The next-generation Mini could become the first model to arrive in the United State with a diesel version. Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW's board member in charge of the British-based brand, told Automotive News Europe, that the company is considering sending an oil burner over the Pond, as the U.S. market is finally ready for diesel engines.
41 percent of BMW's sales in Europe are diesels.
"Diesel accounts for 41 percent of our European sales. On a global basis, this share drops to 24 percent. I think that the U.S. market is ready for diesel engines now and this is something we definitely have to consider also for Mini," he said.
Asked about the full availability of the new-generation Mini, Schwarzenbauer said "it will go on sale in spring in both Europe and US, but as always the ramp up will be slow and full availability will probably be around summer."
The BMW UKL platform will be used by eight to 10 Mini models, but as yet, further details have not been forthcoming.—Paul Duchene
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