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Diesel Dying: Here’s why

Diesel was once touted as the answer to the economy woes of big fuel guzzling SUVs, and indeed it was.

European car makers decided small cars and hatches could use that same technology to expand their range. Buyers agreed, and sales boomed.

Then, it all went horribly wrong.

Dieselgate doomed oil burners to an ignominious fate. VW and Mitsubishi had issues with emissions standards, and fudged the figures to get the emissions within limits.

VW diesels had a secret-squirrel programme in test mode. It would lower NOX results to get the right result in one test, but raised NOX again when it came to testing power. On paper, diesel looked great. Then the deception was uncovered, shaking confidence in diesel engines, and in VW as a company.

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