Audi may invest heavily in electric cars, but it does not forget thermal engines. After the Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback, the manufacturer with the rings is preparing to reveal the e-tron GT, its electric sports sedan. At the same time, Audi teams continue to work on thermal engines so that they fully comply with all pollution standards.
In an interview with the serious Automotive News, the boss of the brand with the rings returned at length to internal combustion engines. Markus Duesmann believes that it will be a long time yet before traditional engines are phased out. The CEO continues his speech and confides that these motors are by far the most efficient.
Audi e-tron GT concept
Audi S6 TDI
Customers continue to demand gasoline and diesel engines. Even after the scandalous Dieselgate affair, customers still appreciate (but less) diesel. It is for this reason that in its range, Audi sells different kinds. There is of course the 2.0 TDI, but also, the V6 3.0 TDI that can be found under the hood of the Audi S6 (without forgetting the V8 TDI of the Audi SQ8).
The CEO of Audi confided that it had become difficult for his teams to bring them up to standard by only modifying their exhaust. The upgrading of these diesel engines becomes more expensive, because after the installation of catalysts and DPF to limit the emission of polluting particles, Audi must find alternative solutions which require investments.
Markus Duesmann admitted that diesel engines are less in demand than before. This will not prevent the manufacturer from continuing to produce them until the politicians sign their death warrant. In addition, the CEO thinks that the end of diesel will be done gradually and that it will be regionalized, Europe being the last continent to ban this motorization which was once headlining.