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BMW Unveils Rear-Wheel Drive X3 sDrive18d

BMW Unveils Rear-Wheel Drive X3 sDrive18d

BMW announced a new addition to the X3 Sport Activity Vehicle lineup, the BMW X3 sDrive18d.  The new model is BMWs first rear-wheel drive X3 and makes extensive use of the brand’s EfficientDynamics suite of fuel saving technologies to deliver 46 miles per gallon (5.11 l/100 km) in the mixed …

Audi Unveils the SQ5 TDI

Audi Unveils the SQ5 TDI

Audi has announced plans to offer a new, powerful diesel version within its successful Q5 model lineup. Alongside the Audi Q5 3.0 TDI, the new Audi SQ5 TDI becomes the first S-Line model powered by a diesel engine. The SQ5 TDI will also be the first S-Line model in the …

BMW Confirms Plans to Launch New Line of Diesels in U.S.

BMW Confirms Plans to Launch New Line of Diesels in U.S.

BMW will expand the number of diesel models it offers and introduce two new diesel engines in the U.S. starting in calendar year 2013.
The Munich-based automaker currently offers one diesel model in the U.S., the BMW X5 xDrive35d.  Until the end of 2011, BMW also sold the BMW 335d, which …

Preview: 2013 Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S.

Preview: 2013 Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S.

Editor’s Note: A more up-to-date 2013 preview was published on September 1: New Diesel Car Lineup for 2013: Preview and Report
As interest in diesels continues to grow, in the next 12-18 months several automobile manufacturers, including Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler (Jeep), and Porsche, will be joining the diesel party.  In the …

Mercedes-Benz Unveils GLK250 BlueTec 4Matic

Mercedes-Benz Unveils GLK250 BlueTec 4Matic

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the new GLK250 BlueTec 4Matic sport utility vehicle that will be available in the U.S. at the beginning of next year. The new SUV will be the German automaker’s sixth diesel for American buyers and comes at the time of a redesign of the GLK-Class.  It is the …

Volkswagen Begins E-Golf Pilot Program

Volkswagen Begins E-Golf Pilot Program

Volkswagen has announced that it will launch a pilot program of prototype E-Golf electric vehicles next month.  The program will consist of 20 vehicles that will be tested in Detroit, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. with the goal of gathering research to be used to create future EV technology
The E-Golf …

Volkswagen Shows 130 MPG Diesel-Hybrid Cross Coupe Concept

Volkswagen Shows 130 MPG Diesel-Hybrid Cross Coupe Concept

At the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen previewed a diesel/plug-in hybrid Cross Coupe concept car capable of getting 130.6 mpg (1.8 l/100km).
The Cross Coupe features a turbodiesel direct-injection (TDI) engine and two electric motors that give it a top speed of 136.7 mph (220 km/h). With 301 horsepower, the Cross Coupe …

Ford Focus Electric Rated at 113 MPGe, Beats Out Leaf For Most Fuel-Efficient Car Title

Ford Focus Electric Rated at 113 MPGe, Beats Out Leaf For Most Fuel-Efficient Car Title

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric has been rated the most fuel-efficient car in America. In EPA testing, it achieved a rating of 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in city driving and 99 MPGe on the highway.  The combined rating is 105 MPGe.
The Focus Electric took the fuel-efficiency crown from …

BMW to Debut 62 mpg 116d EfficientDynamics Edition at 2012 Geneva Motor Show

BMW to Debut 62 mpg 116d EfficientDynamics Edition at 2012 Geneva Motor Show

In addition to the world premiere of a line of BMW M Performance diesels, BMW will also present the 116d EfficientDynamics Edition (EDE) and the 125d.
The BMW 116d EDE is a version of the new BMW 1 Series powered by a 116 hp (85 kW) diesel engine with BMW TwinPower …

Tesla Unveils Model X SUV Electric Vehicle

Tesla Unveils Model X SUV Electric Vehicle

Tesla unveiled its new SUV, the Model X.  The new electric vehicle is built on the same platform as the automaker’s Model S but has a longer wheelbase.  A unique aspect to the Model X are its Falcon Wing doors that open up and move out of the way, thereby …