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Veggie Across America: LA Arrival

Veggie Across America: LA Arrival

We made it! Thanks to the Majestic Diner, refuel biodiesel, mechanic Dan Halfhill and his wife Sabine, my flexible boss Marty Padgett, and a rock-solid reliable 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD turbodiesel with 330,000 miles, Hugh and I made it from Atlanta to Los Angeles fueled by about 105 gallons of... read more

December 11, 2008 by - 1

Veggie Across America: Fueling Up

How to get 15 gallons of waste vegetable oil from a 100-pound container into a Mercedes fuel tank? Strength and patience. Plus some trial and error. Rest stops are... read more December 10, 2008 by 0

Veggie Across America: Western Texas

Veggie Across America: Filtration Across the Nation

While the 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD has performed flawlessly through Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico, the filtration system, uh, hasn't. Thankfully I... read more December 10, 2008 by 0

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

Veggie Across America: All Systems Go

Just days before departure, I had all the systems hooked up and ready to go on the roughly 2,500-mile journey from Atlanta to Los Angeles. In an earlier post, I described all... read more December 8, 2008 by 3

Super Shell Gas Pump

Cheap Gas: A Minute, an Hour, a Month, a Year?

Gas prices have recently fallen as rapidly as GM, Ford, and Chrysler’s dwindling cash reserves: well below $2 per gallon in many areas of the country. From highs more than... read more November 30, 2008 by 6

Carlsson CD32

Carlsson CD32: Semi-Responsible SUV Bling?

Wait, a blinged-out diesel SUV? And introduced in flashy Miami Beach, no less. GGI European Tuning, the exclusive North American importer of the Carlsson brand, announced its... read more November 25, 2008 by 1

VW Chico

VW to Speed Production of Ultra-Efficient Mini-Car

U.K.'s Autocar reports that VW is speeding a small, Smart-size two-seat minicar to market. They claim that "in its most economical form," the little vee-dub will return 141... read more November 25, 2008 by 11

2010 Mazda3

2010 Mazda3 5-Door Released in Bologna

Proving that Americans are in love with neither 5-door hatches nor diesel engines, Mazda chose the Bologna Auto Show (Motor Show di Bologna for those of you fluent in... read more November 25, 2008 by 0

2009 Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Offers First Diesel Model in Its History

It's official: Porsche will be going diesel for 2009, with a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel in its Cayenne SUV. The engine is sourced from corporate partner Audi and is the same... read more November 21, 2008 by 1

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Racer

VW Races Jetta TDI Diesels to Prove Efficiency, Cleanliness

So bent on proving the efficiency and cleanliness of their new 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel four-cylinder making its appearance in the 2009 Jetta TDI clean diesel, Volkswagen... read more November 21, 2008 by 2

Colin Veg Conversion #4

Benz Veggie Conversion: The Nuts and Bolts

With the domestic auto industry collapsing around us (and keeping bloggers typing away madly), I've had little time to report on the host of mechanical changes I've been... read more November 20, 2008 by 7

2009 VW Jetta TDI

VW Jetta TDI Clean Diesel Tech Brought to You by Robert Bosch LLC

Launched in 1886 as a "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering," Bosch has been in on diesel technology since fellow German Rudolf Diesel introduced his... read more November 20, 2008 by 2

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

VW Jetta TDI Is First Diesel Named "Green Car of the Year"

The first diesel ever to take the title "Green Car Of the Year," Volkswagen's '09 Jetta TDI clean diesel was awarded the title at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The VW beat out a... read more November 20, 2008 by 1

2009 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

2010 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Shows in LA

In an L.A. Auto Show press conference preceded by Red Bull girls handing out their company's energy-boosting elixir, the audience attending VW's shindig stayed awake long... read more November 20, 2008 by 0

2009 VW Phaeton

VW Resuscitates Phaeton with New Infotainment, Improved Drivetrains

VW breathes new life into the slow-selling Phaeton luxury vehicle with new infotainment systems and thoroughly reworked drivetrains. The infotainment systems, known as RCD... read more November 17, 2008 by 2

2009 BMW 335d

2009 BMW 335d, X5 xDrive 35d Priced

BMW's first clean diesels are set for a public unveiling next week at the Los Angeles auto show--and today they've had a price put on their heads. The new Bimmer diesels will... read more November 12, 2008 by 3


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