Four circles believe that the future of cars lies in electricity. That’s why Audi will no longer develop the next new generation of internal combustion engines.
In recent years, automakers have been racing to expand their power lines. Some manufacturers are already reporting that they will only produce electric cars in the future. Related to this is the halt in the development of new internal combustion engines. Audi has now decided to take just such a step.
The end of the further development of the next generation of internal combustion engines was confirmed by the chairman of the Audi board of directors, Markus Duesmann, in an interview with the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “We will no longer develop new generations of internal combustion engines. Instead, we will adapt our existing offer to comply with the new emissions regulations. “ says Duesmann specifically.
He emphasizes that the four circles do not complete the development of internal combustion engines. Only a new generation of combustion units will not emerge from the Audi workshop, all possible innovations will be an evolution of the existing units. A similar tactic was recently chosen by the rival Mercedes-Benz.
It is the current generation of combustion units that Audi will want to adapt to the upcoming Euro 7 emissions, which manufacturers are harshly criticizing across the industry. After all, Duesmann speaks in a similar way. “They are technically a big challenge, but at the same time they have little benefit for the environment,” he says.
The details are not yet known, but the new regulations aim to further radically reduce emissions, which, according to carmakers, are no longer achievable with conventional internal combustion engines. Representatives of the industry are thus afraid that Euro 7 will de facto ban classic cars with internal combustion engines, with significant electrification it will probably not be possible to meet the standard.
This step indicates that we will still see the internal combustion engines in Audi’s offer for some time to come. After all, Duesmann does not even specify when the brands could end up in the portfolio. This is the difference from rival Jaguar or Volvo, which are already really preparing for their gradual end. Duesmann points out that in some parts of the world, electrical infrastructure is not yet so developed. And it is in such markets, where emission standards are not so strict, conventional Audi will continue to be sold.
In addition, there has been more and more speculation recently that Audi could still offer a really good engine. There is still speculation that an even more luxurious variant of the A8 sedan will arrive with the nickname of the former famous Horch brand, which would have a twelve – cylinder W under the hood. The current A8 announced it when it arrived, a few pieces with this engine were even supposed to be built, but it never officially offered it.