Global technology company Continental, through its annual Mobility Study has revealed that motorists tend to choose the engine type of their next car based on what they own at present. The 2018 Continental Mobility Study showed that over 80 % of respondents in Germany and China, and over 90 % in the US would choose the same type of engine as their current car. The only country open to change is Japan, where at least a quarter of respondents said they would consider a different type of engine, Continental noted.
The study found out that currently there is still a lack of willingness to switch to a different engine type, but one-third of diesel drivers are open to a different drivetrain type. About 10 % of motorists surveyed in China and Japan drove hybrid vehicles or electric cars, the study found. It showed that over 80 %of this group said they would remain loyal to electric drivetrain concepts when buying a new car.
For the 2018 Continental Mobility Study, the company commissioned market and social research institute infas to conduct a representative survey of drivers in the US, Japan, China and Germany. Experts from science and the automotive industry were also interviewed. This makes the study one of the most comprehensive of its kind worldwide on mobility requirements and technology trends in the automotive sector, said Continental.
Continental said that a considerable number of respondents drove a diesel car, with about 30 % in Germany alone. Aside from diesel drivers, in Germany, only young motorists aged 30 and under show a certain willingness to change to a different engine type for their next vehicle. Again in Germany, the study also addressed the diesel crisis, revealing mixed views among respondents on who is to blame. The study reported that 26 % percent of respondents blamed politicians, 11 % stated a mix of reasons and 6 % thought that environmental protection associations were responsible.
Andreas Wolf, President, Powertrain division, Continental, said the results clearly show that motorists nowadays still tend to be conservative when choosing engine types and stick to what they know. This is something that must be considered in the move toward electric mobility, along with long-standing concerns regarding vehicle range, he added. “Yet we envisage much higher acceptance of alternative drivetrain concepts in the years to come, when there is a broader range of vehicles available and the general conditions become more attractive – such as tax breaks for company cars,” Wolf said.
Wolf also gave his opinion on the current decrease in demand for diesel cars, saying that it is a shame that diesel technology is perceived so negatively in spite of all its advantages. He noted that Euro 6d diesel vehicles, with their state-of-the-art exhaust-gas aftertreatment technology are not only fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly, but also clean. Continental offers a wide range of technologies to ensure that vehicles comply with current and future NOx emission limits – in real-life road conditions and not just on the test bench.