We Are Now The Green Car Driver

We Are Now The Green Car Driver

by Jonathan Spira

The Diesel Driver was founded in 2009 as the only U.S. publication that focused on the experience of owning and driving a diesel-powered automobile. Since that time we watched the market for diesels in the United States grow, launched the Diesel Car of the Year and Diesel Car Manufacturer of …

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Lawsuits Connect VW CEO to Dieselgate

by Paul Riegler
Lawsuits Connect VW CEO to Dieselgate

Three lawsuits filed by the attorneys general of the states of New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland contend that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions deception, commonly known as “Dieselgate,” reached top levels of the parent company in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The lawsuits, filed Tuesday, directly place the embattled automaker’s current CEO, Matthias Müller, in the …

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July 4 Holiday Brings Lower Fuel Prices Across the Nation

by Jesse Sokolow
July 4 Holiday Brings Lower Fuel Prices Across the Nation

Summer is here, and for anyone looking to go on a long road trip vacation, there’s good news: fuel prices are down across the entire country.
The average price for a gallon of diesel this Fourth of July weekend was $2.423, $0.409 cheaper than it was a year ago, according to …

BMW Plans Self-Driving Car, But Not Until 2021

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Plans Self-Driving Car, But Not Until 2021

MUNICH — Just weeks after the driver of a Tesla Model S electric vehicle died in a crash in Florida while the car was in its Autopilot mode, BMW announced plans to offer a “self-driving car,” although it won’t be available until 2021 at the earliest and it will use …

German Cities Consider Ban on Diesel Passenger Cars

by Christian Stampfer
German Cities Consider Ban on Diesel Passenger Cars

German diesel owners may yet face another challenge much greater than Volkswagen’s Dieselgate: German cities are considering banning diesel-powered vehicles.
The ban would come about because many metropolitan areas cannot meet the requirement for nitrogen oxide, or NOx, emissions and the Deutscher Städtetag, the German Association of Cities, is sounding the …

Tesla on Autopilot Involved in Fatal Crash

by Jesse Sokolow
Tesla on Autopilot Involved in Fatal Crash

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the driver of a Tesla automobile, operating the car in autopilot mode, died in a crash in May. The accident is believed to be the first death in a self-driving car.
Joshua Brown of Canton, Ohio was driving a Tesla Model S on …

Volkswagen to Settle Diesel Claims in U.S. for $14.7 Billion

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen to Settle Diesel Claims in U.S. for $14.7 Billion

Volkswagen announced Tuesday it plans to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle Dieselgate-related claims.   The proposed settlement, one of the largest ever for a consumer class-action settlement, covers approximately 475,000 Volkswagen vehicles including 460,000 Volkswagens and 15,000 Audis with 2.0-liter diesel engines.
The settlement, which is subject to the approval …

BMW Announces Second Life for i3 Batteries as Home Power Supplies

by Paul Riegler
BMW Announces Second Life for i3 Batteries as Home Power Supplies

BMW announced a solution that puts batteries from BMW i3 electric vehicles to good use when they can no longer serve to power the i3 itself.
What the Bavarian automaker termed a “stationary energy storage system solution” was announced this week at the Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition 29 in Montreal, …

2016 Audi A4 2.0 TDI Ultra – Review

by Christian Stampfer
2016 Audi A4 2.0 TDI Ultra – Review

Exactly one and a half years passed since I spent time with the previous generation of the Audi A4. The 2014 Audi A4 was a sophisticated and well-engineered mid-sized premium sedan. However, to compete against other premium competitors, such as the BMW 3 Series or the Mercedes C-Class, it lacked …

German Prosecutors Announce Investigation of Former VW CEO Winterkorn in Dieselgate Scandal

by Paul Riegler
German Prosecutors Announce Investigation of Former VW CEO Winterkorn in Dieselgate Scandal

L’affaire Dieselgate may have involved Volkswagen’s former CEO as well as a member of the automaker’s management board, German prosecutors said Monday.
The Staatsanwaltschaft, or state prosecutor in Braunschweig, a neighboring city to Wolfsburg in Lower Saxony, Germany, said that the former executive, Martin Winterkorn, is suspected of having waited too …

VW Introduces Smart Navi that Learns “Regular Routes”

by Paul Riegler
VW Introduces Smart Navi that Learns “Regular Routes”

For those who wondered why their car’s navigation system doesn’t take a hint after following the same route for months or years, Volkswagen may have a solution. The automaker introduced Tuesday a navigation system that learns regularly driven routes.
VW says that “Regular Routes” will memorize routes a driver regularly takes, …

2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design – Review and Road Test

by Jonathan Spira
2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design – Review and Road Test

Ever since I saw the new Volvo XC90, in particular the sporty R-Design model, I knew I wanted one. I’m not an SUV or crossover person, although I have a fondness for station wagons, but this was different and had my attention. The previous generation XC had been around since …

Number of Diesels in U.S. Up for 2015 Despite Dieselgate

by Paul Riegler
Number of Diesels in U.S. Up for 2015 Despite Dieselgate

The number of diesel passenger cars, SUVs, vans, and pick-up trucks on the road in the United States increased slightly in 2015, although a combination of lower fuel prices and an emissions scandal caused many buyers to purchase petrol-powered cars.
Dieselgate brought the diesel market in the United States to a …

BMW to Supply LAPD with 100 i3 Electric Vehicles

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW to Supply LAPD with 100 i3 Electric Vehicles

BMW announced that it will supply the Los Angeles Police Department with 100 BMW i3 electric vehicles.
BMW said that the LAPD selected the i3 for multiple reasons including fuel efficiency, reliability, and the fact that the ConnectedDrive services can be used to support fleet management applications. Additionally, the car company …