October 20, 2014 |
2014 Audi Q5 TDI Quattro TipTronic vs. 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d: Luxury and diesel together? This week: The BMW X5. Price: $72,475 as tested. (A base diesel model starts at $56,500, and a bare-bones rear-wheel-drive X5 can be had for $53,725.) Marketer's pitch: "The ultimate driving machine. " Conventional wisdom: A Volvo-loving friend of mine said the Eurozone competitors are a "we-car" (Volvo) versus a "me-car" (BMW). Reality: Pretty darn ultimate, I'd say. Catching up: In our last episode of Driver's Seat, we tested the Audi Q5 TDI, a turbodiesel version of the company's small crossover.
August 4, 2014 |
Brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have always sold diesel cars on their home turf back in Germany. Mercedes, in particular, had success selling oil-burning diesels to Americans in the 1970s and '80s, before emissions regulations were tightened. Thirty years later, diesels are clawing their way back into the U.S., largely because of their fuel economy; better emissions controls, and cleaner diesel fuel. Diesels are now considered competitors with hybrids in the green car space.
October 11, 2013 |
GIZMO GUY has been humming the old jingle, "See the USA in your Chevrolet," recently. But, for sure, that classic ditty deserves a remix, given the thoroughly mod, eco-minded Chevys I've been testing. A sleek, swoopy Chevy Volt sped me to the Shore and music festivals in snazzy hybrid style. Then the carmaker let me sample a fresh-baked Chevrolet Cruze , which has a more stately sedan look but equally adventurous core - a diesel engine the likes of which General Motors hasn't offered in a passenger car since the dark ages of Oldsmobiles.
July 8, 2013 |
If "Shake, Rattle and Roll" had been about the diesels of yore, Bill Haley wouldn't have sung: "Get out from that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans. " Rather, he would have warbled: "Get out in that driveway and rattle those valves and tappets. " The next lines doubtlessly would have been: Annoy the neighbors even more, With enough stink and smoke to make them choke And while you are smoking and smelling like burning toast, Accelerate like a lead fence post.
March 1, 2013 |
THE DRIVER OF a bakery truck that sat in a Southwest Philly Wawa parking lot for nearly 40 minutes wasn't delivering bread - but police say he had dough in mind. Police on Monday arrested Keith Jones, 55, of Kingsessing, on charges that he stole 513 gallons of diesel fuel worth about $2,000 from the Wawa at Bartram and Island avenues on Feb. 4. Jones, operating a Stroehmann bread-delivery truck he'd purchased at an auction about two weeks earlier, siphoned the gas from a station ground pump into a large storage tank, police said.
January 28, 2013
"One of the greatest losses in not expanding Medicaid [is the loss of] opportunity to put together all the various pieces of the system. " - Al Black, COO, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. " . . . We cannot ignore the $4.1 billion in state-only taxpayer costs over the next eight years that could occur as a result of expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania. " - Carey Miller, spokeswoman, Pennsylvania Department of Welfare. "It's confirmation of a trend.
January 3, 2013 |
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - High seas and strong winds prevented crews from boarding an oil drilling ship to check for any damage after the large vessel went aground off an uninhabited island in the Gulf of Alaska. A Coast Guard plane and a helicopter flew over the Kulluk on Tuesday, but severe weather did not permit putting marine experts on board the drilling rig, which had grounded on a sand and gravel beach in stormy seas. Federal on-scene response coordinator Capt. Paul Mehler said the Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig is carrying about 143,000 gallons of diesel and about 12,000 gallons of lube oil and hydraulic fluid, and appeared stable.
December 13, 2012 |
2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI (diesel) with Premium and Nav: Fun and practicality. Price: $27,215 as tested. An automatic TDI would start at $24,090. A six-speed manual begins at $22,990. (A gasoline S starts at $16,675, an SE at $18,995.) Conventional wisdom: Diesels remain unpopular in the United States, even after ultra-low-sulfur blends were mandated in 2007. They had been rising in popularity until plateauing at about 2.8 percent of cars sold from 2011 through 2012, according to Edmunds.com.
July 30, 2012 |
Scheduled for a September showroom debut, the extensively redesigned 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL turns out to be more than a superb sport ute. In the name of safety, comfort, saving petrol, on and off-road traction, and fording streams up to two feet deep, this largest and most costly of the Benz SUVs also proves a technological treasure trove. There's enough standard and optional hardware and software here to cause an UberGeek to OD. If the GL could stage an orgy attended by algorithms and artificial intelligence instead of decadent Romans, it would easily outdraw one of Caligula's mixers.
June 7, 2012 |
2012 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux: A mileage boost, but a particulate boost, too. Price: $53,225 (No options. A sport version with gasoline engine can be had starting at $43,375, and a sport TDI starts at $46,875.) Marketer's pitch: The premium diesel SUV with the soul of a Volkswagen. Conventional wisdom: Diesel means smelly, dirty, and underpowered, right? Reality: The engine works great and is definitely not smelly, dirty, or underpowered.