This is prompted by all the discussion on MB getting a 50% TE on their hybrid PU but as l our real engine experts are commenting there I thought I would start a more general thread.
I wonder if the high point of auto diesel engines has now past? Ford's 1 litre 3 cylinder is in mass production with mpg which seems to be within 10% of a diesel without all the DPF's or Urea injection etc.
Meanwhile VW have gotten into a teribble mess, and seriously damaged the diesel image, by trying to prove it can do everything in the USA.
The German premium mfrs, BMW and MB in many ways drove the diesel growth but now seem to be focusing on electrics in the case of BMW and, maybe hybrids for MB given the huge investment in F1.
Diesels were never actually that big a share of global engine production. The world car build is about 75M per year and diesel has 50% of the 17M or so in Europe and not much more than 10% anywhere else. For the two biggest markets USA and China it's very small indeed. So I suspect diesel is less than 20% of global build which must tempt mfrs to drop it if hybrid can get the same mpg/CO2 once the positive environmental image of Diesel goes away - which VW have tried hard to do !
So, is their a real future for road diesel or will it be a European only option on bigger , premium cars in 5-10 years?