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Old 03-05-2007, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default BMW to offer diesel cars in U.S. market in 2008

BMW to offer diesel cars in U.S. market in 2008


GENEVA, March 5 (Reuters) - BMW AG, the world's largest premium carmaker, will begin selling diesel-powered cars in the United States next year, its chief executive said on Monday.

"Next year we are also going to offer our diesel vehicles in the U.S. -- another step in protecting the environment," CEO Norbert Reithofer said in a speech to the Geneva Auto Show.

He said about 40 percent of all BMWs sold last year, almost half a million vehicles, were equipped with diesel engines, which are more fuel-efficient than petrol-fuelled cars.

Diesel cars account for a minimal part of the U.S. market but are popular in Europe due to their higher fuel efficiency.

Reithofer said BMW's cooperation with DaimlerChrysler AG to produce so-called mild hybrids for the premium car segment would likely lead to production in two years' time. "We will achieve production maturity of these (hybrid) components in 2009."

He said hybrid hype was subsiding a little. "It has not reflected reality anyway."

Referring to Toyota Motor Corp., Reithofer said less than 4 percent of the 9 million vehicles sold by the Japanese carmaker last year were equipped with a hybrid powertrain, combining a combustion engine with an electric motor.
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Old 03-05-2007, 05:45 PM   #2
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finally, very good news
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Old 03-05-2007, 11:20 PM   #3
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wow~ 330d must be interesting
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Old 03-05-2007, 11:25 PM   #4
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You will see a lot more diesels here in the states when they figure out a way to improve the gas. Diesel gas is a very unclean burning fuel. Once they are figure out a way to refine the fuel to burn more efficiently to our emission standards, more car companies will bring them over here. I know VW has the TDI and that is good an all, but the HP output is like 90hp. I am talking about powerful diesel cars coming over here not just econo diesels such as the TDI.
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Old 03-06-2007, 09:56 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by chip18 View Post
You will see a lot more diesels here in the states when they figure out a way to improve the gas.
Pssst... that's what the whole 'low sulfur' thing was about in diesel gas. It was phased into stations in 2006/2007, so now we have clean burning diesel.

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