The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at whether the diesel powertrain -- which automakers say is crucial to reaching tougher EU clean air targets that take effect in 2021 -- has a long-term future.
The diesel has been hampered by the Volkswagen Group’s 2-year-old emissions-cheating scandal and stung by the rising risk that the powertrain will be banned from key city centers in Europe. As a result, European sales of cars with diesel engines are falling fast in key markets. Brussels has warned that Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain all face an impending infringement procedure for persistently failing to live up to clean air requirements in place since 2010.
The responses from the five member states are under assessment by the Commission to decide on the next steps. Those could include referring the matter to the European Court of Justice, where hefty fines could be imposed. Our cover story looks at whether the battered powertrain can survive.
We also review the state of diesel sales in Europe’s four largest markets -- Germany, UK, France and Italy.