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Vote for the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year

Vote for the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year

Voting for the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year and the 2014 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year has begun.  Seven automakers, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen, currently offer diesel passenger cars and SUVs in the U.S.  The field has almost doubled, with 23 nominees compared to …

Diesel Car Preview for 2014-15

Diesel Car Preview for 2014-15

More Diesels Still to Come as Automakers Add Models to Lineup
America’s love affair with the diesel is being rekindled, at least as far as sales figures go.  Sales of diesel-powered cars and SUVs were up 26% in 2012 and it looks as if that trend is continuing for 2013.  While …

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 …

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 …

Volkswagen’s U.S. Diesel Strategy: An Interview with Doug Skorupski

Volkswagen’s U.S. Diesel Strategy: An Interview with Doug Skorupski

Editor’s note: this is the second in a series of interviews with executives at automakers that offer diesel-powered automobiles in the United States.
Volkswagen has offered diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. for decades and in the last few years it has offered TDI engines in more models than ever before. Now …

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 …

Your Favorite Articles in The Diesel Driver in 2011

Your Favorite Articles in The Diesel Driver in 2011

As the year draws to a close, here’s a look at the ten most popular articles in The Diesel Driver in 2011.  The rankings are based on reader popularity, shares via Facebook and other social media, and e-mail forwards.
The stories range from the first in-depth review of the new 2012 …

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  …

2012 Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S. – What’s New

2012 Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S. – What’s New

More and more buyers picked a diesel in the first half of 2011 and the reasons behind this are clear. Not only do diesels have better fuel economy but they are typically cleaner than the gasoline-powered equivalents and one doesn’t have those pesky (and expensive) batteries to worry about a …

2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI – Review and Test Drive

2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI – Review and Test Drive

In 2010, the ratio of buyers who chose the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI versus the gasoline-powered variant was more than four to one.  After spending a week with the JSW (as it’s often called), I quickly discovered why.
The Jetta SportWagen, known as the Golf Variant in its home market, Germany, …