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BMW Delaying Launch of 2017 U.S. Diesels

Latest maker hit by fallout from VW diesel emissions cheating scandal.

by on Jul.19, 2016

BMW will delay the launch of its variously diesel models in the U.S. due to added testing.

Even as Volkswagen continues to face new problems related to its cheating on diesel emissions testing, other automakers are facing collateral damage.

The latest to be hit is BMW, the automaker confirming that it will delay the launch of its 2017 diesel models because U.S. regulators want to be sure they comply with federal emissions standards.

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While the maker said there has been “no indication” that its oil burners don’t meet federal rules, the testing process has been delayed, according to various media sources, which will mean that models such as the 2017 BMW 328d sedan and xDrive35d won’t reach showrooms at the same time as the rest of the ’17 line-up.


BMW Debuting Diesel 7-Series at Chicago Auto Show

Maker anticipated as much as 25% boost in mileage.

by on Jan.28, 2014

BMW enters the premium diesel market with the 740Ld xDrive coming this spring.

Taking the lead from its rival Audi, BMW will add a new diesel version of its flagship 7-Series sedan, the new 740Ld xDrive set to make its debut next month at the Chicago Auto Show.

German makers have been at the forefront when it comes to re-introducing Americans to diesel power and BMW already has a range of oil-burners in its line-up, including the 328d and 328d xDrive Sedans, the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon, the 535d and 535d xDrive Sedans and X5 xDrive35d Sports Activity Vehicle.  But this is the first time that it has offered a diesel for the big 7-Series.

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Audi introduced a diesel version of its A8 for the 2014 model-year and it remains to be seen if Mercedes-Benz might follow suit with the new S-Class.  German automakers consider themselves the leaders in diesel technology and the sales have increased modestly over the past two years as new models have come to the American market.


BMW Unveils Updated 5-Series GT and Concept X4

Broadening the range.

by on Nov.20, 2013

Like the bigger X6, the BMW Concept X4 aims to blend the genes of a sport-ute and a sport coupe.

The coming of the new BMW 4-Series Convertible created most of the pre-show buzz around the German maker’s appearance at the annual Los Angeles Auto Show. But BMW also has two other significant models, the Concept X4 and 5-Series Gran Turismo, making their North American debuts in L.A.

The BMW Concept X4 is meant to offer a preview of the future of the German maker’s X family, BMW designers looking to find a genetic balance, if you will, between a sport-ute and a coupe.  The show car gives a good hint as to what will come when the production X4 launches down the line at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina next year.

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In addition to its long hood, short overhangs, swept roof and cab-rearward layout, the overall appearance of the Concept X4 is intended to capture the sportiness of a traditional BMW coupe, with familiar styling cues such as the split kidney grille and stylized twin circular headlights.

That’s not to say that the coupe-like crossover is just a design retread.


BMW’s Newest Diesel, 2014 328d, Debuting in NY

Latest in a wave of “oil-burners” hitting U.S. market.

by on Mar.14, 2013

BMW will add the new diesel 328d model.

With the apparent embrace of America’s increasingly mileage-minded buyers, German makers are flooding the U.S. market with an assortment of new diesel offerings, BMW to join the fray when it reveals the 328d sedan at the upcoming New York Auto Show.

The compact sedan will catch the spotlight alongside several other new models making their first appearances in North America, including the BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, along with the Concept Active Tourer that anchored the BMW display at the Paris Motor Show last autumn.

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The German maker also plans some significant news on the technology front, including the ability to add mobile WiFi service in some of its products, along with a new eCall emergency call service that can even advise first responders if a crash might result in serious injuries.


BMW Confirms Diesel-M, High-Performance Engine to Find Numerous Other Applications

Will other makers follow with muscle diesels?

by on Aug.17, 2011

BMW's new M5 will soon get a diesel-powered companion, this one using a triple-turbo diesel, the first oil-burner to bear the vaunted "M" badge.

Editor’s note: The following story has been revised to make clear that BMW M Manager Brian Watts did not himself confirm the diesel program has been approved but is only under consideration.  However, ranking BMW sources have repeated their confirmation that what is tentatively being called the BMW 550dXM will be publicly revealed in spring 2012.

BMW will introduce a new high-performance diesel-powered 5-Series model next spring that will expand the German maker’s vaunted M division, has confirmed, with the triple-turbo V-8 oil-burner set to also be used in a variety of other BMW products, likely including its X-series sport-activity vehicles.

Rumors of the diesel M have been circulating for several weeks, but has confirmed details with a variety of BMW sources who say the maker wants to prove out the potential of the high-mileage technology – taking advantage of a variety of new technologies, including the unusual triple-turbocharging system meant to eliminate even the most minor turbo lag.

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The new model is likely to get the unusual designation of either BMW 550dM or 550dXM, the latter referring to its all-wheel-drive system.  With rare exception, most models produced by the Bavarian maker’s performance sub-brand flash the vaunted “M” first and foremost.  But the alternative nomenclature would reflect the unusual powertrain under the hood of the 5-Series BMW.


Is BMW Preparing Diesel M-Car?

Reports suggest AWD oil-burner will debut in Frankfurt.

by on Aug.12, 2011

Could the next BMW M5 be powered by a diesel?

Those who still think of diesels as sluggish, smelly and anything but fun to drive could be in for a shock if they turn up for the BMW news conference at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show.

If reports circulating on the web prove true, the maker could be ready to unveil not just a new diesel, but one that would be the first to carry the vaunted BMW M badge.  According to Autoblog, the new model would go by the unusual designation of the M550dX, which would suggest a diesel with all-wheel-drive.

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The nomenclature might seem unusual – though one of BMW’s very first M cars was the 1979 M535i – but so is the idea of using an oil burner to power a performance machine.  The technology has, for most of the century-plus since it was invented, been focused on fuel economy.

But the latest diesel systems, such as turbocharging and direct injection, have transformed the technology, as Mercedes-Benz proved, a few years back, with a limited-production diesel model bearing that brand’s vaunted AMG badge.


BMW Sees Green

Automaker must launch an array of alternative powertrains - without sacrificing its performance roots.

by on Sep.02, 2009

From hybrids to hydrogen vehicles, BMW promises to go green, but can the maker hold down costs – and maintain the distinctive ride and performance that justifies its hefty product premium?

From hybrids to hydrogen vehicles - and possibly with diesel-hybrids, like this Vision Concept - BMW promises to go green, but can the maker hold down costs – and maintain the distinctive ride and performance that justifies its hefty product premium?

BMW has an alternative Vision of the future.

No, the Vision show car making its debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, this month, won’t be rolling into showrooms anytime soon.  Its diesel-hybrid powertrain is far too complicated and expensive to produce – for now.  But Vision concept underscores the automaker’s increasingly energetic search for cleaner, high-mileage technology that can supplement, potentially even replace, the traditional powertrains that it has long relied on.

But “going green” poses some potentially serious challenges for the company, officials acknowledge.  For one thing, while new laws may require – and consumers demand – cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles, the German maker must maintain the distinctive performance and ride that allows it to charge a premium for vehicles ranging from the subcompact 1-Series to its big 7-er sedans.

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There’s also the issue of cost.  Despite the traditional premium consumers have paid for the marque’s “spinner” logo, BMW officials question how much more motorists will shell out for “clean” vehicles.