In March, sales of diesel models in UK saw decline of 37% compared to same period last year which is huge considering that the growth of that car industry
The number of automobiles on our road is increasing day-by-day and even though emission norms are very strict these days, the pollution is not decreasing. Among all the engines, diesel engines are the one which is more harmful for nature because of the exhaust gases they produce while burning diesel.
In the recent years, we have seen that the sales of diesel cars are coming down. Europe is going to introduce even more strong emission norms for diesel engines which force some manufacturers to stop production altogether.
Now Suzuki has discontinued the sales and production of diesel cars from its UK lineup.
The Japanese manufacturer had two models powered by diesel engines – Vitara and SX4 S-Cross. Both these models are powered by 1.6 L DDiS unit sourced from Fiat producing 121 hp of power at 3,750 rpm and 320 nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. These engines are mated to manual and automatic transmissions. Suzuki sold more than 40,000 units of Vitara and SX4 S-Cross last year in the UK and among them only 1000 units are diesel models.
In March, the sales of diesel models in UK saw decline of 37% compared to March 2017 which is huge considering that the growth of the car industry is not even close to that. But Suzuki is not saying no for diesel completely as they will starts sales of diesel models if there is enough demand. Suzuki Boosterjet engines offer more performance and almost similar efficiency compared to the diesel engines which is one of the reasons for customers prefer petrol.
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Earlier this year, Porsche also dropped diesel variants of Macan S and Panamera S from its lineup. But the German manufacturer will introduce diesel for the new Cayenne next month. According to Porsche, the cultural shift of customers is the reason for discontinuing diesel models.
But in India people still prefer diesel over petrol models because of the higher price of petrol and the engines are not returning same efficiency as diesel. By 2020, India will introduce Bharat Stage VI emission norm to further reduce pollution.