BMW Launches All-New 2014 X5 and X5 Diesel

by Dan Collins
BMW Launches All-New 2014 X5 and X5 Diesel

BMW unveiled the upcoming completely redesigned third-generation 2014 X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, which will be available in both diesel and gasoline variants.  The X5 made its debut in 1999 and the second generation X5 was launched in 2006.
Codenamed F15, the Spartanburg, South Carolina-built X5 will be larger, lighter, more powerful, …

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel – First Look and Review

by Jonathan Spira
2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel – First Look and Review

The diesel market in the United States has been controlled by German automakers, namely Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen, for the past decade or so.  Although the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is the first diesel auto to appear in the U.S. from one of the Big Three automakers, it has …

BMW Unveils 2014 535d Sedan and Redesigned 5 Series

by Paul Riegler
BMW Unveils 2014 535d Sedan and Redesigned 5 Series

Along with a more striking design for 2014, BMW is adding two 5 Series diesel models to its U.S. lineup.  Starting this summer, BMW will offer the 535d and 535d xDrive sedans, giving the 5 Series buyer a total of nine options ranging from the 528i to the 550i to …

Spied: 2014 BMW i3 Megacity Electric Vehicle

by Paul Riegler
Spied: 2014 BMW i3 Megacity Electric Vehicle

The production version of the BMW i3 Megacity vehicle, the Bavarian automaker’s first-ever all-electric production car, is getting closer to its launch (the first customer deliveries are slated for fall) and an i3 mule has been spotted by The Diesel Driver driving around Munich, albeit highly camouflaged.  Engineers are presumably …

Porsche Unveils Charging Options and Smartphone App for Plug-In Hybrids

by Jeremy Del Nero
Porsche Unveils Charging Options and Smartphone App for Plug-In Hybrids

Porsche announced new technology to complement its plug-in hybrid drive models.  Because Porsche intends to sell these vehicles worldwide, the Zuffenhausen-based automaker sought to design a universal charging solution that would be applicable in all markets where the new hybrids will be available.
The Porsche Universal Charger (AC) will be included …

2014 Mazda Mazda6 – Review and Road Test

by Jonathan Spira
2014 Mazda Mazda6 – Review and Road Test

Earlier this year, Mazda, following in the footsteps of several other automakers that were about to introduce a diesel to the U.S. market, entered two Mazda6 diesel sedans in the grueling Rolex 24 (also known as the 24 Hours of Daytona) race.
Mazda will begin selling the oilburner towards the end …

Fuel Prices Drop Across the Country

by Jesse Sokolow
Fuel Prices Drop Across the Country

According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the price per gallon of diesel that drivers are paying at the pump has gone down by 1.4%, while the average price of gasoline has gone down by 0.2%.
The average price of diesel was $3.887 this past week, down $0.055 from last …

2014 BMW 328d – Review and Road Test

by Jonathan Spira
2014 BMW 328d – Review and Road Test

When BMW unveiled the new 3 Series sedan to the world 18 months ago, a white diesel 320d EfficientDynamics Edition, led the way as model after model was paraded in front of thousands of cheering employees at the factory in Munich.  When BMW launched the 3 Series in the U.S., …

What Will The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Test Car Be?

by Paul Riegler
What Will The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Test Car Be?

The Diesel Driver’s current two long-term test cars are the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec and the BMW X5 xDrive35d.  The Volkswagen Jetta TDI left the fleet earlier this year and the BMW 335d left last summer.
In early May, The Diesel Driver will add a third long-term car to the current test …

Porsche Debuts Panamera S E-Hybrid Plug-In in Shanghai

by Paul Riegler
Porsche Debuts Panamera S E-Hybrid Plug-In in Shanghai

At the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, Porsche introduced the new Panamera S E-Hybrid plug-in in concert with an updated version of the Panamera line.  The original Panamera was introduced in Shanghai in 2009.  Porsche added diesel and hybrid versions two years later.
Porsche chose Shanghai for the premier in …

Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe 79 mpg Plug-in Hybrid Concept and iBeetle Debut in Shanghai

by Paul Riegler
Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe 79 mpg Plug-in Hybrid Concept and iBeetle Debut in Shanghai

At the Shanghai Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled the CrossBlue Coupe concept, a five-seat gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid SUV capable of 79 mpg or 2.97 l/100 km as well as the iBeetle, a iPhone app and in-vehicle docking station.
The CrossBlue shows off a new version of Volkswagen’s design language including a dramatic …

Mercedes Plans Line of Small Luxury Vehicles to Compete with BMW’s Mini Brand

by Paul Riegler
Mercedes Plans Line of Small Luxury Vehicles to Compete with BMW’s Mini Brand

Mercedes-Benz is planning to launch a new line of smaller luxury vehicles, including an SUV, a four-meter van, and a two-door hatchback, in an attempt to compete with BMW’s Mini brand.  The report first appeared in Focus magazine on Sunday.
Given the popularity of diesels in Europe, it is almost a …