It seems the push for a Europe without diesel is still at its peak with major distributors opting to phase out diesel-based cars due to weaker demand. This is evidenced by the recent push of Nissan to gradually cease the sales of diesel cars in its Europe branches, joining contemporary Toyota which is also undergoing the same process.
This was confirmed as per a Nissan spokeswoman, who said there will be “gradual withdrawal” of such vehicles in Europe. Reasons for such a move may be attributed to diesel-related restrictions, looming bands, tax rises, and weaker demand for the vehicles.
The move seems to follow that of Toyota’s, where it can be remembered that the company did announce it will stop the sales of their diesel-based cars in Europe by the end of 2018. Diesels for Toyota only account for less than 10-percent of its sales in the region, although Toyota will still sell the diesel variants of vehicles such as the Proace, Hilux pickup, and Land Cruiser SUV.
Nissan and Toyota’s move could likely give other automakers a push towards electrification. Stefan Bratzel of Germany’s University of Applied Sciences said Mazda and Honda are very likely candidates that may give up on diesels as well.
Aside from a push towards cleaner environments, the diesel drop may be likely because of the recent emissions-rigging controversy that involved the Volkswagen Group. It appears other likely consequences of the scandal may include various bans throughout urban areas in Germany to improve its air quality. This is a move already observed in Paris, as it made a push to ban older diesel-based vehicles in the city. Some automakers have also tried introducing new policies to meet consumer concerns, such as swapping programs that traded older diesels with newer gasoline models.
On Nissan And Electrification
Nissan confirmed however that diesel cars will still be available for the short term, though the company will see a push towards electric vehicles in the foreseeable future. This was compounded when the spokeswoman did clarify that the “end” of the demand for diesel won’t end short-term, and as such modern diesel engine-based vehicles will still be available through Nissan’s major offerings. It should be expected however that given Nissan’s diesel sales are focused within Europe, the “electrification” efforts will have its effects in the coming years.
Nissan had sold around 128,456 diesel cars in the region last 2017, which is about 16-percent of its total number of deliveries in Europe. Among its popular diesel models include the NV200 and Navara in Barcelona.
While diesel will still hold importance in other aspects of vehicles such as pickup trucks, Nissan will also likely see a reduction in this area as they will slowly introduce their own version of the electrified powertrain.
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