It’s no secret that the U.S. is one of the worst markets for the diesel engine. For some odd reason, Americans just aren’t big fans of the crude-oil engine. Maybe it’s the clack-clack noise, or the reputation for black smoke pouring out of the exhaust, but whatever the reason may be, we just don’t buy enough diesels.
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I want to stress the word enough. We should be buying more. The more diesels we buy, the more automakers will want to bring them over. This would mean more awesome cars like the M550d xDrive or the X6 M50d. Plus diesels offer better emissions and fuel economy, and lots and lots of torque from low RPMs.
Americans seem to still be shell-shocked from the days of 70’s Chevy diesels which would coat the windshields of following cars in black soot. Not the case any longer, as diesels have become so clean that they better their petrol-powered cousins. They also get much better fuel economy, are more reliable and start better in extreme cold.
Sure, they aren’t as exciting as gasoline engines, as diesels still clack along at idle, and usually have less horsepower, but they do have gobs of torque, though, to help them surge off the line, which makes them feel fast at around-town speeds.
BMW currently sells quite a few diesels in the U.S., like the X3 xDrive28d, X5 xDrive35d, 328d sedan, 328d Sports Wagon, 535d and the 740Ld. Basically the company offers a wide range of diesels for all type of customers, but it’s unknown the exact percentage of all diesels sold last year.
So please ‘Merica, buy more diesels. It’ll make the tree-huggers happy, save you money on gas, and it’ll make European automakers bring their awesome diesel engines across the Atlantic. So it’s a win/win for everyone involved.
It would be silly not to.