'I think in the year 2005, and we are working on it. Everybody could produce such a car now, but that would sacrifice performance or comfort. All European companies are doing something in this field and we are all pushing in this one direction.'
Nevio di Giusto, platform director, Fiat Auto
'2005, with all competitors included.'
Werner Mischke, vice president of r&d, Audi
'To get there is an industry objective. PSA will have a three-liter model ready in 2003 but the industry will be able to sell one million by the year 2006. It all depends on the availability of a range of models by each manufacturer. But it won't be possible to reach this goal without diesel engine technology.'
Daniel Marteau, managing director for diesel engines, PSA
'The time will come only if it becomes a feasible business case for the industry. And to reach that point the attitudes of industry, customers and politicians must change. That may take time, possibly until 2005 or 2006, although we can make such a car right now, technically speaking.'
Fritz Indra, head of Opel's global powertrain development
'We don't see it happening in the next 10 years, since we feel that safety and functionality will cost too much weight. We are looking at how we can achieve a three-liter car, but for brands like ours we have to change the the perception of the customers towards fuel economy issues.'
Sivert Hijimark, managing director Volvo Car Corp. engine division
'The million will be reached all by 2004-05. Audi will start before the turn of the century.'
Leopold Mikulic, head of drivetrain development, Audi
'To be honest, we don't have any ideas on the year, but it won't be possible without alternative technology such as hybrid power sources, fuel cells etc.'
James Rosenstein, director of communications, Toyota Europe