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BMW 335d 18-Month Report and Review

BMW 335d 18-Month Report and Review

Year two with the BMW 335d is well underway.  It’s hard to imagine that it’s been 18 months since our Montegoblau metallic 335d was delivered at the BMW Welt in Munich but the car has not only ventured to multiple countries and continents but it has endeared itself to its …

BMW 335d 18-Month Report and Review

BMW 335d 18-Month Report and Review

Year two with the BMW 335d is well underway.  It’s hard to imagine that it’s been 18 months since our Montegoblau metallic 335d was delivered at the BMW Welt in Munich but the car has not only ventured to multiple countries and continents but it has endeared itself to its …

New Volkswagen Passat TDI with 800 Mile Range Introduced

New Volkswagen Passat TDI with 800 Mile Range Introduced

Volkswagen announced pricing and details for the 2012 Passat, which includes the Passat TDI that will deliver an incredible 43 mpg (5.47 l/100 km or 2.33 gallons/100 miles).  This gives the new Passat a range of almost 800 miles (1287 km).
The new Passat was designed for the North American market …

New Cars to Get New Fuel Economy Labels

New Cars to Get New Fuel Economy Labels

Starting with 2013 model year vehicles, all new cars will come with labels that rate the vehicle from 1 to 10 on fuel economy and smog pollution and provide a five-year estimate of fuel costs compared to an average vehicle in the same class.
The new labels will continue to include …

Photo Contest: My Diesel

Photo Contest: My Diesel

Does a photo of your diesel-powered automobile belong on a magazine cover?  Here’s your chance.  Our readers take their fuel-efficient diesels everywhere including some of the most beautiful places on earth.
Whether it’s a photo of your car being delivered at the BMW Welt, the Audi Forum, or the Mercedes-Benz Delivery …

BMW 335d is the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

BMW 335d is the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

The BMW 335d is the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year, announced Jonathan Spira, editor of The Diesel Driver magazine.  The BMW 335d received 29.6 percent of 3,669 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver from 43 countries.  83% of the votes came from readers in the United States.
“The …

What Will The Diesel Driver’s New Project Car Be?

What Will The Diesel Driver’s New Project Car Be?

This coming week, The Diesel Driver will take delivery of a long-term diesel-powered automobile which will join the BMW 335d in our garage.
Currently, four car manufacturers, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, offer a total of 12 cars and SUVs in the U.S.
The vehicle is one that we’ve reported on in …

2012 Audi A6 launched with three diesel variants

2012 Audi A6 launched with three diesel variants

Audi unveiled the new A6 sedan, which will be launched with three diesel versions and two petrol engines.  An Audi A6 hybrid will follow.  The new models will be available in 2011 as 2012 models.
The A6 2.0 TDI has 177 hp and develops 280 pound-feet of torque, propelling the A6 …

Mercedes-Benz Unveils F-Cell Fuel Cell Vehicle

Mercedes-Benz Unveils F-Cell Fuel Cell Vehicle

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz announced the F-Cell, a hydrogen-electric B-Class compact and the automaker’s first compact to be sold in the U.S.
The front-wheel-drive F-Cell runs on compressed hydrogen combined with a 136-horsepower electric motor and a 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery.  Fuel-cell economy will be equivalent to 4.3 l/100 …

Auto X Prize Leads to 100+ MPG Vehicles

Auto X Prize Leads to 100+ MPG Vehicles

The $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize was awarded at a ceremony last week in Washington, D.C. to three teams that built cars capable of achieving 100 miles per gallon (2.35 l/100 km) or the energy equivalent (MPGe).
After thirty months of planning and testing, which involved 136 vehicles from …

BMW X3 Ends Production in Graz, Austria

BMW X3 Ends Production in Graz, Austria

Two diesels are the last two X3s off the production line
The last two current generation BMW X3 SAVs, an X3 xDrive 20d and an X3 xDrive35d, rolled off the assembly line yesterday at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.  Magna Steyr was BMW’s production partner for the X3 since …

New Rules Proposed for Grading Fuel Economy

New Rules Proposed for Grading Fuel Economy

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation jointly released new rules that would label passenger cars sold in the United States with a grade from A to D.  The grades would be dependent on two factors, fuel efficiency and emissions.
If approved, the new rules will be the most …