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Audi and BMW prepare more diesel models for the US consumers, who look for ways to cut increasing gasoline prices.

This year BMW will introduce the diesel versions for the 5 Series and 3 Series, according to BMW’s chief executive for North America, but the plan is to add diesel engines to almost all model lines in the following five years. Audi, which already sells the diesel version for the A8 sedan, A3 hatchback and Q7 SUV, will also introduce the diesel options for the A7 and A6 sedans and also for the Q5 SUV 2014 model year, according to Scott Keogh, the automaker’s US chief.

“As luxury and non-luxury manufacturers struggle to reach mileage standards, diesel has emerged as one of the preferred technologies,” said Alec Gutierrez, senior analyst from Kelley Blue Book. “Especially in luxury cars where customers don’t want to sacrifice performance and hybrids haven’t taken off.”

BMW decided to expand its diesel lineup after unexpectedly high sales for the X5 SUV diesel version, currently the only model with a diesel engine. From five X5 sold in the US, one of them is diesel and the company expects the number to increase to every third when gasoline prices will spike. Almost 50% of the A3 hatchbacks sold in the States are diesel and almost 36% of the Q7 are diesels.

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Audi and BMW prepare more diesel models for the US consumers, who look for ways to cut increasing gasoline prices.

This year BMW will introduce the diesel versions for the 5 Series and 3 Series, according to BMW’s chief executive for North America, but the plan is to add diesel engines to almost all model lines in the following five years. Audi, which already sells the diesel version for the A8 sedan, A3 hatchback and Q7 SUV, will also introduce the diesel options for the A7 and A6 sedans and also for the Q5 SUV 2014 model year, according to Scott Keogh, the automaker’s US chief.

“As luxury and non-luxury manufacturers struggle to reach mileage standards, diesel has emerged as one of the preferred technologies,” said Alec Gutierrez, senior analyst from Kelley Blue Book. “Especially in luxury cars where customers don’t want to sacrifice performance and hybrids haven’t taken off.”


BMW decided to expand its diesel lineup after unexpectedly high sales for the X5 SUV diesel version, currently the only model with a diesel engine. From five X5 sold in the US, one of them is diesel and the company expects the number to increase to every third when gasoline prices will spike. Almost 50% of the A3 hatchbacks sold in the States are diesel and almost 36% of the Q7 are diesels.

 

 

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