Sometimes, it's what automakers don't offer in the U.S. that creates a stir – the diesel engine being one prime example. For years, U.S. buyers have been left out in the cold (mostly) while Europeans have had a vast selection of efficient, diesel-powered vehicles to choose from. With fuel prices on the rise, you'd think that automakers would at least consider adding diesel-powered vehicles to their U.S. lineup. Not Ford, though.
BMW has been selling diesel engined cars in the European market for twenty-three years, while the US market has only been getting gas engines (except for the brief availability of a 5-series diesel in the mid-1980s). Two-thirds of their sales in Europe now are diesels and in 2008 they will be coming here. BMW diesels offered in the US market will be fifty-state legal, conforming to all the new Bin5 requirements. The new diesels will continue to maintain BMW's performance reputation, while reduci
If you've been bemoaning the fact that you can't drive any of the nice BMW European diesels here in North America, listen up. The time for your whining has ended (at least for a while). Winding Road spoke with "an honest-to-goodness German big-wig at BMW" and got the scoop on how diesel bimmers will be here by late 2008. The official news will come at the L.A. auto show later this month, where BMW will announce its North American diesel strategy, led by the low-emission 535d.
Diesel vehicles have had a hard time in America. Their market share is always far below standard ICEs, and recently automakers have had to eliminate models to deal with new and stricter emissions laws. With Mercedes' recent announcement that the E320 Bluetec would be compliant with emission laws in 45 states and not 50 as originally promised, it can be expected that diesel advocates see even darker times ahead. That's not how David at Auto Future sees it. In his post on the future of diesel in A