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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 …

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  …

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 …

Diesel Economics: Sales Up 39% for First Half of 2011

Diesel Economics: Sales Up 39% for First Half of 2011

An in-depth analysis of new car sales data by The Diesel Driver shows that sales of diesel-powered automobiles in the U.S. are up by 39% compared to the first half of 2010. In addition, buyers continue to choose diesel models over gasoline equivalents at the same rate as last year. …

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI – Review and First Drive/Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI – Review and First Drive/Road Test

Editor’s Note: A new and in-depth review of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI was published on December 12, 2012. 
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI will be arriving at VW dealerships soon and we had an opportunity to pick up the car at the factory  in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and drive it to …

Why You Bought A Diesel

Why You Bought A Diesel

There are myriad good reasons for purchasing a diesel-powered automobile.  These include incredible fuel economy, amazing torque, and greater reliability compared to gasoline engines.  Because diesel engines are known to last far longer than their gasoline counterparts, they have commanded higher resale values as well.
Sales figures show that more people …

BMW 335d is the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

BMW 335d is the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

The BMW 335d is the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year, announced Jonathan Spira, editor of The Diesel Driver magazine.  The BMW 335d received 29.6 percent of 3,669 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver from 43 countries.  83% of the votes came from readers in the United States.
“The …

Diesel Economics: U.S. Sales Double in 2010

Diesel Economics: U.S. Sales Double in 2010

An in-depth analysis of new car sales data by The Diesel Driver shows that monthly diesel sales doubled in 2010 and that buyers showed increasingly strong preference for diesel-powered cars compared to the gasoline-powered equivalent models.
The Diesel Driver analyzed 2010 new-car sales data provided by Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, …

Last Chance to Vote for the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

Last Chance to Vote for the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

There are only a few days left for readers to vote for the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year. Cars from four companies, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, are in the running. Nominees includes six passenger cars, the Audi A3 TDI, the BMW 335d, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the …

Vote for the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

Vote for the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

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 six passenger cars, the Audi A3 TDI, the BMW 335d, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the Volkswagen Golf TDI, the Volkswagen Jetta Sedan TDI, and the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen …