2014 Diesel Car of the Year to be Announced Wednesday at New York International Auto Show

By Paul Riegler on 12 April 2014
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Past Winners Include BMW 335d, BMW X5, VW Passat

The 2014 Diesel Car of the Year and Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year winners will be announced Wednesday at the New York International Auto show.

Over 11,000 votes were cast by readers of The Diesel Driver from over 100 countries.

Eighty-eight percent of the votes were cast by readers in the United States, 5.8% were from the European continent, and 2% were from Canada.

In 2013, the Diesel Car of the Year winner was the Volkswagen Passat TDI.  The 2012 winner was the BMW X5 xDrive35d, and, in 2011, the BMW 335d took top honors.

The Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year in 2013 and 2012 was Volkswagen.  However, the title was not awarded in 2011.

“We thank our readers for continuing the tradition that Greg Spira, our late co-founder who also instituted the Internet Baseball Awards 20 years ago and later helped institute the Diesel Car of the Year awards, had envisioned: that enthusiasts make the best jurors,” said David M. Goldes, publisher at Accura Media Group, The Diesel Driver’s publisher.

Second place was earned by the Volkswagen Passat TDI, last year’s winner.  The BMW X5 xDrive35, which won in 2012, placed third.

Each year, The Diesel Driver’s readers select the Diesel Car of the Year and Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year and bestow recognition on the top three diesel automobiles offered for sale in the U.S., as well as the leading manufacturers of these cars.  For the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year, jurors (magazine readers) chose among 23 passenger vehicles and SUVs.  Criteria ranged from fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions to performance, handling, styling, comfort, and the overall package.

(Graphic: Accura Media Group)