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Christian Stampfer is the European Editor for The Diesel Driver.

Spied: 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Spied: 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

MUNICH— After the debut of the new BMW 4 Series at the 2013 IAA (International Automobile Show) in Frankfurt, BMW is continuing the expansion of the 4er range with the development of its second four-door coupe, the 4 Series Gran Coupe.
Within the 4 Series lineup, there are currently two model …

Diesel Report from Detroit – The 2014 North American International Auto Show

Diesel Report from Detroit – The 2014 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT—The 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) marks the start of the automotive year for car enthusiasts around the world.  The show has been held since 1907 in Detroit, Michigan (with the exception of the years 1943 to 1952) and remains one of the most important automotive industry gatherings …

Volkswagen to Deliver 7th Generation Golf Number 500,000

Volkswagen to Deliver 7th Generation Golf Number 500,000

Volkswagen announced that it has built and will deliver the 500,000th seventh-generation Golf to a customer within the next few days. The specific model wasn’t announced but, statistically, it’s likely to be a four-cylinder diesel.
Volkswagen has yet to launch the new Golf in key markets such as the United States …

2013 Audi A7 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

2013 Audi A7 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

When it comes to the four-door coupe segment, automotive enthusiasts fall into two groups. One consists of those who do not understand why Mercedes-Benz created this niche segment in 2004 when it introduced the CLS, the second group is in love with the concept of an elegant and luxurious four-door …

BMW Introduces 2 Series Diesel

BMW Introduces 2 Series Diesel

MUNICH—BMW continues the repositioning of its model lineup with the announcement of the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupé. The previous BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible generation will be replaced by the BMW 2 Series model range in the compact car segment as BMW continues its strategy to differentiate its …

BMW 4 Series Convertible Diesel Announced

BMW 4 Series Convertible Diesel Announced

MUNICH—BMW continues the expansion of its newly launched 4 Series product lineup with the announcement and market introduction of the all-new BMW 4 Series Convertible.  The convertible is the second model of the 4 Series and follows the Coupe, which celebrated its debut at this years IAA (International Automobile Show) …

BMW Premieres New X5, New 4 Series, Plug-in X5 Concept, i3, and i8 in Frankfurt

BMW Premieres New X5, New 4 Series, Plug-in X5 Concept, i3, and i8 in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT—The Frankfurt Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (International Automobile Show) continues to be one of the most important shows in the automotive world, and, on the first day of the show, BMW took the opportunity to debut the i3 and i8, the all-new 4 Series coupe, the next generation X5, an updated …

VW e-Golf, Electric eUp, Porsche 918 Spyder, Updated Panamera, and Refreshed Audi Debut in Frankfurt

VW e-Golf, Electric eUp, Porsche 918 Spyder, Updated Panamera, and Refreshed Audi Debut in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT—Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen presented numerous world premieres and model updates on the first day of the 2013 Frankfurt Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (International Automobile Show).
The updated 2014 Audi A8 was presented to the public in Frankfurt as Audi tries to keep pace in the heavily competitive luxury car segment. In …

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 – The Road to Berchtesgaden and Steyr

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 – The Road to Berchtesgaden and Steyr

Over the past few years, the Bavarian and Austrian Alps became popular destinations for our editors and our short- and long-term test cars. Berchtesgaden, located in the south-eastern corner of the Bavarian Alps and home to a population of 7,800, is one of the better known locales. The Austrian city …

Report from Geneva: The 83rd Geneva International Motor Show 2013

Report from Geneva: The 83rd Geneva International Motor Show 2013

The Geneva International Motor Show (Salon International de l’Auto) kicks off the automobile year 2013 in Europe as the first important international auto show for car manufacturers. This year, the show is once again facing the challenge of a balancing act between presenting powerful sports cars and environmentally friendly hybrid, …

BMW 730d and X1 sDrive20d Efficient Dynamics Edition Top List of Most Sustainable Vehicles

BMW 730d and X1 sDrive20d Efficient Dynamics Edition Top List of Most Sustainable Vehicles

The BMW 730d BluePerformance and BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition were named the most sustainable vehicles in the their respective classes by the independent Ökotrend ranking prepared by leading scientists and researchers in Germany.  Ökotrend’s study analyzed the fuel economy and CO2 data of car manufacturers as well as economic …

BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition Receives Gelber Engel Award for Car of the Future

BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition Receives Gelber Engel Award for Car of the Future

The ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club) awarded its prestigious Gelber Engel prize to BMW for the BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition BluePerformance  in the  Car of the Future category.
The Gelber Engel award is given in five different categories, namely Car, Innovation and Future, Quality, and Personality.   This year’s award marks the first …