A new analytical method for the automobile industry has been developed using a pulsed tunable laser system and a Reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometer. The goal was to achieve the following conditions: High time resolution (〈100ms), high sensitivity (down to 1 ppm), high accuracy (10%) and applicability to most exhaust emission components. The main problem is the large number of components with very different and fast varying concentrations. For a preliminary list of 25 exhaust emission components, all necessary parameters have been determined. First results obtained from a real exhaust gas sample will be presented.