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Old 12-01-2010, 04:31 AM   #1
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This year’s stellar field of nominees includes six passenger cars, the Audi A3 TDI, the BMW 335d, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the Volkswagen Golf TDI, the Volkswagen Jetta Sedan TDI, and the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI, as well as six SUVs, the Audi Q7 TDI, the BMW X5 xDrive35d, the Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec, and the Volkswagen Touareg TDI.

Voting starts at 12:01 a.m. on December 1 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on December 30, 2010. The 2011 Diesel Car of the Year as well as the two runners up will be announced in January 2011.

Each year, the Diesel Driver’s readers will select the Diesel Car of the Year and recognize the top three vehicles offered in the U.S. As jurors, you can vote for any one of the 12 nominees. Criteria range from fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions to performance, handling, styling, comfort, and the overall package.

The Diesel Driver is the world’s leading publication geared towards automotive enthusiasts interested in diesel-powered passenger cars. The Diesel Driver offers in-depth road tests and reviews, diesel-oriented travel features, and features that focus on the latest in diesel technology.

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Old 12-01-2010, 02:53 PM   #2
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Awww... You posted this just for me, didn't you?
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:06 PM   #3
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Awww... You posted this just for me, didn't you?

did you get those electrical problems fixed yet?
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:27 PM   #4
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this is a silly award if i've ever seen one
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:35 PM   #5
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Will the trophy have a coating of soot on it?
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:14 PM   #6
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How about none of the above.
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Old 12-02-2010, 02:49 AM   #7
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did you get those electrical problems fixed yet?
No electrical problems, sorry to disappoint you.

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Will the trophy have a coating of soot on it?
:facepalm.jpg: You're a few years out of date with your diesel knowledge.
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Old 12-02-2010, 02:52 AM   #8
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Oh, and PS: 51.4mpg today.
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Old 12-02-2010, 03:33 AM   #9
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Awww... You posted this just for me, didn't you?
Well, I was thinking of you

Actually, this reward is deserving. Motor Trend , Car and Driver, etc, all have their awards. So Diesel Driver (# 1 diesel mag/site) should have their award too.
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:20 AM   #10
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I vote for the Golf TDI. Not for it's mpg, but over all category score.

The Golf is the best car for travelers. When you get off the airplane and go to the parking lot it is always there. Think about it. When the Golf is parked it blends right in with the rest of them. White with a little dirt mixed with Golf's bland styling is perfect. If for chance the Thief thinks it is a GTI no worry,one look at the TDI badge his running. If the TDI badge falls off, no problem all car thief's no better then to steal a VW. Nothing like fleeing the scene with your headlights out and two cylinders down from the coil packs (if it starts in the first place).

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Old 12-02-2010, 10:41 AM   #11
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I vote for the Golf TDI. Not for it's mpg, but over all category score.

The Golf is the best car for travelers. When you get off the airplane and go to the parking lot it is always there. Think about it. When the Golf is parked it blends right in with the rest of them. White with a little dirt mixed with Golf's bland styling is perfect. If for chance the Thief thinks it is a GTI no worry,one look at the TDI badge his running. If the TDI badge falls off, no problem all car thief's no better then to steal a VW. Nothing like fleeing the scene with your headlights out and two cylinders down from the coil packs (if it starts in the first place).
honestly, that's why I like my reflex silver jetta tdi.
I can bomb the Thruway at 80+ while getting 42ish mpg and be literally invisible to all humans, including law enforcement. Or seemingly so.
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Old 12-02-2010, 05:20 PM   #12
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I voted 335d. My reasoning? None, really, other than the fact that it's pretty badass. Note that I didn't write "for a diesel." It is really just a neat, performance oriented car regardless of what fuel propels it. I think that's what makes it really remarkable.

I will concede that when you get into the economic factors behind most people's reasons for buying a diesel, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and I can understand why a lot of people would think that my vote shows that I have the reasoning capacity of a 10 year old.

