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 |  May 27 2013, 1:15 PM

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Volkswagen didn’t need a supercar during this year’s Geneva Motor Show to get attention; it had the XL1. 

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 |  May 24 2013, 1:09 PM

To Frugality and Beyond!


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Fuel economy is a major purchase consideration for new-vehicle shoppers; in fact it’s the No. 1 thing they look for in a car or truck. Consumers continue to demand ever greater mileage, and so does the federal government. Washington keeps turning up the wick on its Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations. In response to these stimuli automakers are working day and night to improve the efficiency of their products.

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 |  May 22 2013, 9:31 AM

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Pumping gasoline into a diesel Volkswagen voids the warranty and can lead to costly repairs, which is why the brand is kicking off a massive modification campaign.

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 |  May 13 2013, 3:30 PM

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Automakers are always looking for an edge over the competition. Any spec-sheet advantage, no matter how insignificant, is fair game. Engine output is often something they brag about. One vehicle may have more horsepower but a competing car could offer more torque. What’s the difference between these two measurements? What do they mean? Surprisingly these terms are totally different but related.

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2014 Mercedes Sprinter: Product Preview

From a moving van to moving the stars

 |  May 07 2013, 11:02 AM

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What does Mercedes-Benz have in common with facial tissue and soda pop?

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 |  May 01 2013, 12:02 PM

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Put your ear to the ground. You’re probably going to hear the gravelly sound of a diesel engine coming… at least figuratively.

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 |  Apr 26 2013, 12:21 PM

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Volkswagen announced today that it will build a 10-speed dual clutch transmission and a high-performance diesel engine.

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 |  Apr 15 2013, 9:15 AM

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Mercedes plans to expand its C-Class line with a convertible, diesel and a hybrid option to better compete with BMW.

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 |  Apr 10 2013, 5:06 PM

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AMG isn’t worried about building anything other than gasoline-powered engines for now, but when that changes the brand will look to hybrid systems.

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 |  Mar 27 2013, 12:03 PM

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Grab your three wood and don your Tam o’Shanter because Volkswagen just revealed the North American version of its 7th generation Golf. This 2015 model is larger and roomier inside than its predecessor but lighter and more fuel efficient at the same time.

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 |  Mar 25 2013, 8:31 AM

Cowboy Up


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Once upon a time trucks were built for work. They had manual door locks, crank windows and AM radios, if they had any sound system at all. Leather seats, air conditioning and voice-activated distractions were out of the question. Like a framing hammer, pickups were simple and effective.

For decades they were purpose-made for hard-working men (and women), the kind of folks that make Paul Bunyan look like a dragqueen. But somewhere along the line these roughneck vehicles became cool with the subdivision set. People living in suburbia started to buy them en masse. With sales increasing so did the clarion call for more comfort.

Today it’s easy to push a simple truck’s window sticker well into luxury-car territory… and beyond. Sure, these vehicles can still handle a 14-hour day on the jobsite and are even more capable than their forebears, but more often than not they’re loaded with costly options that appeal to style-conscious shoppers rather than blue-collar workers. Here’s a list of 10 pricey pickups tailor-made for urban cowboys. The MSRPs are listed without incentives, so actual pricing may vary.

 |  Mar 12 2013, 1:45 PM

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Attention foreign diplomats, drug lords and anyone living in Bogotá, Colombia: your new ride is ready. Mercedes-Benz is introducing an armored version of its M-Class SUV, the latest addition to its Guard family of vehicles.

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 |  Mar 12 2013, 12:16 PM

Five-Point Inspection


This Week’s Five-Point Inspection takes a look at the soon-to-be-overhauled Mercedes-Benz E-Class, what we love about it and what we’d like to see changed.

About to become redundant, there is a mid-cycle refresh coming for the 2014 model year which will put the current E-Class out to pasture. This doesn’t mean the E-Class is necessarily a bad vehicle, but in the ever evolving world of luxury automobiles, it is either constantly improve your brand or get left behind.

With a base price of $51,905 after transportation charges, the E-Class may be the most versatile vehicle in the automotive kingdom. There are no fewer than four distinct body styles, five engine choices, three fuel options and two drivelines.

 |  Mar 12 2013, 10:31 AM

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According to ExxonMobil’s recently published Outlook For Energy: A View to 2040, diesel will surpass gasoline as the number one global transportation fuel by 2020.

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 |  Feb 19 2013, 3:32 PM

Fine folks in Europe will get a gift from Land Rover soon: a diesel hybrid version of the 2013 Range Rover. But it won’t be marketed to Americans… for now.

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 |  Feb 14 2013, 10:11 AM

Recently emancipated and breaking new ground, Chrysler’s Ram pickup truck brand just announced that the RAM 1500 pickup truck will be available this year with a diesel V6. 

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 |  Feb 11 2013, 8:32 AM

The National Biodiesel Board is commending Chevrolet for offering the its new diesel-powered Cruze compact sedan with an engine capable of burning B20 blended biodiesel fuel.

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 |  Feb 08 2013, 11:31 AM

Chevrolet unveiled its diesel sipping Cruze compact at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show yesterday, taking aim at the likes of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

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 |  Feb 07 2013, 12:01 AM

Hoping to cash in on growing diesel demand in the U.S. market, Chevrolet debuted the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel today in Chicago.

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 |  Jan 31 2013, 3:02 PM

Audi just announced pricing and fuel mileage estimates for the long wheelbase diesel version of its A8 flagship sedan.

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 |  Jan 24 2013, 10:46 AM

Chevrolet just confirmed that it will debut the diesel version of the Cruze compact sedan during the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

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 |  Jan 23 2013, 12:02 PM

It’s a cliché analogy, but oil really is the lifeblood of a vehicle’s powertrain. Without its friction-cutting properties engines would literally grind to a halt, failing in spectacular fashion. Connecting rods would punch holes in blocks, camshafts would pulverize themselves and bearing inserts would spin like the blades of a jet turbine.

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 |  Jan 16 2013, 1:45 PM

Last June, Mazda announced that it planned to bring a version of its new twin-turbo diesel engine to Grand Am series racing, and now the brand just released a studio photo of the race car. 

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 |  Jan 14 2013, 11:56 AM

They don’t call it the Motor City for nothin’! The whole industry is on display this week as automakers from across the country and around the world descend on Detroit. Looking to steal some of the limelight, Mercedes-Benz just revealed its latest E-Class lineup.

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