The Mercedes Benz OM 654 4-cylinder diesel. image courtesy of Daimler Global Media.

Mercedes-Benz Debuts New Four-Cylinder Diesel

The new four-cylinder diesel unit OM 654 marks the debut of a ground-breaking family of engines from Mercedes-Benz. The development goals were defined more than four years ago. The result is a modular concept with a special focus on integration of the drive into different models as well as a...

John Davis, host of Motorweek. Image courtesy of Motorweek and Chicago Clean Cities.

John Davis of MotorWeek to Speak at 2016 Green Drives Conference

The Lake Michigan Consortium today announced that John Davis, the Emmy® Award-winning host of MotorWeek, television’s longest-running automotive series, will serve as the master of ceremonies and a featured speaker at its Clean Cities Green Drives Conference and Expo on May 19. Clean Cities coalitions from Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana are partnering to...

The New Mercedes Benz GLS

The renaming of the Mercedes Benz SUV line is complete.  It began with the GLA, aligned with the CLA class--and a better looking alternative to an E-Class wagon.  Then, earlier this year came the announcement of the GLE, dooming the ML nameplate forever.  Great vehicle, awkward name. And now comes the GLS....

Coming to the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show: 2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Here's a little something from the fine people at Jaguar Land Rover: The stunning new F-Pace will be available to view at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show beginning on September 17th. Camouflaged prototypes have already been seen proving the all-new F-Pace's everyday usability and exceptional ride and handling by supporting Team Sky...

The 2016 Audi Q7 TDI. Image courtesy of Audi Press UK.

The New Audi Q7 TDI: 0-62 in 7.3 Seconds AND 40 MPG

From Audi Press UK and Newspress, Audi's Q7 turbodiesel people mover just got "real". Despite its even more intensive focus on efficiency the new entry point to the Q7 range isn’t short-changed on performance. The EU6-compliant unit’s  218PS peak output, available from 3,250rpm through to 4,750rpm, and the 500Nm torque maximum...

9 Things You Need to Know about the 2015 Volkswagen Sharan

For many adult Germans, the VW Sharan is like our Chrysler minivan.  Solid transportation for 5+ people.  In fact, VW has sold over 800,000 since it's launch in 1995.  Which aren't bad numbers at all considering the Sharan never came to the USA. For it's 20-year anniversary, VW is launching an updated...

Chicago Area Clean Cities Chicago Clean Drives, image courtesy of Chicago Area Clean Cities.

The Countdown is On for Green Drive$ 2015

On Thursday, May 28th, Chicago Clean Cities Coalition is holding Green Drive$ 2015.  Green Drive$ is a single-day event that features presentations by major automakers and green fuel and technology experts.   The event runs from 9 am to 3 pm and follows 2 tracks.  The morning track focuses on...

Audi TT TDI Wins Diesel Car Magazine’s Best Sports Car of the Year Award

From DieselCar.co.uk and Newspress.co.uk: Ultra-frugal Audi TDI sports coupé announced as category victor in leading industry magazine Audi TT 2.0 TDI ultra wins DieselCar’s Best Sportscar Award for 2015 Performance Prices start from £29,810 OTR, available in Sport or S line specification CO2 as low as 116g/km, with the potential for 62.8mpg combined ultra engine now also...

2015 FIA WEC Season Update: Audi Wins 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps

From Audi MediaServices, May 2, 2015 Following the thrilling season opener of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Great Britain, Audi was unbeatable again in Belgium. On the challenging track at Spa, Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) proved their class again on clinching their second...

Audi has taken another big step in the development of new, CO2 neutral fuels: A pilot plant in Dresden has started production of the synthetic fuel Audi e diesel.

Audi Makes Diesel Fuel from Global Warming

This is diesel fuel. It wasn't grown in a giant petrochemical plant.  It was made like a small batch bourbon, but in an laboratory owned by Audi partner Dresden energy technology corporation sunfire. It is made of water and carbon dioxide.  If that escapes you, carbon dioxide is the primary ingredient...

Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb. Image courtesy of Porsche Motorsports

2015 FIA WEC Video Update: Silverstone

FIA WEC stands for Formula International Association World Endurance Championship.  WEC is the racing circuit that sponsors one of the most famous races ever, the 24 Hours of LeMans. Like Formula One and Formula E, racing technology for this circuit has long outstripped the need for the Big Heavy Engine.  WEC is...

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