BMW is preparing to launch diesel engined models in the US market in 2008.

The company said that the offer of diesel vehicles in the US involves 'an enhanced concept for minimum exhaust gas emissions has been developed for this engine to meet the strict emission standards in effect in California and other states'.

This makes it possible to simultaneously introduce these new cleaner 'Advanced Diesels' as so-called 50 States (Bin5) models.

BMW Group has been offering diesel vehicles in Europe since 1983 and 67% of BMW sales in Europe are diesels.

BMW said that the type designations and specifications of the BMW diesel vehicles for the US will be announced at a later point in time.

BMW has opted to stay outside of the US Bluetec diesel alliance of VW and DaimlerChrysler.


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