Category: Dodge

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 [...]

Joe Dehner, Head of Dodge & Ram Exterior on the Ram 1500

Joe Dehner, Head of Dodge & Ram Exterior Design talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, about the 2014 Ram 1500 and the subtleties of change. A complete overhaul/change wasn’t needed for the 1500 so Ram talked to their customers and changed only the things those customers wanted changed. Dehner talks about those [...]

Dodge’s President & CEO, Tim Kuniskis

Timothy Kuniskis, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation. Kuniskis told us that his boss, Sergio Marchionne, asked him, “If you are here, how are you going to change things?” – basically telling them that the present is already set in [...]

The three tenors; the 2013 Dodge Dart engines

The three tenors were not Italian, two of them were Spanish, but the idea of the three tenors came from an Italian man. Two of the three engines are not American, one of the transmissions is Korean, but the idea is headed by the Italian conductor, Sergio Marchionne. Dave Schmidt, the Chief engineer for the [...]

Mitt Romney tours the Detroit auto show

It was 2008, and drivingthenation.com was following the Presidential candidates around the Cobo Arena. All the Republican candidates were there, John McCain with his sidekick, Joe Leiberman, Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney with his with wife Ann, son Tagg and his wife Jen, at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI. [...]

We have an eclectic group of friends with many different interests: some of them including towing and hauling animals and cars. Ed owns the Aerocar, the 1958 Moult Taylor designed flying car. Ed has two sons, one lives in Florida, the other in Auburn, CA. Both sons are avid airplane pilots and are in the [...]

It’s that time of the year again, time to whittle down the long list of new cars and trucks to decide which one is crowned car and truck/utility of the year award for 2013. The list below is referred to as the long list. For the most part, all new cars and trucks make it [...]

Reid Bigland, President & CEO, Dodge, on the 2013 Dodge Dart

Reid Bigland, President & CEO of Dodge talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the 2013 Dodge Dart. From Dodge’s press release: “The all-new Dodge Dart is a groundbreaking car that will surprise and delight customers who want a no-compromise, fun-to-drive car that’s a great value,” said Reid Bigland, President and Chief Executive Officer [...]

Jim Press, President and Vice Chairman, Chrysler LLC took questions from the Western Automotive Journalists (WAJ). The questions answered were: 1. Is the Dodge Viper for sale and how would the sale be done? 2. What about the GEM? Isn’t Chrysler the largest manufacturer of electric vehicles? 3. How is Chrysler aligning the dealers with [...]

Glenn Denomme, chief engineer, hybrid powertrain programs explains the difference between a straight hybrid and a two-mode hybrid Combine the advanced technology with a proven transmission that optimizes city and highway driving. Of course you can’t have advanced technology without new anagrams and new technology words, such as EVT, controls, power electronics, regen braking , [...]