Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is reportedly planning to kill off its range of diesel engines spread across its global range which has brands like Jeep and Fiat. FCA also has brands like Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lancia, Maserati, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep.
According to a report from Financial Times, the decision to discontinue diesel engines has not yet been made public, but FT has cited internal documents and the decision will be announced to the public on June 1, 2018, when the carmaking major will reveal their four-year future plan. The decision to discontinue diesel powertrains is based on falling demand for diesel engines, high costs needed to build cleaner engines and tightening noose diesel pollution and regulation protocols from major governments.
In India, the FCA operates multiple companies like the Jeep, Fiat, Ferrari, and Maserati in India. Fiat sells the Linea, Punto, and the Avventura models, Jeep sells the Compass, Wrangler, and the Grand Cherokee SUVs. Although, the decision is for FCA’s global range of vehicles and still unclear whether the decision will affect the Indian market. Fiat has the widely known diesel engine – 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet unit – built by both Fiat and Maruti Suzuki in India. If the decision sees the light of day, the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel is not slated to get a new version as the emission norms get tighter (BS6 Compliant). Maruti Suzuki has already started developing a new BS6 compliant engine to replace the Multijet unit on all its cars.
However, this is nothing to be surprised about as diesel engines from across the globe are being scrutinized across the world in light of the rise in pollution and particle count numbers. This has instigated many automakers to looks at cleaner sources of fuel and tap into a hybrid powertrain, battery, and fuel-cell technology for its cars. In recent developments on the same line, Porsche recently made an announcement stating that they would be discontinuing their diesel range engines, only to take it back. Volkswagen has stated that they would be working on reducing their diesel plans and are looking for different alternatives.
The National Green Tribunal and various courts have reduced the working lifespan of diesel cars to 10 years and petrol cars to 15 cars. With all these developments, we guess the days of diesel power are numbered.
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