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Volkswagen Debuts Golf SportWagen TDI at New York Show

Volkswagen Debuts Golf SportWagen TDI at New York Show

NEW YORK — Volkswagen debuted a concept version of what is destined to become the Golf SportWagen, which replaces the Jetta SportWagen in the automaker’s U.S. lineup.
The move follows Volkswagen’s U.S. introduction of the 2015 Golf.
The Jetta SportWagen was actually a previous-generation Golf variant and was sold as such in other …

BMW Unveils 2014 420d, 428i, and 435i Coupes

BMW Unveils 2014 420d, 428i, and 435i Coupes

BMW unveiled a new line of coupes, the 4 Series.  The 4 Series, which replaces the current 3 Series coupe, will be offered as a 428i and 435i  in the United States.  In Europe, the 4er will be introduced as a four-cylinder diesel, the 420d, and two petrol models, the …

BMW Unveils 2014 535d Sedan and Redesigned 5 Series

BMW Unveils 2014 535d Sedan and Redesigned 5 Series

Along with a more striking design for 2014, BMW is adding two 5 Series diesel models to its U.S. lineup.  Starting this summer, BMW will offer the 535d and 535d xDrive sedans, giving the 5 Series buyer a total of nine options ranging from the 528i to the 550i to …

Porsche Debuts Panamera S E-Hybrid Plug-In in Shanghai

Porsche Debuts Panamera S E-Hybrid Plug-In in Shanghai

At the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, Porsche introduced the new Panamera S E-Hybrid plug-in in concert with an updated version of the Panamera line.  The original Panamera was introduced in Shanghai in 2009.  Porsche added diesel and hybrid versions two years later.
Porsche chose Shanghai for the premier in …

Mercedes Plans Line of Small Luxury Vehicles to Compete with BMW’s Mini Brand

Mercedes Plans Line of Small Luxury Vehicles to Compete with BMW’s Mini Brand

Mercedes-Benz is planning to launch a new line of smaller luxury vehicles, including an SUV, a four-meter van, and a two-door hatchback, in an attempt to compete with BMW’s Mini brand.  The report first appeared in Focus magazine on Sunday.
Given the popularity of diesels in Europe, it is almost a …

Maserati to Offer Diesel Ghibli Sedan

Maserati to Offer Diesel Ghibli Sedan

Maserati announced its first diesel automobile, the Ghibli.  The car will debut at the Shanghai auto show next week.
Buyers will have a choice of a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel (the same VM Motori diesel engine that is available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee in Europe as well as the Nacia Thema), …

GM Officially Joins Diesel Party, Launches 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 TD

GM Officially Joins Diesel Party, Launches 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 TD

CHICAGO — General Motors officially announced it would once again offer a diesel-powered automobile.  The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 TD will debut in select markets this summer with a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel inline four that develops 148 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.  If that’s not enough, an overboost function allows …

Diesel-Powered Mazda6 Skyactiv D Confirmed

Diesel-Powered Mazda6 Skyactiv D Confirmed

LOS ANGELES – At the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show, Mazda confirmed it will be entering the U.S. diesel-powered passenger car marketplace in late 2013, with the 2014 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D.
Completely redesigned for 2014, the midsize sedan will be offered with the 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, a version of …

Volkswagen Reveals New Beetle Convertible Diesel.

Volkswagen Reveals New Beetle Convertible Diesel.

In advance of the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show,Volkswagen released photos of a convertible version of the new Beetle (not to be confused with the New Beetle, introduced in 1998, which this model replaces). In addition to the cloth roof, which can be raised and lowered on demand, the Mexican-built …

Mazda Announces Diesel-Powered 2014 Mazda6 Wagon

Mazda Announces Diesel-Powered 2014 Mazda6 Wagon

Mazda announced that the all-new 2014 Mazda6 wagon will be unveiled later this month at the Paris Auto Show. Both the new sport wagon and its sedan counterpart will be powered by the 2.2-Liter Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine.
The Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine is currently available in the Japanese market CX-5 …

BMW Introduces 114d Entry-Level Model Diesel

BMW Introduces 114d Entry-Level Model Diesel

BMW announced a new entry-level model, the BMW 114d, available in three-door and five-door variants.  The new 1er gets a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.  The engine, which has a supercharging system with variable turbine technology and Bosch Common Rail direct fuel injection operating at a maximum …

New Diesel Car Lineup for 2013: Preview and Report

New Diesel Car Lineup for 2013: Preview and Report

Not terribly long ago, September marked the start of the new automotive model year. Manufacturers would show off their new models and new features and the previous year’s models would be discounted to clear space for everything new. While things have become more fluid as competition among manufacturers has increased, …