Category: Manufacturers

Detlev von Platen, President & CEO, Porsche Cars North America, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about the world premiere of the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. Which two cars is the 911 Carrera GTS in between and why? What is the horsepower and torque on the Carmen Red 911 Carrera GTS? How [...]

Derek Jenkins, Mazda’s North America Design Director, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation at the Los Angeles auto show about the all new subcompact 2016 Mazda CX-3. The CX-3 is the fifth model in Mazda’s line-up that features SKYACTIV Technology and Kodo design. Jenkins takes us through the interior of the car [...]

Janet Seymour, Black Label, Colors and materials design manager, Lincoln Black Label, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, what could be the first bespoke option for Lincoln vehicles. Only six states offer it so far, and only 32 car dealers in those six states offer it, but soon, the Nation will get [...]

Tavis Szeto, Senior Director of Chargepoint, the world’s largest Electric Vehicle (EV) charging network, talked to Driving the Nation about the ease of finding a charging network through its smartphone and how to use it without cash. Chargepoint and Bosch are the companies that Volkswagen has partnered with for its Volkswagen e-Golf, the first zero [...]

Matt Zuehlk, Ford Explorer brand manager, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, about the 2016 Ford Explorer that was shown at a preview before the Los Angeles auto show. Zuehlk describes the Platinum as the “highest execution of Explorer ever”. “Bringing Explorer Platinum to market is a natural extension of the Explorer [...]

Women journalists from fifteen different countries voted and the results are in! 2014 Women’s World Car of the Year is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class The top three cars overall were the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8 and Tesla Model S, respectively. There were ten different criteria which remained the same in each of the six categories. The [...]

Philip Brabec, Audi’s Director of Product, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, about the 2015 Audi A3 sedan. Why did Audi decide to produce the first A3 sedan and why for the United States market? Brabec talks about the two segments of the industry and how important they are in the U.S. [...]

Bodil Eriksson, Executive Vice President, Volvo North America, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about the new virtual test drive through a Google cardboard box that looks like an old-fashioned viewfinder, but the view is completely different. Get the Google cardboard box from a car dealer, put it together and watch the [...]

Tyler Moffett, creative designer for the Chevrolet trucks, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, about the exterior design of the Chevy Colorado versus the GMC Canyon. What was the directive Moffett got when designing the Colorado? Which vehicle does Moffett thinks looks more industrial, the Colorado or Canyon?

Wade Harris, Volkswagen’s e-mobility specialist talked to Driving the Nation about the 2015 VW e-golf, the first all-electric Volkswagen Golf and is based on the 7th generation VW Golf. Harris goes through the unique exterior designs to the single moving part and single speed transmission. Which system does Volkswagen use to cool the battery? Volkswagen [...]