2014 Audi A4 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

2014 Audi A4 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

by Christian Stampfer

We Say Goodbye to the Current Generation Audi A4
MUNICH – The Audi A4 is now in the last stage of its product lifecycle and its successor is already on the horizon. Audi’s competitors in the premium sedan market, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, already introduced their latest sedans some time ago while …

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Inside The Diesel Driver

Diesel Fuel Prices Continue to Trend Downward

by Paul Riegler
Diesel Fuel Prices Continue to Trend Downward

Across the nation, the average price of diesel fuel has plummeted, down $0.19 to $3.63 since Labor Day eight weeks ago according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Meanwhile, the price of gasoline is down $0.18 in the past week to $3.05, 40 cents less than it was over Labor …

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Fiat Chrysler Reports Sales Increase in Europe for September

by Jesse Sokolow
Fiat Chrysler Reports Sales Increase in Europe for September

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced financial results for September 2014. The company’s total European sales for the month increased 6% year-over-year selling nearly 69,000 vehicles. All European markets saw sales increases with Spain up 27.9%, Germany 8.7%, Italy 4.7%, UK 4.7%, and France 2.9%.
The company’s Jeep brand led the pack with …

Fuel Prices Down Across the Country

by Jesse Sokolow
Fuel Prices Down Across the Country

The leaves aren’t the only thing that are falling this autumn – this past week, fuel prices around the country were significantly lower than they were a year ago.
Nationwide, the the average price for a gallon of diesel fell $0.188, for the current price of $3.698, according to the U.S. …

BMW to Partner With Soho House for i3 Driving Experiences

by Robert Waldner
BMW to Partner With Soho House for i3 Driving Experiences

BMW Group and Soho House announced a global partnership.
The two companies will collaborate on an international arts program and create events and experiences that focus on contemporary art, innovation, and design.
BMW and Soho House will provide i3 vehicles for guests to drive throughout locations in both Europe and the United …

Toyota Achieves Global Hybrid Sales of 7 Million

by Robert Waldner
Toyota Achieves Global Hybrid Sales of 7 Million

Toyota Motor Corporation announced sales figures for its global hybrid sales. The automaker reported that sales of hybrid models exceeded 7 million units.
Toyota currently sells 27 different hybrid models and one plug-in model n 90 different countries and regions. In 2015, it will introduce 15 new hybrid vehicles to its …

Tesla Debuts Dual-Motor All-Wheel-Drive Model S

by Paul Riegler
Tesla Debuts Dual-Motor All-Wheel-Drive Model S

Tesla Motors unveiled a dual-motor electric vehicle on Thursday as well as a number of driver assistance features.
With some of the panache of an Apple product launch, Tesla founder Elon Musk unveiled an all-electric Model S sedan with an additional front motor and drive system.  The new vehicle will be …

BMW Sees Sales Increase for September

by Robert Waldner
BMW Sees Sales Increase for September

BMW Group announced global financial results for September 2014. The company’s total worldwide sales increased by 5.3% from September 2013, selling 199,799 vehicles as compared to 189,664 from the previous year. This marked the highest ever September sales month to date for BMW.
Worldwide sales of BMW brand vehicles were up …

Model Year 2013 Automobiles Achieve Highest Fuel Economy Ever

by Jesse Sokolow
Model Year 2013 Automobiles Achieve Highest Fuel Economy Ever

The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that model year 2013 vehicles had achieved an all-time high fuel economy in 2013.  New automobiles achieved an average of 24.1 mpg (9.76 l/100 km), the best fuel economy since the government started keeping track of the figures in 1975.
The number represents an increase …

BMW to Open Performance Center Driving School in California

by Jesse Sokolow
BMW to Open Performance Center Driving School in California

BMW announced it will open a new driving school in La Quinta, a city in Southern California, later this year.
The BMW Performance Center West will be located on 32 acres (13 hectares) of land inside the Thermal Club, a private motorsports club.  The facility will have a dedicated 1.4-mile (2.2-kilometer) …

Audi September Sales Continue To Rise

by Robert Waldner
Audi September Sales Continue To Rise

Audi announced financial results for September 2014. The company reported a 14.2% sales increase in the United States, selling 14,917 vehicles as compared to 13,065 from September 2013. The September sales marked the 45th consecutive month of record sales for Audi.
The record setting sales were led by Audi models such …

Chrysler September Sales Increase

by Jesse Sokolow
Chrysler September Sales Increase

The Chrysler Group announced financial results for September 2014. The total U.S. sales for the company increased by 19% from September 2013, selling 169,890 units as compared to 143,047. These results marked the best September sales for the company since 2005.
Just like in August, Chrysler’s Jeep model saw the biggest …

Porsche Reports Sales Increase for September

by Robert Waldner
Porsche Reports Sales Increase for September

Porsche Cars North America announced financial results for September 2014. The company’s total sales in September were up 16.6%, selling 3,607 vehicles as compared to 3,093 from the previous September.
The company’s 911 and 918 models saw an increase in sales, selling 739 units as compared to 609 units sold in …

Report from Paris: BMW’s Drop-Top and X6, Audi’s 4-Door TT, the AMG GT Edition 1, and a Plug-In Lamborghini

by Paul Riegler
Report from Paris: BMW’s Drop-Top and X6, Audi’s 4-Door TT, the AMG GT Edition 1, and a Plug-In Lamborghini

BMW unveiled the new 2 Series Convertible as well as the new X6.  The 2 Series Convertible is the successor to the 1 Series Convertible.  The new drop-top starts with the 2 Series Coupe, with similar powertrain options, and adds open-air touring to the mix.
The new BMW X6, while fully …