Diesel cars in America have a reputation for being smelly, slow and loud…mostly this was perpetuated by the late ‘70s and ‘80s Mercedes diesels. The stereotype isn’t wrong, the diesels of the past put out a lot of soot and you tended to need ear plugs to drive them long distances. Okay, so they weren’t that bad, but the technology has come a long way with the advent of clean diesels and quiet fuel rail technology. BMW sought reach millions of American viewers with their 2011 BMW 3-Series diesel commercial during the first half of Super Bowl XLV. The commercial...
BMW To Add Diesel 5-Series & Another Model, Maybe Diesel Four?
The list of cars offered to U.S. buyers in gasoline, diesel, and hybrid models is going to get longer. On the heels of its confirmation that the 2012 BMW 5-Series will be offered with a full hybrid system, the company has also confirmed it'll sell a clean diesel version of the new 5-Series in the...John Voelcker
Green Car Sales: Winners and Losers of 2009
It's beginning to look as if the worst is over for U.S. auto sales. The year that just closed was, in the immortal words of Queen Elizabeth II, an annus horribilis, with only 10.4 million vehicles sold, down 21 percent on 2008 and the lowest total since 1982. But some light seems to be appearing on...John Voelcker