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Welcome to BMW of Bowling Green | 325 Three Springs Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42104 | Phone: (844) 824-2088
In 2014, BMW is introducing six new diesel vehicles to the North American market, including the 320d, the 5-Series diesel, and the X5d. The biggest challenge on the showroom floor will be fighting outdated bias against this highly efficient - and powerful - engine.
Historically, “oil burners,” which are significantly more efficient than their gas-powered brothers and nearly as clean, have struggled to gain traction in the United States. Meanwhile, European markets, where the price of fuel is dramatically higher, have embraced them: diesel engines comprise more than half of vehicle sales overall. In fact, in some European markets BMW’s diesel sales are as high as 80%. So, as a new breed of diesel engines enters the market, what are America’s biggest misconceptions about this misunderstood fuel?
Myth: Diesel is bad for the environment. The Truth: The diesel sold at filling stations in the US is not the same fuel sold in the 1980s, which were high in sulfur and, consequently emitted high levels of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides. Starting in model year 2007, the EPA required that cars in the US burn only ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD), which is a whopping 97% lower in sulfur. The effect: ULSD engines have emissions on par with gas engines.
Myth: Diesel engines stink The Truth: Diesel vehicles introduced in the US in the 1980s and ’90s were notorious for belching black smoke and stinking up the lane for the cars following them. However, a combination of the new ULSD fuel and more efficient drivetrains has eliminated that old familiar smell.
Myth: Diesel engines are slow The Truth: A diesel engine burns fuel at a hotter temperatures and higher compression ratios than gas. This results in exceptionally high torque, which translates for the BMW driver into head-snapping acceleration off the line.
Myth: Diesel engines are noisy The Truth: The new diesel engines and innovations in NVH technology have tuned out the chatter that consumers associate with a Mack truck. Sitting at idle - or any speed, for that matter - a diesel engine in any of the 2014 BMWs is impossible to distinguish from the gas engine.
In addition to a large new inventory selection, BMW of Bowling Green offers a wide variety of used cars. From used BMW and certified BMW cars to other used makes and models, our Bowling Green dealership strives to provide a great selection of vehicles.
BMW of Bowling Green is proud to serve all of Kentucky and Tennessee with excellent BMW Service and BMW Parts and Accessories. Our qualified service technicians are here to deliver superior BMW service in Bowling Green and to answer all of your car maintenance questions. We also offer new and used car financing for our entire BMW inventory including financing specials to make sure you drive away with the BMW you deserve.