DETROIT – The first auto shows of the year announced many up-and-coming plans for new diesel vehicles. Among the green technologies announced at Detroit were almost 10 diesel engine options, most of them in models going on sale this year. Concept cars highlighted five more, according to www.cars.com.
Production diesel cars and SUVs introduced to North America at 2008 auto shows include the Acura TSX (2009), Audi Q7 TDI (available early 2009), BMW 335d (fall 2008), BMW X5 xDrive35d (fall 2008), Kia Borrego (2010), Mercedes-Benz GLK prototype (2008), and Volkswagen Jetta TDI (August 2008).
Possible future models include the Cadillac CTS and Volkswagen Passat. Diesel concept cars included the Audi R8 V12 TDI, Jeep Renegade, Land Rover LRX, Mitsubishi Concept-RA, and Saturn Flextreme.