The development chief at Renault said in October that no more money is being invested in the development of new diesel engines.

The current generation will be kept up-to-date until at least 2025, after which Renault wants to switch to electrified models and fully electric cars.

This makes the French brand the umpteenth manufacturer to announce the end of diesel.

Sales figures prove them right, at least in the Netherlands.

The story may be clear by now: since the diesel scandal at the Volkswagen Group became known in 2015, diesel has been in the damn corner.

The use of cheating software, which allowed the engine to run more economically and cleaner during emissions tests, gave diesel a negative reputation that it no longer seems to be recovering from.

Of course there are still many cars with diesel engine for sale.

In addition, for some models, such as large SUVs and crossovers, it may still be the preferred motorization.

In addition, there were plenty of frequent drivers before the corona crisis, who, due to the large number of kilometers on an annual basis, had to drive on diesel from their employer.

For them the flush has become thin, because many brands no longer supply diesels in the Netherlands.

Still other manufacturers are offering the engine in fewer and fewer models.

At Hyundai, Mazda, Suzuki and Subaru you can no longer get a diesel engine in the Netherlands, while the motorization at Toyota and Mitsubishi is reserved for pick-up trucks and real off-road vehicles.

The end of diesel has now also been announced at Nissan and Honda.

Toyota only supplies diesel engines in commercial vehicles, pick-up trucks and the Land Cruiser off-road vehicle.

(Photo: Toyota)

Diesel engine in fewer and fewer models

Volvo has now stopped using diesel engines at European manufacturers, as have Bentley and Porsche.

So Renault will be added to that in a few years' time.

In the meantime, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is also expected to stop using diesel, possibly as early as 2022.

Merger partner PSA, parent company of Peugeot and Opel, still has diesel engines in its range, but these will probably not get a successor.

As with Renault, the power sources will be kept up to date, after which it will be phased out.

Ford and Dacia have not yet stopped with diesels, but in the Netherlands you will only find such an engine in vans and passenger versions thereof.

With other brands you notice that the diesel engine is available for fewer and fewer models.

For example, Volkswagen decided this year to stop the diesel engine for the Polo, a model that a few years ago with diesel could not be dragged.

At Kia, the diesel engine is reserved for the Sportage SUV.

The popular Volkswagen Polo is no longer available with a diesel engine in the Netherlands.

(Photo: Volkswagen)

Share of sales below 5 percent

In Europe, the share of diesel in new sales is declining noticeably.

Until 2015, more than half of all cars sold had a diesel engine, this year only a quarter.

In the Netherlands, sales have completely collapsed.

Five years ago, diesel had a share of 29 percent, now less than 5 percent.

In fact, in 2020, twice as many fully electric cars are sold as diesels.

"New diesels were always almost only interesting for the business market, because because of the higher bpm and higher mrb you have to drive a lot of kilometers to make it profitable", said Tom Huyskens, spokesman at BOVAG.

"For the Netherlands, a low addition only applies to purely electric cars, so it is logical that the focus of the business driver is now on that and no longer on diesel."

The influence of the diesel scandal is also still having an effect, Huyskens agrees.

"This automatically results in lower residual values ​​for these cars, which also has consequences, especially for Dutch leasing companies. Lower residual value means a higher lease price and is therefore automatically less interesting for customers."

Nevertheless, the spokesperson does not want to completely erase the role of diesel, all the more so in the European Union there are strict CO2 requirements that you must meet as a manufacturer.

Huyskens: "You really need the modern and efficient diesel to achieve your CO2 targets."