Diesel engines tend to be much more economical than hybrid-powered sibling and often outmatches them when it comes to driveability and performance, but a combination of this two separate technologies could provide a perfect blend of performance and economy.
Autocar is reporting that General Motors is working on a diesel hybrid powertrain that could see production in various Opel and Vauxhall models such as the Astra and Insignia sometime after 2012. But of course there are problems to be solve.
One thing that’s holding all major automakers back from diesel hybrids are both development and production costs, which can be substantial since both diesels and hybrids already carry a premium over gasoline-burning engines. Maurizio Cisternino, GM of Europe’s advanced technology chief engineer, has reportedly told the UK publication that the automaker is aiming for a premium of 1,000 euros(RM 4,861) for the diesel hybrid over traditional hybrids, something that would be quite an achievement.
It is expected to be paired with GM’s upcoming 1.6 liter turbodiesel four cylinder, a special version
of which is said to be prepared with computer controls that are compatible with The General’s hybrid systems. It’s also possible that a diesel engine will at some point be coupled to the automaker’s Voltec powertrain as seen in the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera.