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König Diesel: Driving the New BMW 7er Series

König Diesel: Driving the New BMW 7er Series

The 7er Series, as BMW’s flagship, may cocoon its driver and passengers in Teutonic luxury and is clearly automotive royalty.  While I was somewhat ambivalent about the exterior of its predecessor, the new 7er is a true blue blood, and not just because of its Bavarian heritage.
To me, it looks …

Peugeot introduces the 1967 240BD

Peugeot introduces the 1967 240BD

In 1967, Peugeot introduced the world’s first compact, high-speed diesel car, the Peugeot 240BD. Its 1.3L XL4D engine produced 46 horsepower (34 kW) at 5,000 rpm.

Rudolf Diesel Invents Diesel Engine

Rudolf Diesel Invents Diesel Engine

Without Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913), this publication might not exist.  Diesel, a thermal engineer born in Paris to Bavarian parents, invented the engine that would come to bear his name, an internal combustion engine that doesn’t require a spark to ignite the fuel-air mixture.
His goal was to design an internal combustion …

The BMW 335d: Can A Diesel Be The Ultimate Driving Machine?

The BMW 335d: Can A Diesel Be The Ultimate Driving Machine?

To many people, diesels are slow, noisy, and belch black smoke.  If that’s your recollection too, you’ll be surprised to find out that diesels in Europe currently account for roughly 50% of the new car market.  In the United States, the market for diesel automobiles is miniscule, thanks largely to …

Driving a 535d at 240 km/h

Driving a 535d at 240 km/hPlay