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The diesel engine is not having an easy time at the moment. Despite all the advantages of the principle of compression ignition, the exhaust emissions scandal has damaged its reputation so severely that more and more carmakers are now turning their backs on what was once lauded as "clean" technology. The trend was set in motion by Toyota, which became the first manufacturer to pull diesels from its passenger car range. Fiat, Volvo and Nissan followed suit, though not all OEMs are being equally rigorous. Volvo, for example, will continue to sell its current diesel-powered models, but will no longer be developing new engines. In the case of Nissan and Toyota, it will be the demands of the target market that will determine the type of engine they offer. Africa without diesel? That does not work yet. But at least as far as Germany is concerned, there are no new diesels in the pipeline. ...
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