Sales of the 3-series and X5 models have helped maintain BMW’s performance during one of the worst slumps in decadesEnlarge Photo
The 335d sedan is eligible for a $900 tax credit under the Lean Burn bill, while the larger X5 xDrive35d can tap up to $1,800 in credit. "Qualification for these tax credits is further recognition of the remarkable efficiency of our new BMW Advanced Diesel models," said Jim O'Donnell, President of BMW of North America.
Qualifying for the Lean Burn credits is impressive considering the 335d's 6 second 0-60mph acceleration time and 265hp/425lb-ft (197kW/575Nm) output. Its fuel efficiency is what gets it the credit, coming in at 23mpg city and 36mpg highway. The X5 is equally remarkable, securing a 19mpg city/26mpg highway rating while maintaining a 6.9 second 0-60mph run.
Other vehicles eligible for similar tax credits include the Volkswagen Jetta and several of Mercedes' BlueTec diesels (both eligible under the Lean Burn program), plus the Ford Fusion Hybrid, eligible under new hybrid incentives.