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 …

New Study Finds Diesels Cost Less Over Time Than Gasoline Counterparts

by Jeremy Del Nero
New Study Finds Diesels Cost Less Over Time Than Gasoline Counterparts

A recent University of Michigan study finds that, over their life span, diesel cars cost owners thousands less compared to cars running on conventional gasoline.  The study was compiled by the university’s Transportation Research Institute.
Results show that, although diesels may have a higher initial price tag, the total cost of …

Taxi of Tomorrow in New York Doesn’t Include a Diesel

by Paul Riegler
Taxi of Tomorrow in New York Doesn’t Include a Diesel

Despite their popularity as taxis around the world, New Yorkers are not going to see diesel-powered cabs in their midst any time soon.  In September 2012, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to make the Nissan NV200, powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the city’s official cab.  …

BMW Unveils 2014 420d, 428i, and 435i Coupes

by Paul Riegler
BMW Unveils 2014 420d, 428i, and 435i Coupes

BMW unveiled a new line of coupes, the 4 Series.  The 4 Series, which replaces the current 3 Series coupe, will be offered as a 428i and 435i  in the United States.  In Europe, the 4er will be introduced as a four-cylinder diesel, the 420d, and two petrol models, the …

Audi’s E-Fuel Future: Bringing Carbon-Neutral Mobility to the Marketplace

by Jeremy Del Nero
Audi’s E-Fuel Future: Bringing Carbon-Neutral Mobility to the Marketplace

Audi, an automaker at the forefront of the renewable transportation fuel movement, has long concerned itself with powering personal transportation with sustainable alternatives to conventional fuels.  In recent years, Audi has invested in wind power and experimented with using stored renewable energy to power its e-tron fleet.
But Audi’s interest has …

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 – The Road to Berchtesgaden and Steyr

by Christian Stampfer
2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 – The Road to Berchtesgaden and Steyr

Over the past few years, the Bavarian and Austrian Alps became popular destinations for our editors and our short- and long-term test cars. Berchtesgaden, located in the south-eastern corner of the Bavarian Alps and home to a population of 7,800, is one of the better known locales. The Austrian city …

Poll: Tell Us Why You Purchased a Diesel

by Jeremy Del Nero
Poll: Tell Us Why You Purchased a Diesel

Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, all German auto manufacturers, have been controlling the diesel market in the U.S. for quite some time now.
In addition to new diesel models from these veterans, four more car manufacturers, namely Chevrolet, Jeep, Mazda, and Porsche, have joined the U.S. diesel market since our last poll …