Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Named 2014 Diesel Car of the Year

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Named 2014 Diesel Car of the Year

by Paul Riegler

The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year, according to the readers of The Diesel Driver magazine.  The Cruze is the only diesel-powered sedan offered by a U.S. automaker.
The Cruze Diesel received an impressive 59.3% of 11,030 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver.
The votes …

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Volkswagen Debuts Golf SportWagen TDI at New York Show

by Jesse Sokolow
Volkswagen Debuts Golf SportWagen TDI at New York Show

NEW YORK — Volkswagen debuted a concept version of what is destined to become the Golf SportWagen, which replaces the Jetta SportWagen in the automaker’s U.S. lineup.
The move follows Volkswagen’s U.S. introduction of the 2015 Golf.
The Jetta SportWagen was actually a previous-generation Golf variant and was sold as such in other …

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New York Auto Show Report – Day 1

by Paul Riegler
New York Auto Show Report – Day 1

VW, Audi Show Off New Diesels, BMW X5 Goes Plug-In
NEW YORK — U.S. and foreign automakers are showcasing dozens of new and updated automobiles this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously …

Chevrolet Chosen as 2014 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

by Paul Riegler
Chevrolet Chosen as 2014 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

Chevrolet is the 2014 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year, according to the readers of The Diesel Driver magazine. This is the first time that a U.S. automaker has captured the title.
Detroit-based Chevrolet, a unit of General Motors, received 45% of the 11,161 votes cast by readers of The Diesel …

2014 Diesel Car of the Year to be Announced Wednesday at New York International Auto Show

by Paul Riegler
2014 Diesel Car of the Year to be Announced Wednesday at New York International Auto Show

Past Winners Include BMW 335d, BMW X5, VW Passat
The 2014 Diesel Car of the Year and Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year winners will be announced Wednesday at the New York International Auto show.
Over 11,000 votes were cast by readers of The Diesel Driver from over 100 countries.
Eighty-eight percent of …

Bentley to Debut Plug-In Hybrid at Beijing Show

by Paul Riegler
Bentley to Debut Plug-In Hybrid at Beijing Show

Bentley Motors announced plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid sedan at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition later this month.
The Bentley Hybrid Concept will be based on the automaker’s flagship Mulsanne model and will be capable of driving up to 31 miles (50 kilometers) on electric power alone.  According to the …

BMW Introduces X7 SUV, Expands U.S. Production in Spartanburg

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW Introduces X7 SUV, Expands U.S. Production in Spartanburg

SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA — BMW unveiled plans today to significantly expand its factory in the United States and announced plans for a new larger SUV, the X7.
At a press conference held at the factory, Norbert Reithofer, the chairman of the automaker’s board of management, said that BMW will invest $1 …

Conversation with BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer

by Jonathan Spira
Conversation with BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer

No Diesel Hybrid, But BMW ‘On the Right Track’ For Good Fuel Economy
SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA — On the eve of several major announcements at BMW’s factory in Spartanburg, The Diesel Driver sat down with BMW Board of Management Chairman Norbert Reithofer, who had previously served as president of BMW’s manufacturing …

2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro Sedan – First Look and Review

by Jesse Sokolow
2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro Sedan – First Look and Review

The Audi A3 was introduced in Europe in 1996 as a three-door hatchback, as was its successor in 2003.  In the United States, it was sold as a five-door “Sportback,” and, as my colleague Dan Collins noted in these pages in 2012, it “stood relatively unchallenged as a compact premium …

5 More Great Diesel Commercials

by Jeremy Del Nero
5 More Great Diesel Commercials

Last month, we highlighted five of our favorite diesel commercials from the past decade.  Now that we’ve been drawn into the world of diesel commercials, however, a few more have caught our eye and we’d like to share some new and some old with you.
Diesel ads are especially enjoyable because …

Volkswagen to Launch New TDI Clean Diesel Engine in U.S.

by Karin Sun
Volkswagen to Launch New TDI Clean Diesel Engine in U.S.

EA288 to Debut in Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle in Q3-Q4 Timeframe
Volkswagen announced that several of the new car models that it plans to roll out in the second half of 2014 will be powered by the new EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine. The announcement was made today at the …

Report from CeBit: Electro-Mobility and Autonomous Driving Take Center Stage

by Christian Stampfer
Report from CeBit: Electro-Mobility and Autonomous Driving Take Center Stage

HANNOVER — The world’s largest information technology show, the CeBIT, opened its gates Monday at the exhibition center in Hannover, Germany.  The show focuses on new trends and technologies in the information technology sector and runs through Friday. The show isn’t open to the public and only accredited visitors have …

84th Geneva Motor Show – Day 2

by Christian Stampfer
84th Geneva Motor Show – Day 2

GENEVA —The 84th Geneva International Motor Show entered its second day on Wednesday and the stream of launches continued with debuts from Volkswagen, Audi, Jeep and Ford.
Here is our final report from Geneva.
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Volkswagen introduced, the Volkswagen GTE, powered by an electric engine and a combustion engine. The plug-in hybrid …

Report from the 84th Geneva International Motor Show

by Christian Stampfer
Report from the 84th Geneva International Motor Show

GENEVA — The Geneva International Motor Show or Salon International de l’Auto marks the start of the year in Europe as the first significant motor show for car manufacturers. The show celebrates its 84th anniversary in 2014 and expects to welcome more than 700,000 visitors this year, as well as …