BMW presents new diesels at Frankfurt Auto Show

By Nicholas Zeman | August 19, 2009
Posted September 15, 2009

The 63rd International Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany, started Sept. 15 with several interesting diesel debuts from BMW AG, said Dirk Arnold, BMW product communications manager.

BMW only has two diesel models offered in the U.S.-the X5 xdrive35d and 335d models-but the automaker has a wide portfolio of compression motors available in Europe. Earlier this year, BMW announced the introduction of a 3.0 liter twin turbo diesel engine and is introducing the 740d in Frankfurt for sale in 2010, along with the 320d Efficient Dynamics Edition, which emits only 109 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. "We have several new diesel offerings in Europe, where they are selling quite well," Arnold said.

The BMW Alpina line is showing the D3 Bi-Turbo in Frankfurt, featuring a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder turbo-charged diesel engine with an aluminum block, even though less than 2,000 of these cars are made annually.

Receiving a lot of attention is the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept car. This futuristic vehicle is a diesel hybrid plug-in, but costs a fortune to make. The powertrain provides acceleration to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.8 seconds, and its average fuel consumption is near 62.6 miles per gallon, BMW reported. "This is a very far look into the future," Arnold said. "Maybe this would be possible for production with some completely new diesel engine or other new technology, but for the next five years the advantage of combining diesel and electric systems is relatively low compared to the tremendous cost."

One of BMW's brands, the popular sports hatchback Mini, is entering the diesel market with a new model being presented in Frankfurt. "The broad range of new models is being rounded off by the world debut of the Mini One D, a new entry-level diesel consistently upgrading the Mini portfolio of particularly economical and efficient models," BMW said.

"Engineers have been working continuously with the technical aspects of biodiesel, and blends of seven percent to 12 percent work in our motors with no problem at all," Arnold told Biodiesel Magazine on the opening morning of the show.

The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) hosts the Frankfurt Auto Show and said it expects nearly 750,000 visitors at the event. This year, VDA focus is on recovery from the financial crisis and environmental sustainability, including the production of clean diesels. "These are just some of the new models that will already be on our roads in the coming months," said Matthias Wissmann, VDA president. "And most of them feature surprisingly low fuel consumption and amazingly low CO2 emissions."
 
 
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