Vote for the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year

Vote for the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year

by Paul Riegler

Voting for the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year and the 2015 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year has begun. Seven automakers, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen, currently offer diesel passenger cars and SUVs in the U.S. The field this year has increased by almost 25%, with …

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Fuel Prices Continue to Drop

by Paul Riegler
Fuel Prices Continue to Drop

Across the country, fuel prices have dropped over the past week. The average price for a gallon of gasoline is lower than it was a week ago, as is the price for a gallon of diesel nationwide.
A gallon of diesel was $2.933, a drop of $0.120 from last week, and …

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Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2015 North American International Auto Show

by Christian Stampfer
Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2015 North American International Auto Show

New Models Include Diesel Hybrid Plug-In SUV, Jaguar Diesels

DETROIT — The 2015 North American International Auto Show kicks off the international car show calendar every January. With the exception of the years 1943 through 1952, the show has been held since 1907 in Detroit, Michigan and was originally known as …

BMW Unveils BMW i ChargeForward Managed Charge Program

by Paul Riegler
BMW Unveils BMW i ChargeForward Managed Charge Program

In partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric, BMW announced its BMW i ChargeForward Program. The pilot program offers drivers the opportunity to participate in a managed charge program and, separately, will find a second life for used Mini E batteries.
The managed charge program, which was announced at the Consumer Electronics …

Audi Sets Record for December and 2014 Sales

by Paul Riegler
Audi Sets Record for December and 2014 Sales

Audi announced financial results for December 2014 and for the entire year.
The company reported a 13.1% sales increase in the United States, selling 19,238 vehicles as compared to 17,013 in the same month last year. December was the best-ever U.S. sales month for the Bavarian automaker and the first time …

Volkswagen December Sales Up 0.1%, Annual Sales Drop 10%

by David Goldes
Volkswagen December Sales Up 0.1%, Annual Sales Drop 10%

Volkswagen released financial results for December 2014 and for calendar year 2014. For December, the company’s total U.S. sales were up 0.1% from November 2014, selling 34,058 vehicles as compared to 34,015. For the entire year, unit sales were 366,970, compared to 407,704 from the previous year, a decrease of …

BMW to Debut ConnectedDrive In-Vehicle App and Services Store

by Paul Riegler
BMW to Debut ConnectedDrive In-Vehicle App and Services Store

BMW announced it will launch the ConnectedDrive Store, an in-vehicle app and services store.  The store will launch in the spring of 2015.
ConnectedDrive Store will offer drivers the opportunity to purchase apps and services from within iDrive, the system used to control most secondary functions such as navigation and entertainment …

Fuel Prices Continue to Fall as 2014 Draws to a Close

by Jesse Sokolow
Fuel Prices Continue to Fall as 2014 Draws to a Close

Across the nation, fuel prices are down from the where they were both a week ago, as well as a year ago. Every region of the country is experiencing lower average prices for a gallon of diesel and a gallon of gasoline.
The average price for a gallon of diesel fell …

Electric Vehicles Not as Green as Believed

by Paul Riegler
Electric Vehicles Not as Green as Believed

Electric vehicles may not be quite as green as people believe, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota.
The study found that “electric vehicles (EVs) powered by electricity from natural gas or wind, water, or solar power are best for improving air quality, whereas vehicles powered …

Tesla to Extend Roadster Range to 400 Miles

by Paul Riegler
Tesla to Extend Roadster Range to 400 Miles

Tesla Motors, which launched its first car, the two-seat Tesla Roadster, in 2008, announced an upgrade for the vehicle that will extend its range to 400 miles (644 kilometers).
The upgrade for the vehicle, which was manufactured through 2012, will enable the car to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco …

2014 BMW 116d Five-Door Hatchback – Road Test and Review

by Christian Stampfer
2014 BMW 116d Five-Door Hatchback – Road Test and Review

DÜSSELDORF – The first generation of the BMW 1 Series was introduced by BMW in 2004 and aimed for customers looking for a sporty car in the compact class. The 1er also replaced the not overly successful BMW 3 Series Compact as BMW’s entry model.
Today, the BMW 1 Series is …

Diesel Fails to Reflect Gasoline’s 40% Drop, But Lower Prices Expected in 2015

by Jonathan Spira
Diesel Fails to Reflect Gasoline’s 40% Drop, But Lower Prices Expected in 2015

While the price of gasoline at the pump has dropped roughly 40% since June of this year, the price of diesel fuel is seemingly unchanged.
The average price for a gallon of gasoline across the nation was $2.68 as of Monday and prices have continued to slide through the week, while …

Porsche Reports Record Sales in November

by Paul Riegler
Porsche Reports Record Sales in November

Porsche Cars North America announced financial results for November 2014.
The company’s total sales in September were up 18.5%, having sold 4,699 vehicles as compared to 3,966 from the previous September.  The sales set a new record for the highest monthly sales volume in the company’s history.
The company’s Boxster and Cayman models …

Chrysler Achieves Best November In 13 Years

by Robert Waldner
Chrysler Achieves Best November In 13 Years

The Chrysler Group announced financial results for November 2014. The company’s total U.S. sales were up 20% from November 2013, with sales of 170,839 vehicles as compared to 142,275. These results marked the best November sales for the company since 2001.
Chrysler’s Ram brand saw the biggest increase in sales from the previous …