Category: Diesel

Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, talked to Bob Hegbloom, Director of the Ram brand. Ram has finally come out with a diesel 1500 pickup. A 1500 diesel has been asked for for years, what took so long and why does Ram call it an eco-diesel? Hegbloom goes through the stats, including towing 2014 [...]

2014 BMW 328d

BMW debuted the new 328d Sedan at the 2013 New York International Auto. The 328d will feature BMW’s 2.0-liter TwinPower diesel 4-cylinder engine. It produces 181 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, available from 1,750 rpm. It will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 328d Sedan will accelerate from 0 – 60 mph [...]

Scott Keogh: The difference between diesel and gasoline

When Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America, was at the 2013 Washington Auto Show he talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the difference diesel has made in the United States, “Since Audi brought out its first diesel in 2009 till now, it has reduced US fuel consumption by 4.6 million gallons, it has [...]

Detlev von Platen on 50 years of Porsche 911 and the GT3

Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about Jerry Seinfeld’s 911, 50 years of Porsche, the new GT3 and the awards Porsche won at the 2013 New York International Auto show (NYIAS). Porsche already has a Cayenne diesel and a Panamera hybrid. [...]

The Chevy Cruze clean diesel engine

Mike Siegrist, Assistant Chief Engineer, General Motors Powertrains, took time to talk to www.drivingthenation.com about General Motors new Chevy Cruze clean diesel engine. What did General Motors have to modify on this European engine for the American market? Is this a General Motors engine, or was it purchased from another company? Volkswagen’s diesel engine is [...]

Mazda’s Robert Davis on the 2014 Mazda Mazda6

California is a critical state for Mazda. Robert Davis, Senior Vice President for U.S. Operations, reminds me that they are headquartered in California, so he knows the California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions requirements all too well. “We’re a smaller manufacturer, so the ability to meet the requirements they give us are a little bit [...]

Which car is more expensive over 3 years, gasoline or diesel?

Currently about 3 percent of all light-duty passenger car sales are diesel. Twelve percent of all car take rates, as of August, 2008, were diesels. Fast forward to August, 2012 and 30% of all car take rates were diesel. In the video, Bernd Boisten explains take rate – if a vehicle is offered as a [...]

NPR: a huge boom on clean diesel vehicles

I was at the 2013 Washington auto show and met some of the Robert Bosch LLC, Diesel Systems North American engineers. They showed me some of the new clean diesel projects they were working on. Bosch predicts there will 54 diesel vehicles available in the U.S. by 2017 in North America, including 22 new models [...]

Volkswagen’s Tim Mahoney

Tim Mahoney, Volkswagen’s Vice President of Product and Marketing, Volkswagen North America, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about Volkswagen’s new Beetle and record sales growth. There were snickers behind the executives of Volkswagen AG’s backs when they said they wanted a certain number of sales, but Volkswagen’s sales are increasing, along with the [...]

Audi’s Mark Del Rosso

Mark Del Rosso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, of Audi of America, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about Audi in California. Is Audi looking at bringing in more mid-size and sub-compact cars? How did Audi produce better results in 2012 than they did in 2011? How are diesel sales for Audi? [...]