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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 …

Audi Sets Record for December and 2014 Sales

Audi Sets Record for December and 2014 Sales

Audi announced financial results for December 2014 and for the entire year.
The company reported a 13.1% sales increase in the United States, selling 19,238 vehicles as compared to 17,013 in the same month last year. December was the best-ever U.S. sales month for the Bavarian automaker and the first time …

BMW to Debut ConnectedDrive In-Vehicle App and Services Store

BMW to Debut ConnectedDrive In-Vehicle App and Services Store

BMW announced it will launch the ConnectedDrive Store, an in-vehicle app and services store.  The store will launch in the spring of 2015.
ConnectedDrive Store will offer drivers the opportunity to purchase apps and services from within iDrive, the system used to control most secondary functions such as navigation and entertainment …

Electric Vehicles Not as Green as Believed

Electric Vehicles Not as Green as Believed

Electric vehicles may not be quite as green as people believe, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota.
The study found that “electric vehicles (EVs) powered by electricity from natural gas or wind, water, or solar power are best for improving air quality, whereas vehicles powered …

Tesla to Extend Roadster Range to 400 Miles

Tesla to Extend Roadster Range to 400 Miles

Tesla Motors, which launched its first car, the two-seat Tesla Roadster, in 2008, announced an upgrade for the vehicle that will extend its range to 400 miles (644 kilometers).
The upgrade for the vehicle, which was manufactured through 2012, will enable the car to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco …

Porsche Reports Record Sales in November

Porsche Reports Record Sales in November

Porsche Cars North America announced financial results for November 2014.
The company’s total sales in September were up 18.5%, having sold 4,699 vehicles as compared to 3,966 from the previous September.  The sales set a new record for the highest monthly sales volume in the company’s history.
The company’s Boxster and Cayman models …