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BMW Debuting Diesel 7-Series at Chicago Auto Show

Maker anticipated as much as 25% boost in mileage.

by on Jan.28, 2014

BMW enters the premium diesel market with the 740Ld xDrive coming this spring.

Taking the lead from its rival Audi, BMW will add a new diesel version of its flagship 7-Series sedan, the new 740Ld xDrive set to make its debut next month at the Chicago Auto Show.

German makers have been at the forefront when it comes to re-introducing Americans to diesel power and BMW already has a range of oil-burners in its line-up, including the 328d and 328d xDrive Sedans, the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon, the 535d and 535d xDrive Sedans and X5 xDrive35d Sports Activity Vehicle.  But this is the first time that it has offered a diesel for the big 7-Series.

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Audi introduced a diesel version of its A8 for the 2014 model-year and it remains to be seen if Mercedes-Benz might follow suit with the new S-Class.  German automakers consider themselves the leaders in diesel technology and the sales have increased modestly over the past two years as new models have come to the American market.


First Drive: Volkswagen Golf GTD

Blowing by 3 motorcycle cops at 120 mph.

by on Jun.25, 2013

VW is giving serious thought to finally bringing the high-performance diesel Golf GTD to the US.

There’s a sickening twist to the stomach when you blow by a cop doing triple digits on the freeway – never mind three of them riding along in the center lane.  Happily, seeing the word, “Polizei” on their jackets reminded us we were on the German Autobahn.  Squeezing back on the throttle, we nudged our little Volkswagen hatchback back up to 120.

It’s been a slow and difficult slog trying to get American motorists to change their perceptions of diesel cars. If any manufacturer has been successful, so far, it’s Volkswagen, oil-burners now accounting for as much as a third of the sales for some of its key models, such as the Passat, Golf and Jetta.

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We’re betting demand could surge even higher once U.S. buyers get access to the Volkswagen GTD, the diesel-powered alternative to the familiar GTI.  Make that “if” they get a chance to buy the sporty Golf variant, as the German maker is still waffling about whether to bring the GTD to the States.  But based on our recent drive of the peppy diesel hatchback we’d be surprised and disappointed if it doesn’t roll into U.S. showrooms in the very near future.


Chevrolet looks at optional 50 mpg diesel Cruze.

GM Could be First Domestic Maker to Offer “oil burner” in Compact Passenger Car.

by on Jul.12, 2011

Is a 50 mpg Chevy Cruze diesel in the works?

General Motors appears to be reversing its long-standing resistance to the use of diesel power for its passenger car line-up – and may soon introduce an “oil burner” into its Chevrolet Cruze line-up, which would give the compact model hybrid-level fuel efficiency that could approach 50 mpg.

Like many manufacturers, GM has been wary of diesels despite their chart-topping mileage.  The key issue has been the cost of meeting ever-toughening emissions standards.  But the industry giant has also been concerned whether U.S. motorists would be turned off by diesel’s other disadvantages.

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The change in mindset might reflect the continuing growth in demand for diesel-powered offerings now provided by most of the German makers, some Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz models seeing diesel options climbing to nearly a third of their powertrain mix.

While several GM officials declined to comment on the record, they privately confirmed that the high-mileage technology is starting to win converts among senior management, especially with the Obama Administration pushing for fuel economy standards to jump from 37.5 mpg in 2016 to as much as 56.2 mpg in 2025.