• Mar 6, 2007
After showing off their BlueTec-equipped diesel six-cylinder engine at the Detroit Auto Show, BMW indicated that they would be installing oil-burners in their US offerings in 2008. Yesterday, prior to the opening of the Geneva Motor Show BMW CEO Dr. Norbert Reithofer reaffirmed that diesels would be available in US-market BMWs beginning with the X5 and 5-series models. Diesel engines make up about forty percent of BMW's sales worldwide, but are currently unavailable here. He also stated that the mild hybrid system they are jointly developing with DaimlerChrysler would be on sale in about two years time.
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      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey BMW, start with these for the States:
      335d
      535d
      X5 3.0d
      and of course bring the 1 series over with the 120d
      • 7 Years Ago
      YES! Perhaps the near-weekly emails I sent to BMW HQ over the past six years have something to do with it... I hope ;-)

      Time to really start saving!
      • 7 Years Ago
      First company to offer a Diesel-Hybrid that gets about 65MPG is going to make a lot of money.

      Too bad it wil not be an American firm - too stupid!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh, please bring the 535xd!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's going to be very interesting to see how Audi and BMW's TDI sales are affected in the US when they begin selling hybrids as well. All in all it's about damn time [for BMW to begin matriculating their diesel line up over here].
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's about time.

      YAY!!