Vote for the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

by Greg Spira
Vote for the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year

Four companies, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, currently offer diesel passenger cars in the U.S.  This year’s stellar field of nominees includes six passenger cars, the Audi A3 TDI, the BMW 335d, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the Volkswagen Golf TDI, the Volkswagen Jetta Sedan TDI, and the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen …

BMW 120d Cabriolet Review – The Road to Mülheim

by Christian Stampfer
BMW 120d Cabriolet Review – The Road to Mülheim

It was a grey, rainy, and hazy afternoon when I arrived at the airport in Düsseldorf on Wednesday.  The computer of my Sixt rental car, a BMW 120d convertible, reported a temperature of 5°C (41°F). This meant that it was not even close to ideal cabrio weather, but I was …

Mercedes-Benz Unveils F-Cell Fuel Cell Vehicle

by Paul Riegler
Mercedes-Benz Unveils F-Cell Fuel Cell Vehicle

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz announced the F-Cell, a hydrogen-electric B-Class compact and the automaker’s first compact to be sold in the U.S.
The front-wheel-drive F-Cell runs on compressed hydrogen combined with a 136-horsepower electric motor and a 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery.  Fuel-cell economy will be equivalent to 4.3 l/100 …

2011 Chevrolet Volt Review – Test Drive

by Jonathan Spira
2011 Chevrolet Volt Review – Test Drive

What may be most remarkable about the new Chevrolet Volt is how unremarkable it actually is compared to a normal, gasoline-powered automobile.  Gone is the futuristic exterior of the original concept car;  the Volt now looks like an early twenty-first century four-door sedan.
Unlike hybrids, which command a large premium over …

The Diesel Driver 2011 BMW 335d Calendar Released

by David Goldes
The Diesel Driver 2011 BMW 335d Calendar Released

The Diesel Driver’s 2011 BMW 335d calendar is now available online for  immediate delivery.
This calendar captures the elegance and raw power of the BMW 335d sedan.
Jonathan Spira picked up this particular 335d in Munich at the BMW Welt and drove it in Austria, Germany, and the United …

2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Diesel Review and First Look

by Jonathan Spira
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec Diesel Review and First Look

Mercedes-Benz invented the diesel-powered passenger auto in the 1930s (as well as the passenger car itself a few decades earlier) and some of the Mercedes diesels sold in the U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s, such as the 240D, are still on the road.  Indeed, some have reached several hundred …

The Diesel Driver 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Calendar Released

by David Goldes
The Diesel Driver 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Calendar Released

The Diesel Driver’s 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI calendar is now available online for immediate delivery.
The Diesel Driver’s 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI calendar captures the elegant design of VW’s sleek new Jetta sedan.  The Jetta has been completely redesigned and reengineered and
Volkswagen has done an excellent job in engineering …

The Road to Munich – Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Review

by Christian Stampfer
The Road to Munich – Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition Review

Would it be possible to drive from Munich to Hamburg and back using only one tank of diesel fuel?  With fuel consumption of  4,1 l/100 km (57 mpg) in the combined EU test cycle and highway fuel consumption of 3.6 l/100 km (65 mpg), the distance to be covered seemed …

Diesel Economics 201: Q3 Sales Accelerate to 33%

by Jonathan Spira
Diesel Economics 201: Q3 Sales Accelerate to 33%

Is 2010 the year of the diesel?  A new analysis by The Diesel Driver shows an increasingly strong  preference for diesel-powered cars compared to the petrol-powered equivalent models
The Diesel Driver analyzed detailed new-car sales data from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, the four companies that currently offer diesel-powered passenger vehicles …

Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – The Road to Hamburg – Review

by Christian Stampfer
Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – The Road to Hamburg – Review

With a population of more than 1.8 million people, the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg (Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg) is the second-largest city in Germany. Only Berlin, Germany’s capital, has more inhabitants. Similar to Berlin and Bremen, Hamburg is a German city state with its own government (Hamburger Senat).
Hamburg …

BMW Performance Center Delivery – Diesel Style

by Charlie Gaetze
BMW Performance Center Delivery – Diesel Style

Wow, what an experience.  While I had been to the BMW’s South Carolina outpost in the past for an M Driving School, and I was familiar with the setting for the delivery process, nothing prepared me for what was to come. As an alternative to the traditional new car delivery …

BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – First Look

by Christian Stampfer
BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – First Look

The BMW 3 Series diesel range was made complete in 2009 with the introduction of the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition at the 63rd Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt. At that time, BMW already had three diesels in the 3 Series, namely the 316d (115 hp),  the 318d (143 hp), …