BMW 535d Review: The Road to Bear Mountain

BMW 535d Review: The Road to Bear Mountain

by Jonathan Spira

Fuel Economy Figures Say Prius, Performance and Handling Say M

Bear Mountain, located in Orange County, New York on the bank of the Hudson River, is the best known of New York’s Hudson Highlands, a series of mountains flanking the Hudson River.  At the mountain’s peak, the Perkins Memorial Tower affords …

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2015 Volkswagen e-Golf – Road Test and Review

by Jonathan Spira
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf – Road Test and Review

Volkswagen, which is the market volume leader in the United States for diesel-powered cars, is filling in the last piece in its portfolio, an electric vehicle, with the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf.  Yes, there had been a dozen or so prototypes driving around the United States in the past but those …

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Audi Celebrates 25 Years of TDI Technology

by Christian Stampfer
Audi Celebrates 25 Years of TDI Technology

INGOLSTADT – In 1989, at the Frankfurt Internationale Automobil Ausstellung in Frankfurt, Audi unveiled the brand’s first diesel-powered passenger car.
The Audi 100 was equipped with a 2.5-liter inline-five cylinder turbodiesel engine – a TDI in Audi/VW parlance –  with direct fuel injection and a fully electronic engine management. TDI stands …

BMW Reports Record Worldwide Sales in July

by Karin Sun
BMW Reports Record Worldwide Sales in July

BMW Group announced global financial results for July 2014.  The company’s total worldwide sales increased by 7.6% year-over-year to 163,959 vehicles from 152,351 vehicles in July 2013, marking the company’s highest ever sales for the month of July.
Worldwide sales of BMW brand vehicles rose 8.4% to 139,399 units from 128,596 …

BMW Reports Rise in Q2 Revenue

by Karin Sun
BMW Reports Rise in Q2 Revenue

The BMW Group announced financial results for the second quarter of 2014.
The company’s total sales revenue was €19.905 billion ($26.624 billion), a small year-over-year increase of 1.8% from €19.552 billion in the second quarter of 2013.  Operating profit for the company was €1.771 billion, an increase of 27.2% from €1.392 …

Chrysler Sees 20% Increase in July Sales

by Karin Sun
Chrysler Sees 20% Increase in July Sales

The Chrysler Group announced financial results for July 2014.  The company’s total U.S. sales for the month increased 20% year-over-year to 167,667 units sold, compared with 140,102 units in July 2013.  Last month marked the company’s 52nd consecutive month of record sales gains, and its best July sales month since …

Volkswagen Sees Drop in Sales for July

by Karin Sun
Volkswagen Sees Drop in Sales for July

Volkswagen announced financial results for July 2014.  The company’s total sales in July dropped 14.6% year-over-year, down to 30,553 units sold from 35,779 sold in July 2013.
Sales for each of the company’s major brands also declined year-over-year.   The Beetle brand saw the largest year-over-year decrease in sales, with total Beetle …

Mercedes-Benz Reports 15% Increase in July Sales

by Karin Sun
Mercedes-Benz Reports 15% Increase in July Sales

Mercedes-Benz announced financial results for July 2014.  The company’s total sales for the month increased by 15% year-over-year, up to 27,192 vehicles sold from 26,423 units last July.   The sales set a new record for the best July sales volume in the company’s history.
The increase in July sales was led …

BMW Reports Record Sales for Month of July

by Karin Sun
BMW Reports Record Sales for Month of July

BMW Group announced financial results for July 2013.  The company’s total U.S. sales in July increased 7.4% to 32,220 vehicles sold from 29,993 vehicles sold in July 2013, marking the best July sales in the company’s history.
BMW brand sales for the month rose 9.8% year-over-year to 26,409 vehicles, compared to …

Audi Reports Sales Up in July

by Karin Sun
Audi Reports Sales Up in July

Audi announced financial results for July 2014. The German-based company reported total U.S. sales of 14,616 vehicles sold for July, a year-over-year increase of 11.9%. The July deliveries marked the 43nd consecutive record month of sales for Audi.  To date, 2014 has produced four of the six best U.S. sales …

Volkswagen Reports 7% Increase in Profit for First Half of the Year

by Karin Sun
Volkswagen Reports 7% Increase in Profit for First Half of the Year

The Volkswagen Group announced financial results for the first six months of 2014.  The company’s total operating profit for the first half of the year was €6.2 billion ($8.3 billion), a year-over-year increase of 7% from €5.8 billion in the first half of 2013.
Meanwhile, total revenue for the first half …

BMW to Launch New Fast Charger for i3 Electric Vehicles

by Karin Sun
BMW to Launch New Fast Charger for i3 Electric Vehicles

BMW announced the BMW i DC Fast Charger, a new product that is capable of charging a BMW i3 all-electric vehicle’s battery up to 80% in 30 minutes.  The company plans to make the new charger available in all BMW charging centers in the United States beginning this August.
The BMW …

VW to Launch Redesigned Scirocco with More Fuel-Efficient Powerplants

by Karin Sun
VW to Launch Redesigned Scirocco with More Fuel-Efficient Powerplants

Volkswagen announced plans to introduce the redesigned Scirocco with six new fuel-efficient engines, including four TSI petrol engines and two TDI diesel engines.
The new Scirocco 2.0 TDI with a 150-horsepower engine will go from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 8.6 seconds, 0.7 seconds faster than the outgoing model.  It also …

2014 Audi A6 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

by Christian Stampfer
2014 Audi A6 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

MUNICH—The Audi A6 TDI is one of five diesel models that the Ingolstadt-based automaker offers its customer in the United States. The A6 oilburner competes with the diesel variants of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5 Series in the highly competitive premium sedan market. The current version of the …