Reports from the British International Motor Show, which starts tomorrow, revealed
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
in the U.S. market, with a 95% increase in light duty
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.
of 39.9 mpg, with respectable acceleration times, for example. You can sign me up for one of those right now.