Americans are buying into diesel-fueled vehicles these days, as BMW, Audi and Mercedes rush to bring in enough vehicles to fill demand.
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Volkswagen AG’s Audi brand, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG and Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz, are expanding diesel lineups in the U.S. as consumers are drawn by the performance and as a way to counter rising gasoline prices.
BMW is introducing diesel versions of its 3 Series and 5 Series this year, Ludwig Willisch, the company’s chief executive officer for North America, said in an interview yesterday at the New York auto show. BMW plans to offer diesel engines in almost all its model lines in the next five years, he said.
Audi, which sells diesel versions of the A3 hatchback, A8 sedan and Q7 sport-utility vehicle, will introduce diesel variants of the 2014-model A6 and A7 sedans and Q5 SUV, Scott Keogh, the automaker’s U.S. chief, said in an interview.
Mercedes offers a diesel option on its SUVs as well as the E-Class and S-Class sedans. It’s adding a four-cylinder diesel engine this year and plans to eventually add a diesel variant for the C-Class, Steve Cannon, chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz USA, said in an interview.
Makers of luxury vehicles, like other automakers, are under U.S. regulatory pressure to double their corporate average fuel economy, known as CAFE, to 54.5 miles (88 kilometers) per gallon by 2025.