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2012 Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S. – What’s New

2012 Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S. – What’s New

More and more buyers picked a diesel in the first half of 2011 and the reasons behind this are clear. Not only do diesels have better fuel economy but they are typically cleaner than the gasoline-powered equivalents and one doesn’t have those pesky (and expensive) batteries to worry about a …

What Will The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Test Car Be?

What Will The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Test Car Be?

The Diesel Driver’s two long-term test cars are the BMW 335d and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI
In August, The Diesel Driver will add a third long-term car to its diesel-powered test fleet.   Currently, four car manufacturers, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, offer a total of 14 cars and SUVs in the …

Report: GM to Enter Diesel Market in U.S. with Chevrolet Cruze

Report: GM to Enter Diesel Market in U.S. with Chevrolet Cruze

Today, a new car buyer in the U.S. looking for a diesel can choose among models from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen.  That could soon change if General Motors starts to offer the Chevrolet Cruze, currently the most popular new car in the U.S., with a diesel engine.
The Associated Press …

Bill Howard on the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

Bill Howard on the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

Bill Howard is well-known to many car enthusiasts as the editor of TechnoRide and a columnist for the BMW Car Club of American’s Roundel magazine.   In the July issue of the Roundel, he wrote about The Diesel Driver’s presentation of the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year at the New …

Study: Not All Hybrids Created Equal – Toyota Prius and Lexus CT 200h Top Ranked

Study: Not All Hybrids Created Equal – Toyota Prius and Lexus CT 200h Top Ranked

A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science-based environmental non-profit, ranked the Toyota Prius and Lexus CT 200h as the top non-luxury and luxury hybrid vehicles respectively.  Other high-ranking hybrids include the Ford Fusion hybrid and Honda Civic hybrid in the non-luxury category and the Lincoln MKZ hybrid …

56 MPG Average Fuel Economy Standard Planned for 2025

56 MPG Average Fuel Economy Standard Planned for 2025

The U.S. government could require automakers to have a fleet-wide average of 56.2 mpg (4.18 l/100 km) for its cars and trucks by the year 2025 when new standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions cars and trucks are announced in September for the period from 2017 to 2025.
Current …

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 …