Category: Manufacturers

Driving the Nation talks to Mark Reuss about the ignition switch recall at the 2014 New York International Auto show (NYIAS). The new switches have to be made. How is the process going? Has Delphi put a third line on yet? The repair will only take 90 minutes once the switch is in the hands [...]

Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation talked to General Motor’s Alan Batey, President GM N.A, at the 2014 New York auto show. Batey talks about the Chevy Trax, and the rear view camera will come out as standard. The Trax will have the ability to listen to 7 different devices with the new 4GLTE [...]

The front doors to 214 Lafayette St in the village are funky pieces of plywood painted black with silver hinges holding them in place. Go past those doors and you are in a 13,000 square foot 5-story house requit with an indoor pool full of nubiles swimming in synchronization. A Nissan GT-R sits in the [...]

Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation talks to Adrian van Hooydonk, chief designer for BMW about the new MINI. The new MINI has competition from the small cars that are coming out. How does Hooydonk separate the new MINI from it’s competitors and from other MINIs.

General Motors showed off their new 2015 Corvette Z06 convertible and Chevy Trax, a compact SUV that will be coming to America standard with backup camera. Barra was there and answered all the recall answers – ad nauseum. All the behind the scenes chatter is that Akerson still knew about the impending recall issue and [...]

Driving the Nation shows the BMW i3 carbon fiber aluminum body frame at the BMW headquarters in New Jersey. BMW says The born electric BMW i3 represents a new era of electromobility. Why? because the BMW i3 frame is made of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). It is the first mass-produced CFRP passenger frame in [...]

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 [...]

Boxer to Barra “Woman to woman, I’m disappointed” – that would be CEO, Senator

Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, talked to John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show about the GM recall. The question has come up numerous times, behind doors and in front of Congress, how much did the former Chairman and CEO of General Motors, Dan Akerson, know before he resigned and appointed [...]

Filip Brabec is Director, Product Planning, for Audi of America, responsible for product definition and configuration of current models as well as setting the lineup for future product. Brabec talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) held in Detroit, MI about future product and [...]

The Department of Transportation is an agency of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. Inside of the Department of Transportation (DOT) is the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Anthony Foxx is the current head of transportation, or DOT, thus he is the current head of NHTSA. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety [...]