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Mazda Confirms Plans to Offer Diesels in U.S.

Mazda Confirms Plans to Offer Diesels in U.S.

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mazda announced it will offer an unspecified diesel passenger car in the U.S. and that it will use its new Skyactiv-D 2.2L diesel engine in that model, mated to the Sky-Drive transmission (pictured).
The Skyactiv-D 2.2 is the first diesel-powered automobile to …

BMW Delivers First ActiveE Electric Vehicle

BMW Delivers First ActiveE Electric Vehicle

In 2009, Tom and Meredith Moloughney took delivery of a Mini E, an electric car that is part of BMW’s Project i program and that was available to private owners in a field trial that started in 2009.  Today, at BMW’s U.S. headquarters in New Jersey,  they became the firs …

First Look: Toyota’s 53 mpg City Prius c Hatchback

First Look: Toyota’s 53 mpg City Prius c Hatchback

The new Toyota Prius c gets an astounding 53 mpg (4.43 l/100 km) in city driving, a figure that is the highest fuel economy rating for any non plug-in vehicle.  The Prius c is the fourth member of the Prius family, which includes the Prius, the new Prius v, and …

Audi Adds A8 TDI Diesel To U.S. Lineup

Audi Adds A8 TDI Diesel To U.S. Lineup

Audi will offer an A8 diesel sedan later this year, the company announced at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit.  The Ingoldstadt-based automaker also announced a supercharged V-6 petrol model, the A8 3.0T.
The 2013 Audi A8 TDI will come with the turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that develops 225 hp …

Cadillac Announces ATS Diesel

Cadillac Announces ATS Diesel

At an unveiling at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, Cadillac unveiled the 2013 ATS sedan, and confirmed that a diesel version will be offered, although timing for that was not announced.
The ATS is built on a new, rear-wheel-drive platform and is eight inches shorter than the Cadillac CTS.  It continues …

Greg Spira, Writer and Internet Pioneer, Co-Founder of The Diesel Driver, Dies at 44

Greg Spira, Writer and Internet Pioneer, Co-Founder of The Diesel Driver, Dies at 44

Greg Spira, a co-founder of The Diesel Driver and Frequent Business Traveler (née Executive Road Warrior) magazines and an online pioneer, died on December 28, 2011 in New York City.  He was 44 years old.
The cause was polycystic kidney disease and complications stemming from a subsequent kidney transplant, said his …

Jeep Announces Grand Cherokee Diesel for U.S. in 2013

Jeep Announces Grand Cherokee Diesel for U.S. in 2013

A second U.S. automaker has joined the diesel party.  Chrysler announced that it will offer a diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale in the United States in model-year 2013.
The automaker currently offers a Grand Cherokee diesel as an export model and it is likely that U.S. buyers will see a …

Your Favorite Articles in The Diesel Driver in 2011

Your Favorite Articles in The Diesel Driver in 2011

As the year draws to a close, here’s a look at the ten most popular articles in The Diesel Driver in 2011.  The rankings are based on reader popularity, shares via Facebook and other social media, and e-mail forwards.
The stories range from the first in-depth review of the new 2012 …

2011 Year in Review: Diesel in America

2011 Year in Review: Diesel in America

2011 was a good year for diesel fans.  Sales of diesel-powered automobiles in the U.S. were up 39% in the first half of the year, and it looks like that figure will increase when all of 2011 is tallied.
Two entirely new diesels were introduced in 2011, namely the Mercedes-Benz S350 …

Mercedes-Benz Unveils E300 BlueTec Hybrid Diesel Sedan – First Look

Mercedes-Benz Unveils E300 BlueTec Hybrid Diesel Sedan – First Look

Introducing the World’s Most Economical Luxury Car
Many diesel enthusiasts have wondered why mainstream automakers such as Mercedes-Benz haven’t built a diesel-electric hybrid, bridging the best of diesel efficiency on the open road with hybrid in-town economy.
The Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTec Hybrid will go on sale next year.  It is available in …

Study: Record Jump in Emissions in 2010

Study: Record Jump in Emissions in 2010

An analysis released by the Global Carbon Project showed that worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels jumped 5.9% in 2010, the largest absolute increase since the start of the Industrial Revolution and the greatest percentage increase since 2003.
The increase represents one half-billion extra tons of carbon released into …

BMW Debuts X6 M550d, First Diesel M Car, On Video

BMW Debuts X6 M550d, First Diesel M Car, On Video

BMW released a video, of the forthcoming X6 M550d, the first car from BMW M GmbH that is powered by a diesel engine. The video is called “A new chapter powered by M.”
The tri-turbo 3.0-liter engine develops 375 hp (280 kW) and 516 pound-feet (700 Nm) of torque.
The new engine …