Speaking at the New York International Auto Show, Tom Purves, Chairman and CEO of BMW (US) confirmed that a twin-turbo diesel will arrive in the US next year.
And, when it comes to fuel consumption and emissions reduction, the highly efficient BMW diesel vehicle can definitely bear comparison with a hybrid vehicle without losing trunk space or having an uncertain future residual value.
Purves also announced that BMW would introduce a new SUV, the X6, to be manufactured in the Spartanburg, SC plant. By 2010, he said, BMW will launch a total of 30 new models.
He also outlined the timeframe and components for the company’s EfficientDynamics strategy:
The present. Optimization of combustion engine technology and use of lightweight materials. The 3 and 5 Series deliver up to 17% greater power with up to 10% better fuel economy than their predecessors.
The medium term. Hybrids and diesels.
The long term. Hydrogen in a combustion engine.