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

By Paul Riegler on 1 April 2015
  • Share

DSC_0231

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% of the vote.

The votes came from over 98 countries. Over 83% percent of the votes were cast by readers in the United States, 11% came from Canada, and 5.5% were from the European continent.

DSC_0333

TDD Editor Jonathan Spira presenting the award to Paul Ferraiola, manager of product planning and strategy at BMW of North America

“The BMW 535d combines great fuel economy, excellent handling, and superb passenger comfort in a large sedan,” 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 2015 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

It was some 20 years ago that the late Greg Spira, a co-founder of The Diesel Driver magazine, created the Internet Baseball Awards, convinced that fans would make the best jurors. It was with this in mind that he helped create the readers choice Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year and Diesel Car of the Year awards that have become widely accepted for recognizing the best diesel-powered offerings in the United States year after year.

Each year, The Diesel Driver’s readers select the Diesel Car of the Year and bestow recognition on the top three diesel automobiles offered in the U.S. For the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, jurors (magazine readers) chose from among 25 passenger vehicles and SUVs. Criteria ranged from fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions to performance, handling, styling, comfort, and the overall package.

In Diesel Car of the Year balloting, second place was earned by the Volkswagen Passat TDI, which won in 2013. The BMW 328d placed third. For the Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year Award in 2015, second place was taken by Volkswagen and third by Mercedes-Benz.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)