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Traffic Deaths in U.S. Feared to Increase to Highest Level Since 2007

Traffic Deaths in U.S. Feared to Increase to Highest Level Since 2007

Lower Fuel Costs, More Traffic to Blame
Traffic deaths in the United States are expected to hit their highest level since 2007, according to figures released by the National Safety Council.
Using a review of the first six months of the year, the group said that traffic deaths were 14% higher than …

VW to Offer More Standard Driver Assistance Features in MY 2016 Vehicles

VW to Offer More Standard Driver Assistance Features in MY 2016 Vehicles

With the start of the 2016 model year, Volkswagen will offer purchasers of almost all of its vehicles the driver-assistance features that were previously only available in its top models.
Saying it wants to democratize the availability of driver-assistance technology, Volkswagen will offer such items as adaptive cruise control, lane departure …

Diesel Fuel Prices Drop for Fourth Week in a Row

Diesel Fuel Prices Drop for Fourth Week in a Row

The price of diesel fuel fell for the fourth week in a row in the United States as part of an overall decline in fuel prices.
The price of a gallon of diesel fuel at the pump was down $0.01.1 to $2.859, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That price …

Report from the 2015 New York International Auto Show

Report from the 2015 New York International Auto Show

NEW YORK — The New York International Auto Show opens to the public on Friday and runs through April 12. The show dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace.
While diesel cars were …

BMW 535d Named 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, BMW Recognized as Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

BMW 535d Named 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, BMW Recognized as Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

The BMW 535d is the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, according to readers of The Diesel Driver magazine, and BMW is the 2015 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year.
The Bimmer received 16.5% of 12,131 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver and BMW, as car manufacturer, garnered 31.5% …

BMW Introduces 55 MPGe X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid

BMW Introduces 55 MPGe X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid

BMW announced the introduction of the BMW X5 xDrive40e. The plug-in hybrid is the company’s first in the SUV category and is capable of 55 MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent, the measurement used by the EPA to compare the energy consumption of alternative fuel vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles …

Rumors of an Apple Electric Vehicle Intensify

Rumors of an Apple Electric Vehicle Intensify

Apple, notorious for being one of the most secretive tech companies, may be planning to build an electric vehicle that would become available by the year 2020.
The veil of secrecy was pierced last week when the Wall Street Journal ran a story about Project Titan, an EV project that hundreds …

5 Winter Storm Driving Survival Tips

5 Winter Storm Driving Survival Tips

The recent onslaught of severe winter weather means that drivers have to take extra precautions.
Here are five tips that will ensure a safer drive.
1.)       Winter tires
Make sure to have winter tires (which were used to be called “snow tires”) fitted to your car. They provide significantly better performance in snowy …

Volkswagen to Debut Golf GTD Variant in Geneva

Volkswagen to Debut Golf GTD Variant in Geneva

Volkswagen will introduce its Golf GTD Variant at the Geneva Auto Show, which opens to the public on March 5.
The new GTD Variant or SportWagen as it’s known in some markets – GTD stands for Gran Turismo Diesel – is based on the seventh-generation VW Golf Variant, which made its …

Vote for the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year

Vote for the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year

Voting for the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year and the 2015 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year has begun. Seven automakers, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen, currently offer diesel passenger cars and SUVs in the U.S. The field this year has increased by almost 25%, with …

Fuel Prices Continue to Drop

Fuel Prices Continue to Drop

Across the country, fuel prices have dropped over the past week. The average price for a gallon of gasoline is lower than it was a week ago, as is the price for a gallon of diesel nationwide.
A gallon of diesel was $2.933, a drop of $0.120 from last week, and …

BMW Unveils BMW i ChargeForward Managed Charge Program

BMW Unveils BMW i ChargeForward Managed Charge Program

In partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric, BMW announced its BMW i ChargeForward Program. The pilot program offers drivers the opportunity to participate in a managed charge program and, separately, will find a second life for used Mini E batteries.
The managed charge program, which was announced at the Consumer Electronics …