Diesel engine began to be used in automobiles in 1930. It used for commercial vehicles, but now days it also uses in car, motorcycles and three wheelers. They gain popularity while they used in passenger cars and two wheelers. Diesel cars continue to develop high performance vehicles provide simple and safe journey. It is also environmental friendly vehicles while retaining power and performance.
In 1936, Mercedes-Benz 260D and Hanomag Rekord were introduced in 1936. Diesel cars began to popularity for commercial vehicles such as Ambulances, Taxis, and Station Wagons used for delivery network.
In 1949, Mercedes-Benz produced first diesel engine powered taxis 170D by the OM-636 engine.
In 1967, Peugeot introduced the world’s first compact, high-speed diesel car, the Peugeot 204BD. Duel to oil crisis in 1970, Volkswagen had introduced their first diesel operated car VW Golf with a 1.5L indirect injection engine. In 1978, first turbo diesel cars were produced.
In 1982, Peugeot Citroen introduced the XUD engine in the Peugeot 305, Peugeot 205 and Talbot Horizon. Diesels carried a 2.5% share of the European Community market in 1973.
In 2006, a BMW 120D car was scoring 5th in a field of 220 cars, many of them much more powerful. The Volkswagen Dakar Rally race Touareg for 2005 and 2006 are powered by their own line of TDI engines. The JCB Dieselmax broke the diesel land speed record posting an average speed car of over 328 mph.
In the 2008 BTCC (British Touring car Championship), Jason Plato and Darren Turner are racing factory sponsored SEAT Leon TDI with some success against a variety of gasoline powered competitors.