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BMW Names Production Chief New CEO

BMW Names Production Chief New CEO

BMW’s Vorstand, or supervisory board, announced the appointment of Oliver Zipse to the position of chief executive officer.
The appointment is effective on August 16, 2019, the Munich-based automaker said following a meeting of the Vorstand in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where BMW has a plant. Mr. Zipse will succeed Harald Krüger, …

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 …

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Car: the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Car: the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

MUNICH—A BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is the newest member of The Diesel Driver’s long-term fleet, but it arrived a bit late   The Azurite Black ActiveHybrid 5 was to be delivered to Jonathan Spira and Christian Stampfer at the BMW Welt in Munich Thursday but, over the preceding weekend, a hailstorm pelted …

2012 BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition (F30) – First Drive and Review

2012 BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition (F30) – First Drive and Review

In 1975, BMW introduced the 3 Series, a model that has consistently set the standard for sports sedans.  The 3er  was introduced as the successor to the BMW Neue Klasse (BMW New Class), which included the BMW 1602 and 2002, among other models. Together with the 5 Series, which replaced …

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 …

BMW Introduces Next Generation 2012 3 Series with 320d, 328i, 335i – 2 More Diesels and ActiveHybrid 3 to Follow

BMW Introduces Next Generation 2012 3 Series with 320d, 328i, 335i – 2 More Diesels and ActiveHybrid 3 to Follow

Christian Stampfer reports live from Munich
With great fanfare, BMW introduced the sixth generation 3 Series at the BMW plant in Munich with a white 320d EfficientDynamics Edition sedan leading the way.
In quick succession, driven by apprentices at the BMW plant and paraded past thousands of cheering BMW employees, we saw …

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 …