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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 …

Los Angeles Auto Show: Plug Me In

Los Angeles Auto Show: Plug Me In

At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, the luxury electric car market was heating up as Audi, BMW, and Cadillac touted their newest models in the country’s most energy-conscious region.
Electric cars, which currently make up 1% of light vehicle sales, are hot and automakers have been closely following Tesla Motors’ …

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 …

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon – Review and Test Drive

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon – Review and Test Drive

The first station wagons (which are called estate cars in the rest of the English-speaking world and Kombis in the German-speaking world), evolved from trucks, not cars, and, in their earliest days, were a status symbol.  Indeed, the Chrysler Town and Country wagon was the most expensive car among the …

BMW Introduces 2 Series Diesel

BMW Introduces 2 Series Diesel

MUNICH—BMW continues the repositioning of its model lineup with the announcement of the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupé. The previous BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible generation will be replaced by the BMW 2 Series model range in the compact car segment as BMW continues its strategy to differentiate its …

BMW 4 Series Convertible Diesel Announced

BMW 4 Series Convertible Diesel Announced

MUNICH—BMW continues the expansion of its newly launched 4 Series product lineup with the announcement and market introduction of the all-new BMW 4 Series Convertible.  The convertible is the second model of the 4 Series and follows the Coupe, which celebrated its debut at this years IAA (International Automobile Show) …

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 …

2014 BMW 535d – First Look and Review

2014 BMW 535d – First Look and Review

This is a review that I first started to write several years ago, when the BMW 335d was my daily driver.  As much as I loved that car, my imagination went wild and I longed for the larger, more luxurious 5 Series as a diesel. The BMW 335d was half …

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 …

BMW i3 Debuts in Munich, New York, and Beijing

BMW i3 Debuts in Munich, New York, and Beijing

BMW unveiled the production version of its new electric car, the BMW i3.  The i3 will be available for purchase in the U.S. starting
in the second quarter of 2014.
The new i3 has the automotive industry’s first mass-produced carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body and the use of the revolutionary material is …

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 …