Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec

Last Chance to Vote for Your Favorite Diesel in the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year Awards

Last Chance to Vote for Your Favorite Diesel in the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year Awards

Vote today for your favorite diesel automobile.  Balloting for the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year is almost over but you still have a chance to support your choice.
The field is wide open: five companies, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen, currently offer a variety of diesel passenger cars in …

2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec – Review and Test Drive

2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec – Review and Test Drive

We first looked at the M-Class diesel at its launch two years ago shortly before the third-generation M-Class went on sale in September 2011 as a 2012 model.  Even in the space of less than two years, there’s ample time to make improvements.  These include a brand new telematics system, …

Place Your Vote for the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year

Place Your Vote for the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year

There are only two weeks left to vote for your pick for the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year and the 2013 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year.  Cars from five automakers are in the running: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen.
This year’s stellar field of nominees includes eight passenger …

Vote for the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year

Vote for the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year

Voting for the 2013 Diesel Car of the Year and the 2013 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year has started.  Five companies, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen, currently offer a variety of diesel passenger cars in the U.S.  To vote, scroll down on this page.
This year’s stellar field of …

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 …

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 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 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 …

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec First Look and Review

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec First Look and Review

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec is all new, with a look that harkens back in many respects to the first-generation M-Class introduced in 1997.  That car launched the mid-sized luxury SUV segment that year and it was also the first SUV with electronic stability control standard.
The second-generation M-Class, introduced in …

BMW 335d is the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

BMW 335d is the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

The BMW 335d is the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year, announced Jonathan Spira, editor of The Diesel Driver magazine.  The BMW 335d received 29.6 percent of 3,669 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver from 43 countries.  83% of the votes came from readers in the United States.
“The …