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Bosch Announces ‘Drive a Clean Diesel’ Contest Winners

Bosch Selects Six AutoWeek Readers to Drive a Clean-Diesel Car for One Week
Farmington Hills, Mich. – Robert Bosch LLC announced the six winners of its Drive a Clean Diesel for One Week contest. Selected from entries submitted to AutoWeek.com, the winners secured the opportunity to test drive a vehicle with a clean-diesel engine from the Bosch fleet of diesel cars for one week.

The winners, all of whom has been notified by Bosch, are:
· Jeff Martin of Ferndale, Mich.
· Laurie Rogers, Bloomington, Ill.
· Larry Luczak, Columbia City, Ind.
· Andy Hermann, Garden City, Mich.
· Andy Mattox, Kentland, Ind.
· Stephen Pinkoski, Plymouth, Mich.

"This car is going to be fast – have a lot of torque, and it's just going to be an all-around great car. I'm definitely excited to drive it,” said Jeff Martin, before his initial test drive of the BMW 535d with its clean-diesel engine.

Bosch, the manufacturer of the clean diesel technology, sponsored the contest to let consumers experience firsthand the power of clean-diesel vehicles and raise the visibility of clean diesel among auto enthusiasts. The contest’s clean diesel cars are the BMW 535d, Mercedes-Benz E320 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

According to Lars Ullrich, director of marketing for diesel systems North America, “Clean-diesel vehicles are good, clean and fun to drive. They achieve an average of 30 percent better fuel economy than their gasoline-powered equivalents. In addition, clean diesel emits 25 percent less greenhouse-gas emissions. With ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and the new clean diesel technology, it also meets emission requirements in all 50 states.”

“Additionally, clean-diesel engines pack performance, offering a 50-percent increase in torque on average compared to traditional gasoline engines.” High torque allows diesel-powered cars to accelerate faster, especially at low engine RPMs and provides improved towing capability.

After completing his first test drive in the BMW, Martin looked forward to the week ahead: "It's not slow, and it has very tight handling. I can't wait to put it through its paces.”

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to partner with Bosch and allow our readers a chance to experience clean diesel technology,” said AutoWeek VP-Publisher KC Crain. “With performance and economic advantages, these vehicles demonstrate that driving a diesel is a more pleasant experience than previously perceived as the technology has greatly evolved over the years.”

To read more about the winners’ experiences driving the clean diesel vehicles, go to www.AutoWeek.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 271,000 associates generated sales of over 46.3 billion euros (over $63 billion) in fiscal 2007. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in roughly 50 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3 billion euros for research and development, and applies for over 3,000 patents worldwide. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering."

In North America, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial automation and mobile products, power tools and accessories, security technology, thermo-technology, packaging equipment and household appliances. Bosch employs approximately 25,000 associates in more than 70 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with reported sales of $9.5 billion in fiscal 2007. For more information on the company, visit www.boschusa.com.

About AutoWeek: AutoWeek is America's only weekly automotive enthusiast magazine. It provides passionate consumer readers with up-to-date information as no other source can. For 50 years, AutoWeek has been providing readers with unbiased, relevant, insightful and timely content, while delivering the latest vehicle reviews and coverage of trends, motor sports, events, personalities and auto shows. At AutoWeek.com, visitors receive by-the-minute news updates and can also be part of a greater car community where they're able to share their thoughts, post personal reviews and register to win unique automotive experiences and e-mail news alerts. Through its print and online products, AutoWeek is an indispensable source of need-to-know and want-to-know information, making its readers themselves car experts.

'Drive a Clean Diesel' Winners - August 2008


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