The new cars will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month even though the technology is awaiting approval for use in all 50 states. You may remember the embarrassment Mercedes faced when it was discovered that its new clean diesels didn't meet the strict Bin 5-norm emission rules for five major states in the US. If you didn’t remember here’s a reminder. In a quick rebuttal, Mercedes claimed that it didn’t plan to sell its diesels in all the states until 2008.
Expect new diesel versions of the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes GL, ML and R Class, Jeep Grand Cherokee and the upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan soft-roader to debut in LA. Audi and VW have already signed on but BMW and DaimlerChrysler are still working out the finer details.