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Revealed: Volkswagen XL1 Price


Volkswagen announced this week that its diesel-electric hybrid XL1 would be priced at $169,000. The diminutive 0.8-liter engine is a 2-cylinder turbo-diesel rated at 47 horsepower. A 5.5-kWh lithium pack is the power source for a companion electric motor that creates an additional 26 horsepower. European-cycle testing lists the car at 261-mpg, easily making it [...]

It’s ‘Clean Diesel’ for Next Mazda 2


Mazda’s upcoming supermini car, the Mazda 2, will feature a 1.5-liter diesel engine, the carmaker announced this week. The clean diesel offering will use the Japanese car manufacturer’s SkyActiv engine technology, which allows even gasoline-powered cars to approach diesel efficiency ratings. The world got its first glimpse of the SkyActiv-D engine at this year’s Geneva [...]

Top Diesel and Hybrid States are…


Recent data from the Diesel Technology Forum shows that diesel car registrations grew by 30 percent between 2010 and 2013, while hybrid sales did even better, posting a 64 percent jump for the same time period. On U.S. roads today, the diesel population stands at 7 million vehicles and the hybrid count comes in at [...]

Audi A3 TDI Wows NY Auto Show


Audi used the New York Auto Show as the venue to announce its new A3 TDI (clean diesel) Sportback for the 2015 model year. The German carmaker has recently expanded its A3 family to include, with this hatchback addition, six cars in all. Audi spokespersons on site in New York noted that the A3 TDI [...]

Chevy Cruze Earns ‘Diesel of the Year’ Honors


Readers of an influential automotive periodical, Diesel Driver Magazine, have voted the Chevy Cruze Diesel best diesel vehicle of 2014. The car snagged 59 percent of the 11,030 votes in the survey. Diesel Driver pits competitors against each other annually, with this year’s elite contenders vying for the top spot. Besides Chevy Cruze, voters selected [...]

KBB Reveals ‘Top Green Cars’ for 2014


Kelley Blue Book has announced its listing of the top ten green cars for 2014. Electric, hybrid, natural gas, and extended-range EV cars are all represented on the roster, with the top three spots occupied by BMW’s i3, the Nissan Leaf, and Toyota’s Prius. Rounding out the tally: The Honda Accord hybrid came in at [...]

VW Golf Sportwagen Diesel to NY Show


Volkswagen will bring a concept model of its U.S.-bound clean diesel Golf Sportwagen to the New York Auto Show next week. The car features a longer roof and is said to resemble the company’s European Golf in significant details. The concept car that will be on display in New York is officially called Golf Sportwagen [...]

Best Values in Luxury Cars: Clean Diesel Surprises


Automotive data company Vincentric released its top picks for the best value luxury cars, based upon cost of ownership. The company amasses an annual list of the best buys in each major vehicle category. This year’s luxury winners included a pair of clean diesel entries from Audi, a Lexus hybrid, and a BMW diesel. Overall, [...]

BMW X3 Diesel Headed to U.S. Showrooms


BMW North America has announced a more efficient, low emission X3 diesel destined for the U.S. market in 2015. Officially called X3 xDrive28d, the car will be the German automaker’s first X3 diesel to be offered in U.S. showrooms. Company media releases about the car state that it will feature BMW’s proprietary Advanced Diesel systems [...]

Surprise! Here are ‘Real’ MPG Champs


Automotive reviewers in several major publications are making their annual ‘top ten’ lists of cars that deliver high mileage. Consistently ranking at or near the top of almost every list is the new, seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf TDI clean diesel hatchback. Featuring an inline 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine, the little diesel beauty is a 140-horsepower fuel-miser. Combined [...]

Volkswagen’s Big Plans for TDI in 2015


Volkswagen officials announced this week that 2015 models of the Beetle, Jetta, Passat and Golf would feature the carmaker’s famous EA288 engine, which is a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter unit that runs on clean diesel fuel. The updated version of EA288 will offer a cornucopia of tweaks, namely ultra low-friction bearings in the camshaft, a manifold-integrated inter-cooler, [...]

Ram EcoDiesel Selling Briskly


Chrysler has announced that its 2014 EcoDiesel 1500 truck has sold more than 8,000 units in the first three days of availability, from Feb. 7 through Feb. 10. The automaker also noted that customers are placing deposits on the truck at twice the normal rate. The 1500 is the only half-ton diesel pickup available. The [...]

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