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2011 BMW 335d Review and Final Drive: The Road to Stuttgart and Munich

2011 BMW 335d Review and Final Drive: The Road to Stuttgart and Munich

Our fascination with the BMW 335d started almost two years ago, when Jonathan Spira took delivery of our 2010 BMW 335d at the BMW Welt.  The successor to the E90 BMW 3 Series has just been unveiled and production of the current (E90) 3 Series has ended.  The 335d introduced …

The Road to Maastricht – Driving the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Diesel Sedan

The Road to Maastricht – Driving the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Diesel Sedan

Maastricht, the capital of the province Limburg, is located in the southern part of the Netherlands. It was also our first destination after taking delivery of The Diesel Driver’s new long-term test car, a Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec diesel sedan.
TDD Editor Jonathan Spira and I started out from the Mercedes-Benz Kundencenter …

The Road to Sélestat – Driving the BMW 520d Sedan – Review and Test Drive

The Road to Sélestat – Driving the BMW 520d Sedan – Review and Test Drive

Sélestat, also known as the city of Schlettstadt, is a small town located in north-eastern France, in the province of Alsace-Lorraine (Elsaß-Lothringen). The cities of Freiburg (Germany) and Strasbourg (France) are only a drive of 40 km (24.8 miles) away.
Sélestat is home to nearly 20.000 inhabitants and offers its …

From Argentina to Alaska in a Volkswagen TDI

From Argentina to Alaska in a Volkswagen TDI

Known for his long-distance drives in Volkswagen alternative-fuel cars, German off-road driver Rainer Zietlow, along with his team, plan to take a Volkswagen Touareg TDI on a two week, 16,000 mile (25,750 km) drive from the southern tip of Argentina to Alaska.
Timed to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Pan-American …

Driving the BMW 520d – The Road to Frankfurt – Review

Driving the BMW 520d – The Road to Frankfurt – Review

Frankfurt am Main, Europe’s largest and most important financial center, is situated along the Main River in the south-western part of the German state Hessen (Hesse). Germany’s fifth largest city is home to over 672.000 people and was named one of the 10 most liveable cities in the world by …

The Road to Bratislava – Driving the BMW 535d Sedan

The Road to Bratislava – Driving the BMW 535d Sedan

Bratislava, known in many regions by its German name, Preßburg, is the capital of Slovakia.  It was the destination for a long distance road trip with the all new BMW 535d sedan. The  drive from Munich to Bratislava would be  more than 500 km (310 miles) , so TDD editor …

BMW 318d Review and Road Test – The Road to Venlo

BMW 318d Review and Road Test – The Road to Venlo

In Roman times, the Netherlands city of Venlo (then known as Blariacum) was a major trading post.  Today, thanks to the city’s location directly on the German border, Venlo attracts shoppers from Germany thanks to low prices on a variety of merchandise, and many companies have a large presence, there …

The Road to Munich – Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Review

The Road to Munich – Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Review

Would it be possible to drive from Munich to Hamburg and back using only one tank of diesel fuel?  With fuel consumption of  4,1 l/100 km (57 mpg) in the combined EU test cycle and highway fuel consumption of 3.6 l/100 km (65 mpg), the distance to be covered seemed …

Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – The Road to Hamburg – Review

Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – The Road to Hamburg – Review

With a population of more than 1.8 million people, the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg (Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg) is the second-largest city in Germany. Only Berlin, Germany’s capital, has more inhabitants. Similar to Berlin and Bremen, Hamburg is a German city state with its own government (Hamburger Senat).
Hamburg …

BMW Performance Center Delivery – Diesel Style

BMW Performance Center Delivery – Diesel Style

Wow, what an experience.  While I had been to the BMW’s South Carolina outpost in the past for an M Driving School, and I was familiar with the setting for the delivery process, nothing prepared me for what was to come. As an alternative to the traditional new car delivery …

BMW 335d Fall Foliage Drive

BMW 335d Fall Foliage Drive

New England is famous for its autumnal foliage and the start of the fall season on September 22 was the perfect time for a diesel-powered drive in the region, and the BMW 335d continues to be the perfect car for all seasons.

Our destination: Litchfield County, Connecticut, home of the Blackberry …

Driving the 120d: The Road to Leipzig

Driving the 120d: The Road to Leipzig

The BMW 1-series was introduced in the year 2004 and most models are manufactured at the all-new built plant in Leipzig. In Europe, the 1-series is available as a 3- and 5-door hatch as well as a coupe and convertible.
A wide range of engines is available including six petrol engines, …