Blog: Dave LeggettDiesel share topping out in Europe?

Dave Leggett | 16 March 2006

I’m driving a Toyota Avensis 2.2 litre D-4D diesel at the moment. It’s Toyota’s European flagship – the car is made in Britain (Burnaston, near Derby) and the lightweight aluminium construction diesel engine comes from Jelcz-Laskowice in Poland. Toyota is finally getting its European diesel act together and the car looks, in all respects, like a very competent runner in the European D-segment.

It is interesting to note though, that there is a growing feeling in the industry that after a five-year period of rapid growth, driven by the introduction of common rail direct injection, diesel share of the European light vehicle market could be nearing its limits. The thinking is that a new generation of GDI engines will be able to better deliver than diesel on performance, economy and emissions grounds at lower cost than diesel engines. In this scenario, diesel share tops out at around 55% in the early part of the next decade.

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