European automakers have felt the pressure. During the first six months of the year, sales of diesels declined 10 percent in Britain; 9 percent in Germany; and 7 percent in France.
The sagging popularity of diesel undermines a pillar of the German automakers’ strategy.
In the 1990s, Volkswagen, Mercedes and BMW were the first to combine computer technology, fuel injection and turbocharging to make diesels quieter and cleaner than the smoking, rattling diesels of old. Diesel’s fuel economy also made it easier for BMW, Daimler and Audi to achieve dominance in the luxury car market in Europe, where the cost of fuel is often four times the cost of gasoline in the United States.
“That was crucial for the high end of the market,” Mr. Wells said.
The big, premium cars have been essential to automakers, since they are more profitable than mass-market economy cars. It will be harder to sell gasoline versions of SUVs like the Audi Q7 or BMW X7.Today in BusinessLive Updates:Updated May 13, 2021, 8:14 p.m. ETDelta will require that new employees be vaccinated.Colonial Pipeline paid 75 Bitcoin, or roughly $5 million, to hackers.Coinbase made $771 million in profit in the first quarter, benefiting from crypto mania.
The focus on diesel meant German carmakers were slow to develop the hybrids that could serve as a substitute. Now, they lack other products to sell instead.
Manufacturers of lower-priced cars like Fiat, Renault, Peugeot and Citroën are also threatened. They must upgrade emissions equipment in the cars they sell because of stricter regulatory scrutiny. Within a few years, the cost is likely to become prohibitive to make such vehicles.
The backlash against diesel began in 2015 after Volkswagen admitted to programming engine software to dupe regulators about nitrogen oxide emissions. Then, studies last year by the British, French and German governments showed that diesel models from almost all manufacturers spew excess pollution in everyday use.
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