- to 25-year transition period customers have to manage through." Source


Rich Freeland, President and COO, Cummins

“We’re going to be using diesel to haul stuff across country for a long time, in my view. Will there be some electrification on those trucks? Will there be telematics on those trucks? Will they have automated powertrains? Yes, yes, yes. Will they be a pure electric vehicle? At least in one person’s opinion that’s quite a ways out.” Source


Jose Avila, Powertrain Division President, Continental

“The diesel engine will continue to play an important role in meeting mobility needs for the foreseeable future. It is vital for us to develop the technology to support extremely low-pollutant diesel operation.” Source


Masahiro Moro, CEO, Mazda North America

“I’m very interested in the diesel engine. I’m not seeking for big volume, but a very good challenge in terms for us to show, mostly, the big benefit that diesel has.” Source

“I don’t intend to change American consumer mindset to diesel. We would like to provide a choice for customers who really appreciate those technologies.” Source


Matthias Mueller, CEO, Volkswagen

“Conventional and alternative powertrains are not adversaries. We earn the money we need to invest billions in the future from the vehicles we sell today. And without efficient and clean diesel engines, climate targets won’t be achievable.” Source

“Diesel has a future…there must be a co-existence with the internal combustion engine, diesel and electric motors. Diesel will play an important role as a bridge technology.” Source

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About The Diesel Technology Forum

The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit www.dieselforum.org.


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