BMW 335d is the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

By Paul Riegler on 20 April 2011
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The BMW 335d is the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year, announced Jonathan Spira, editor of The Diesel Driver magazine.  The BMW 335d received 29.6 percent of 3,669 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver from 43 countries.  83% of the votes came from readers in the United States.

“The BMW 335d combines exemplary fuel economy, sports car handling, and passenger comfort in a single package,” said Mr. Spira in presenting the award to Paul Ferraiola, BMW of North America’s product planning and strategy manager, and Joe Wierda, product manager for the 3 Series, at the New York International Auto Show

“The 335d truly is changing the way Americans feel about diesel,” said Mr. Ferraiola in accepting the award. “Readers of ‘The Diesel Driver’ share our passion for the great performance and efficiency of our BMW Advanced Diesels. They are the embodiment of BMW EfficientDynamics.”

In second place was the Volkswagen Golf TDI with 16.1 percent of the vote.  The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI, with 16 percent of the vote, came in third.

Each year, the Diesel Driver’s readers select the Diesel Car of the Year and recognize the top three diesel automobiles offered in the U.S.  For the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year, jurors (magazine readers) chose among 12 passenger vehicles and SUVs.  Criteria ranged from fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions to performance, handling, styling, comfort, and the overall package.

This year’s stellar field of nominees included six passenger cars, the Audi A3 TDI, the BMW 335d, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the Volkswagen Golf TDI, the Volkswagen Jetta Sedan TDI, and the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI, as well as six SUVs, the Audi Q7 TDI, the BMW X5 xDrive35d, the Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec, and the Volkswagen Touareg TDI.

The Diesel Driver is the world’s leading publication geared towards automotive enthusiasts interested in diesel-powered automobiles. The Diesel Driver offers in-depth road tests and reviews, diesel-oriented travel features, and features that focus on the latest in diesel technology.

Voting started at 12:01 a.m. on December 1, 2010 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2011.