This paper reports first results of research and development work to achieve Nox reduction under lean diesel exhaust gas conditions by using a special coated, zeolite based monolith catalyst. Much attention is paid to the optimization of the activated zeolite system and the influence of group Ib and VIII elements of the periodic system. A major part of the paper deals with the influence of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and water on the activity of the catalyst. Another aspect discussed is the influence of the residence time of the exhaust gas components. The thermal stability and the influence of poisoning elements on the catalyst performance is demonstrated by model gas reactor tests on oven and engine aged samples. Finally, first results on the performance of the catalyst system in a vehicle dynometer test are given.