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BMW 120d Cabriolet Review – The Road to Mülheim

BMW 120d Cabriolet Review – The Road to Mülheim

It was a grey, rainy, and hazy afternoon when I arrived at the airport in Düsseldorf on Wednesday.  The computer of my Sixt rental car, a BMW 120d convertible, reported a temperature of 5°C (41°F). This meant that it was not even close to ideal cabrio weather, but I was …

The Diesel Driver 2011 BMW 335d Calendar Released

The Diesel Driver 2011 BMW 335d Calendar Released

The Diesel Driver’s 2011 BMW 335d calendar is now available online for  immediate delivery.
This calendar captures the elegance and raw power of the BMW 335d sedan.
Jonathan Spira picked up this particular 335d in Munich at the BMW Welt and drove it in Austria, Germany, and the United …

The Road to Munich – Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Review

The Road to Munich – Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Review

Would it be possible to drive from Munich to Hamburg and back using only one tank of diesel fuel?  With fuel consumption of  4,1 l/100 km (57 mpg) in the combined EU test cycle and highway fuel consumption of 3.6 l/100 km (65 mpg), the distance to be covered seemed …

Diesel Economics 201: Q3 Sales Accelerate to 33%

Diesel Economics 201: Q3 Sales Accelerate to 33%

Is 2010 the year of the diesel?  A new analysis by The Diesel Driver shows an increasingly strong  preference for diesel-powered cars compared to the petrol-powered equivalent models
The Diesel Driver analyzed detailed new-car sales data from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, the four companies that currently offer diesel-powered passenger vehicles …

Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – The Road to Hamburg – Review

Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – The Road to Hamburg – Review

With a population of more than 1.8 million people, the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg (Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg) is the second-largest city in Germany. Only Berlin, Germany’s capital, has more inhabitants. Similar to Berlin and Bremen, Hamburg is a German city state with its own government (Hamburger Senat).
Hamburg …

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 …

BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – First Look

BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – First Look

The BMW 3 Series diesel range was made complete in 2009 with the introduction of the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition at the 63rd Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt. At that time, BMW already had three diesels in the 3 Series, namely the 316d (115 hp),  the 318d (143 hp), …

2011 BMW 535d – First Look

2011 BMW 535d – First Look

The new BMW 535d  somehow manages to make the previous 535d, with a mere 391 pound-feet of torque, look like a slouch.  Not only that, it does this with improved fuel economy and acceleration.  This is all thanks to the redesigned 3.0-liter straight-six engine which now creates 300 hp and …

BMW 335d Fall Foliage Drive

BMW 335d Fall Foliage Drive

New England is famous for its autumnal foliage and the start of the fall season on September 22 was the perfect time for a diesel-powered drive in the region, and the BMW 335d continues to be the perfect car for all seasons.

Our destination: Litchfield County, Connecticut, home of the Blackberry …

BMW X3 Ends Production in Graz, Austria

BMW X3 Ends Production in Graz, Austria

Two diesels are the last two X3s off the production line
The last two current generation BMW X3 SAVs, an X3 xDrive 20d and an X3 xDrive35d, rolled off the assembly line yesterday at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.  Magna Steyr was BMW’s production partner for the X3 since …

New York City to Get Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

New York City to Get Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The road to getting more electric vehicles on the road is dependent on building an infrastructure of charging stations that are convenient to drivers.  In the case of New York City, many cars end up in parking garages and Car Charging Group, a Florida-based electric-vehicle service provider, will be installing …

BMW Australia Launches BMW 520d and BMW 535d

BMW Australia Launches BMW 520d and BMW 535d

The Australian market will get two of BMW’s four 5er Series diesel sedans, namely the 520d and the 535d (BMW also makes a 525d and a 530d, which we reviewed back in May).
The 520d has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 185 hp (135 kW) and 280 pound-feet …