2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec – 6 Month Review and Report

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec – 6 Month Review and Report

by David Goldes

The arrival of our 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec 4Matic was heralded by not one, not two, but over a dozen major snowstorms and blizzards. As we noted before in these pages, it wasn’t the most optimal time to begin life with a long-term test car but those were the cards …

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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 …

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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 …

Fourth of July Weekend Fuel Prices Highest Since 2008

by Jesse Sokolow
Fourth of July Weekend Fuel Prices Highest Since 2008

This past Fourth of July weekend, drivers across the country found themselves paying more for diesel fuel than they have in the past six years over the holiday weekend.
Nationwide, the average price for a gallon of diesel was $3.913, a $0.085 rise over last year’s cost, according to the U.S. …

BMW Sees Increase in Sales for June 2014

by Karin Sun
BMW Sees Increase in Sales for June 2014

The BMW Group announced financial results for June 2014. The company’s total U.S. sales in June increased 5.7% year-over-year, up to 35,577 vehicles sold from 33,645 in June 2013.
BMW brand sales for the month rose 11.5% year-over-year to 30,201 vehicles, compared to 27,074 last June. Sales of BMW pre-owned vehicles …

Mercedes-Benz Reports 8% Rise in June Sales

by Karin Sun
Mercedes-Benz Reports 8% Rise in June Sales

Mercedes-Benz announced financial results for June 2014. The company’s total sales for last month increased by 8.2% year-over-year, up to 29,380 vehicles sold from 27,162 in June 2013. It was the best June sales volume in the company’s history.
The increase was led by strong performance in the company’s Mercedes-Benz E- …

Chrysler Sales Up 9% in June

by Karin Sun
Chrysler Sales Up 9% in June

The Chrysler Group announced financial results for June 2014. The company’s total U.S. sales for the month increased by 9% year-over-year, up to 171,086 vehicles sold from 156,686 in June 2013. Last month also marked the 51st consecutive month of record sales gains for the company, and its best June …

Volkswagen Reports Drop in Sales for June

by Karin Sun
Volkswagen Reports Drop in Sales for June

Volkswagen announced financial results for June 2014. The company’s total sales for June dropped by 22% year-over-year, to 28,827 units sold from 36,957 units sold in June 2013.
Sales for each of the company’s brands also declined year-over-year. Beetle and Passat sales experienced significant declines, with total Beetle sales for June …

Audi Reports Record Sales in June

by Karin Sun
Audi Reports Record Sales in June

Audi announced financial results for June 2014. The German-based company reported total U.S. sales of 16,867 vehicles sold for June, a year-over-year increase of 23.1%. The June deliveries marked the 42nd consecutive record month of sales for Audi, as well as the second best U.S. sales month in the company’s …

BMW Launches Smart Charging App

by Daniel Berg
BMW Launches Smart Charging App

BMW launched its Smart Charging App for BMW i customers, an application for Android and iOS devices that will allow drivers to carefully plan when and how they charge their vehicles. The app has the potential to save users up to $400 annually, according to the automobile manufacturer.
The app  connects …

Hertz Launches New Dream Collection Models in Europe

by Karin Sun
Hertz Launches New Dream Collection Models in Europe

Hertz announced that it recently added four new luxury car models to its Dream Collection in Europe.
The new additions to the car rental company’s collection include the Mercedes C 63 AMG Coupe, which debuted in Italy and the United Kingdom; the Maserati GranTurismo, which was introduced in France; the Bentley …

Diesel Car, SUV Registrations Climb

by Paul Riegler
Diesel Car, SUV Registrations Climb

A study of car registration data in the United States shows that three states, California, Florida, and Texas, have the most registrations of fuel-efficient vehicles.
The data, prepared by R.L. Polk, a research firm, also shows trends for growth in diesel registrations as well as clusters of states with a higher …

BMW Sees Increase in Sales for May 2014

by Daniel Berg
BMW Sees Increase in Sales for May 2014

The BMW Group announced financial results for May 2014. The automobile manufacturer reported a 13.3% year-over-year increase.  The company’s year-to-date sales were up 4.9%, to 145,957.
BMW brand sales were 29,602, a 17.3% increase over last May, and a year-to-date increase of 12.2%. The BMW i3 was released last month and …

Volkswagen of America Reports Financial Result for May 2014

by Daniel Berg
Volkswagen of America Reports Financial Result for May 2014

Volkswagen of America announced financial results for May 2014. The auto manufacturer reported 32, 163 units delivered in May, and started sales of the seventh-generation 2015 Golf GTI.
TDI Clean Diesel models made up 23.6% of sales last month.
Passat delivered 8,955 units for the month, with Passat TDI delivering 3,172 clean …