When President Obama announced the new fuel economy standards in the U.S., we wrote an interesting article in which we pointed out some of the reasons why BMW is and will be positioned well for the 2012 deadline.
Those of you that might not remember, the new rules for fuel efficiency and emissions will require require all automakers selling automobiles in the U.S. to increase fleet fuel efficiency by 5% PER YEAR starting in 2012. As we said back then, BMW is in a fairly decent position at this point with the introduction of two new diesel models in the U.S., 335d and X5d, part of the EfficientDynamics program, but in order to comply with the new rules, some new engine additions will be needed. Two of them will be the upcoming BMW 7 Series Hybrid and the X6 ActiveHybrid SAC.
Last year we learned that BMW is analyzing the strategy of bringing four cylinder engines to the U.S. market. These fuel efficient, but still powerful engines, have been demanded by many BMW consumers for quite some time now. Unfortunately no one within BMW Group will officially confirm these news, so the rumors are starting to float around more and more.
Bloomberg feeds the rumormill with some information obtained from BMW USA’s Vice President of Engineering, Tom Baloga, who offered them a short interview. Even though Mr. Baloga does not confirm any of their allegations, some details in the interview might lead towards the conclusion that BMW is looking into bringing those much wanted four cylinder powerplants in the U.S.
“BMW will have a harder time meeting the tougher standards than most companies because it has a smaller vehicle lineup and focuses on compact, powerful models, Baloga said.” Our conclusion from that quotes is that some important changes need to be made in their line-up and the most logical solution will be the introduction of four cylinder engines across several models. From what we learned in the past, the BMW 1 and 3 Series are the prime candidates, but we can’t also exclude the new X1 which will launch late next year in the U.S. and also the upcoming, redesigned BMW X3.
There is also the possibility of bringing more fuel efficient diesel engines and we spoke in the past about prime candidates in the 1 Series line-up(123d), but nothing official from BMW and at this point all these allegations are labeled by us as rumors.
Feel free to head over to Bloomberg for more information on this, but keep in mind that no one is really confirming any of these news. Of course, as soon as we hear more, you will be the first to know.