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Christian Stampfer is the European Editor for The Diesel Driver.

The Road to Bratislava – Driving the BMW 535d Sedan

The Road to Bratislava – Driving the BMW 535d Sedan

Bratislava, known in many regions by its German name, Preßburg, is the capital of Slovakia.  It was the destination for a long distance road trip with the all new BMW 535d sedan. The  drive from Munich to Bratislava would be  more than 500 km (310 miles) , so TDD editor …

BMW 318d Review and Road Test – The Road to Venlo

BMW 318d Review and Road Test – The Road to Venlo

In Roman times, the Netherlands city of Venlo (then known as Blariacum) was a major trading post.  Today, thanks to the city’s location directly on the German border, Venlo attracts shoppers from Germany thanks to low prices on a variety of merchandise, and many companies have a large presence, there …

2011 BMW X3 Review and Road Test – The Road to Berchtesgaden

2011 BMW X3 Review and Road Test – The Road to Berchtesgaden

The streets around Munich were heavily covered with snow as I picked up our second-generation BMW X3 xDrive20d but I wasn’t worried. It was the perfect weather for the X3 to demonstrate its abilities.
The X3 came in an elegant space grey with beige interior leather.  The look is softer; sharp …

2011 BMW X3 – First Look

2011 BMW X3 – First Look

BMW introduced the first generation X3 Sports Activity Vehicle in 2003 at the 57th Internationale Automobil Ausstellung in Frankfurt.  Built in Graz, Austria, over 600,000 of the original X3s were sold, including 150,000 in the United States.  The last first-generation X3 was built on the last day of August last …

BMW launches BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Touring

BMW launches BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Touring

BMW unveiled a second model of the company’s successful EfficientDynamics Edition series, the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Sports Wagon or Touring as it’s referred to in  Germany.
The new diesel will be available for European customers in the beginning of March 2011 and was developed with the markets in Belgium, the …

BMW 120d Cabriolet Review – The Road to Mülheim

BMW 120d Cabriolet Review – The Road to Mülheim

It was a grey, rainy, and hazy afternoon when I arrived at the airport in Düsseldorf on Wednesday.  The computer of my Sixt rental car, a BMW 120d convertible, reported a temperature of 5°C (41°F). This meant that it was not even close to ideal cabrio weather, but I was …

The Road to Munich – Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Review

The Road to Munich – Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Review

Would it be possible to drive from Munich to Hamburg and back using only one tank of diesel fuel?  With fuel consumption of  4,1 l/100 km (57 mpg) in the combined EU test cycle and highway fuel consumption of 3.6 l/100 km (65 mpg), the distance to be covered seemed …

Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – The Road to Hamburg – Review

Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – The Road to Hamburg – Review

With a population of more than 1.8 million people, the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg (Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg) is the second-largest city in Germany. Only Berlin, Germany’s capital, has more inhabitants. Similar to Berlin and Bremen, Hamburg is a German city state with its own government (Hamburger Senat).
Hamburg …

BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – First Look

BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – First Look

The BMW 3 Series diesel range was made complete in 2009 with the introduction of the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition at the 63rd Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt. At that time, BMW already had three diesels in the 3 Series, namely the 316d (115 hp),  the 318d (143 hp), …

Driving the 120d: The Road to Leipzig

Driving the 120d: The Road to Leipzig

The BMW 1-series was introduced in the year 2004 and most models are manufactured at the all-new built plant in Leipzig. In Europe, the 1-series is available as a 3- and 5-door hatch as well as a coupe and convertible.
A wide range of engines is available including six petrol engines, …

Diesel Special Operations

Diesel Special Operations

Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz all offer European government and public safety organizations (Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben or BOS) specially-equipped cars for use by fire, police, and emergency medical services personnel.
When ordering their vehicles, most agencies prefer to specify diesel engines.  This is in part due to the fuel efficiency …

BMW Debuts New 530d in Munich

BMW Debuts New 530d in Munich

For the debut of the new BMW 5er Series sedan in Munich to its customers, the BMW Niederlassung München, the largest BMW dealership in Germany, needed space… lots of S P A C E.  This was not just for the 1,500 guests which included many VIPs, but for the catwalk …