BMW X5

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid – Review and Test Drive

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid – Review and Test Drive

When BMW first introduced the X5 in 1999, purists were shocked. The Bavarian automaker was known for sports sedans, not trucks, but the Sport Activity Vehicle, as BMW called it to differentiate it from a less sporty SUV, garnered accolades left and right.
Now in its third generation, introduced in 2013, …

BMW Introduces X7 SUV, Expands U.S. Production in Spartanburg

BMW Introduces X7 SUV, Expands U.S. Production in Spartanburg

SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA — BMW unveiled plans today to significantly expand its factory in the United States and announced plans for a new larger SUV, the X7.
At a press conference held at the factory, Norbert Reithofer, the chairman of the automaker’s board of management, said that BMW will invest $1 …

First Look: 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d – Review

First Look: 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d – Review

Back in 1999, when BMW was busy introducing the X5 Sport Activity Vehicle (which was the Bavarian automaker’s way of explaining it was not offering an SUV, at least not a typical one, while emphasizing the car’s on-road strengths), the blue-and-white faithful were in a state of disbelief.  How could …

Diesel Car Preview for 2014-15

Diesel Car Preview for 2014-15

More Diesels Still to Come as Automakers Add Models to Lineup
America’s love affair with the diesel is being rekindled, at least as far as sales figures go.  Sales of diesel-powered cars and SUVs were up 26% in 2012 and it looks as if that trend is continuing for 2013.  While …

Last Drive: 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Homage and Review

Last Drive: 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Homage and Review

After One Year, Dan Collins and David Goldes Are Sad to Say Good-Bye
More often than not, getting a new car is considered to be a good thing. It’s the new car smell, a car still free of that scratch that months or years later still curse yourself for, and one …

BMW Launches All-New 2014 X5 and X5 Diesel

BMW Launches All-New 2014 X5 and X5 Diesel

BMW unveiled the upcoming completely redesigned third-generation 2014 X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, which will be available in both diesel and gasoline variants.  The X5 made its debut in 1999 and the second generation X5 was launched in 2006.
Codenamed F15, the Spartanburg, South Carolina-built X5 will be larger, lighter, more powerful, …

Last Chance to Vote for Your Favorite Diesel in the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year Awards

Last Chance to Vote for Your Favorite Diesel in the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year Awards

Vote today for your favorite diesel automobile.  Balloting for the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year is almost over but you still have a chance to support your choice.
The field is wide open: five companies, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen, currently offer a variety of diesel passenger cars in …

Place Your Vote for the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year

Place Your Vote for the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year

There are only two weeks left to vote for your pick for the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year and the 2013 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year.  Cars from five automakers are in the running: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen.
This year’s stellar field of nominees includes eight passenger …

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 …

Vote for the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year

Vote for the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year

Voting for the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year and the 2013 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year has started.  Five companies, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen, currently offer a variety of diesel passenger cars in the U.S.  To vote, scroll down on this page.
This year’s stellar field of …

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d First Drive and Review: The Road to Charleston, South Carolina

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d First Drive and Review: The Road to Charleston, South Carolina

Picking up a new car at the factory has always been an adventure some car enthusiasts elect to take. Many U.S. buyers travel to Europe to pick up their BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes, Volvos, Audis and Porsches at the factory, but the long wait before their car is re-delivered to them in …

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 …