2011 335d Named Diesel Car of the Year

BMW 335d

Official Release: At the New York International Auto Show, it was announced that the 2011 BMW 335d was voted the “Diesel Car of the Year” by readers of “The Diesel Driver”.

“The 335d truly is changing the way Americans feel about diesel,” said Paul Ferraiolo, Manager – Product Planning and Strategy. “Fans 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.”

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

The sales momentum for the BMW 335d continues. In the first quarter of 2011, sales were up 34 percent over the same period last year. This comes after the 335d posted an impressive gain of 130 percent for calendar year 2010 when compared to 2009.

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  • Anonymous

    This is a beautiful photo!

  • Adam

    One of my favorite diesels.

    My question is, when will they bring the far more efficient and inexpensive 320d here. 70MPG and near 300 lbs-ft torque sound mighty appealing these days.

    • Anonymous

      Adam- they had to bring an engine they could federalize and have with two vehicles (X5 & 335d) to make the modifications and development of the urea injection system a worthy expenditure.

      The 35d for the US market is a special situation. They are and have been exploring other engines that could fit in two vehicles. The X1 being delayed may have impacted that some as there were indications that that vehicle along with the MINI countryman may have seen a 4 cylinder diesel although that has never been officially confirmed.

      • Michael, would love to know your view on BMW bringing that 20d engine and putting it in the 1, 3, X1, and Countryman – and maybe even the X3. What do you think the business reasoning is behind their current decision to not offer that lineup? Perhaps this is a BimmerCast topic…

  • Axel

    Michael I must admit I test drove the 335d in Orlando a couple of months ago and was I IMPRESSED!!! I loved it and have placed an order but not sat down with the dealer. If they could bring the 320d here beleive me more people would buy but, As I read in an article Audi is planning to bring their DIESELS on the A4,A6 and A8. BMWUSA better get on the band wagon or else AUDI/VW is going to roll over them pretty soon!!!

  • Broadstreet Bob

    Shouldn’t this positive feedback provide an incentive for BMW to bring a 5 series diesel to the U.S.?