Diesel King of the Hill: Audi A6 TDI vs. BMW 535d vs. Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

Diesel King of the Hill: Audi A6 TDI vs. BMW 535d vs. Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

by Jonathan Spira

While diesels are available in every size and shape in Europe, where they account for an estimated 50% of cars on the road, they are still somewhat of a novelty in the United States. Therefore it is most unusual to have a market where three top competitors all offer an …

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Porsche Cayenne Facelift to Debut in Paris Alongside New S E-Hybrid

by Daniel Kavangh
Porsche Cayenne Facelift to Debut in Paris Alongside New S E-Hybrid

Porsche announced a mid-life facelift for the Cayenne as well as an all-new hybrid-electric variant.
The new Cayenne S E-Hybrid will make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show on October 2.  Porsche says it will be the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment.  The German automaker also …

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BMW Introduces the 2015 2 Series Convertible

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Introduces the 2015 2 Series Convertible

MUNICH – The summer is about the leave in most parts of the northern hemisphere, but that didn’t stop BMW from introducing its newest convertible in the compact car segment.  A few weeks ahead of its official launch at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, BMW officially announced the BMW 2 …

BMW Reports Worldwide Sales Up in August

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW Reports Worldwide Sales Up in August

BMW Group announced global financial results for August 2014.  The company’s total worldwide sales increased by 4.5% year-over-year, up to 145,902 vehicles sold from 139,650 vehicles sold in August 2013, marking the highest ever August sales month to date.
Worldwide sales of BMW brand vehicles totaled 126,152 units sold in August, …

Electric Vehicle Sales Shorting Out

by Paul Riegler
Electric Vehicle Sales Shorting Out

At a time when automakers are bringing more electric vehicles onto the market, buyer enthusiasm for them seems to be running out of gas.
While car sales have been higher than at any time in the past decade (August topped out at 1.6 million vehicles), electric and hybrid vehicles only comprised …

Porsche Reports Increase in August Sales

by Karin Sun
Porsche Reports Increase in August Sales

Porsche Cars North America announced financial results for August 2014.  The company sold a total of 4,540 vehicles last month, a significant year-over-year increase of 36.5% from 3,327 vehicles sold in August 2013.
Sales of the company’s 911 and 918 models for the month of August totaled 1,030 units sold, up …

Volkswagen Reports Decrease in August Sales

by Karin Sun
Volkswagen Reports Decrease in August Sales

Volkswagen announced financial results for August 2014.  The company’s total sales in August dropped 12.8% year-over-year to 35,181 vehicles sold from 40,342 vehicles sold in August 2013.
Sales for most of the company’s major models also decreased year-over-year.  The Beetle saw the largest decline, with total Beetle sales dropping 41% to …

Mercedes-Benz Reports Record August Sales

by Paul Riegler
Mercedes-Benz Reports Record August Sales

Mercedes-Benz announced financial results for August 2014.  The company reported total sales of 27,078 vehicles last month, a year-over-year increase of 9.4% from 24,761 units sold.  The sales set a new record for the highest August sales volume in the company’s history.
Sales for the month were driven by strong performance …

Chrysler Reports Best August Sales Since 2002

by Karin Sun
Chrysler Reports Best August Sales Since 2002

The Chrysler Group announced financial results for August 2014.  The company’s total U.S. sales for the month increased 20% year-over-year to 198,379 units sold, up from 165,552 units sold in August 2013.  Last month marked the company’s 53rd consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains, and its best August sales since …

BMW Reports Sales Up in August

by Karin Sun
BMW Reports Sales Up in August

BMW Group announced financial results for August 2014.  The company’s total U.S. sales in August increased 5.5% to 32,220 vehicles sold from 30,546 vehicles sold in the same month last year.
BMW brand sales for the month increased 11% to a total of 27,214 units sold compared to 24,523 units in …

Labor Day Fuel Prices Lowest in Decade

by Paul Riegler
Labor Day Fuel Prices Lowest in Decade

Drivers filling up their tanks for the holiday weekend paid substantially as fuel prices were at their lowest Labor Day level since 2010, while the number of people expected to be on the road will be the highest since 2008.
Across the nation, the average price of diesel dropped almost $0.014 …

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 …

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 …