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Christian Stampfer is the European Editor for The Diesel Driver.

BMW Introduces Next Generation 2012 3 Series with 320d, 328i, 335i – 2 More Diesels and ActiveHybrid 3 to Follow

BMW Introduces Next Generation 2012 3 Series with 320d, 328i, 335i – 2 More Diesels and ActiveHybrid 3 to Follow

Christian Stampfer reports live from Munich
With great fanfare, BMW introduced the sixth generation 3 Series at the BMW plant in Munich with a white 320d EfficientDynamics Edition sedan leading the way.
In quick succession, driven by apprentices at the BMW plant and paraded past thousands of cheering BMW employees, we saw …

Land Rover DC100 and DC100 Sport Concept Cars Reinvent Defender

Land Rover DC100 and DC100 Sport Concept Cars Reinvent Defender

The reinvention of a legend is one of the hardest challenges an automotive designer can face. In 2015, Land Rover will reveal the successor to the current Defender and the automaker is testing the waters. At the 64th IAA (International Automobile Show) in Frankfurt, Land Rover unveiled two concept cars …

Mercedes-Benz unveils SLK 250 CDI Diesel Roadster, B-Class, B-Class E-Cell, F125

Mercedes-Benz unveils SLK 250 CDI Diesel Roadster, B-Class, B-Class E-Cell, F125

Mercedes-Benz, the inventor of the automobile, celebrates its 125 birthday this year. Under the motto “Mercedes-Next,” the automaker presented six world premieres at the Frankfurt Internationale Automobile Ausstellung (International Automobile Show). The new cars include the recently announced SLK 250 CDI , the completely new B-Class, and two concept cars, …

BMW unveils i3, i8, 640d, 525d, 118d, and 3 EfficientDynamics Edition models at Frankfurt Show

BMW unveils i3, i8, 640d, 525d, 118d, and 3 EfficientDynamics Edition models at Frankfurt Show

The Frankfurt Internationale Automobile Austellung (International Automobile Show) is so important to BMW that the company built its own exhibit hall last year, complete with a track built into the permanent stage. BMW, Mini ,and Rolls Royce traditionally unveils their new car concepts in Frankfurt and the 64th IAA was …

The Road to Maastricht – Driving the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Diesel Sedan

The Road to Maastricht – Driving the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Diesel Sedan

Maastricht, the capital of the province Limburg, is located in the southern part of the Netherlands. It was also our first destination after taking delivery of The Diesel Driver’s new long-term test car, a Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec diesel sedan.
TDD Editor Jonathan Spira and I started out from the Mercedes-Benz Kundencenter …

Mercedes-Benz Announces First Diesel Roadster, the New 2012 SLK 250 CDI

Mercedes-Benz Announces First Diesel Roadster, the New 2012 SLK 250 CDI

Starting in September, Mercedes-Benz will offer its sporty SLK Roadster with a diesel engine, the automaker’s first such offering.  The SLK Roadster has been on the market since 1996 and currently has three petrol variants, the SLK 200, SLK 250 and SLK 350.
The new SLK 250 CDI comes standard with …

BMW Announces the BMW X3 xDrive35d

BMW Announces the BMW X3 xDrive35d

Starting in autumn 2011, the BMW X3 model range will be expanded with two new engines, one petrol and one diesel. European customers will then have a choice between three petrol and three diesel engines.
The new BMW X3 xDrive20i will become the entry model of the X3 lineup and features …

BMW Announces the BMW X1 EfficientDynamics Edition

BMW Announces the BMW X1 EfficientDynamics Edition

Diesel fans got a reason to celebrate recently with the unveiling of the newest BMW EfficientDynamics Edition model, the X1 sDrive20d EDE.  The new diesel will be available for European customers in autumn 2011.
The X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition is the third model within the EfficientDynamics Edition model sub-range. BMW currently …

The Road to Sélestat – Driving the BMW 520d Sedan – Review and Test Drive

The Road to Sélestat – Driving the BMW 520d Sedan – Review and Test Drive

Sélestat, also known as the city of Schlettstadt, is a small town located in north-eastern France, in the province of Alsace-Lorraine (Elsaß-Lothringen). The cities of Freiburg (Germany) and Strasbourg (France) are only a drive of 40 km (24.8 miles) away.
Sélestat is home to nearly 20.000 inhabitants and offers its …

Driving the BMW 520d – The Road to Frankfurt – Review

Driving the BMW 520d – The Road to Frankfurt – Review

Frankfurt am Main, Europe’s largest and most important financial center, is situated along the Main River in the south-western part of the German state Hessen (Hesse). Germany’s fifth largest city is home to over 672.000 people and was named one of the 10 most liveable cities in the world by …

EU Plans to Increase Diesel Tax

EU Plans to Increase Diesel Tax

The European Union plans to increase the current tax level for diesel fuel till the year 2023.  Algirdas Semeta, the European Commissar for Taxes, presented a master plan for a new tax system which is strongly connected to the energy content of the fuel.
The existing minimum tax rate in the …

Biofuel: Will E10 fail in Germany?

Biofuel: Will E10 fail in Germany?

On the first of the year, Germany introduced Super E10 biofuel, which is gasoline that is 10% ethanol. Even before the first tank was filled, the matter was the subject of great debate.  The new fuel uses twice as much ethanol as the old Super E5 biofuel and the …