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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 …

Mercedes-Benz Reports Record November Sales

Mercedes-Benz Reports Record November Sales

Mercedes-Benz announced financial results for November 2014.
The company’s total U.S. sales were up 0.6% from November 2013, selling 34,578 vehicles as compared to 34,376. The sales set a new record for the highest November sales volume in the company’s history.
The company’s sales of the Stuttgart-based automaker’s C-, M-, and E-Class …

France Proposes Phasing Out Diesels, Calling Them a ‘Mistake’

France Proposes Phasing Out Diesels, Calling Them a ‘Mistake’

The French government has lost its nearly two decades of faith in diesel.
In a speech last Friday, Prime Minister Manuel Valls called for a gradual reduction in the number of diesel-powered automobiles on the road, calling diesel a “mistake.”
Like much of Europe, France began to strongly promote diesels six decades …

EPA Delays Biofuel Renewable Fuel Standard Decision

EPA Delays Biofuel Renewable Fuel Standard Decision

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Friday that it was postponing the issuance of final Renewable Fuel Standards, the rule that set the levels of biofuel that would be required to be blended into convention fuels, for 2014.
In a brief statement on its website, the agency said that the delay …

Mercedes-Benz Announces New Naming Conventions for Models

Mercedes-Benz Announces New Naming Conventions for Models

Stuttgart Retires BlueTec Name in Favor of Simple ‘d’
In an effort to simplify its model names, Mercedes-Benz announced a significant change in the nomenclature it uses for its line and also that it was bringing back the Maybach brand.
The Stuttgart-based automaker says that the new naming system is “simple, clear, …