Toyota's Verso is getting an all-new diesel engine provided by BMW -- but at least right now, it isn't coming to America. Photo credit: Toyota

Diesel-powered cars have a niche following in the United States. Volkswagen (NASDAQOTH:VWAGY) sells plenty of them, but offerings from other automakers have been slim.

Diesel fans have hoped that new "clean diesel" technology, along with pressure to reduce fuel consumption, might change that. Earlier this year, General Motors (NYSE:GM) launched a diesel version of its Chevy Cruze compact as a sort of trial balloon -- and sales have been good, prompting rivals like Ford (NYSE:F) to consider bringing diesels here.

Most of the big automakers already have great diesel cars. Recently, Toyota (NYSE:TM) announced a new diesel version of its Verso, a compact minivan similar to Ford's C-Max and Toyota's hybrid Prius v. It features an all-new 1.6-liter diesel engine designed by BMW (NASDAQOTH:BAMXF).

But like many other great diesel cars, it'll only be sold in Europe. In this video, Fool contributor John Rosevear looks at the new deal between Toyota and BMW -- and at whether more of Europe's great diesel cars will ever find their way to the U.S.


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