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Audi’s Diesel Strategy: The 2014 A6 TDI, A7 TDI, and Q5 TDI

Audi’s Diesel Strategy: The 2014 A6 TDI, A7 TDI, and Q5 TDI

Audi is surging forward in the U.S. diesel market with the introduction of three new diesel-powered models, the A6 sedan, the A7 sportback, and the Q5 midsize crossover. All three use the recently updated 240-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that is already available in the A8 and Q7, as well as …

Mercedes Debuts S500 Plug-in Hybrid, GLA-Class, B-Class Electric Vehicle at Frankfurt Show

Mercedes Debuts S500 Plug-in Hybrid, GLA-Class, B-Class Electric Vehicle at Frankfurt Show

FRANKFURT—Mercedes-Benz unveiled the all-new, eleventh-generation S-Class sedan at the 2013 Frankfurt Internationale Automobil Ausstelling (International Motor Show) in Frankfurt, Germany. The luxury automaker also exhibited a concept coupe version of the S-Class to replace the CL, the GLA-Class compact crossover, and a production-ready all-electric B-Class hatchback.
The new S-Class is larger, …

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5: The 2,000-Mile Road Trip – Review and Report

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5: The 2,000-Mile Road Trip – Review and Report

Despite the fact that gas-electric hybrids having been around for more than a decade, and BMW has offered one for the better half of one, there remains a sense of novelty to driving a car without the gas engine running. Especially with the soaring cost of fuel, hybrids have been …

2014 Audi A8 L TDI – Review and Road Test

2014 Audi A8 L TDI – Review and Road Test

The Audi A8 was not the first large German luxury sedan, but for a time, it was somewhat of a “best kept secret” for executives in snowy climates and foreign heads of state seeking more discretion than a Mercedes S-Class could provide. Twenty years later, the A8 is quite recognizable, …

Diesel Car Preview for 2014-15

Diesel Car Preview for 2014-15

More Diesels Still to Come as Automakers Add Models to Lineup
America’s love affair with the diesel is being rekindled, at least as far as sales figures go.  Sales of diesel-powered cars and SUVs were up 26% in 2012 and it looks as if that trend is continuing for 2013.  While …

Last Drive: 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Homage and Review

Last Drive: 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Homage and Review

After One Year, Dan Collins and David Goldes Are Sad to Say Good-Bye
More often than not, getting a new car is considered to be a good thing. It’s the new car smell, a car still free of that scratch that months or years later still curse yourself for, and one …

BMW Launches All-New 2014 X5 and X5 Diesel

BMW Launches All-New 2014 X5 and X5 Diesel

BMW unveiled the upcoming completely redesigned third-generation 2014 X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, which will be available in both diesel and gasoline variants.  The X5 made its debut in 1999 and the second generation X5 was launched in 2006.
Codenamed F15, the Spartanburg, South Carolina-built X5 will be larger, lighter, more powerful, …

Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S. for 2013 and 2014: Preview and Report

Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S. for 2013 and 2014: Preview and Report

New Models, New Engines, New Manufacturers for the New Year
With the start of 2013 only a few weeks away the discussion is already shifting to new cars for model year 2014 and more than a few automakers will be launching brand new diesel-powered offerings.
2012 was a good year for diesel, …

2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum Edition – Road Test and Review

2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum Edition – Road Test and Review

Since its initial introduction in 1999, the Cadillac Escalade has been redesigned twice, and each time it has separated itself more from its less costly cousins, the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon. Now in its third generation, the Escalade is available in two wheelbases, two- and four-wheel drive, and with …

Diesel-Powered Mazda6 Skyactiv D Confirmed

Diesel-Powered Mazda6 Skyactiv D Confirmed

LOS ANGELES – At the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show, Mazda confirmed it will be entering the U.S. diesel-powered passenger car marketplace in late 2013, with the 2014 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D.
Completely redesigned for 2014, the midsize sedan will be offered with the 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, a version of …

Audi to Introduce Four New Diesels at LA Auto Show, Update Q7

Audi to Introduce Four New Diesels at LA Auto Show, Update Q7

LOS ANGELES – Audi has expanded its diesel line up in the U.S. with the introduction of the A6, A7 and A8 diesel sedans, as well as the mid-sized Q5 crossover for the 2014 model year.  The A8 TDI will be the first to reach the States in spring of …

Biodiesel Report: What B20 Means to You and Your Warranty

Biodiesel Report: What B20 Means to You and Your Warranty

Five years ago, biodiesel was a form of fuel that the diesel enthusiast would convert his or her vehicle to use.  Since then, it has been forced into the mainstream through various government mandates and subsidies, in the form of blended fuels that are often the only option for drivers …