Luca de Meo, the new boss of Renault has announced that he will not invest in the development of a new diesel engine to equip his future cars.
The end of diesel is approaching at Renault ? This is what suggests the last decision taken by Luca de Meo, the new boss of Renault since last summer.
For the moment, diesel engines are still in the manufacturer’s catalog. At least on models traditionally faithful to diesel, such as wagons or SUVs for example, very popular with heavy riders who want to consume little and enjoy great autonomy over long distances.
However, this is less and less the case with small cars, some of which like the Twingo which is only offered in essence. Exit also diesel engines for the Clio for example, which offers several petrol, LPG and hybrid engines in the catalog.
Renault’s new boss has understood that diesel is no longer popular. Technology, since the scandals of dieselgate Volkswagen, for example, is gradually being sidelined from the automotive industry as a whole. However, a decade ago, the brand still relied heavily on diesel.
But last Friday, the man at the head of the diamond brand simply announced that Renault was not would develop more new diesel engines.
In addition to the tarnished image of this technology, the decision to abandon diesel is also part of Renault’s cost reduction strategy. to get his accounts out of the red.
According to two sources close to Renault, the group would consider not no longer offer diesel in its cars by 2025, leaving only this technology for its vans and vans.
At the same time, the group will redirect its investments towards gasoline hybrids as well as electric vehicles, which should represent nearly 65% of car sales by 2025 according to Luca de Meo. The latter added that this share would stand at over 90% in 2030.
Source : Reuters
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