While we were at the LA Auto Show, BMW's Tom Purves dropped some staggering numbers regarding the company's diesel sales in Europe. We forget what they were, but trust us, to an American, whose day-to-day experience with diesels generally involves semi trucks and things called PowerStroke, Duramax, and perhaps, most sexually suggestive of all, Cummins, it's still a little bit of a mindblow. But it's true; in Europe, diesels made up 49% of the market last year, with 8% sales growth compared to an 11% drop for their petrol-powered brethren. In that context, the R10 doesn't seem that loony after all.
Diesel cars set to outsell petrol in Europe [Channel 4, UK]
More Shindiggin' with Dieter: Bluetec GL-Class [Internal]