The Road to Philadelphia – the BMW 535d’s Final Journey and Review

The Road to Philadelphia – the BMW 535d’s Final Journey and Review

by Jonathan Spira

It feels like only yesterday that we took delivery of the Moonstone Metallic BMW 535d in Munich at the BMW Welt. The 5er was something we had waited for with great anticipation, after having spent over two years with BMW’s first clean diesel sedan, the 335d, which was followed by …

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Traffic Deaths in U.S. Feared to Increase to Highest Level Since 2007

by Paul Riegler
Traffic Deaths in U.S. Feared to Increase to Highest Level Since 2007

Lower Fuel Costs, More Traffic to Blame
Traffic deaths in the United States are expected to hit their highest level since 2007, according to figures released by the National Safety Council.
Using a review of the first six months of the year, the group said that traffic deaths were 14% higher than …

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VW to Offer More Standard Driver Assistance Features in MY 2016 Vehicles

by Paul Riegler
VW to Offer More Standard Driver Assistance Features in MY 2016 Vehicles

With the start of the 2016 model year, Volkswagen will offer purchasers of almost all of its vehicles the driver-assistance features that were previously only available in its top models.
Saying it wants to democratize the availability of driver-assistance technology, Volkswagen will offer such items as adaptive cruise control, lane departure …

Audi, BMW, Daimler to Buy Nokia’s Digital Mapping Service

by Jesse Sokolow
Audi, BMW, Daimler to Buy Nokia’s Digital Mapping Service

Audi, BMW, and Daimler, three of Germany’s largest luxury automakers, will purchase Finnish communications company Nokia’s digital mapping service, Nokia Here, for approximately €2.5 billion ($2.71 billion).
The news was first reported in Manager Magazin, which said that the deal is likely to close by the end of the month.
Nokia’s high-definition …

Diesel Fuel Prices Drop for Fourth Week in a Row

by Paul Riegler
Diesel Fuel Prices Drop for Fourth Week in a Row

The price of diesel fuel fell for the fourth week in a row in the United States as part of an overall decline in fuel prices.
The price of a gallon of diesel fuel at the pump was down $0.01.1 to $2.859, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That price …

BMW Debuts 2016 730d, 730Ld, and 740e Plug-In

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Debuts 2016 730d, 730Ld, and 740e Plug-In

MUNICH – At the BMW Welt in Munich, BMW announced the premier of the sixth-generation 7 Series sedan. Slated to arrive in U.S. showrooms in the fall, two gasoline-powered models will be available, a 740i and a 750i xDrive.
Diesel variants in other markets including Germany will include a 730d …

Diesel Fuel Prices Going Up Across the Nation

by Jesse Sokolow
Diesel Fuel Prices Going Up Across the Nation

Fuel prices are on the rise again, with prices around the country for a gallon of diesel and gasoline more than they were a week ago, although they remain significantly lower than they at this time last year.
The average price for a gallon of diesel this week was $2.811, $0.031 …

Audi Debuts Audi On Demand

by Jesse Sokolow
Audi Debuts Audi On Demand

Audi announced the launch of Audi on demand, a new service that allows user to rent an Audi automobile by the day for up to 28 days by using a dedicated app. The app is available in the Apple App store, and the service is currently available in San Francisco …

Report from the 2015 New York International Auto Show

by Paul Riegler
Report from the 2015 New York International Auto Show

NEW YORK — The New York International Auto Show opens to the public on Friday and runs through April 12. The show dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace.
While diesel cars were …

BMW 535d Named 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, BMW Recognized as Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

by Paul Riegler
BMW 535d Named 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, BMW Recognized as Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

The BMW 535d is the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, according to readers of The Diesel Driver magazine, and BMW is the 2015 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year.
The Bimmer received 16.5% of 12,131 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver and BMW, as car manufacturer, garnered 31.5% …

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 …

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 …

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen – First Look and Review

by Jonathan Spira
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen – First Look and Review

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 …

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 …