BMW X5 Named 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

By Paul Riegler on 4 April 2012
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The BMW X5 xDrive35d is the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year, according to the readers of The Diesel Driver magazine.

The BMW X5 diesel received 19.9% of 6,070 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver. The votes came from over 100 countries.  Sixty-seven percent of the votes were cast by readers in the United States, 5% were from Canada, and 3% were from Germany.

“The BMW X5 xDrive35d combines exemplary fuel economy, superb handling, and excellent passenger comfort in a single package,” said Jonathan Spira, editor of The Diesel Driver, in presenting the award to Paul Ferraiola, manager of product planning and strategy at BMW of North America, at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

“We are pleased to accept this recognition for the X5 xDrive35d,” said Mr. Ferraiola (pictured below, left, with Jonathan Spira) in accepting the award. ““The X5 diesel has done very well here in the U.S. In fact, in 2011 about one in five X5s sold in the US were diesels.”

“20 years ago, the late Greg Spira, a co-founder of The Diesel Driver, created the Internet Baseball Awards, convinced that fans would make the best jurors.  It was in this spirit that he helped create the readers’ choice Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year and Diesel Car of the Year awards that have become so widely recognized,” said David M Goldes, group publisher at Accura Media Group, which publishes The Diesel Driver.

In second place was the Volkswagen Passat TDI with 16.2% of the vote.  The Volkswagen Golf TDI, with 11.5% of the vote, came in third.

Last year, readers of The Diesel Driver awarded the BMW 335d the title of Diesel Car of the Year..

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 2012 Diesel Car of the Year, jurors (magazine readers) chose among 13 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 seven passenger cars, the Audi A3 TDI, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec, the Volkswagen Golf TDI, the Volkswagen Jetta Sedan TDI, the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI, and the Volkswagen Passat 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.

Voting started on November 18, 2011 and concluded on March 1, 2012.

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