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According to a number of reports, BMW has given up on diesel power for the 3 Series in the United States. Why would BMW turn its back on the torquey and efficient 335d? The reason is supposedly two-fold. It's no secret the automaker is bringing an ActiveHybrid 3 Series to market in the fall of this year. Given America's insatiable, if not illogical, thirst for hybrids, reason would have us believe BMW has switched sides in the diesel versus hybrid fight. Then there's the fact that the turbo four

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According to a number of reports, BMW has given up on diesel power for the 3 Series in the United States. Why would BMW turn its back on the torquey and efficient 335d? The reason is supposedly two-fold. It's no secret the automaker is bringing an ActiveHybrid 3 Series to market in the fall of this year. Given America's insatiable, if not illogical, thirst for hybrids, reason would have us believe BMW has switched sides in the diesel versus hybrid fight. Then there's the fact that the turbo four

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Saying automotive journalists like diesel sedans is like arguing the color pink is going to do well with the 5-year-old-girl demographic this quarter. You're not going to find too many dissenting voices. So, it should be no surprise that we love ourselves some BMW 335d. With plenty of power and impressive fuel economy, the outgoing diesel is a mechanical wonder child. And yet, thanks to the new F30-generation BMW 328i, with its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 240 horsepower and 260 pound

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Saying automotive journalists like diesel sedans is like arguing the color pink is going to do well with the 5-year-old-girl demographic this quarter. You're not going to find too many dissenting voices. So, it should be no surprise that we love ourselves some BMW 335d. With plenty of power and impressive fuel economy, the outgoing diesel is a mechanical wonder child. And yet, thanks to the new F30-generation BMW 328i, with its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 240 horsepower and 260 pound

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Oil-sippers failed to make even the slightest of dents in the U.S.' hybrid-heavy green vehicle scene.

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BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Click above for more high-res images of the 2009 BMW 3 Series

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 BMW 3-Series

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Photos have hit the web this morning showing the facelifted 2009 BMW 3-series. There is nothing dramatically different but the front fascia and rear taillights have been subtly reshaped. On the inside trim has been updated and the universally hated iDrive system has finally been given a completely new interface which is reportedly much easier to navigate. Perhaps of most interest to American drivers is the upcoming 335d model. The 335d will hit the streets of America this fall with a 3.0L six cy

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The upcoming BMW 335d has been spotted again being tested here in the U.S. This time the car was spotted sitting at a diesel pump somewhere in the southwest. The engine in the 335d, as well as the X5 diesel that is launching at the same time, is based on the existing dual turbo 3.0L in-line 6 used in several European models. For it's U.S. debut, the diesel 6 gets a urea injection system in addition to the existing diesel particulate filter. The new calibrations drop the power output from 286hp t

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