FCA becomes latest car manufacturer to axe diesel as emission rules tighten
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which includes the
Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands, has joined the growing list of motor
manufacturers to announce that it will drop diesel cars from its ranges.
The company announced the move in a
presentation to investors in Italy and blamed the “increasingly
hard regulatory environment over emissions”.
Diesels will be dropped from model line-up by 2021 with
the company announcing that it will invest more than €9 billion in electric
technologies that will see 30 new plug-in and hybrid models introduced across
its various model ranges by 2022.
Diesel engines will remain in the commercial vehicle
ranges of the FCA brands.
Rival motor manufacturers Toyota, Nissan and Volvo have
already outlined global plans to end production of diesel models.