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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 …

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, …

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 …

What Will The Diesel Driver’s Next Long-Term Test Car Be?

What Will The Diesel Driver’s Next Long-Term Test Car Be?

The Diesel Driver’s current two long-term test cars are the Volkswagen Jetta TDI and the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec.  The BMW 335d left the fleet earlier this year.
In June, The Diesel Driver will add a third long-term car to the diesel-powered test fleet.   The new car will be from one of …

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Sets Single-Tank Diesel Distance Record

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Sets Single-Tank Diesel Distance Record

A 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI has set the record for the longest distance driven in a single passenger car on a single tank of clean diesel fuel. The Passat was a stock vehicle with six-speed manual transmission. John and Helen Taylor, experts in fuel-efficient driving techniques, drove in the record-breaking …

BMW X5 Named 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

BMW X5 Named 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

The BMW X5 xDrive35d is the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year, according to the readers of The Diesel Driver magazine.
The BMW X5 diesel received 19.9% of 6,070 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver. The votes came from over 100 countries.  Sixty-seven percent of the votes were cast …

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 …

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Review and Report

In the U.S., the Passat has had a bit of an identity crisis.  First introduced as the Passat in Germany in 1973
and developed from the Audi 80/Fox platform (VW had acquired Audi in 1964), the new front-wheel-drive sedan with a water-cooled engine was the harbinger of things to come out …

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  …