Harald Krüger, BMW’s new CEO, has addressed today the shareholders and media during the quarterly update conference. Among topics like the future of mobility, digitilization and sales results, Krüger also reconfirmed BMW’s commitment to diesel technology.
“An important element of Efficient Dynamics is our state-of-the-art diesel technology,” Krüger said. “Diesel is one of the cleanest and most efficient drive trains in the industry. Without diesel powertrains, we would not have been able to meet the strict CO2 limits in Europe. Many customers appreciate the advantages a diesel has to offer. At present, our customers are not showing any changes in their buying behavior towards diesel.”
The official statement comes right after VW, Audi and Porsche are being dragged in another dieselgate scandal.
Krüger also reinforced that BMW “strictly adhere[s] to the legal regulations and existing test cycles in every country.” Furthermore, the BMW chief calls for new test cycles with common standards in Europe and worldwide.
“Therefore, it is necessary to have common standards for technical systems – in Europe and worldwide – in order to provide a stable planning basis for manufacturers’ investment decisions,” Krüger stated. “With a uniform system, we would no longer need to meet different technical requirements in different regions anymore. That is why we support the rapid implementation of new test cycles. This includes the new WLTP test cycle and the Real Drive Emission test procedure RDE.”