BMW 335d

Diesel Economics 101

Diesel Economics 101

Diesel (as well as gasoline-electric hybrid) automobiles are typically sold at a higher price point than their petrol-only counterparts with the difference typically being several thousand dollars.
For example, the BMW 335d’s list price is $43,950 while a similarly-equipped 335i is $41,975.  The diesel-powered BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle (BMW parlance …

Popular Mechanics Names BMW 335d «Best Luxury Vehicle» for 2010

Popular Mechanics Names BMW 335d «Best Luxury Vehicle» for 2010

Citing the car’s blend of “luxury, fuel economy, and fun” into “one rewarding package,” the BMW 335d was named Popular Mechanics’ “Best Luxury Vehicle” for 2010. The editors note that the word “luxury” may, in the future, “describe automotive qualities quite different from what we imagine today” (think sedate fuel …

Shipping the 335d to the U.S.

Shipping the 335d to the U.S.

On December 30, I left my brand new 335d in the care of the E.H. Harms, a unit of BLG Logistics, in Munich.  Harms is BMW’s shipping agent and takes care of all aspects of shipping the car to the United States, including booking passage and customs brokerage.
Harms booked the …

Building the 335d: A Tour of BMW’s Munich Factory

Building the 335d: A Tour of BMW’s Munich Factory

BMW Werk München (Munich Plant) is the company’s main factory, with 10,000 workers producing ca. 800 3er Series autos and 1,200 engines each day.  The plant is located in the middle of Munich, adjacent to BMW’s Vierzylinder corporate headquarters building and the BMW Welt delivery and experience center.  Each car …

Destination: Munich

Destination: Munich

Munich (München) is a study in contrasts. It is the modern and hip capital of staunchly conservative Bavaria, a high-tech center, and companies such as BMW and Siemens are headquartered here.
Its Baroque and Rococo architecture and stunning parks captivate visitors of all ages and it is home to some …

The Road to Graz

The Road to Graz

Graz, a city of 250,000 inhabitants and six universities, straddles the Mur River in southeastern Austria.  The inner city district is one of the best preserved city centers in Europe.
A World Cultural Heritage Site, Graz is Austria’s second largest city and is the capital and largest city in the province …

338 Kilometers from Lindau to Berchtesgaden

338 Kilometers from Lindau to Berchtesgaden

The Diesel Driver’s BMW 335d had its maiden voyage yesterday from Munich (München) to Lindau, a trip of ca. 200 kilometers. After a short visit, it was off to Berchtesgaden, in the Bavarian Alps.
Lindau is a Bavarian town on a 0.68-square-kilometer island in the eastern part of the Bodensee …

24 Hours BMW Welt

24 Hours BMW Welt

Billed as an “experience and delivery center,” the BMW Welt (“Welt” is German for “World”) was built on the Milbertshofen Oberwiesenfeld, where BMW was founded in 1916.  The Welt is located adjacent to BMW headquarters, the Munich factory, and the Olympic Park (site of the 1972 Olympic Games). The Welt …

The BMW 335d: Can A Diesel Be The Ultimate Driving Machine?

The BMW 335d: Can A Diesel Be The Ultimate Driving Machine?

To many people, diesels are slow, noisy, and belch black smoke.  If that’s your recollection too, you’ll be surprised to find out that diesels in Europe currently account for roughly 50% of the new car market.  In the United States, the market for diesel automobiles is miniscule, thanks largely to …