Bmw considering diesel-powered 7-Series for the U.S.

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

An increasing demand for more fuel-economical vehicles in the US, as well as the imminent CAFE regulations, may stimulate Bmw to export a diesel version of its revised 7-Series to the North American outlets.

The report came from the president of Bmw's North American operations, Jim O'Donnell, who acknowledged that such an attempt was not initially in the plan of the carmaker but considering the volatile economic environment and buying practices of consumers the company will "look at it". 

Bmw has already decided to sell new clean diesel versions of the 3-Series and X5 in the United States, and extending this to also include the 7-Series would seem sensible for the German automaker.

O'Donnell admitted the enhancements that have been done in diesel technology over time, and said that when U.S. dealers were in Germany two weeks ago to test-drive the current 7-Series, a lot of them "didn't even know they were driving a diesel" but they all notified O'Donnell "they wanted it". 

Lately, the redesigned 7-Series is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. by March, but was unveiled earlier at the Paris Motor Show in October this year. As of the moment Bmw only plans to provide V8 petrol variants of the 7-Series limo in the U.S., however in markets of Europe the 730d turbodiesel is one of the best sellers, said AutomotiveNews.

The 730d is run by a 3.0L twin-turbocharged straight-six diesel motor generating 245 hp (183kW). Friedrich Eichiner, a Bmw board member, was reluctant to offer any definitive information but said that making a diesel variant of the 7-Series available to the U.S. market was "a possibility".

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