New entries from GM, Mazda, BMW and Audi to spur sales
Double digit diesel sales in North America for 20 of the last 24 months have helped German automakers reach record sales. That is likely to increase as all five - Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and VW - roll out more diesel choices, including powerful and fuel efficient turbo versions.
We feel like a broken record around here when we say "biodiesel is having a hard time." Yes, the biodiesel tax credit expired at the end of 2009. Yes, the EU has tariffed U.S. biodiesel off the continent. Yes, the economy has totally crunked, forcing many small biodiesel operators to shutter their doors.
It's no secret that in recent years Land Rover has been itching to reduce the mass of its products. Even before Ford sold the brand to Tata it had been working on a variety of lighter weight concepts. It looks like the next generation Range Rover will be the first benefactor of those efforts when it debuts in 2012.
It's been no secret in recent years that Land Rover has been itching to reduce the weight of its products. Even before Ford sold the brand to Tata, it had been working on a variety of lighter weight concepts and it looks like the next-generation Range Rover will be the first benefactor of those efforts when it debuts in 2012.
Ford and Navistar are once again going to court over the automaker's plans to develop a 4.4L diesel engine inhouse for the F-150. The original lawsuit was thrown out last June, with the judge ordering the two corporations to iron out their differences in mediation. Since no progress has been made outside the legal system, Navistar has refiled its claim. In the suit, Navistar is claiming the light-duty diesel engine violates the agreement once made between the two companies, which states that Nav
XJ, fitted with a twin-turbo V6 diesel engine, drove a total of 1000.2 miles before running the 22.45 gal tank dry. The
car recorded an average fuel economy of 44.38 mpg, a number that would put many a gasoline powered sub-compact to shame.
Even a few hybrids would be hard pressed to achieve this kind of gas mileage during highway driving. The combination of
the advanced diesel engine with the lightweight aluminum body of the XJ made the journey possible. The driver
effectively drove th