Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne believes the days of diesel cars are numbered, citing increasingly strict emissions standards as his reasoning.
Speaking to Wards Auto, Marchionne said that the diesel engine’s poor emissions would lead to its eventual demise. Diesel is currently a part of FCA’s business strategy, but as electrification becomes more widespread it may take a back seat to the technology.
“Sometime in the next five years diesel will become offensive to the fleet,” Marchionne told Wards.
Marchionne believes that more than 50% of FCA’s product lineup will one day be hybrids of some type. Drastic changes like that are what must happen if automakers wish to meet the 2025 emissions regulations – which demands an industry fleetwide fuel economy rating of 54.5 miles per gallon.
FCA isn’t giving up on diesel entirely, however. It recently divulged plans to introduce a diesel variant of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, though it also said a mild-hybrid Ram and Wrangler would also eventually arrive. The mild-hybrid Ram and Wrangler will join the Pacifica Hybrid in FCA’s electrified vehicle lineup, which until recently only consisted of the Fiat 500e.