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Christian Stampfer is the European Editor for The Diesel Driver.

Mercedes-Benz Debuts E250 BlueTec Sedan, Other Variants

Mercedes-Benz Debuts E250 BlueTec Sedan, Other Variants

DETROIT—Following its launch of the all-new CLA-Class on the eve of the 2013 North American International Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz debuted an all-new E-Class. The E-Class, which includes sedan, wagon, cabriolet, and coupe variants, received a mid-life design refresh in design, The sixth generation of the E-Class will also see improvements …

2013 Detroit Show Report: BMW Concept 4 Series Coupé

2013 Detroit Show Report: BMW Concept 4 Series Coupé

One of the highlights of the 2013 North American International Auto Show was the world premiere of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupé. The attributes of the upcoming BMW 4 Series automobiles are longer, wider, faster, and lower, or at least a little bit of everything. The current 3 Series …

The Road to Leoben and Dürnstein – Driving the BMW 320d Touring

The Road to Leoben and Dürnstein – Driving the BMW 320d Touring

The two cities I drove to in the BMW 320d Touring could not be more different. Leoben is the second largest city of the state of Styria (Steiermark) in Austria and is home to more than 24.000 people with roots in the mining and steel business, while my second destination, …

BMW 320d Touring (F31) – First Drive and Review

BMW 320d Touring (F31) – First Drive and Review

The introduction of the first BMW 3 Series Touring in the mid 1980s wasn’t planned .  The idea of manufacturing a car with more space and functionality was put into practice by a lone BMW engineer who was awaiting an addition to his family. The result of his efforts was …

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d First Drive and Review: The Road to Charleston, South Carolina

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d First Drive and Review: The Road to Charleston, South Carolina

Picking up a new car at the factory has always been an adventure some car enthusiasts elect to take. Many U.S. buyers travel to Europe to pick up their BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes, Volvos, Audis and Porsches at the factory, but the long wait before their car is re-delivered to them in …

The Road to Bregenz – Driving the Audi A8 TDI

The Road to Bregenz – Driving the Audi A8 TDI

Located on the shores of Lake Constance (Bodensee), Bregenz, the capital of Austria’s western-most state of Vorarlberg, is the site of the Bregenzer Festspieler (Bregenz Festival), a performing arts event that typically draws over 200,000 people to over 100 performances.
Home to more than 27,000 inhabitants, the city is tucked in …

Porsche Announces the Cayenne S Diesel, Most Powerful Oilburner on the Market

Porsche Announces the Cayenne S Diesel, Most Powerful Oilburner on the Market

Porsche will soon add a second diesel model to its Cayenne line-up. The Porsche Cayenne S Diesel will join the current Cayenne Diesel  and the Panamera Diesel to become the company’s third diesel-powered model. The new Cayenne S Diesel will win the Porsche Cayenne S the title of the most …

Audi Unveils the SQ5 TDI

Audi Unveils the SQ5 TDI

Audi has announced plans to offer a new, powerful diesel version within its successful Q5 model lineup. Alongside the Audi Q5 3.0 TDI, the new Audi SQ5 TDI becomes the first S-Line model powered by a diesel engine. The SQ5 TDI will also be the first S-Line model in the …

2012 BMW 640d xDrive Coupe Test Drive and Review: The Road to Leipzig

2012 BMW 640d xDrive Coupe Test Drive and Review: The Road to Leipzig

Leipzig, the second largest city (after Dresden) within the free state of Saxony, was one of the most important cities during the fall of communism in the former East Germany in 1989 and is situated about 200 km (124 miles) south of Berlin. The city is today home to over …

First Look: BMW 640d xDrive Coupe

First Look: BMW 640d xDrive Coupe

In March 2011, the BMW Group introduced the third generation of the BMW 6 Series.  The 6 Series Coupe and Convertible are playing a key role in the strategy of the Bavarian automaker in the top-class luxury segment. With an elegant and sportive design language, BMW is trying to continue …

Driving the Audi Q5 TDI – The Road to Fall (Sylvensteinspeicher) – Review

Driving the Audi Q5 TDI – The Road to Fall (Sylvensteinspeicher) – Review

A small village with a population of just a handful of people is normally not worth the drive of 85 km (52 miles) but the Bavarian village of Fall (which owes its name to a waterfall) is the exception to the rule.  Fall’s proximity to the beuatiful Karwendelgebirge (Karwendel Mountains), …

New Diesels: BMW Introduces 3 Series Wagons, 1 Series with xDrive, and 520d Gran Turismo

New Diesels: BMW Introduces 3 Series Wagons, 1 Series with xDrive, and 520d Gran Turismo

BMW announced a new 3 Series Touring (station wagon) range and new diesel and petrol models in the 1 Series and 5 Series plus several technology updates for the 5 Series.
The all-new 3 Series Touring (pictured), known as the Sports Wagon in the U.S., is being launched in Europe with …