Category: 2012 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS)
New infotainment for cars from Continental AG

Brian Droessler, vice president of strategy and portfolio for Continental’s Infotainment and Connectivity Business Unit and Stephan Wetzel, Senior-Manager System Projects, Continental AG talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com. What role does the Infotainment & Connectivity Business Unit play within Continental? What is Continental offering that is new in the infotainment arena for automobiles?     Loading the player… [...]

Mark Reuss on the 2013 Cadillac ATS

General Motors North America President Mark Reuss took some time to talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com. Reuss talked about the ATS . Cadillac introduced the 2013 ATS at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) as an all-new compact luxury sports sedan intended to challenge the world’s best premium cars. Reuss said that [...]

Jana Hartline, Toyota Motor Sales, on plug-ins and fuel cells

Jana Hartline is the passionate Environmental Communications Manager at Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Hartline took time to talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about Toyota’s advanced technology vehicles coming to market. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) revealed the NS4 advanced plug-in hybrid concept vehicle at the 2012 North American International Auto Show [...]

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL with Eric Linder

Eric Linder is the Assistant Product Manager for the Mercedes-Benz SL. Linder talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the new Mercedes-Benz SL. How is Mercedes going to meet the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy? Eighty-nine percent of the new SL is constructed from aluminum. What does that mean for fuel economy? Who are [...]

Benoit Jacob on the BMW i concept design

Benoit Jacob is the head designer for the new BMW i family, which includes the new BMW green sub-brand MEgaCity Vehicle (MCV). Jacob talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the carbon fiber BMW i vehicle. BMW has been creating alternative power sources and combining them with visionary design and materials to create beautiful [...]

Rainer Michel, vice president of product marketing & strategy VW

Rainer Michel is the Vice President of Product Marketing & Strategy for Volkswagen of America. Michel went through the alternative fuels and vehicles that Volkswagen has brought to market and is bringing to market in the near future. Volkswagen has hybrids, but are they going to start using the more power dense lithium-ion battery, instead [...]

Jim Federico, General Motors, on future cars

Jim Federico is the Executive Director, Group Vehicle Line Executive/Vehicle Chief Engineer for Global Compact, Small, Mini and Electric Vehicles. Federico talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, drivingthenation.com at the 2012 Detroit auto show. Is General Motors looking into using the battery in the Volt to help power the electric grid? What are the products Chevy will [...]

Secretary Chu: Battery manufacturing in America

Detroit, MI – In 2008 I interviewed Don Hillebrand from Argonne Laboratory. Hillebrand confirmed that Argonne is allowed to license chemistry produced by a federally funded American National Laboratory to foreign countries. That country is allowed to manufacture batteries in countries other than the United States and then sell the batteries back to American countries. [...]

3-cylinder, 1-liter turbocharger from Continental

Kregg Wiggins, senior vice president, Powertrain Division, NAFTA at Continental talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI. “Continental’s turbocharger represents a significant development for the smaller engine trend.  Its robust design makes it highly reliable and able to handle extreme operating conditions.” Continental [...]

Toyota’s Don Esmond talks about CAFE and product

How is Toyota going to meet the proposed 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, and keep the price affordable to the customer? This Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) is what Congress wants, but is it what the customer wants? Is part of the acceptance of the hybrid because of the Prius? Loading the player… jwplayer(“myElement”).setup({ [...]