The uncertainty about the future of diesel is a threat to the UNITED kingdom the industry of the car, and leaving the driver in limbo, according to Ford’s UK boss.
Andy Barratt said that consumers buy less diesel cars, fearing that they were polluting and facing new charges.
However, he said the new diesel was “every bit as clean as the gasoline car.
The government and the industry must do more to reassure consumers, Mr Barratt has advised, given that there had already been job cuts as diesel sales slide.
Diesel is of vital importance to the UK, the industry is not doing nearly a million diesel engines a year, most of which are exported.
“There was a lot of chaos in the reporting and messaging around diesel and there have been no job losses,” Mr Barratt said. “The poor driver doesn’t know what to do – we need to clarify diesel where it works and where not.”
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While some diesel engines produce less CO2 emissions than their petrol equivalents, many experts say that the gas remains the cleaner option.
Diesel cars emit nitrogen oxides, a significant contribution to the pollution of the city, which can cause respiratory diseases.
Diesel car sales fell 37% in March, compared to last year, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and further falls are forecast for 2018.
Consumer confidence has been hit politicians became more focused on the quality of the air, and the potential customers are concerned about the new regulations and taxes.
Mr Barratt said that the automotive industry needed to “step up” and offer a clear message to reassure the driver, but that the government should do more.
“Fortunately, our Dagenham plant has increased the production of the base, about exports and the demand for commercial vehicles that we have,” he said. “But there is no doubt, there is a real crisis of confidence among consumers.”
In the month of December, the SMMT said that the fall of business and consumer confidence was “being aggravated by the continuous anti-diesel message from the government”.
“The Diesel remains the right choice for many riders, not least because of its fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, the” boss Mike Hawes said.
This month Jaguar Land Rover and Nissan have announced job cuts at plants in the UNITED kingdom because of the fall in diesel sale.