Day: January 17, 2021

Hyundai Abandons Diesel Engine Development: Report

Hyundai 2.2-liter diesel Smartstream engine
Hyundai 2.2-liter diesel Smartstream engine

Existing diesels will be updated, but there won’t be any next-gen oil burners.

As the automotive industry is shifting towards electrification due to increasingly stringent emissions regulations, diesel engines are the most vulnerable to face extinction. The aftermath of Volkswagen Group’s messy Dieselgate has accelerated the oil burner’s gradual demise, and while it’s still somewhat popular in Europe, sales figures have shown hybrids and EVs are now more popular than diesels.

For these reasons, it comes as no surprise we’re now hearing Hyundai has basically abandoned the development of new diesel engines. Citing South Korean industry sources and local reports, Korea JoongAng Daily says Hyundai halted the development of diesel engines in the second half of 2020. While next-generation engines are not in the pipeline, the current diesels will be updated in the years to come. In other words, it will be a while before

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