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New York Auto Show Report – Day 1

New York Auto Show Report – Day 1

VW, Audi Show Off New Diesels, BMW X5 Goes Plug-In
NEW YORK — U.S. and foreign automakers are showcasing dozens of new and updated automobiles this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously …

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Named 2014 Diesel Car of the Year

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Named 2014 Diesel Car of the Year

The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year, according to the readers of The Diesel Driver magazine.  The Cruze is the only diesel-powered sedan offered by a U.S. automaker.
The Cruze Diesel received an impressive 59.3% of 11,030 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver.
The votes …

Chevrolet Chosen as 2014 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

Chevrolet Chosen as 2014 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

Chevrolet is the 2014 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year, according to the readers of The Diesel Driver magazine. This is the first time that a U.S. automaker has captured the title.
Detroit-based Chevrolet, a unit of General Motors, received 45% of the 11,161 votes cast by readers of The Diesel …

2014 Diesel Car of the Year to be Announced Wednesday at New York International Auto Show

2014 Diesel Car of the Year to be Announced Wednesday at New York International Auto Show

Past Winners Include BMW 335d, BMW X5, VW Passat
The 2014 Diesel Car of the Year and Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year winners will be announced Wednesday at the New York International Auto show.
Over 11,000 votes were cast by readers of The Diesel Driver from over 100 countries.
Eighty-eight percent of …

Bentley to Debut Plug-In Hybrid at Beijing Show

Bentley to Debut Plug-In Hybrid at Beijing Show

Bentley Motors announced plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid sedan at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition later this month.
The Bentley Hybrid Concept will be based on the automaker’s flagship Mulsanne model and will be capable of driving up to 31 miles (50 kilometers) on electric power alone.  According to the …

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s Next Long-Term Car: the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Sedan

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s Next Long-Term Car: the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Sedan

NEW YORK—A 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec 4Matic sedan is the newest member of The Diesel Driver’s long-term fleet.  The Iridium Silver Metallic Benz was delivered to Jonathan Spira, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, on Tuesday.
The E250 is part of a wave of new diesel-powered vehicles that have been put on sale for …

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 Run Flat Winter Tires – Review and Test Drive

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 Run Flat Winter Tires – Review and Test Drive

There are some conditions that even the best winter tires can’t cope with.  This includes some of the severe weather the U.S. has seen over the past two months.  Once the roads are usable, winter tires are a must, and in many places outside of the U.S. the annual change …

BMW Debuts Diesel X3 in Chicago

BMW Debuts Diesel X3 in Chicago

CHICAGO—BMW introduced the redesigned 2015 BMW X3, adding a diesel-powered version of its Sports Activity Vehicle as well as a rear-wheel drive version of the vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday.
BMW also unveiled its 7 Series diesel at the show.
The X3 xDrive28d is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged …

BMW Adds 7 Series Diesel to Lineup

BMW Adds 7 Series Diesel to Lineup

BMW announced the addition of the BMW 740Ld xDrive sedan to its diesel lineup in the United States.  The Bavarian-based automaker currently offers diesel-powered models in the 3 Series and 5 Series as well as in the X5 model range.
The new diesel, available only in the long-wheelbase 7 Series body …

Vote for the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year

Vote for the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year

Voting for the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year and the 2014 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 has almost doubled, with 23 nominees compared to …

Mazda Delays Entry into U.S. Diesel Market

Mazda Delays Entry into U.S. Diesel Market

Just a few days before the start of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, announced it will once again delay the introduction of its SkyActiv-D models.
In 2013, Mazda, somewhat following in the footsteps of several other automakers that were about to introduce a diesel lineup to the U.S. …

Diesels Account for 23% of VW Sales in 2013, Overall Sales Down 7% for the Year

Diesels Account for 23% of VW Sales in 2013, Overall Sales Down 7% for the Year

Sales of diesel-powered automobiles accounted for almost a quarter of Volkswagen’s 2013 vehicle sales in the United States, although overall sales of the Wolfsburg-based automaker declined.
On Friday, VW announced U.S. sales figures for 2013, which totaled 407,704 vehicles, a year-over-year decrease of 6.9%.  Volkswagen had sold 438,133 cars in 2012, …