BMW admits VW’s scandal could affect diesel in the US

Interesting, News | January 27th, 2016 by 11
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Ever since the news broke about Volkswagen and its diesel emissions scandal, people the world over have been pondering the future of compression-ignition engines. We’ve done …

Ever since the news broke about Volkswagen and its diesel emissions scandal, people the world over have been pondering the future of compression-ignition engines. We’ve done it ourselves, asking if VW’s scandal could possibly hurt diesel fuel in America, and even the world, by making both consumers and governments distrust it. Even BMW, who regardless of its image will stick with diesel fuel in the future, has said that what happened with Volkswagen will hurt diesel in the US.

According to an interview with Wolfgang Stütz , by WardsAuto, “I personally think there will be effects, that people and politicians don’t trust diesels, and this is the effect the whole industry has from this affair,” to which he continued “The future legislation is also affected because the legislators will tighten the (emission regulation) limits and the boundary conditions,” he said. “This is what we see today.”

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However, Stütz claims that BMW’s diesels are clean and that there’s no worry of any cheating going on. “We were always clean. We are clean,” said Stütz  . “We do not manipulate emissions systems, and we had also in the past a process inside the company to make sure there are no defeat devices on board.”

also went on to say that diesel is also being hurt by the current low prices of gasoline. When gas was expensive, diesels seems far more attractive, given their better fuel economy and range. However, gas is cheap at the moment which, combined with VW’s scandal, makes diesel look like a poor choice. “When both prices rise, then from a certain level the customer may become interested in diesel engines again in the U.S.,” he says. “But at the moment, this is not the case.”

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Despite all of this, however, BMW will stick to its guns and produce diesel engines as long as it can. Regardless of scandal, diesel engines are still the more popular choice in Europe, especially Germany, so it makes sense for the brand to continue with them. Also, with the proper emissions cleaning, diesels can be cleaner and far more efficient than many hybrids could ever hope to be. So hopefully Stütz is wrong and this scandal doesn’t hurt diesel’s image in the US too badly and legislation doesn’t change, because we already get the short end of the diesel stick. We can only hope that customers and legislators alike will understand that there are more positives to diesel in America than negatives.

[Source: WardsAuto]

11 responses to “BMW admits VW’s scandal could affect diesel in the US”

  1. jcatl says:

    The word in this context is “affect”. Effect is not a verb.

  2. Matt Stokes says:

    The decision isn’t really in the manufacturer’s or consumer’s hands, whilst governments enforce tests that are easier to pass with a diesel, that’s what manufacturers will push. A sensible testing and taxation regime would probably do more damage to diesel sales than cheap petrol.

    Just my opinion of course.

  3. John says:

    BMW should sue VW Group

  4. herrdoktorknowitall . says:

    BMW should be more worried about all of the carbon build up problems in their diesels. My 335d has 33,000 miles on it and the intake is already completely fouled up by it.

    • john shurie says:

      I feel your car may have a problem unknown to BMW or dealers. My 330d has over 100k and still runs sweet. I have to add that ZX1 has been added throughout this car since the car was nearly new.

      • herrdoktorprofessor says:

        This is a well known problem for the M57 engine. the 330d doesn’t have the same EGR system that funnels exhaust gasses back into the intake where they cake up on the intake ports and valves. It also doesn’t have the same emissions systems. There is even an official BMW service bulletin on it. It happens to ever 335d and x5 35d eventually.

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