After showing off their BlueTec-equipped diesel six-cylinder engine
at the Detroit Auto Show
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.
[Source: Automotive News - subscription required]