The head of Audi says the German firm will continue to offer turbodiesel engine options since “many of our customers still love” oil-burners.
Despite the Ingolstadt-based firm investing heavily in electric mobility, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann suggested to Automotive News Europe it would “be a while” before the internal combustion engine was laid to rest.
“The future of the internal combustion engine will ultimately be a political question, and it won't be decided throughout the world at the same time. So, it definitely makes sense for different markets to turn to electric mobility as well as modern, highly efficient internal combustion engines,” he said.
The 51-year-old said Audi had a “very systematic electric strategy”.
“But for the foreseeable future, many of our customers will continue to want an internal combustion engine. So we will keep working on their efficiency. It is still our goal to be CO2 neutral by 2050 in line with the Paris climate accord. We are committed to it."
Interestingly, Duesmann admitted the TDI engine was becoming “very expensive” thanks to the exhaust treatment required in Europe.
“Out of all the internal combustion powertrain, diesels are by far the most efficient. But due to exhaust treatment, they have also become very expensive and are not an attractive option in every vehicle segment. But since many of our customers still love diesels, we will continue to offer them.”
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