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We Are Now The Green Car Driver

by Jonathan Spira

The Diesel Driver was founded in 2009 as the only U.S. publication that focused on the experience of owning and driving a diesel-powered automobile. Since that time we watched the market for diesels in the United States grow, launched the Diesel Car of the Year and Diesel Car Manufacturer of …

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2016 BMW 750i xDrive Sedan – Review and Test Drive

by Jonathan Spira
2016 BMW 750i xDrive Sedan – Review and Test Drive

In the battle for the best luxury sedan or coupe, king of the hill if you would, it used to be cut and dried: one of the leading car magazines of the period would pit a Cadillac against a Lincoln and select the winner.
More recently, the contenders have been BMW …

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BMW Announces Plans for B57 Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Announces Plans for B57 Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine

MUNICH—At the 37th International Vienna Motor Symposium, BMW announced plans for a new quad-turbo diesel engine.
The new engine, designated B57, will be a 3.0-liter inline 6 turbo-diesel with four turbochargers capable of delivering 394 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque, the latter available between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm. The powerful …

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Cars for Confusing Gear Shift Lever

by Paul Riegler
Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Cars for Confusing Gear Shift Lever

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is recalling some 1.1 million cars and SUVs because some drivers have found their gear shift levers confusing and would exit the vehicle without shifting into park.
The recall covers 811,586 cars in the United States and 317,616 in other markets.
The move follows a 2015 National …

Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

by Paul Riegler
Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel was introduced in the United States ten years ago, in 2006. The move to the new standard – 15 ppm of sulfur – was mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency effective October 15, 2006 and California began requiring it on September 1, 2006.
The change came about …

Former Engine Chief at VW Wolfgang Hatz Resigns

by Paul Riegler
Former Engine Chief at VW Wolfgang Hatz Resigns

The former head of engine and transmission development at Volkswagen, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the embattled automaker.
Most recently head of development at Porsche, Hatz had been suspended seven months ago due to his possible participation in the Dieselgate scandal. The move was made at his own request.
Volkswagen admitted installing software …

BMW Adds New Features and Greater Range to i3 for 2017

by Paul Riegler
BMW Adds New Features and Greater Range to i3 for 2017

BMW’s electric city car will get a significant boost in range for the upcoming model year.
On Monday, the automaker announced a new version of the i3 electric vehicle with a more powerful battery and larger fuel tank for the range extender. The vehicle’s electric range will increase from 80 miles …

Pennsylvania Raises Highway Speed Limit to 70 in Many Areas

by Jesse Sokolow
Pennsylvania Raises Highway Speed Limit to 70 in Many Areas

Officials in Pennsylvania announced that they are increasing the speed limit on hundreds of miles of highway in the state to 70 mph (112 km/h) effective Tuesday. The change impacts 396 miles (637 kilometers) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and 400 miles (644 kilometers) of five state highways.
The state had already …

2016 Lexus LS 600h L – Review and Test Drive

by Paul Riegler
2016 Lexus LS 600h L – Review and Test Drive

The Lexus LS made its debut in 1989 as a 1990 model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For the uninitiated, LS stands for “luxury sedan” and the car’s quiet cabin and luxurious interior, combined with a very high level of customer service, helped launch the Lexus …

VW CEO Apologizes to Obama: ‘We Have Disappointed Many People’

by Paul Riegler
VW CEO Apologizes to Obama: ‘We Have Disappointed Many People’

The CEO of embattled automaker Volkswagen made a personal apology to President Obama last Sunday for the Dieselgate scandal.
Martin Müller, who was appointed to the position of chief executive last fall, following the departure of long-time CEO Martin Winterkorn, said he had a short two-minute exchange with the president during …

Volkswagen Starts Dieselgate Recall for Golf in Germany

by Jesse Sokolow
Volkswagen Starts Dieselgate Recall for Golf in Germany

Volkswagen said Thursday it had begun to recall certain diesel-powered Golf models in the latest chapter of the Dieselgate scandal with the approval of the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt or Federal Motor Authority.
The Wolfsburg-based automaker is asking owners of 15,000 Golf TDI Blue Motion Technology with an EA 189 2.0-liter engine and standard …

Germany Recalls 630,000 Diesels from Audi, Mercedes, Opel, Porsche, and VW

by Paul Riegler
Germany Recalls 630,000 Diesels from Audi, Mercedes, Opel, Porsche, and VW

German authorities called on Friday for the recall of approximately 630,000 diesel-powered vehicles in order to update their emissions control systems.
The recall, which affects Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Porsche, and Volkswagen, calls for the engine control software to be updated because the affected vehicles’ systems would suppress emissions controls at low …

Volkswagen Reaches Accord with Justice Department

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen Reaches Accord with Justice Department

Volkswagen announced it had reached an agreement in principle with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Air Resources Board, to settle the emissions scandal that has come to be known as Dieselgate.
U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer said Thursday that the settlement would include buyback …

Honda Announces EV and Plug-In Hybrid Versions of the New Clarity

by Paul Riegler
Honda Announces EV and Plug-In Hybrid Versions of the New Clarity

Honda announced it will offer the new Clarity model both as a plug-in hybrid and an electric vehicle. The original Clarity is powered by a fuel cell.
The two models, the Clarity Electric and the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, are slated to launch in the United States in 2017. Honda says the …