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

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

by Jonathan Spira

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Mercedes-Benz Reports Record November Sales

by Paul Riegler
Mercedes-Benz Reports Record November Sales

Mercedes-Benz announced financial results for November 2014.
The company’s total U.S. sales were up 0.6% from November 2013, selling 34,578 vehicles as compared to 34,376. The sales set a new record for the highest November sales volume in the company’s history.
The company’s sales of the Stuttgart-based automaker’s C-, M-, and E-Class …

France Proposes Phasing Out Diesels, Calling Them a ‘Mistake’

by Paul Riegler
France Proposes Phasing Out Diesels, Calling Them a ‘Mistake’

The French government has lost its nearly two decades of faith in diesel.
In a speech last Friday, Prime Minister Manuel Valls called for a gradual reduction in the number of diesel-powered automobiles on the road, calling diesel a “mistake.”
Like much of Europe, France began to strongly promote diesels six decades …

Volkswagen Reports Increase in November Sales

by Robert Waldner
Volkswagen Reports Increase in November Sales

Volkswagen released financial results for November 2014. The company’s total U.S. sales were up 3.2% from November 2013, selling 31,725 vehicles as compared to 30,727 from the previous year.
As in October, total sales of the brand new Golf (including the GTI and e-Golf) saw the biggest increase in sales from …

EPA Delays Biofuel Renewable Fuel Standard Decision

by Paul Riegler
EPA Delays Biofuel Renewable Fuel Standard Decision

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Friday that it was postponing the issuance of final Renewable Fuel Standards, the rule that set the levels of biofuel that would be required to be blended into convention fuels, for 2014.
In a brief statement on its website, the agency said that the delay …

Volkswagen to Invest $106 Billion Over Next 5 Years

by Robert Waldner
Volkswagen to Invest $106 Billion Over Next 5 Years

The Volkswagen Group announced plans to invest €85.6 billion ($106 billion) into new models and innovative technology, as well as to increase its global presence. Approximately two thirds of the investment will go towards increasingly efficient vehicles and more environmentally friendly production.
The announcement came following a meeting of the company’s …

Volkswagen Introduces Golf SportWagen HyMotion in Los Angeles

by Robert Waldner
Volkswagen Introduces Golf SportWagen HyMotion in Los Angeles

Volkswagen announced the debut its Golf SportWagen HyMotion, a research vehicle, at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The vehicle is the first fuel cell powertrain vehicle based on the Modular Transverse Matrix.
The front-wheel-drive Golf SportWagen HyMotion will accelerate from a standstill to 60 miles per hour (100 km/h) in …

Audi Opens E-diesel Plant in Dresden, Germany

by Robert Waldner
Audi Opens E-diesel Plant in Dresden, Germany

Audi announced the opening of a pilot plant in Dresden, Germany that produces diesel fuel from water, CO2, and green electricity. The plant will be operated in conjunction with Climeworks and sunfire to industrialize e-fuels.
The sunfire plant requires carbon dioxide, water, and electricity as raw materials to operate. The carbon dioxide …

Volkswagen to Unveil Updated Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet Models

by Robert Waldner
Volkswagen to Unveil Updated Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet Models

Volkswagen announced plans to unveil updated versions of its Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet models by the end of 2014. The vehicles will have new engines, interiors, and driver assistance systems.
The cars will be available with new interior color options including Tornado Red, Pure White, and Reflex Silver Metallic.
Globally, both models …

Audi to Debut Updated A6 and A7 Models in Los Angeles

by Robert Waldner
Audi to Debut Updated A6 and A7 Models in Los Angeles

Audi announced plans to debut updated versions of its A6 and A7 models at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The vehicles will receive an updated look, new technologies, and new engines for 2016.
The A6 and A7 models will have new front fascia including new LED headlights and a single …

BMW October Sales Increase

by Robert Waldner
BMW October Sales Increase

BMW Group announced financial results for October 2014. The company’s total worldwide sales increased 11.1% from October 2013, selling 184,297 vehicles as compared to 165,854 from the same month last year. This marked the highest ever October global sales month to date for BMW.
Worldwide sales of BMW brand vehicles were …