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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec – Review and Road Test

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec – Review and Road Test

Mercedes introduced the GL-Class (GL is short for light Geländewagen, German for off-roader) in 2007, larger and wider than the M-Class and with true seating for seven, and tamer than the military-spec G-Class, first as the V8 powered GL450, then later adding a higher-performance V8 and the time-tested 3.0-liter V6 …

Volkswagen Reveals New Beetle Convertible Diesel.

Volkswagen Reveals New Beetle Convertible Diesel.

In advance of the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show,Volkswagen released photos of a convertible version of the new Beetle (not to be confused with the New Beetle, introduced in 1998, which this model replaces). In addition to the cloth roof, which can be raised and lowered on demand, the Mexican-built …

Dallas Fort Worth Airport Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Ports

Dallas Fort Worth Airport Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Ports

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport announced that they have installed two Electric Vehicle charging ports that will be free for valet parking customers to use. The move will make the use of electric vehicles feasible for travelers who otherwise would be otherwise hampered by their EV’s limited range.
The Level 2 …

Fuel Prices Continue to Rise into the Fall, Up 12% Since Start of Summer

Fuel Prices Continue to Rise into the Fall, Up 12% Since Start of Summer

The price of gasoline and diesel fuel continues to rise, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and both are approaching their 2012 highs. Currently, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.847, and is $4.132 for diesel.
Nationally, the price of gasoline …

2012 Audi A3 TDI – Review and Test Drive

2012 Audi A3 TDI – Review and Test Drive

The Audi A3 answered a question that nobody really asked when it was first brought to the U.S in 2006. It stood relatively unchallenged as a compact premium five-door hatchback, with diesel power available starting with the 2010 model year. Now nearing the end of its model cycle, the A3 …

Mazda Announces Diesel-Powered 2014 Mazda6 Wagon

Mazda Announces Diesel-Powered 2014 Mazda6 Wagon

Mazda announced that the all-new 2014 Mazda6 wagon will be unveiled later this month at the Paris Auto Show. Both the new sport wagon and its sedan counterpart will be powered by the 2.2-Liter Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine.
The Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine is currently available in the Japanese market CX-5 …

New Diesel Car Lineup for 2013: Preview and Report

New Diesel Car Lineup for 2013: Preview and Report

Not terribly long ago, September marked the start of the new automotive model year. Manufacturers would show off their new models and new features and the previous year’s models would be discounted to clear space for everything new. While things have become more fluid as competition among manufacturers has increased, …

New Fuel Economy Standards: 54.5 MPG by 2025

New Fuel Economy Standards: 54.5 MPG by 2025

The U.S. government finalized fuel economy standards Wednesday mandating a mean 54.5 MPG fuel economy rating (4.35 l/100km) across manufacturers’ product lines by 2025. The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards have been in place since 1975 and carmakers whose fleets do not meet the prescribed fuel economy rating are …

Study of Connected Vehicle Technology begins in Michigan with DOT, U Michigan, Denso

Study of Connected Vehicle Technology begins in Michigan with DOT, U Michigan, Denso

The U.S. Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the University of Michigan Traffic Research Institute and automotive electronics maker Denso, have launched a year-long study testing two prototypes of their Talking Car technology. Connected vehicle technologies have been in development by Denso and other brands around the world for almost …

BMW DriveNow Car Sharing Launches in the U.S

BMW DriveNow Car Sharing Launches in the U.S

Starting August 20, drivers in San Francisco have a new way to get around, namely by borrowing a car from BMW and the BMW DriveNow program.
BMW DriveNow is an electric vehicle car-sharing program that was developed by BMW’s urban mobility sub-brand BMWi.  The program has an inaugural fleet of 70 …

BMW Unveils Rear-Wheel Drive X3 sDrive18d

BMW Unveils Rear-Wheel Drive X3 sDrive18d

BMW announced a new addition to the X3 Sport Activity Vehicle lineup, the BMW X3 sDrive18d.  The new model is BMWs first rear-wheel drive X3 and makes extensive use of the brand’s EfficientDynamics suite of fuel saving technologies to deliver 46 miles per gallon (5.11 l/100 km) in the mixed …

Fuel Prices Up 18% for Summer

Fuel Prices Up 18% for Summer

Domestic fuel prices are on the rise, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Prices have risen consistently since July, which marked a three-month low. A gallon of regular unleaded gas currently costs an average of $3.72 and diesel $3.97.
These prices represent a 2% increase …