Thanks to their durability, power and fuel economy, diesel engines have been the prime choice for long distance driving, especially for goods transportation. For decades the diesel engine in passenger cars has also been well-established in Europe, currently accounting for nearly 50% of new car sales, while Asia and especially American consumers still havenët fully accepted dieselës virtues.
And there are other challenges. In late 2014, the mayor of Paris made worldwide headlines by announcing a ban on diesel cars in the city. Although it can be argued that this decision has been made on the basis of old data, it is significant and could have a real impact on diesel sales, not just in France.
What is clear is that diesel technology has taken major steps forward in the last 5 years to become much cleaner, greener, and more efficient, the cost to make it so is significant, and it is facing serious competition from small turbocharged gasoline engines, as well as hybrids and other forms of electrification, making a continued push forward for to maintain the fuel saving advantage but lowering the cost essential to keep diesel on the right track.
- Chapter 1 looks at the market trends and drivers currently affecting diesel technology, in particular fuel technology, economy, emissions, environmental demands, and customer behaviour.
- Chapter 2 examines the regional situation around the world: prospects, taxations, trends and differences,
- Chapter 3 takes a look at the OEM strategies - how do the different OEMs approach and brand diesel, and how to they address customer needs?
- Chapter 4 looks in detail at the latest technological trends and issues - turbocharging trends, injection systems, mateirals, airflow management, stop/start, diesel hybrids, etc.
- Chapter 5 details the leading diesel suppliers and what makes them what they are today - Bosch, Continental, Delphi, Denso
- Chapter 6 forecasts diesel sales around the world by region to 2020
- Chapter 7 profiles the leading 16 suppliers in the sector
The report answers questions such as:
- Where is the growth potential? Asia, America, or both?
- Will Europe start to stagnate as a diesel region?
- What are the OEM trends? Will diesel continue to be interesting for performance brands?
- Diesel engines are cleaner than ever, but can they keep up with ever tightening emissions regulations?
- Suppliers and strategies - European companies lead the way, but will they stay ahead?
- Where is future demand coming from, and what will it look like?
The report is an essential guide for managers looking to understand the current and future state and market potential of diesel engine technology and the use of diesel engines in passenger cars.
About the author
Bertrand Gay is a French automotive writer covering both technical and strategic issues. After his studies at the ESTACA, a major aerospace and automotive technical high school, he started a career in journalism in Paris. A few years later, in 1990, he joined the Journal de lëAutomobile and later became co-editor in chief of Ingénieur de lëAutomobile, the magazine of the French society of automotive engineers. In 2000, Bertrand became the editor-in-chief of Automobile & Composants, the French automotive newsletter of Group Les Echos. In 2009, Bertrand started his own business, launching an automotive newsletter named AutoStratInternational. He closely follows and discusses the OEMs and suppliers strategies around the world. In recent years, Bertrand also worked as a freelance writer for the French edition of Le Moniteur Automobile, LëArgus, Automotive News Europe, Kilomètres Entreprise and LëAuto Journal.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - MARKET TRENDS & DRIVERS
- Chemistry of diesel and gasoline
- Divergent process requirements
- Contribution of non-petroleum fuels
- Refining process issues
- Strengths and weaknesses of diesels
- Environmental demands and global warming
- Local pollution and diesels
- Lean NOx trap and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)
- Solid SCR and the future?
- Customer attitudes towards diesel
- Diesel and vehicle types
- Implications for new worldwide homologation cycle for CO2 emissions.
Chapter 2 - REGIONAL TRENDS
- Diesel and CO2 reduction in Europe
- The case of France: when expertise meets tax exemption
- Why diesel is growing in Turkey
- Regional situations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and RoW
- Prospects for diesel in North America
- Diesel in India
- China and diesel
- Situations in other countries
Chapter 3 - CHALLENGES & TRENDS at OEMs
- How mass market brands address trends and challenges to fulfill customersë wishes
- High tech and high performance diesel are key to Premium brands
- OEM strategies
- How General Motors has pushed its diesel strategy
- How Daimler combines Premium and diesel performance
- Why is diesel a core competence in PSA Peugeot Citroënës strategy
- Dieselës importance to sales in Europe
Chapter 4 - TECHNOLOGICAL TRENDS AND ISSUES
- How turbochargers changed the air management of diesel engines
- Regional turbocharging trends
- Higher pressures for injection systems
- Why steel replaces aluminium for pistons
- Managing the airflow with Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR)
- How new functions and requirements create opportunities for new suppliers
- Aftertreatment strategies
- Expanding Stop & Start functions to medium speed
- Does diesel hybrid offer the best of both worlds?
- How to solve the emissions challenge in North America.
- Are variable valve timing and variable valve arrangements relevant for diesel ?
- Why high tech combustion concepts still need to be refined
Chapter 5 - DIESEL SYSTEMS SUPPLIERS
- How diesel is a strategic competence for suppliers and what are the technological issues
- Bosch, the undisputed leader in diesel systems
- How Continental became the German alternative to Bosch Continental: the German alternative to Bosch
- Delphi: the global American - European mix
- Denso: diesel, the Japanese way
Chapter 6 - FORECASTS
- Global forecasts : How the diesel sales will grow by 60 % till 2020
- Why will diesel demand slightly grow in Europe
- What prospects for diesel in the United States
- How costs will still drive Indian diesel growth
Chapter 7 Supplier Profiles
- Borg Warner
- General Motors
- Kolbenschmidt Pierburg
- Magneti Marelli
- PSA Peugeot Citroen
- Table 1 - Europe: Emission limits for diesel passenger cars (mg/km)
- Table 2 - Diesel cars in use in Europe (2001 - 2013)
- Table 3 - Diesel car sales in Europe (1980 - 2013)
- Table 4 - Four-cylinder 1.6 engines comparison in C-segment on the European market
- Table 5 - Diesel car production in Germany (2007 - 2012)
- Table 6 - Diesel car production in Italy (2007 - 2012)
- Table 7 - Diesel car production in United Kingdom ( 2007 - 2012 )
- Table 8 - Germany: 2013 registrations gasoline / diesel
- Table 9 - Diesel cars in France: sales, production, exportations (1980 - 2013)
- Table 10 - Diesel car production at French manufacturers 1980 - 2012)
- Table 11 - Typical friction distribution in a four-cylinder 2 L engine
- Table 12 - Friction distribution on Renaultës K9K 1.5 dCi engine
- Table 13 - Typical AdBlue consumption for Euro 6.1 and Euro 6.2
- Table 14 - Diesel light vehicle sales forecasts ( in million units)