Category: Hybrids
Cadillac ELR engineer, Chris Thomason

Cadillac unveiled the first rendition of the Cadillac ELR at the 2009 Detroit auto show, under the code name Converj concept. The Chief engineer for the Cadillac ELR, Chris Thomason, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about the similarities between the two car. Why didn’t Cadillac put the same Magnetic Ride Control [...]

Toyota’s Senior Vice President, Bob Carter

At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc., talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about marketshare and brand loyalty. What is the average age of a Toyota? What are the sales for Toyota so far this year? Toyota [...]

2014 Acura RLX SH-AWD debut

Art St. Cyr. Vice President-Product Planning and Logisistics, American Honda talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about Earth dreams and the Acura RLX SH-AWD. Honda has 3 different technologies, i-DCD, i_mmd and the SH-AWD. The Acura RLX SH-AWD was unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show. St. Cyr talks about the [...]

2014 Honda Accord & hybrid, apples to apples

Art St. Cyr. Vice President-Product Planning and Logisistics, American Honda talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the 4-cylinder 2014 Honda Accord hybrids. The 4-cylinder Honda Accord has been a staple in the Accord line-up for years, now there are more 4-cylinder options than ever. You have a 4-cylinder sedan, a 4-cylinder coupe, seven [...]

Toyota ALphard hybrid at the 2013 Toyota Hybrid World Tour

Davis Adams, is a freelance journalist extraordinaire. Adams and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, went for a ride in the Toyota Alphard hybrid from Japan. At the 2013 Toyota Hybrid World Tour Satoshi Ogiso, Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation told us that, “About the same time Toyota launched Prius in the U.S. they set in [...]

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid engine, modes and motors

Hiroo Shimada, Chief Product Engineer, is known inside of Honda Motor Corporation as the father of Honda’s hybrid system. Shimada-san talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid engine, modes and motors. Overview The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) and Hybrid (FHEV) Sedan versions are powered by a new [...]

Honda sales and safety with John Mendel

John W. Mendel is executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., heading up both Honda and Acura Automobile Sales Divisions. Mendel talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about Honda’s sales and safety. Honda was up 11.4% January-August, 2013. They were down in September. What was the reason? Which months are the best [...]

Ford is charged up on vehicle to infrastructure for electric vehicles

Watch the video to see Ford’s Charged up Electric Vehicle-Readiness. Mike Tinskey, Ford’s manager of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about VIH, vehicle-to-infrastructure. Ford is creating an awareness in the public to identify key infrastructure building blocks that will enable metropolitan areas to be EV ready. Ford considers infrastructure [...]

R. L. Polk on the auto industry & hybrid sales

Tom Libby, Senior forecasting analyst for R. L. Polk talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the auto industry. California usually garners 12% of auto sales. How is California doing? How are hybrid sales? Are people switching back to internal combustion engines from hybrids or electric vehicles? When will hybrids and EVs make up [...]