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BMW Diesel Gets International Engine of the Year Award

BMW Diesel Gets International Engine of the Year Award

The International Engine of the Year awards recognize automobile manufacturers for making the best engines in the world and, this year, a diesel from BMW was among the top winners.
The awards, which are organized by Engine Technology International, are judged by a panel of 65 automotive journalists from 32 countries …

Volkswagen Touareg TDI Review

Volkswagen Touareg TDI Review

Diesel-powered automobiles are more popular than ever in the U.S. and more buyers are opting for the diesel version of a car where both petrol and diesel versions are available.  In 2009, 33% of Volkswagen Touareg buyers opted for the diesel and those lucky buyers got a car with 25% …

Honda Fit Sport Review

Honda Fit Sport Review

The 2010 Honda Fit, which was completely redesigned for 2009, is confusing. Its measurements are those of a subcompact but the interior is actually spacious (and not much smaller than that of the larger Honda Civic sedan).  In addition to the space for passengers (the rear seat legroom and headroom …

U.S. Government Mandates New Fuel Efficiency Standards

U.S. Government Mandates New Fuel Efficiency Standards

The U.S. government unveiled new fuel-economy rules that will have a dramatic impact on Americans’ automotive purchasing habits.  According to a joint statement released by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation, cars for the 2016 model year will, on average, have to be 34% more efficient than current …

BMW Diesels to Power Carbon Motors E7

BMW Diesels to Power Carbon Motors E7

BMW received an order for 240,000 inline six-cylinder diesel engines to power the new Carbon Motors E7 police car.  The deal was announced at a news conference in Washington, D.C. by Ian Robertson, BMW’s board of management member responsible for sales and marketing, and William Santana Li, CEO of …

Toyota Prius Review

Toyota Prius Review

From time to time, The Diesel Driver test drives non-diesel powered fuel-efficient automobiles. Here is one such review.
The Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass produced gasoline-electric hybrid automobile, was first introduced to the domestic Japanese market in 1997 and launched worldwide in 2001.  Buyers in the United States have …

The First Diesels

The First Diesels

Many people don’t realize that diesel-powered passenger cars date back to the mid-1930s.
Although the Mercedes-Benz 260D and the Hanomag Rekord Diesel Typ D 19A were both introduced at the 1936 Berlin Automobile Show, the Mercedes was the first to go into production so it is generally regarded as the first …

BMW Diesel Wins 1998 24 Hours Nürburgring

BMW Diesel Wins 1998 24 Hours Nürburgring

A diesel-powered BMW was the winner of the 1998 24 Hours Nürburgring, a GT and touring car endurance race.  The winning car was a BMW 320d (internal code E36) equipped with Robert Bosch’s diesel Common Rail System  high-pressure diesel injection technology.
The BMW’s low fuel consumption and resultant long range, which …

Alfa Introduces First Common Rail Diesel Car

Alfa Introduces First Common Rail Diesel Car

1997 Alfa Romeo 156 1.9 JTD First Passenger Car to Have Diesel Common Rail System
The first passenger car to use the diesel Common Rail System was the 1997 Alfa Romeo 156 1.9 JTD.   The 156 (known internally as type 932) was a replacement for the Alfa Romeo 155 and …

Mercedes introduces 260D, new for 1936

Mercedes introduces 260D, new for 1936

In 1936, after years of engine development work, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 260D, the world’s first diesel passenger car, at the Berlin Automobile Show.
The Hanomag Rekord Diesel Typ D 19A was also introduced at the show but it wasn’t immediately available for delivery.
Based on the 200/230 model, the 260 used a …