Study: Government Favors EVs over Diesels

by Jeremy Del Nero
Study: Government Favors EVs over Diesels

A new survey finds that a majority of Americans believe their government should offer more incentives for people to drive diesel powered automobiles.
According to the survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive and sponsored by Audi of America, 57% of American drivers think that the U.S. government has unfairly promoted …

VW Golf TDI BlueMotion Sets Record on Drive from France to Denmark with 80.6 mpg

by Jeremy Del Nero
VW Golf TDI BlueMotion Sets Record on Drive from France to Denmark with 80.6 mpg

A Volkswagen Golf TDI BlueMotion completed a 995-mile (1,602-kilometer) trip on a single tank of diesel fuel, averaging 80.6 mpg (2.92 l/100 km), a record for the car.
The trip originated in the French city of Nantes, where the BlueMotion received a full tank of diesel fuel, and concluded in Copenhagen, …

Third Tesla in Six Weeks Destroyed by Fire

by Paul Riegler
Third Tesla in Six Weeks Destroyed by Fire

A Tesla Model S was destroyed by fire in Smyrna, Tennessee on Wednesday after the car hit a tow hitch that was on the roadway, causing an electrical fire, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.  The driver was uninjured.
The accident was the third reported Tesla fire in six weeks.  The …

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon – Review and Test Drive

by Jonathan Spira
2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon – Review and Test Drive

The first station wagons (which are called estate cars in the rest of the English-speaking world and Kombis in the German-speaking world), evolved from trucks, not cars, and, in their earliest days, were a status symbol.  Indeed, the Chrysler Town and Country wagon was the most expensive car among the …

BMW Introduces 2 Series Diesel

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Introduces 2 Series Diesel

MUNICH—BMW continues the repositioning of its model lineup with the announcement of the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupé. The previous BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible generation will be replaced by the BMW 2 Series model range in the compact car segment as BMW continues its strategy to differentiate its …

2013 Audi Q7 TDI: The Drive to the High Tatras Mountains – Review

by Jonathan Spira
2013 Audi Q7 TDI: The Drive to the High Tatras Mountains – Review

This is Part 2 of Grand Touring feature on the Drive to the High Tatras Mountains. The first part was The Drive to Vienna.
The Audi Q7 TDI is like an old friend.  I drove the Q7 for the first time four years ago and have driven it and its siblings (the …

8 States Push for Increased Electric Vehicle Sales

by Jeremy Del Nero
8 States Push for Increased Electric Vehicle Sales

To combat the stagnant state of electric vehicle sales in the U.S., eight states, including California, New York, and Massachusetts, have agreed to work together to encourage the adoption and sale of EVs.
The states’ efforts will include the adoption of a universal payment method for charging, as well as updating …

Fuel Prices Down Almost 10% in U.S. Over Past Year

by Jesse Sokolow
Fuel Prices Down Almost 10% in U.S. Over Past Year

As we near the end of October, American drivers are perhaps getting an early Halloween treat as fuel prices fall significantly from last year’s levels.  According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, both diesel and gasoline prices are noticeably lower than they were a year ago in every …

Poll: Why Did You Choose a Diesel?

by Jeremy Del Nero
Poll: Why Did You Choose a Diesel?

In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in sales of diesel-powered cars in the U.S.  More and more drivers are leaving petrol-powered cars behind, and many leading car manufacturers, including Chevrolet, Jeep, Mazda, and Porsche, have taken note; there are nearly twice as many diesel options today as …

BMW 4 Series Convertible Diesel Announced

by Christian Stampfer
BMW 4 Series Convertible Diesel Announced

MUNICH—BMW continues the expansion of its newly launched 4 Series product lineup with the announcement and market introduction of the all-new BMW 4 Series Convertible.  The convertible is the second model of the 4 Series and follows the Coupe, which celebrated its debut at this years IAA (International Automobile Show) …

2013 Audi Q7 TDI: The Drive to Vienna – Review and Report

by Jonathan Spira
2013 Audi Q7 TDI: The Drive to Vienna – Review and Report

The Audi Q7 has been around since 2009 and has been continually updated by Audi with the latest in driver assistance and safety technologies.  With regard to vehicle size, it was a bit of overkill for my trek to the High Tatras Mountains of Slovakia, a range of mountains along …

First Look: 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d – Review

by Jonathan Spira
First Look: 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d – Review

Back in 1999, when BMW was busy introducing the X5 Sport Activity Vehicle (which was the Bavarian automaker’s way of explaining it was not offering an SUV, at least not a typical one, while emphasizing the car’s on-road strengths), the blue-and-white faithful were in a state of disbelief.  How could …