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
. 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.