It looks like BMW diesel models are going to finally land in North America for 2017.
Following a long hold up on its diesel models, is reporting that these models will be “going into production shortly,” according to BMW spokesperson Rebecca K. Kiehne. Production of the models “had been deferred until testing had been completed,” said Kiehn, although testing by U.S. regulatory bodies was completed in August of 2016. BMW has yet to explain exactly what the testing was that held up these models until now.
Back in July of 2016, reported on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) performing more intensive diesel engine testing, which was delaying BMW from building its diesel models. As of August 2016, BMW was happy to report that both the EPA and CARB had certified its diesels, but despite that, BMW did not put its US diesel models into production.
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Cross town rival Mercedes cancelled plans for a diesel-powered C-Class in the U.S., citing the increased time it takes for the new level of regulatory scrutiny, though it is still planning to certify and sell a GLS-Class diesel. Volkswagen has also pulled its diesels from the U.S. market following its massive diesel emissions scandal, which means Audi won’t be selling diesel engines anytime soon.
So BMW will be left as the only German luxury automaker with a full lineup of diesel models, though it still isn’t clear exactly when they will arrive.
[Source: Green Car Reports]