2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen – First Look and Review

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen – First Look and Review

by Jonathan Spira

OK, class, please pay attention now. The new Golf SportWagen, which is known as the Golf Variant in its home market and the Golf Estate in the United Kingdom – and was previously called the Jetta SportWagen in the States – is now available for your driving pleasure. Got that?
Given …

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Inside The Diesel Driver

Diesel Fuel Prices Drop While Gasoline Goes Up

by Jesse Sokolow
Diesel Fuel Prices Drop While Gasoline Goes Up

In a year marked mostly by significant decreases in fuel prices, motorists have been paying more at the pump in the past few weeks, although prices still remain significantly lower than they were a year ago.
Diesel prices are lower this week, with the average price for a gallon of diesel …

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BMW Introduces 55 MPGe X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid

by Paul Riegler
BMW Introduces 55 MPGe X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid

BMW announced the introduction of the BMW X5 xDrive40e. The plug-in hybrid is the company’s first in the SUV category and is capable of 55 MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent, the measurement used by the EPA to compare the energy consumption of alternative fuel vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles …

Rumors of an Apple Electric Vehicle Intensify

by Paul Riegler
Rumors of an Apple Electric Vehicle Intensify

Apple, notorious for being one of the most secretive tech companies, may be planning to build an electric vehicle that would become available by the year 2020.
The veil of secrecy was pierced last week when the Wall Street Journal ran a story about Project Titan, an EV project that hundreds …

Fuel Prices Reverse Trend, Start to Rise

by Jesse Sokolow
Fuel Prices Reverse Trend, Start to Rise

After months of seeing significant decreases in fuel prices, motorists began to pay more at the pump in the past few weeks, although they remain significantly lower than they were a year ago.
Meanwhile, the average price for a gallon of diesel fuel was $2.865, $1.124 lower than a year ago, …

5 Winter Storm Driving Survival Tips

by Paul Riegler
5 Winter Storm Driving Survival Tips

The recent onslaught of severe winter weather means that drivers have to take extra precautions.
Here are five tips that will ensure a safer drive.
1.)       Winter tires
Make sure to have winter tires (which were used to be called “snow tires”) fitted to your car. They provide significantly better performance in snowy …

Volkswagen to Debut Golf GTD Variant in Geneva

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen to Debut Golf GTD Variant in Geneva

Volkswagen will introduce its Golf GTD Variant at the Geneva Auto Show, which opens to the public on March 5.
The new GTD Variant or SportWagen as it’s known in some markets – GTD stands for Gran Turismo Diesel – is based on the seventh-generation VW Golf Variant, which made its …

2015 Audi A3 TDI – Road Test and Review

by Jonathan Spira
2015 Audi A3 TDI – Road Test and Review

As diesels become more popular in the United States (three carmakers, including Audi, currently offer six models each, while the total number of diesel models on the market five years ago was 12), many rules are being broken. Just a decade ago, the idea of a sporty diesel would have …

Vote for the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year

by Paul Riegler
Vote for the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year

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 …

BMW Introduces Updated 1 Series

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Introduces Updated 1 Series

MUNICH — BMW has sold more than 2 million BMW 1 Series around the world in the last ten years, and now the Munich-based carmaker is updating the model. The current 1 Series, known internally as the F20, enters the second half of its product lifecycle with a wide range …

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 …

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 …