I had an interesting experience on a recent trip to Munich, Germany. I was a guest of BMW, and I was delighted to be met at the airport by a smartly dressed chauffeur who escorted me to a waiting BMW 7 in which I was whisked to the famed "three cylinder" building for my meeting.
As the car left me outside BMW headquarters, I noticed the badge on the trunk and was surprised to discover that the car was a diesel.
It didn't sound, smell or perform like a diesel. I had assumed the engine was a six- or eight-cylinder gasoline-powered engine - and I know my cars.
That's why it was interesting to read a letter in the Aug. 23 issue of Automotive News that said diesels stink. That view is outdated.