Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec

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  …

2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Diesel Three Month Review and Report

2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Diesel Three Month Review and Report

Last November, I drove the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec sedan from New York to Boston and back and promptly fell in love.  The trip of 331 km (206 miles) took three hours and my fuel consumption was 6.7 l/100 km (35 mpg).  The return trip of 335 km (208 miles) took …

Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Test Drive and Report: The Road to Kennebunkport

Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Test Drive and Report: The Road to Kennebunkport

Situated along the Kennebunk River, the city of Kennebunkport is a small town just one mile away from the Atlantic Ocean. Although the city is home to only 3,474 inhabitants, it is particularly well known because of one resident, former president George H. W. Bush, who had chosen Kennebunkport for …

2011 BMW 335d Review and Final Drive: The Road to Stuttgart and Munich

2011 BMW 335d Review and Final Drive: The Road to Stuttgart and Munich

Our fascination with the BMW 335d started almost two years ago, when Jonathan Spira took delivery of our 2010 BMW 335d at the BMW Welt.  The successor to the E90 BMW 3 Series has just been unveiled and production of the current (E90) 3 Series has ended.  The 335d introduced …

Shipping the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec to the U.S.

Shipping the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec to the U.S.

The inevitable epilogue of every European Delivery trip is referred to as “drop-off,” the point at which the owner hands over his car to the shipper for ocean transport to the United States.
We dropped off the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec at the offices of BLG Logistics in Bremerhaven on August …

Mercedes-Benz European Delivery – The Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Diesel Sedan

Mercedes-Benz European Delivery – The Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Diesel Sedan

Out of the five automakers that offer European Delivery programs in the United States – Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volvo – only two, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, currently offer diesels via their program.
Mercedes-Benz offers customers residing in the United States the opportunity to purchase a new Mercedes E-Class or S-Class …

The Road to Maastricht – Driving the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Diesel Sedan

The Road to Maastricht – Driving the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Diesel Sedan

Maastricht, the capital of the province Limburg, is located in the southern part of the Netherlands. It was also our first destination after taking delivery of The Diesel Driver’s new long-term test car, a Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec diesel sedan.
TDD Editor Jonathan Spira and I started out from the Mercedes-Benz Kundencenter …

2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec Review and First Test Drive

2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec Review and First Test Drive

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec diesel-powered sedan is the latest S-Class entry in the U.S., a lineup that currently starts with the S400 Hybrid ($91,000) and also includes a V-8 (the S550, $93,000) and a V-12 (the S600, $158,050).  It’s also the most economical S-Class when it comes to fuel …

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Auto: the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Auto: the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec

A Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec is now part of The Diesel Driver’s long-term test fleet.  37% of Diesel Driver readers correctly guessed that the new auto would be a Mercedes.   26.4% said VW, 20.8% said Audi, and 15.1% voted for BMW.
We’ve liked the new E-Class since we drove one last fall.  …

Diesel Economics: Sales Up 39% for First Half of 2011

Diesel Economics: Sales Up 39% for First Half of 2011

An in-depth analysis of new car sales data by The Diesel Driver shows that sales of diesel-powered automobiles in the U.S. are up by 39% compared to the first half of 2010. In addition, buyers continue to choose diesel models over gasoline equivalents at the same rate as last year. …

What Will The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Test Car Be?

What Will The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Test Car Be?

The Diesel Driver’s two long-term test cars are the BMW 335d and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI
In August, The Diesel Driver will add a third long-term car to its diesel-powered test fleet.   Currently, four car manufacturers, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, offer a total of 14 cars and SUVs in the …