Volkswagen Group's admission last September to cheating diesel-emissions tests on an unprecedented scale has put added pressure on the powertrain. VW Group isn't the only automaker having to explain excessive nitrogen oxide emissions from its diesels, especially in Europe. Stricter testing and greater scrutiny of all engines is coming, but that doesn't worry Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila. He is convinced that affordable solutions exist to help reduce emissions for both diesel and gasoline engines. Avila recently spoke with Johannes Winterhagen, who is a correspondent with Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche.
Will demand for gasoline engines rise in the wake of Volkswagen Group's emissions cheating scandal and rising pressure against diesel engines in general because of the amount of smog-causing NOx pollution they emit?
We are asking ourselves a different question: What can we do to make both gasoline engines and diesels ultraclean? The technical measures are not really so different in the two engine concepts, whether you are dealing with highly precise combustion control or electrification.