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Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Car: the 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Car: the 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d

A BMW X5 xDrive35d is the newest member of The Diesel Driver’s long-term fleet.  In a recent online poll, 28% of The Diesel Driver’s readers correctly guessed that our new car would be the X5.
(Admittedly, 35% voted for the VW Passat TDI, 10.5% favored the Audi Q7 TDI, 5.3% said …

Last Chance to Vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

Last Chance to Vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

There are only a few days left for readers to vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year.  Cars from four companies, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, are in the running.  Nominees include seven passenger cars; the Audi A3 TDI, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec, the …

2011 Year in Review: Diesel in America

2011 Year in Review: Diesel in America

2011 was a good year for diesel fans.  Sales of diesel-powered automobiles in the U.S. were up 39% in the first half of the year, and it looks like that figure will increase when all of 2011 is tallied.
Two entirely new diesels were introduced in 2011, namely the Mercedes-Benz S350 …

BMW, Mercedes to Offer Diesels in Japan

BMW, Mercedes to Offer Diesels in Japan

X5 xDrive35d and E350 BlueTec On Display at Tokyo Motor Show
Jonathan Spira reports live from the Tokyo Motor Show
While diesels may rule the Autobahn, automakers have faced an uphill battle in gaining acceptance for oilburners in the U.S. There’s at least one market where the percentage of diesel-powered vehicles sold …

Vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

Vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

Voting for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year has started.  Four companies, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, currently offer diesel passenger cars in the U.S.
This year’s stellar field of nominees includes seven passenger cars; the Audi A3 TDI, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec, the Volkswagen Golf  …

Jaguar Land Rover to Offer Diesel Engines in the U.S.

Jaguar Land Rover to Offer Diesel Engines in the U.S.

Jaguar Land Rover will offer U.S. customers the option of a diesel-powered Land Rover in the next few years, although the timeframe has yet to be determined and it is likely not to be imminent.
The good news, which came as the result of a question this reporter posed in a …

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d Review and First Drive

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d Review and First Drive

The BMW X5, which first appeared in 1999 as a 2000 model, was completely redesigned for the 2007 model year.  In 2009, BMW of North America introduced the diesel-powered X5 xDrive35d alongside the BMW 335d.   In many respects, the X5 diesel competes against the Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec ,the Audi Q7 …

2011 Audi Q7 TDI Quattro Review and Test Drive

2011 Audi Q7 TDI Quattro Review and Test Drive

The Audi Q7 TDI, last reviewed here in 2009, is Ingolstadt’s largest and was eagerly awaited here for its combination of aggressive styling, overall useability, and good handling. Few vehicles provide seven seats, massive torque, and 21.5 mpg (10.94 l/100 km). Its optional towing package can handle up to 6,600 …

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 …

BMW Performance Center Delivery – Diesel Style

BMW Performance Center Delivery – Diesel Style

Wow, what an experience.  While I had been to the BMW’s South Carolina outpost in the past for an M Driving School, and I was familiar with the setting for the delivery process, nothing prepared me for what was to come. As an alternative to the traditional new car delivery …

Diesel Economics 102: More Buyers Choosing Diesels

Diesel Economics 102: More Buyers Choosing Diesels

A new analysis by The Diesel Driver shows that diesel sales are not only on the upswing but, in some cases, are exceeding those of the petrol-powered equivalent model
In Diesel Economics 101, we looked at the price points for diesel-powered automobiles in the U.S.  In Diesel Economics 102, we analyze …

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 …