- The Washington Times - Friday, April 17, 2009

The 2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d now qualified for an IRS tax credit of $1,800. The 2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d is equipped with a twin-turbo charged diesel engine producing 265 horsepower and over 400 lb.-ft. of torque. With the introduction of the new BMW Advanced diesel-powered X5 xDrive35d, BMW takes a step in its strategy for EfficientDynamics. The new X5 features a 50-state emission compliant version of BMW’s award winning sequential-turbo 3.0-liter diesel engine - the first performance-oriented and efficient Advanced Diesel engine in BMW’s U.S. line. EPA: 19/26 mpg.

FLOWING CREDIT: U.S. sales are “starting to open up” as $7.5 billion in aid to the lending arms of General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC eases a loan logjam for buyers that helped drag the industry to its worst slump since 1981. While it’s too soon to expect a robust recovery, dealers and others say, the federal support is helping stabilize the industry. GMAC approved about 62 percent of the loan requests from GM buyers in March, “much higher” than in recent months, said Mark LaNeve, the automaker’s U.S. sales chief. (Source: Bloomberg)

FEAR OF SINKING: LeaseTrader.com polled customers in an effort to help people become more prepared for driving hazards. LeaseTrader.com got feedback from more than 2,000 customers and found the top 10 events that scare people the most. Escaping a submerged or sinking vehicle tops the list for almost half of those polled (41 percent). Experts say it’s important to remain calm and lower your window to escape before the car is completely submerged. With motor-powered widows, the car will still have electricity for a minute or two even in salt water. Free yourself and then free any others also in the car with you.

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