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The choice of options when buying a car is becoming somewhat narrowed between petrol, hybrid and even electric powertrains these days.

One glaringly obvious omission from that list is diesel.

Diesel-powered cars are considerably less harmful to the environment than their petrol counterparts but why are they being brought into disrepute all over the world?

Not so dirty diesel

For starters, vehicle bans and the manipulation of exhaust emission data as seen in Volkswagen's well-documented 'dieselgate scandal' has given turbodiesels a bad name.

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Automakers normally offer a single diesel variant, or none at all, while the petrol range is more expansive. Some don't like the sound of a diesel while others just want an engine that doesn't sound like a truck.

Diesel vehicles are still pretty popular here in South Africa especially in bakkies and is set as a no-brainer for many customers.

Yes the age of hybrid and electric systems are slowly integrating themselves but in all honesty, diesels are a much cleaner alternative.

When you hear the word diesel, the image of black smoke will likely come to mind but the truth is that times have changed and diesels have cleaned up their act, putting it at the forefront ahead of petrol power.

Compiled by Robin Classen

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