The A-Z of Diesel is back with part six, this time it’s P, Q and R.
P is for Peugeot
When it comes to the diesel alphabet, P can only belong to one marque – Peugeot. The French-firm’s fantastically frugal offerings bought diesel to the mass market during the 1980s with the stylish 205. The 205 wasn’t just good looking, though, it was a decent mover and drove well too. Peugeot’s diesel delights weren’t just confined to cars that bore the Lion on the grille, oh no. Other manufacturers took note and it wasn’t long before the likes of Rover starting installing Peugeot’s diesel engines under the bonnets of their own cars.
Q is for Quattro
2014 sees Audi’s Quattro system turn 34 years old. Today, plenty of manufacturers offer four-wheel drive systems on their saloons, estates and hatchbacks, but it was Audi, with their quattro system that began it all. VW had been experimenting with four-wheel drive since World War II but it wasn’t until the 1980s that Audi reasoned that a four-wheel drive rally car would offer better grip and quicker stage times if all four wheels were driven. Audi would win the World Rally Championship in 1982 and 1985 and thousands of quattro road cars would follow.
R is for Red Diesel
Ah, the farmer’s favourite! Red diesel, gets its name, unsurprisingly, from the red dye used to colour the fuel to differentiate it from the stuff you and I buy at the pumps. Why? Well red diesel’s usage is strictly limited to vehicles not to be used on the highway, specifically farm machinery and the like. It’s around 50 pence a litre cheaper than regular diesel so the temptation to use it in your car is obvious – but get caught and you could end up with a £500 on the spot fine.