New Diesels: BMW Introduces 3 Series Wagons, 1 Series with xDrive, and 520d Gran Turismo

by Christian Stampfer
New Diesels: BMW Introduces 3 Series Wagons, 1 Series with xDrive, and 520d Gran Turismo

BMW announced a new 3 Series Touring (station wagon) range and new diesel and petrol models in the 1 Series and 5 Series plus several technology updates for the 5 Series.
The all-new 3 Series Touring (pictured), known as the Sports Wagon in the U.S., is being launched in Europe with …

Diesel and Hybrid Owners Sound Off: Most Would Buy Another

by Paul Riegler
Diesel and Hybrid Owners Sound Off:  Most Would Buy Another

A series of polls conducted by The Diesel Driver magazine revealed that the overwhelming majority (94.1%) of diesel owners said they plan to purchase a diesel as their next car.  Only 5.9% said that they would not.
While hybrid owners were not quite as emphatic, a clear majority, or 67%, said …

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Sets Single-Tank Diesel Distance Record

by Michael Acampora
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Sets Single-Tank Diesel Distance Record

A 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI has set the record for the longest distance driven in a single passenger car on a single tank of clean diesel fuel. The Passat was a stock vehicle with six-speed manual transmission. John and Helen Taylor, experts in fuel-efficient driving techniques, drove in the record-breaking …

GM Prepares U.S. Market for its Diesels, Chevy Cruze to Debut First

by Paul Riegler
GM Prepares U.S. Market for its Diesels, Chevy Cruze to Debut First

Come this fall, General Motors will become the first U.S. automaker to offer a clean diesel for sale here and the first U.S. automaker to offer any diesel passenger car in over two decades.
The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze won’t be Chevrolet’s first diesel-powered passenger sedan in the U.S. but the automaker …

Bosch Predicts 10% Market Share for Diesels by 2015

by Paul Riegler
Bosch Predicts 10% Market Share for Diesels by 2015

Bosch, an automotive supplier that provides key components found in diesel engines such as common-rail injection systems, believes that change is in the air for the U.S. diesel market.
Using research conducted by Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 and funded by Bosch, the Stuttgart-based company is forecasting that one in ten …

Audi’s U.S. Diesel Strategy: An Interview with Wayne Killen

by Jonathan Spira
Audi’s U.S. Diesel Strategy: An Interview with Wayne Killen

In the next year or so, virtually every Audi model sold in the United States ranging from the compact A3 to the full-sized A8, will be available with a diesel engine.
Currently, only the A3 and the Q7 are available as oilburners, but starting in 2013 we will see diesel versions …

Olympic Diesels: BMW to Provide Diesel Vehicles For 2012 London Games

by Michael Acampora
Olympic Diesels: BMW to Provide Diesel Vehicles For 2012 London Games

The London 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games will rely heavily on diesel-powered automobiles from BMW for a variety of tasks before, during, and after the games. BMW is the official automobile partner of the London Olympics.
The BMW X5 xDrive30d will tow horse ambulances at equestrian events, and provide on-course …

BMW Unveils eDrive

by Paul Riegler
BMW Unveils eDrive

At the Auto China 2012 show in Beijing, BMW introduced eDrive, the automaker’s new designation for the drive technology used in electric and plug-in hybrid cars from BMW i.  BMW i is BMW’s sub-brand for electric vehicles.
BMW eDrive is essentially the car’s electric drivetrain, comprised of an electric motor, lithium-ion …

Poll: Would You Buy Another Hybird?

by Paul Riegler
Poll: Would You Buy Another Hybird?

Following the New York International Auto Show, the headlines were full of news reports about more fuel-efficient cars running the gamut from hybrid to diesel to those that are simply more economical.  Equally notable were the number of feature stories that calculated the break-even point for hybrids and electric vehicles …

Volvo Unveils New D3 Diesel Engine for V40, S60, V60, XC60, V70, and S80 Models

by Paul Riegler
Volvo Unveils New D3 Diesel Engine for V40, S60, V60, XC60, V70, and S80 Models

Starting with 2013 model year production, Volvo will be introducing a new diesel engine in the V40, S60, V60, XC60, V70, and S80 models. 
The new D3 engine is a five-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbo diesel that develops 136 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque.  In the V40, the D3 engine develops 150 …

Mercedes-Benz Unveils GLK250 BlueTec 4Matic

by Paul Riegler
Mercedes-Benz Unveils GLK250 BlueTec 4Matic

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the new GLK250 BlueTec 4Matic sport utility vehicle that will be available in the U.S. at the beginning of next year. The new SUV will be the German automaker’s sixth diesel for American buyers and comes at the time of a redesign of the GLK-Class.  It is the …

Poll: Would You Buy Another Diesel?

by Paul Riegler
Poll: Would You Buy Another Diesel?

A study released earlier this week by R.I. Polk revealed that most hybrid owners in the U.S. are unlikely to purchase another hybrid vehicle the next time they go car shopping.
While the reasons for this were unclear, one possibility is that the owners found, even with more expensive gasoline, it …