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Christian Stampfer is the European Editor for The Diesel Driver.

BMW i8 Concept Spyder Revealed

BMW i8 Concept Spyder Revealed

As the actual launch of BMW’s two Megacity vehicles, the i3 and i8, draws nearer, the Bavarian automaker announced the BMW i8 Concept Spyder.
The i8 Concept Spyder uses the same technology and components as its sibling, the BMW i8 Concept. Both cars are plug-in hybrids with an electric motor on …

2012 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI Quattro S tronic – First Drive and Review

2012 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI Quattro S tronic – First Drive and Review

Introduced in 2008 for the 2009 model year, the Audi Q5 is a compact crossover SUV, a segment created by BMW in 2004 with the introduction of the X3 Sports Activity Vehicle.  Mercedes-Benz added an entrant a few months ahead of Audi with the GLK.
The Q5 TDI is one of …

BMW Unveils BMW M550d, X5 M50d, X6 M50d, 116d EfficientDynamics Edition in Geneva

BMW Unveils BMW M550d, X5 M50d, X6 M50d, 116d EfficientDynamics Edition in Geneva

Bavarian Automaker Also Debuts 125d, 316d, 318d
The Geneva International Motor Show (Salon International de l’Auto) has taken place in Geneva since 1905 and is known as one of the most important auto shows in the world. In contrast to other major European auto shows, which are held every other year, …

BMW 640d xDrive Coupe and Convertible Announced

BMW 640d xDrive Coupe and Convertible Announced

In the run-up to the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show, BMW announced two new models in the BMW 6 Series line-up. The BMW 640d xDrive Coupe and Convertible will be available in the spring and join the current model variants of the 6 Series, namely the 640i, 650i, and 640d. …

First Look: BMW M Performance Diesel Cars

First Look: BMW M Performance Diesel Cars

In January, BMW unveiled a line-up of the BMW M Performance Automobiles, a sub-category of the BMW M brand.  The automaker will offer a selection of performance oriented cars that are nonetheless suitable for everyday use . The BMW M550d xDrive Sedan (pictured), BMW M550d xDrive Touring, BMW X5 M50d …

2012 BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition (F30) – First Drive and Review

2012 BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition (F30) – First Drive and Review

In 1975, BMW introduced the 3 Series, a model that has consistently set the standard for sports sedans.  The 3er  was introduced as the successor to the BMW Neue Klasse (BMW New Class), which included the BMW 1602 and 2002, among other models. Together with the 5 Series, which replaced …

2011 Diesel Sales Report: Market Share in Germany Hit 49%

2011 Diesel Sales Report: Market Share in Germany Hit 49%

It’s common knowledge that the market share for diesel is in the low single digits in the U.S.  Currently, only four manufacturers, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen currently offer diesel-powered automobiles although there will be several automakers joining the diesel fold, including Jeep, Mazda, and Porsche, in the coming 18 …

BMW M Performance Diesel Automobiles Announced

BMW M Performance Diesel Automobiles Announced

BMW announced a new model category for the forthcoming M diesel cars.  The BMW M Performance Automobiles is closely attached to the BMW M GmbH and will offer a selection of performance oriented cars. “We are targeting our efforts at customers looking for more emotionality and more performance, but who …

First Look: BMW ActiveHybrid 5

First Look: BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Finally, a BMW Hybrid for the Masses
Last month, the all-new BMW AcitveHybrid 5 celebrated its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. BMW already offers the ActiveHybrid 7, a mild hybrid, and the ActiveHybrid X6, a full-hybrid , but the sales figures of both vehicles are below BMW´s original expectations.
With …

Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Test Drive and Report: The Road to Kennebunkport

Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Test Drive and Report: The Road to Kennebunkport

Situated along the Kennebunk River, the city of Kennebunkport is a small town just one mile away from the Atlantic Ocean. Although the city is home to only 3,474 inhabitants, it is particularly well known because of one resident, former president George H. W. Bush, who had chosen Kennebunkport for …

2011 BMW 335d Review and Final Drive: The Road to Stuttgart and Munich

2011 BMW 335d Review and Final Drive: The Road to Stuttgart and Munich

Our fascination with the BMW 335d started almost two years ago, when Jonathan Spira took delivery of our 2010 BMW 335d at the BMW Welt.  The successor to the E90 BMW 3 Series has just been unveiled and production of the current (E90) 3 Series has ended.  The 335d introduced …

2012 Porsche Panamera Diesel – First Look

2012 Porsche Panamera Diesel – First Look

Introduced at the 13th Auto Shanghai in 2009, the Porsche Panamera represents the latest expansion of the Porsche model range following the Porsche Cayenne in 2002. The Panamera is a four-seat hatchback luxury liner and is available with a variety of petrol engines. With the world premiere of the Panamera …