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Christian Stampfer is the European Editor for The Diesel Driver.

BMW Debuts 2016 730d, 730Ld, and 740e Plug-In

BMW Debuts 2016 730d, 730Ld, and 740e Plug-In

MUNICH – At the BMW Welt in Munich, BMW announced the premier of the sixth-generation 7 Series sedan. Slated to arrive in U.S. showrooms in the fall, two gasoline-powered models will be available, a 740i and a 750i xDrive.
Diesel variants in other markets including Germany will include a 730d …

BMW Introduces Updated 1 Series

BMW Introduces Updated 1 Series

MUNICH — BMW has sold more than 2 million BMW 1 Series around the world in the last ten years, and now the Munich-based carmaker is updating the model. The current 1 Series, known internally as the F20, enters the second half of its product lifecycle with a wide range …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2015 North American International Auto Show

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2015 North American International Auto Show

New Models Include Diesel Hybrid Plug-In SUV, Jaguar Diesels

DETROIT — The 2015 North American International Auto Show kicks off the international car show calendar every January. With the exception of the years 1943 through 1952, the show has been held since 1907 in Detroit, Michigan and was originally known as …

2014 BMW 116d Five-Door Hatchback – Road Test and Review

2014 BMW 116d Five-Door Hatchback – Road Test and Review

DÜSSELDORF – The first generation of the BMW 1 Series was introduced by BMW in 2004 and aimed for customers looking for a sporty car in the compact class. The 1er also replaced the not overly successful BMW 3 Series Compact as BMW’s entry model.
Today, the BMW 1 Series is …

2014 Audi A4 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

2014 Audi A4 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

We Say Goodbye to the Current Generation Audi A4
MUNICH – The Audi A4 is now in the last stage of its product lifecycle and its successor is already on the horizon. Audi’s competitors in the premium sedan market, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, already introduced their latest sedans some time ago while …

BMW Introduces the 2015 2 Series Convertible

BMW Introduces the 2015 2 Series Convertible

MUNICH – The summer is about the leave in most parts of the northern hemisphere, but that didn’t stop BMW from introducing its newest convertible in the compact car segment.  A few weeks ahead of its official launch at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, BMW officially announced the BMW 2 …

Audi Celebrates 25 Years of TDI Technology

Audi Celebrates 25 Years of TDI Technology

INGOLSTADT – In 1989, at the Frankfurt Internationale Automobil Ausstellung in Frankfurt, Audi unveiled the brand’s first diesel-powered passenger car.
The Audi 100 was equipped with a 2.5-liter inline-five cylinder turbodiesel engine – a TDI in Audi/VW parlance –  with direct fuel injection and a fully electronic engine management. TDI stands …

2014 Audi A6 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

2014 Audi A6 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

MUNICH—The Audi A6 TDI is one of five diesel models that the Ingolstadt-based automaker offers its customer in the United States. The A6 oilburner competes with the diesel variants of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5 Series in the highly competitive premium sedan market. The current version of the …

Report from CeBit: Electro-Mobility and Autonomous Driving Take Center Stage

Report from CeBit: Electro-Mobility and Autonomous Driving Take Center Stage

HANNOVER — The world’s largest information technology show, the CeBIT, opened its gates Monday at the exhibition center in Hannover, Germany.  The show focuses on new trends and technologies in the information technology sector and runs through Friday. The show isn’t open to the public and only accredited visitors have …

84th Geneva Motor Show – Day 2

84th Geneva Motor Show – Day 2

GENEVA —The 84th Geneva International Motor Show entered its second day on Wednesday and the stream of launches continued with debuts from Volkswagen, Audi, Jeep and Ford.
Here is our final report from Geneva.
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP
Volkswagen introduced, the Volkswagen GTE, powered by an electric engine and a combustion engine. The plug-in hybrid …

Report from the 84th Geneva International Motor Show

Report from the 84th Geneva International Motor Show

GENEVA — The Geneva International Motor Show or Salon International de l’Auto marks the start of the year in Europe as the first significant motor show for car manufacturers. The show celebrates its 84th anniversary in 2014 and expects to welcome more than 700,000 visitors this year, as well as …

BMW Introduces the 2015 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMW Introduces the 2015 4 Series Gran Coupe

MUNICH— Although camouflaged prototypes of it were still being spotted in Munich a little over a week ago, BMW has now released information about the newest addition to the 4 Series product line. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will make its world debut at the 84th Geneva International Motor …