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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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, …

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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 …

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Integrated Off-Street Parking Information

by Jonathan Spira
Mercedes-Benz Introduces Integrated Off-Street Parking Information

Mercedes-Benz said it is adding information on off-street parking to its E-Class models both in the United States and Europe.
The system, powered by Inrix Off-Street Parking, provides real-time parking information for garage locations, the number of open spots, and rates. It also includes any limitations and restrictions at the garage. …

Volkswagen Dieselgate Fix for 2.0-Liter Engines Gets Green Light from German Regulators

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen Dieselgate Fix for 2.0-Liter Engines Gets Green Light from German Regulators

The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority, approved Volkswagen’s technical solution to put its 2.0-liter TDI engines into compliance with current emissions standards. The engines were originally equipped with software that allowed them to pass emissions tests but pollute more when in use on the road.
The fix includes a software …

2016 BMW 750i xDrive Sedan – Review and Test Drive

by Jonathan Spira
2016 BMW 750i xDrive Sedan – Review and Test Drive

In the battle for the best luxury sedan or coupe, king of the hill if you would, it used to be cut and dried: one of the leading car magazines of the period would pit a Cadillac against a Lincoln and select the winner.
More recently, the contenders have been BMW …

BMW Announces Plans for B57 Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Announces Plans for B57 Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine

MUNICH—At the 37th International Vienna Motor Symposium, BMW announced plans for a new quad-turbo diesel engine.
The new engine, designated B57, will be a 3.0-liter inline 6 turbo-diesel with four turbochargers capable of delivering 394 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque, the latter available between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm. The powerful …

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Cars for Confusing Gear Shift Lever

by Paul Riegler
Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Cars for Confusing Gear Shift Lever

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is recalling some 1.1 million cars and SUVs because some drivers have found their gear shift levers confusing and would exit the vehicle without shifting into park.
The recall covers 811,586 cars in the United States and 317,616 in other markets.
The move follows a 2015 National …

Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

by Paul Riegler
Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel was introduced in the United States ten years ago, in 2006. The move to the new standard – 15 ppm of sulfur – was mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency effective October 15, 2006 and California began requiring it on September 1, 2006.
The change came about …