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    BMW diesels debut - finally!

    Woodcliff Lake, NJ - January 2, 2008? Entering a new era in the company's mission to deliver ultimate driving machines that combine superior performance with exemplary fuel economy, the BMW Group will debut two vehicle models equipped with the BMW Advanced
    Diesel with BluePerformance at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit - the X5 xDrive35d and the 335d.

    Successfully meeting the strict exhaust emissions requirements of the North American automobile market, BMW Advanced Diesel - slated to hit US roadways in late 2008 - will be available in all 50 states. The wide availability of these vehicles marks a significant milestone
    in the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy, which seeks to offer customers in automobile markets around the world maximum driving pleasure with minimum fuel consumption and emissions.

    BMW Advanced Diesel technology is being introduced into the US market in the form of the 3.0-liter inline-six featuring Variable Twin Turbo Technology - an engine widely acknowledged as the unchallenged benchmark for sporting performance, motoring refinement and superior efficiency in other markets around the world. At the 2008 NAIAS, BMW is presenting this 265-hp high-performance diesel engine in both the BMW X5 xDrive35d and the BMW 335d. To ensure full compliance with the demanding emission standards in California and other US states, BMW uses SCR technology to reduce nitric oxides (NOX), enabling nationwide introduction of BMW Advanced Diesel with
    BluePerformance as a 50-state model (BIN5).


    Both the 335d and the X5 xDrive35d will be launched in all 50 US states in the fall of 2008. Pricing will be announced closer to launch time.

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    BMW uses SCR technology to reduce nitric oxides (NOX), enabling nationwide introduction of BMW Advanced Diesel with
    BluePerformance as a 50-state model (BIN5).
    I can't understand that marketing speak -- does this mean they have the urea injectors like in Mercedes' diesels?

    Chip H.

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    Re: BMW diesels debut - finally!

    They make no mention of the expected fuel efficiency of the new diesel models. I'll bet that improvements will only be about 15-20 percent.

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    Re: BMW diesels debut - finally!

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    BMW uses SCR technology to reduce nitric oxides (NOX), enabling nationwide introduction of BMW Advanced Diesel with
    BluePerformance as a 50-state model (BIN5).
    I can't understand that marketing speak -- does this mean they have the urea injectors like in Mercedes' diesels?

    Chip H.
    Yeah, I was about to post the same question. VW has a urea-less diesel technology, but its introduction to the US is still months and months away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat
    They make no mention of the expected fuel efficiency of the new diesel models. I'll bet that improvements will only be about 15-20 percent.
    BMW is not known for the fuel-efficiency of their cars, which is one reason they introduced MINI -- to lower their CAFE average and be able to sell more 5-series.

    Hopefully this motor will have decent milage, but putting it into the X-5 may be a mistake.

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    Re: BMW diesels debut - finally!

    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat
    They make no mention of the expected fuel efficiency of the new diesel models. I'll bet that improvements will only be about 15-20 percent.
    Probbaly - but in BMW's defense, these are not cars designed primarily to be economical. And a 15-20 percent uptick in mileage is no small thing anyhow - when gas is $4 per gallon!

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    Re: BMW diesels debut - finally!

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat
    They make no mention of the expected fuel efficiency of the new diesel models. I'll bet that improvements will only be about 15-20 percent.
    BMW is not known for the fuel-efficiency of their cars, which is one reason they introduced MINI -- to lower their CAFE average and be able to sell more 5-series.

    Hopefully this motor will have decent milage, but putting it into the X-5 may be a mistake.

    Chip H.
    When the MINI was developed, BMW still owned Rover cars, and it was developed as part of their product line. But BMW dumped Rover before the MINI's introduction, and kept the MINI for themselves.

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