VIENNA - BMW will soon begin making direct-injection diesel engines at its plant in Steyr, Austria.
The first of a new family of diesels will be offered on the new 3 series. The car will go on sale in April.
Werner Saemann, head of BMW's engine department, said tooling has been installed at the Steyr plant. Saemann is also president of BMW Motor Co., which was set up to build and distribute BMW engines made in Austria, Germany, the UK and Brazil.
Capacity at Steyr, the biggest of BMW's engine plants, will rise to 500,000 diesel and six-cylinder, inline gasoline engines a year. The plant made 458,000 engines last year.