Volkswagen Group Sells 100,000 TDI Clean Diesel Vehicles

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen Group Sells 100,000 TDI Clean Diesel Vehicles

Volkswagen Group of America announced that it hit a major milestone in diesel sales on Friday.
The Wolfsburg-based automaker reported that it had sold over 100,000 TDI Clean Diesel vehicle as of December 20.  It’s the first time the automaker has reached this figure in one calendar year.
Volkswagen Group offers 12 …

Fuel Prices Down Across the Country

by Jesse Sokolow
Fuel Prices Down Across the Country

Along with snow, ice storms, and winter weather advisors for nearly half the country, this week brings with it one thing that is not winter weather-related: lower fuel prices.  Across the nation, the average price of diesel dropped $0.112 from last year’s price at this time of $3.991, while the …

The Benefits of Winter Tires: Why Your Diesel Should Have Them

by Jonathan Spira
The Benefits of Winter Tires: Why Your Diesel Should Have Them

Growing up, I watched my parents dutifully have winter tires (we called them “snow tires” when I was a kid) fitted as the temperature started to drop, and the car’s standard tires would be put back on when it was sure not to snow anymore.
Today, thanks to the advent of …

Volkswagen to Deliver 7th Generation Golf Number 500,000

by Christian Stampfer
Volkswagen to Deliver 7th Generation Golf Number 500,000

Volkswagen announced that it has built and will deliver the 500,000th seventh-generation Golf to a customer within the next few days. The specific model wasn’t announced but, statistically, it’s likely to be a four-cylinder diesel.
Volkswagen has yet to launch the new Golf in key markets such as the United States …

EU to Compromise on Auto Emissions

by Paul Riegler
EU to Compromise on Auto Emissions

The European Union announced a compromise that will allow it to slash greenhouse gas emissions, albeit in a less dramatic fashion that had been announced a few weeks earlier.
The plan was modified after Germany protested and sought to modify it to allow its luxury carmakers to have more time to …

Saab to Relaunch Company, 9-3

by Paul Riegler
Saab to Relaunch Company, 9-3

Saab, the storied Swedish automaker, will relaunch the 9-3 sedan on Monday.  The company, which was founded by airplane engineers, built its first car in 1944 and maintained a loyal base of customers until it filed for liquidation in 2011.  General Motors had owned it in recent years.
National Electric Vehicle …

2013 Audi A7 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

by Christian Stampfer
2013 Audi A7 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

When it comes to the four-door coupe segment, automotive enthusiasts fall into two groups. One consists of those who do not understand why Mercedes-Benz created this niche segment in 2004 when it introduced the CLS, the second group is in love with the concept of an elegant and luxurious four-door …

Los Angeles Auto Show: Plug Me In

by Jonathan Spira
Los Angeles Auto Show: Plug Me In

At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, the luxury electric car market was heating up as Audi, BMW, and Cadillac touted their newest models in the country’s most energy-conscious region.
Electric cars, which currently make up 1% of light vehicle sales, are hot and automakers have been closely following Tesla Motors’ …

Audi Introduces 2015 A3 TDI Clean Diesel, A3 Sportback Hybrid

by Jeremy Del Nero
Audi Introduces 2015 A3 TDI Clean Diesel, A3 Sportback Hybrid

Audi introduced its newest diesel offering, the A3 TDI Clean Diesel, available next fall, and the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline electric plug-in hybrid, for sale in early 2015.
The A3 TDI Clean Diesel’s four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine develops 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, while the A3 Sportback e-tron offers 201 …

Porsche Macan Diesel Crossover Makes World Debut

by Jeremy Del Nero
Porsche Macan Diesel Crossover Makes World Debut

Porsche unveiled the Macan S Diesel, a compact SUV, on Wednesday.  A younger brother to the Cayenne, the Macan is named after the Indonesian word for tiger.
The Macan S Diesel will be equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine that develops 258 horsepower and can propel the vehicle to …

Volkswagen e-Golf to Make U.S. Debut This Week

by Jeremy Del Nero
Volkswagen e-Golf to Make U.S. Debut This Week

Volkswagen’s e-Golf, the automaker’s first fully electric vehicle, will make its U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.
The e-Golf’s electric propulsion system provides a driving range of between 70 and 90 miles (112 to 145 kilometers), and develops 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque.  From a standstill, …

EPA Retreats on Ethanol Levels in Fuel

by Paul Riegler
EPA Retreats on Ethanol Levels in Fuel

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a reduction in the levels of ethanol to be blended into gasoline and to keep the current volume of biomass-based diesel for 2014 and 2015, saying that the objectives were difficult if not impossible to meet.   The move marks the first time that the agency …