BMW receives major order from Carbon Motors to supply diesel engines for US law enforcement vehicles

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The BMW Group has received a major order from the American law enforcement vehicle manufacturer, Carbon Motors Corp., to supply more than 240,000 diesel engines. …

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The BMW Group has received a major order from the American law enforcement vehicle manufacturer, Carbon Motors Corp., to supply more than 240,000 diesel engines. Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing, and William Santana Li, Chairman and CEO of Carbon Motors Corp. signed the contract at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. today. The agreement calls for delivery of inline six-cylinder diesel engines complete with cooling and exhaust gas system and automatic transmission.

Ian Robertson: “We announced the expansion of our powertrain system sales business as part of the company’s Strategy Number ONE. Today’s agreement with Carbon Motors marks another important milestone along this route – with others to follow.” Robertson continued: “We are delighted to support Carbon Motors Corp. with our engine expertise. BMW Group diesel engines have a clear lead over the competition when it comes to fuel consumption, emissions and performance. In this way, we will also help reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of more than 240,000 US law enforcement vehicles by up to 40% over the coming years.”

Carbon Motors Corp. was founded in 2003 and is the world’s first manufacturer of purpose-built law enforcement vehicles. “In the BMW Group, we have found a strong partner who has been operating successfully in the US for more than two decades,” noted Li. “The BMW Group drive system makes it possible to accommodate the mission critical law enforcement needs for performance, efficiency, and driving dynamics. Efficient BMW diesel engines will benefit not only the environment, but – thanks to the fleet’s lower running costs–– also the American taxpayer,” said Li.

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More performance combined with lower fuel consumption and emissions – that is the motto of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology that has been standard in more than 1.6 million vehicles the company has sold since 2007. Continuous improvements in diesel engines are also a major part of this program. In recent years BMW diesel engines have dominated their classes at the renowned “International Engine of the Year Awards”. In 2009, the BMW Group sold around 498,000 diesel engines vehicles worldwide – almost 39% of its total sales of 1.286 million units. In Europe the majority of BMW and MINI customers opted for diesel in 2009 – 63% of the more than 761,000 vehicles delivered in Europe were equipped with this kind of drive. Diesel is also becoming increasingly important in the US, where two diesel models, the BMW X5 xDrive 35d and the BMW 335d Sedan have been available since December 2008. Diesel accounted for 17% of X5 sales for 2009 as a whole. In the meantime, almost one in three BMW X5 vehicles sold in the US has an inline six-cylinder diesel motor. The BMW X5 is the premium segment’s bestselling diesel vehicle here.


Engine development and construction is one of the BMW Group’s core competences and is part of the company’s heritage since its founding in 1916. Today the BMW Group has a strong network with a total of 24 production facilities in 13 countries, including three engine plants in Steyr, Austria; Munich, Germany; and Hams Hall, UK.

12 responses to “BMW receives major order from Carbon Motors to supply diesel engines for US law enforcement vehicles”

  1. adc says:


    That may be the first police car I’d actually want to own. I wonder why they would not sell to the general public as well…

  2. Tom says:

    Awesome! Congrats BMW. Now give us commoners a full range of diesel engines as well.

  3. Doug says:

    Seems like a good design. I can’t wait to see one of these in the rearview mirror.

    Do they actually use carbon fiber? What’s the name about?

  4. RaymondUSMC says:

    Really a sad day when US law enforcement vehicles support the loss of US jobs. Sure the cars will be built here but the BMW engine will result in thousands of lost US jobs that could have been employed building those 250,000+ engines. Why not go with Ford or GM? I am sure they can produce an engine with the same power and performance, at a cheaper price and bring jobs to Americans.

    • John says:

      BMW are kings in the diesel world, the other german manufacturers have been playing catchup for years. I highly doubt GM/Ford could ever produce a diesel engine of similar standard to BMW.

    • Doug says:

      Surely they approached american companies and took that into consideration. There must have been substantial reasons to go abroad, aside from just getting an awesome engine.

      I think that the “buy american” sentiment contributed to detroit’s complacency over the decades. They had loyalty and guaranteed income and didn’t have to compete as much. They’ve relied too much on powerful relationships, including political. They are behind in technology, in business processes and in their basic mentality — there’s too many people Detroit whose brains are still operating in the 70s.

      It’s a sad loss of jobs for american workers. Carbon shouldn’t be blamed for picking BMW if it’s a substantially better option for their business. However, I have to wonder how much effort they put into getting Detroit to produce the engines they needed – or did they just pick the best existing engine or put it out for bidding?

    • adc says:

      Very simple reason why no US automaker could supply them with Diesel engines:
      – No US automaker has any passenger Diesel engine certified for use in the US. And I can see why Carbon Industries would not want an F250 Diesel engine in their car.

      So they could only go to Benz, VW or BMW. Benz is probably the priciest and definitely not the best and VW doesn’t yet sell a 6 cylinder in the US (I think). Also, the VAG group 6 cylinder Diesels are outperformed by the BMW ones.

      It’s a simple decision when you really only have one option.

    • plaxico says:

      It’s a really sad day when Americans murder 100’s of 1000s of innocent civilians in Iraq. Then the American contractors move in and get work out of it.But you whine about BMW making a few petrol engines.

      What a CLOWN this guy is.

  5. adeel says:

    rates of these cars is expensive therfor its buy only higher class socity not for midel class socity

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