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2011 Diesel Sales Report: Market Share in Germany Hit 49%

2011 Diesel Sales Report: Market Share in Germany Hit 49%

It’s common knowledge that the market share for diesel is in the low single digits in the U.S.  Currently, only four manufacturers, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen currently offer diesel-powered automobiles although there will be several automakers joining the diesel fold, including Jeep, Mazda, and Porsche, in the coming 18 …

First Look: Toyota’s 53 mpg City Prius c Hatchback

First Look: Toyota’s 53 mpg City Prius c Hatchback

The new Toyota Prius c gets an astounding 53 mpg (4.43 l/100 km) in city driving, a figure that is the highest fuel economy rating for any non plug-in vehicle.  The Prius c is the fourth member of the Prius family, which includes the Prius, the new Prius v, and …

Toyota to Buy Diesel Engines from BMW, Collaborate On Battery R&D

Toyota to Buy Diesel Engines from BMW, Collaborate On Battery R&D

BMW will start to sell 1.6- and 2.0-liter diesel engines to Toyota Motor Europe starting in 2014.  The engines are to be installed in Toyota vehicles slated for sale in Europe.
In addition, the two automakers announced an agreement to work together in the field of next-generation lithium-ion battery technologies. Other …

2012 Toyota Prius v First Look, Review and Test Drive

2012 Toyota Prius v First Look, Review and Test Drive

Toyota hopes that the Prius family of vehicles will eventually be its top-selling model line and promises to offer different prii for different needs.  The first new Prius will be the Prius v (the “v” is lower case by design).  The v offers 50% more cargo space than the current …

2012 Toyota Prius PHV First Look, Review, and Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius PHV First Look, Review, and Road Test

The Toyota Prius, first introduced in 1997 and now in its third generation, is the world’s standard bearer in hybrid-electric automobiles. It’s also the most fuel-efficient vehicle sold in the U.S. Toyota, however, does not rest on its laurels.
To this end, Toyota is moving beyond the basic hybrid-electric concept …

Lexus CT 200h First Look, Road Test and Review

Lexus CT 200h First Look, Road Test and Review

While the Toyota Prius has long reigned as king of the hybrids, its relatively barebones interior and quirky design have left some buyers wanting a more luxurious Prius, more on the order of a Lexus.  Starting in early March, they can get their wish.  The Prius now has a more …

The Return of Diesel in America

The Return of Diesel in America

From 1960 through 2002, over 20 car makers ranging from Audi to Volvo offered over 80 diesel-powered passenger cars in the U.S. Indeed, 1981 marked a watershed year for diesel car sales with 520,788 sold. 60% of those came from General Motors and included the company’s biggest …

Toyota Prius Review

Toyota Prius Review

From time to time, The Diesel Driver test drives non-diesel powered fuel-efficient automobiles. Here is one such review.
The Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass produced gasoline-electric hybrid automobile, was first introduced to the domestic Japanese market in 1997 and launched worldwide in 2001.  Buyers in the United States have …