Then again, I've never claimed to be mature or reasonable.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:29 PM   #13
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its too bad we can't get the awesome array of euro market diesels that aren't avail in the US. Far too many great cars to count.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:58 PM   #14
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did you get those electrical problems fixed yet?
right after the $5000 fuel regulator is replaced
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Old 12-03-2010, 04:23 AM   #15
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its too bad we can't get the awesome array of euro market diesels that aren't avail in the US. Far too many great cars to count.
Porsche's 911 Turbo S supercar is tested against Peugeot's diesel RCZ HDi at the Rockingham motor speedway to conduct an economy test with a difference. Just how close on fuel economy will both cars get when driven around the track at the same speed? Here, Mike Duff and Vicky Parrott find out.

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Old 12-03-2010, 03:21 PM   #16
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Only in Europe one can drive a car on race track in funny looking hat.
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:42 PM   #17
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BMW X5 35D where the 6cyl turbo diesel is king and fully utilizes the torque.
They are all great engines though.
I think the car with the most dedicated owners will win so VW will take the top.
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:11 PM   #18
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:45 AM   #19
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Porsche's 911 Turbo S supercar is tested against Peugeot's diesel RCZ HDi at the Rockingham motor speedway to conduct an economy test with a difference. Just how close on fuel economy will both cars get when driven around the track at the same speed? Here, Mike Duff and Vicky Parrott find out.

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Top Gear did a very similar test once where they put a Prius against an M3 at the track with the Prius attacking it full on and the M3 following. The M3 returned better MPG at 19!

For Diesel Car of the Year I voted for the 335d of course!
The car continues to amaze me. I continue to average 30+MPG with so much power! No Smell, no soot, and the car now traps 105 with a chip!
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Old 12-06-2010, 03:32 AM   #20
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Golf TDI.

<----- 44 mpg average, a hoot to drive, super comfy, chicks dig it. Well, the chicks I know do...
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At the 2011, New York International Auto Show, Paul Ferraiola, BMW of North America’s product planning and strategy manager, and Joe Wierda, product manager for the 3 Series, accepted the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year Award for the BMW 335d from Jonathan Spira, editor of The Diesel Driver magazine.
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The BMW 335d is the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year, announced Jonathan Spira, editor of The Diesel Driver magazine.



The BMW 335d received 29.6 percent of 3,669 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver from 43 countries. 83% of the votes came from readers in the United States.

“The BMW 335d combines exemplary fuel economy, sports car handling, and passenger comfort in a single package,” said Mr. Spira in presenting the award to Paul Ferraiola, BMW of North America’s product planning and strategy manager, and Joe Wierda, product manager for the 3 Series, at the New York International Auto Show.

“The 335d truly is changing the way Americans feel about diesel,” said Mr. Ferraiola in accepting the award. “Readers of ‘The Diesel Driver’ share our passion for the great performance and efficiency of our BMW Advanced Diesels. They are the embodiment of BMW EfficientDynamics.”
In second place was the Volkswagen Golf TDI with 16.1 percent of the vote. The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI, with 16 percent of the vote, came in third.Each year,



the Diesel Driver’s readers select the Diesel Car of the Year and recognize the top three diesel automobiles offered in the U.S. For the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year, jurors (magazine readers) chose among 12 passenger vehicles and SUVs. Criteria ranged from fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions to performance, handling, styling, comfort, and the overall package.

This year’s stellar field of nominees included six passenger cars, the Audi A3 TDI, the BMW 335d, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the Volkswagen Golf TDI, the Volkswagen Jetta Sedan TDI, and the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI, as well as six SUVs, the Audi Q7 TDI, the BMW X5 xDrive35d, the Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec, and the Volkswagen Touareg TDI.

The Diesel Driver is the world’s leading publication geared towards automotive enthusiasts interested in diesel-powered automobiles. The Diesel Driver offers in-depth road tests and reviews, diesel-oriented travel features, and features that focus on the latest in diesel technology.

Voting started at 12:01 a.m. on December 1, 2010 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2011.
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:59 AM   #22
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LOL. Bet VW is pissed. This award practically had their name written on it.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:06 PM   #23
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Another way to look at it is that the Jetta SportWagen and Golf TDI - which are basically the same car, differing only in body length - beat the BMW 335d.

Regardless, good to see diesel getting some more attention.
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