BMW Premieres New X5, New 4 Series, Plug-in X5 Concept, i3, and i8 in Frankfurt

by Christian Stampfer
BMW Premieres New X5, New 4 Series, Plug-in X5 Concept, i3, and i8 in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT—The Frankfurt Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (International Automobile Show) continues to be one of the most important shows in the automotive world, and, on the first day of the show, BMW took the opportunity to debut the i3 and i8, the all-new 4 Series coupe, the next generation X5, an updated …

VW e-Golf, Electric eUp, Porsche 918 Spyder, Updated Panamera, and Refreshed Audi Debut in Frankfurt

by Christian Stampfer
VW e-Golf, Electric eUp, Porsche 918 Spyder, Updated Panamera, and Refreshed Audi Debut in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT—Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen presented numerous world premieres and model updates on the first day of the 2013 Frankfurt Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (International Automobile Show).
The updated 2014 Audi A8 was presented to the public in Frankfurt as Audi tries to keep pace in the heavily competitive luxury car segment. In …

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI – First Drive and Review

by Jonathan Spira
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI – First Drive and Review

The seventh generation Volkswagen Golf TDI is a great car and no, you can’t have one – at least not until some time next year when it reaches these shores as a 2015 model.
Earlier in the week, I spent the better part of a day motoring around in a European-spec …

Diesel Fuel Down 4% From Labor Day 2012

by Paul Riegler
Diesel Fuel Down 4% From Labor Day 2012

Americans will pay considerably less for fuel this weekend than they did last Labor Day.  The national average price of diesel fuel is down 4.3% or 18 cents since then, a period where hurricanes and refinery shutdowns resulted in higher prices, and gasoline costs 6% or 22 cents less, according …

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Sedan – First Look and Review

by Jonathan Spira
2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Sedan – First Look and Review

For 2014, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class family is receiving a mid-life refresh but it’s the most extensive facelift we’ve seen and probably the most ambitious in the history of the marque.  Indeed, the new E-Class looks more like a new model than some completely new introductions in recent years.
In the case …

2014 Audi A8 L TDI – Review and Road Test

by Dan Collins
2014 Audi A8 L TDI – Review and Road Test

The Audi A8 was not the first large German luxury sedan, but for a time, it was somewhat of a “best kept secret” for executives in snowy climates and foreign heads of state seeking more discretion than a Mercedes S-Class could provide. Twenty years later, the A8 is quite recognizable, …

Happy Birthday Diesel: The Diesel Turns 120

by Paul Riegler
Happy Birthday Diesel: The Diesel Turns 120

On August 10, 1893, Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913), after having almost been killed by an earlier prototype, built the first working prototype of what has come to be called the diesel engine.  He was the first person to prove that fuel could be ignited without a spark. What he built was …

VW To Debut New Clean Diesel Engine in 2014

by Paul Riegler
VW To Debut New Clean Diesel Engine in 2014

Volkswagen announced it plans to introduce a new clean diesel engine starting next year.
The new engine, designed EA288, will make its debut in the 2015 Beetle, Golf, Jetta, and Passat in the second half of 2014.  It will eventually replace all current VW and Audi 2.0-liter diesel engines.
The new 2.0-liter …

BMW i3 Debuts in Munich, New York, and Beijing

by Jeremy Del Nero
BMW i3 Debuts in Munich, New York, and Beijing

BMW unveiled the production version of its new electric car, the BMW i3.  The i3 will be available for purchase in the U.S. starting
in the second quarter of 2014.
The new i3 has the automotive industry’s first mass-produced carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body and the use of the revolutionary material is …

Diesel Car Preview for 2014-15

by Dan Collins
Diesel Car Preview for 2014-15

More Diesels Still to Come as Automakers Add Models to Lineup
America’s love affair with the diesel is being rekindled, at least as far as sales figures go.  Sales of diesel-powered cars and SUVs were up 26% in 2012 and it looks as if that trend is continuing for 2013.  While …

Last Drive: 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Homage and Review

by Dan Collins
Last Drive: 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Homage and Review

After One Year, Dan Collins and David Goldes Are Sad to Say Good-Bye
More often than not, getting a new car is considered to be a good thing. It’s the new car smell, a car still free of that scratch that months or years later still curse yourself for, and one …

Volkswagen Passat TDI Sets Fuel Economy Record

by Jeremy Del Nero
Volkswagen Passat TDI Sets Fuel Economy Record

Volkswagen announced that its 2013 Passat TDI Clean Diesel has broken the Guinness World Record for “lowest fuel consumption – 48 U.S. States (non-hybrid car),” achieving 77.99 mpg (3.02 l/100 km) on its tour of the continental U.S.  This beat the old record of 67.9 mpg (3.46 l/100 km), which …