Renault Shuts Down Diesel Engine Production

The French company has closed down its diesel engine development program.

Renault has shut down diesel engine development. Diesel powertrains are recognized as unpromising: the brand is confident that the era of diesel internal combustion engines is ending. Within five years, the French company can completely abandon diesel units in favor of hybrids.

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Renault Executive Vice President of Engineering Gilles Le Borgne stressed in his interview with Auto Info that the development of new diesel engines had been discontinued, while units of this type would still be used for the global line-up.

The company’s resources are devoted to the development of electrified powertrains: it is expected that the share of electric and hybrid Renault models will reach 15% and 30% in total sales by 2025 and by 2030, respectively.

Within two months, there will be only one passenger model with a diesel engine — the latest Megane — in Renault’s line-up in the UK. The complete disappearance of diesel cars in the United Kingdom is a matter of 12-15 months, since the Megane will be upgraded at the end of 2021.

The phasing out of Renault’s diesel engine production is confirmed by the fact that Daimler is forced to replace a 1.5-liter turbo V4 dCi with a more voluminous and environmentally “harmful” 2.0-liter OM 654 unit.

Renault is abandoning diesel engines after Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche and Volvo. However, not all automakers agree with the futility of diesels: Mazda continues to develop new engines of this type and Audi considers such units to be the most efficient.

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