VW boss 'convinced of diesel renaissance'

phys.org | 3/13/2018 | Staff
The chief executive of the world's largest carmaker Volkswagen said Tuesday he was convinced of a comeback for diesel motors, two-and-a-half years after the firm admitted to emissions cheating on a massive scale.

"I don't only hope that diesel won't be talked to death, I am convinced that diesel is experiencing a renaissance," Matthias Mueller told journalists in Berlin.

Automaker - Push - Models - Conditions - Drive

While the automaker is engaged in a massive push to develop new electric and hybrid models, "we will create the technical conditions for existing drive concepts and electric vehicle concepts to co-exist," he added.

Over the coming five years, VW plans to spend more than 34 billion euros ($42 billion) on research and development and investments in its range of future projects, from electric cars to autonomous driving.

Time - Period - Group - Euros - Diesel

But the same time period will see the Wolfsburg-based group pump more than 90 billion euros into traditional diesel, petrol and natural gas motors, with a new generation of internal combustion engines set for release next year.

"We are investing strongly in tomorrow's mobility, but without neglecting the current technologies and vehicles that will continue to play an important role for decades," Mueller said.

Diesel - Market - Share - Germany

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