Bentley will not offer diesel variants

At the 2008 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Bentley laid out its green strategy in efforts to cut CO2 emissions by at least 15 percent by 2012. But company executives are saying that the Volkswagen owned brand won’t offer any diesels in its lineup.

According to sources, the automaker recently conducted a customer survey that asked buyer if they would ever considering buying a diesel powered Bentley. Almost all were opposed to the idea. Sources also said that since most of Bentley’s models are sold in U.S. and Asia, which are not diesel oriented markets, it doesn’t make business sense to offer diesel variants.

It’s been rumored that Bentley is working on a diesel powered Arnage that would use the V12 TDI engine recently seen in Audi R8 concepts. At the Geneva Motor Show, Bentley confirmed that it is working on a new engine that would improve fuel-economy of its models by 40 percent. Details are yet to be released.

Bentley also said that flex-fuel engines will be introduced throughout the Bentley range by 2012.


Source: AutoCar