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Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Auto: the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Auto: the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec

A Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec is now part of The Diesel Driver’s long-term test fleet.  37% of Diesel Driver readers correctly guessed that the new auto would be a Mercedes.   26.4% said VW, 20.8% said Audi, and 15.1% voted for BMW.
We’ve liked the new E-Class since we drove one last fall.  …

Building the 2012 Volkswagen Passat: A Tour of the New Chattanooga Factory

Building the 2012 Volkswagen Passat: A Tour of the New Chattanooga Factory

It’s been almost a quarter century since Volkswagen stopped making cars in the U.S.  The carmaker has never claimed more than 3% of the U.S. market, despite the iconic stature of its Beetle and Minibus models.  But VW has big plans – and lots of capital – dedicated to capturing …

Diesel Economics: Sales Up 39% for First Half of 2011

Diesel Economics: Sales Up 39% for First Half of 2011

An in-depth analysis of new car sales data by The Diesel Driver shows that sales of diesel-powered automobiles in the U.S. are up by 39% compared to the first half of 2010. In addition, buyers continue to choose diesel models over gasoline equivalents at the same rate as last year. …

From Argentina to Alaska in a Volkswagen TDI

From Argentina to Alaska in a Volkswagen TDI

Known for his long-distance drives in Volkswagen alternative-fuel cars, German off-road driver Rainer Zietlow, along with his team, plan to take a Volkswagen Touareg TDI on a two week, 16,000 mile (25,750 km) drive from the southern tip of Argentina to Alaska.
Timed to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Pan-American …