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Introducing The Diesel Driver’s Next Long-Term Car: the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Sedan

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s Next Long-Term Car: the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Sedan

NEW YORK—A 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec 4Matic sedan is the newest member of The Diesel Driver’s long-term fleet.  The Iridium Silver Metallic Benz was delivered to Jonathan Spira, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, on Tuesday.
The E250 is part of a wave of new diesel-powered vehicles that have been put on sale for …

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s Next Long-Term Car: the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s Next Long-Term Car: the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

NEW YORK—A Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is the newest member of The Diesel Driver’s long-term fleet.  The Tungsten Metallic Cruze was delivered to Jonathan Spira, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, and Bas Alferow, the associate editor, at a Chevrolet dealership in New York on Monday.
Because the Cruze – with the exception of its …

What Will The Diesel Driver’s First Long-Term Car in 2014 Be?

What Will The Diesel Driver’s First Long-Term Car in 2014 Be?

The Diesel Driver’s long-term fleet, which last week added a 2014 BMW 535d, has included the BMW 335d, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the BMW X5 xDrive35d, and the BMW ActiveHybrid 5.
In January, The Diesel Driver will add another long-term car to its mostly diesel-powered fleet.  Almost …

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Car: the 2014 BMW 535d

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Car: the 2014 BMW 535d

MUNICH—A  BMW 535d sedan is the newest member of The Diesel Driver’s long-term fleet.  The Moonstone Metallic 535d was delivered to the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jonathan Spira, at the BMW Welt here early Friday morning.
The 535d was first announced for the U.S. market in May of this year, shortly after BMW …

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

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

The Diesel Driver’s long-term fleet has included the BMW 335d, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the BMW X5 xDrive35d, and the BMW ActiveHybrid 5.
In one month’s time, The Diesel Driver will add another long-term car to its mostly diesel-powered fleet.  Almost a dozen new models have been …

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5: The 2,000-Mile Road Trip – Review and Report

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5: The 2,000-Mile Road Trip – Review and Report

Despite the fact that gas-electric hybrids having been around for more than a decade, and BMW has offered one for the better half of one, there remains a sense of novelty to driving a car without the gas engine running. Especially with the soaring cost of fuel, hybrids have been …

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 – Review and Test Drive

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 – Review and Test Drive

BMW introduced its first hybrids, the ActiveHybrid X6 and ActiveHybrid 7, back in 2009.  Since then, the luxury segment has seen the introduction of hybrids from a variety of automakers, including Lexus and Mercedes-Benz.
What the ActiveHybrid 5 has in common with its ActiveHybrid predecessors is BMW’s ActiveHybrid branding.   Other than …

Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec 18-Month Review and Report

Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec 18-Month Review and Report

The 18-month mark of a long-term test car is a bittersweet moment.  In one respect, we’ve gotten to know the car really well over the past year and a half.  On the other hand, we know its time with us is coming to a close.
Our 2011 Palladium Silver Mercedes-Benz E350 …

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Car: the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Car: the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

MUNICH—A BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is the newest member of The Diesel Driver’s long-term fleet, but it arrived a bit late   The Azurite Black ActiveHybrid 5 was to be delivered to Jonathan Spira and Christian Stampfer at the BMW Welt in Munich Thursday but, over the preceding weekend, a hailstorm pelted …

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Diesel Six Month Review and Report

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Diesel Six Month Review and Report

We usually see the 10,000 kilometer mark on our long-term cars just as we hit one year.  With the BMW X5 xDrive35d, we saw the 10,000 mile (16,000 kilometer) mark hit right around the six month point.  That alone says something about the car and how much everyone wants to …

2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Diesel 12-Month Review and Report

2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Diesel 12-Month Review and Report

It’s uncanny how our long-term cars seem to hit 10,000 km (6214 miles) at the one-year anniversary mark.  Indeed, such was the case with our 2011 Palladium Silver Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec sedan.
Over the past year, since taking delivery at the Mercedes-Benz Kundencenter in Sindelfingen, Germany (Sindelfingen is a town near …

BMW Factory Delivery at the Spartanburg Performance Center: 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d

BMW Factory Delivery at the Spartanburg Performance Center: 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d

It’s been a tradition in my family that we go to the factory to take delivery of our cars.  Even when I was a lad, I remember going to the local Mercedes-Benz car dealership for my parents to arrange picking up our next car in Germany.
So when it came to …