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BMW Confirms Plans to Launch New Line of Diesels in U.S.

BMW Confirms Plans to Launch New Line of Diesels in U.S.

BMW will expand the number of diesel models it offers and introduce two new diesel engines in the U.S. starting in calendar year 2013.
The Munich-based automaker currently offers one diesel model in the U.S., the BMW X5 xDrive35d.  Until the end of 2011, BMW also sold the BMW 335d, which …

BMW Factory Delivery at the Spartanburg Performance Center: 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d

BMW Factory Delivery at the Spartanburg Performance Center: 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d

It’s been a tradition in my family that we go to the factory to take delivery of our cars.  Even when I was a lad, I remember going to the local Mercedes-Benz car dealership for my parents to arrange picking up our next car in Germany.
So when it came to …

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Car: the 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Car: the 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d

A BMW X5 xDrive35d is the newest member of The Diesel Driver’s long-term fleet.  In a recent online poll, 28% of The Diesel Driver’s readers correctly guessed that our new car would be the X5.
(Admittedly, 35% voted for the VW Passat TDI, 10.5% favored the Audi Q7 TDI, 5.3% said …

Preview: 2013 Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S.

Preview: 2013 Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S.

Editor’s Note: A more up-to-date 2013 preview was published on September 1: New Diesel Car Lineup for 2013: Preview and Report
As interest in diesels continues to grow, in the next 12-18 months several automobile manufacturers, including Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler (Jeep), and Porsche, will be joining the diesel party.  In the …

BMW X5 Named 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

BMW X5 Named 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

The BMW X5 xDrive35d is the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year, according to the readers of The Diesel Driver magazine.
The BMW X5 diesel received 19.9% of 6,070 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver. The votes came from over 100 countries.  Sixty-seven percent of the votes were cast …

Last Chance to Vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

Last Chance to Vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

There are only a few days left for readers to vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year.  Cars from four companies, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, are in the running.  Nominees include seven passenger cars; the Audi A3 TDI, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec, the …

2011 Year in Review: Diesel in America

2011 Year in Review: Diesel in America

2011 was a good year for diesel fans.  Sales of diesel-powered automobiles in the U.S. were up 39% in the first half of the year, and it looks like that figure will increase when all of 2011 is tallied.
Two entirely new diesels were introduced in 2011, namely the Mercedes-Benz S350 …

First Look: BMW ActiveHybrid 5

First Look: BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Finally, a BMW Hybrid for the Masses
Last month, the all-new BMW AcitveHybrid 5 celebrated its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. BMW already offers the ActiveHybrid 7, a mild hybrid, and the ActiveHybrid X6, a full-hybrid , but the sales figures of both vehicles are below BMW´s original expectations.
With …

BMW, Mercedes to Offer Diesels in Japan

BMW, Mercedes to Offer Diesels in Japan

X5 xDrive35d and E350 BlueTec On Display at Tokyo Motor Show
Jonathan Spira reports live from the Tokyo Motor Show
While diesels may rule the Autobahn, automakers have faced an uphill battle in gaining acceptance for oilburners in the U.S. There’s at least one market where the percentage of diesel-powered vehicles sold …

Vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

Vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

Voting for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year has started.  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 seven passenger cars; the Audi A3 TDI, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec, the Volkswagen Golf  …

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d Review and First Drive

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d Review and First Drive

The BMW X5, which first appeared in 1999 as a 2000 model, was completely redesigned for the 2007 model year.  In 2009, BMW of North America introduced the diesel-powered X5 xDrive35d alongside the BMW 335d.   In many respects, the X5 diesel competes against the Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec ,the Audi Q7 …

2011 Audi Q7 TDI Quattro Review and Test Drive

2011 Audi Q7 TDI Quattro Review and Test Drive

The Audi Q7 TDI, last reviewed here in 2009, is Ingolstadt’s largest and was eagerly awaited here for its combination of aggressive styling, overall useability, and good handling. Few vehicles provide seven seats, massive torque, and 21.5 mpg (10.94 l/100 km). Its optional towing package can handle up to 6,600 …