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German Prosecutors Backpedal on Winterkorn Investigation, ‘Regret’ Earlier Comments

German Prosecutors Backpedal on Winterkorn Investigation, ‘Regret’ Earlier Comments

The Staatsanwaltschaft or state prosecutor in Braunschweig, a neighboring city to Wolfsburg in Lower Saxony, Germany, said there was in fact no formal investigation of former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, who resigned his position one week ago.
“A formal investigation of Prof. Dr. Winterkorn is not currently being conducted,” said Birgit …

2014 Audi A6 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

2014 Audi A6 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

MUNICH—The Audi A6 TDI is one of five diesel models that the Ingolstadt-based automaker offers its customer in the United States. The A6 oilburner competes with the diesel variants of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5 Series in the highly competitive premium sedan market. The current version of the …

Audi Reports Record Sales in June

Audi Reports Record Sales in June

Audi announced financial results for June 2014. The German-based company reported total U.S. sales of 16,867 vehicles sold for June, a year-over-year increase of 23.1%. The June deliveries marked the 42nd consecutive record month of sales for Audi, as well as the second best U.S. sales month in the company’s …

European Delivery Redelivery: The Voyage of the 535d and the Asian Emperor

European Delivery Redelivery: The Voyage of the 535d and the Asian Emperor

One of the many benefits of doing European Delivery is that your car is delivered to you not once, but twice. For our long-term BMW 535d, the first delivery was in late December at the BMW Welt in Munich.  The second was at BMW’s flagship dealership in New York City, …

BMW Acquires Original Factory Buildings and Grounds in Munich

BMW Acquires Original Factory Buildings and Grounds in Munich

BMW announced on Wednesday that it has acquired a 140,000 square-feet  (or 13,000-square-meter) plot of land in Munich’s Milbertshofen district that served as the company’s first plant. The property most recently occupied by a Knorr-Bremse factory. . The land still has several buildings from the original BMW aircraft engine production …

How to Plan a Diesel-Powered European Delivery Trip

How to Plan a Diesel-Powered European Delivery Trip

One of the great joys in traveling is flying off to a distant destination and then embarking upon a drive.  While many people rely on rental cars for this purpose, it’s possible to travel to Europe, pick up your very own diesel-powered car at the factory, and drive around the …

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 …

2013 Audi Q7 TDI: The Drive to the High Tatras Mountains – Review

2013 Audi Q7 TDI: The Drive to the High Tatras Mountains – Review

This is Part 2 of Grand Touring feature on the Drive to the High Tatras Mountains. The first part was The Drive to Vienna.
The Audi Q7 TDI is like an old friend.  I drove the Q7 for the first time four years ago and have driven it and its siblings (the …

2013 Audi Q7 TDI: The Drive to Vienna – Review and Report

2013 Audi Q7 TDI: The Drive to Vienna – Review and Report

The Audi Q7 has been around since 2009 and has been continually updated by Audi with the latest in driver assistance and safety technologies.  With regard to vehicle size, it was a bit of overkill for my trek to the High Tatras Mountains of Slovakia, a range of mountains along …

Audi’s E-Fuel Future: Bringing Carbon-Neutral Mobility to the Marketplace

Audi’s E-Fuel Future: Bringing Carbon-Neutral Mobility to the Marketplace

Audi, an automaker at the forefront of the renewable transportation fuel movement, has long concerned itself with powering personal transportation with sustainable alternatives to conventional fuels.  In recent years, Audi has invested in wind power and experimented with using stored renewable energy to power its e-tron fleet.
But Audi’s interest has …

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 – The Road to Berchtesgaden and Steyr

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 – The Road to Berchtesgaden and Steyr

Over the past few years, the Bavarian and Austrian Alps became popular destinations for our editors and our short- and long-term test cars. Berchtesgaden, located in the south-eastern corner of the Bavarian Alps and home to a population of 7,800, is one of the better known locales. The Austrian city …

Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec 18-Month Review and Report

Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec 18-Month Review and Report

The 18-month mark of a long-term test car is a bittersweet moment.  In one respect, we’ve gotten to know the car really well over the past year and a half.  On the other hand, we know its time with us is coming to a close.
Our 2011 Palladium Silver Mercedes-Benz E350 …