Reports from the British International Motor Show, which starts tomorrow, revealed BMW
plans to have diesel-powered cars available in the U.S. by 2008. The company plans to use a urea-based additive system to meet the strict U.S emissions standards. The system will make the cars available in all 50 states. The BMW decision follows an increased interest in diesel cars
in the U.S. market, with a 95% increase in light duty diesel
registrations from 2000 to 2005. Clearly, the European manufacturers have the edge when it comes to diesel engine technology, with a large number of production-ready products already available across the old continent. Just look at one the cars on offer in Europe: a 5 Series with the smallest available diesel engine achieves a U.S. fuel economy
of 39.9 mpg, with respectable acceleration times, for example. You can sign me up for one of those right now.