BMW has been selling diesel vehicles in Europe since 1983 and today, 67% of its sales there are oil-burners. The acceptance of this type of engine has been increasing in the US market, and with the introduction of the new low-sulfur content diesel fuel across the US, the market is now poised to see an increase in the number of diesel sales. Now, BMW has announced that announced that it will be selling diesels in the US starting from 2008.
For BMW, the offer of diesel vehicles in the US is a long-term oriented sustainable commitment. The company has developed its engines to deliver minimum exhaust gas emissions, making its cars comply with Bin5 emissions standards in al 50 US states. However, the standards are about to get tougher with a 30% reduction law to go into effect by 2009, but BMW is confident that its cars will still comply.
The first diesels to be sold are likely to be the 535d sedan and possible touring models, followed by 3-series variants and a diesel version of the new X5. However, the company has stated that the type designations and specifications of its vehicles for the US will be announced at a later point in time.