The clean diesel myth has been destroyed once and for all.
Within a surprisingly short period of time, car makers changed their minds and abandoned most of their diesel engine development projects (except those of bus & truck, marine and industrial engines, of course).
What would've taken more than ten years for hybrid and electric cars, the Volkswagen Diesel Scandal and its consequences managed in less than three.
The decline of diesel passenger cars is now an irreversible process happening in front of our eyes. It is just something that not every one of us has realized yet.
Chasing economically unachievable emission limits at massive costs and deciding somewhere along the way to comply with them by cheating instead, proved to be a horrible idea.
Yet the long-lasting effects are not visible to many of us.
Try to buy a used car with a petrol engine. Can't find too many in certain segments, can you? It's quite an understatement to say, that the used car market is dominated by diesel, right now.
Now, look at new cars.
Petrol, electric and hybrid is the trendy thing.
The economy is booming, so it is quite a logical step to get rid of that used diesel car maybe even a bit earlier than planned before. Let's switch to green and save on fuel costs, right? It is better to gain the advantage of currently offered government incentives before they are stopped (already happening, actually).
As time goes by, more and more cities will declare diesel ban in certain areas. This sign should not be neglected, either. After all, who likes such limitations?
Together with the effect of rising maintenance and repair costs of diesel engines when reaching the "feared" 150.000-200.000 km limit (dual-mass flywheel, injectors, high pressure pump, ad-blue system, DPF catalytic converter...just to mention a few expensive components).
Premium brands diesel engines have long been acknowledged by their legendary reliability. But not anymore! 200.000 km-s often could be the end of the engine life-time (sometimes even before that) resulting in horrible expenses. Many experts believe that the manufacturing technology was not mature enough at the time of introduction of these engines. Results are clear to see: an avalanche of unwanted and hard to sell diesel cars on the markets in the very near future.
Offer and demand on the market regulate the prices. There's no way to escape this rule.
No one, at this moment can even predict how this will influence the prices but the equation doesn't look that nice at all.
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