Nissan Frontier diesel cummins turbo on Driving the Nation

Front and center at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show was the Frontier Diesel Runner Powered by the 2.8-liter Cummins turbo diesel that could make 200 horsepower and more than 350 lb-ft of torque controlled by a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Nissan says the Frontier diesel is based on a Frontier Desert Runner 4×2 model and […]

Bob Hegbloom Director of RAM Brand 3.0L EcoDiesel 1500 pickup

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 […]

2014 BMW 328d, d as in diesel, on Driving the Nation

BMW debuted the new 328d Sedan at the 2013 New York International Auto show. The 328d will feature BMWs 2.0-liter TwinPower diesel 4-cylinder engine. It produces 181 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, available from 1,750 rpm. It will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 328d Sedan will accelerate from 0 “ 60 […]

Scott Keogh: The difference between diesel and gasoline

When Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America, was at the 2013 Washington Auto Show he talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, about the difference diesel has made in the United States, “Since Audi brought out it’s first diesel in 2009 till now, it has reduced US fuel consumption by 4.6 million gallons, it has […]

Detlev von Platen on 50 years of Porsche 911 and the GT3

Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, about Jerry Seinfeld’s 911, 50 years of Porsche, the new GT3 and the awards Porsche won at the 2013 New York International Auto show (NYIAS).

Porsche already has a Cayenne diesel and a Panamera hybrid. […]

The Chevy Cruze clean diesel engine

Mike Siegrist, Assistant Chief Engineer, General Motors Powertrains, took time to talk to about General Motors new Chevy Cruze clean diesel engine.

What did General Motors have to modify on this European engine for the American market?

Is this a General Motors engine, or was it purchased from another company?

Volkswagen’s diesel engine is […]

Mazda’s Robert Davis on the 2014 Mazda Mazda6 on Driving the Nation

California is a critical state for Mazda. Robert Davis, Senior Vice President for U.S. Operations, reminds me that they are headquartered in California, so he knows the California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions requirements all too well. “We’re a smaller manufacturer, so the ability to meet the requirements they give us are a little […]

Which car is more expensive over 3 years, gasoline or diesel? on Driving the Nation

Currently about 3 percent of all light-duty passenger car sales are diesel.

Twelve percent of all car take rates, as of August, 2008, were diesels. Fast forward to August, 2012 and 30% of all car take rates were diesel.
In the video, Bernd Boisten explains take rate “ if a vehicle is offered as a gasoline […]

NPR: a huge boom on clean diesel vehicles

I was at the 2013 Washington auto show and met some of the Robert Bosch LLC, Diesel Systems North American engineers. They showed me some of the new clean diesel projects they were working on. Bosch predicts there will 54 diesel vehicles available in the U.S. by 2017 in North America, including 22 new models […]

Volkswagen’s Tim Mahoney on Driving the Nation

Tim Mahoney, Volkswagen’s Vice President of Product and Marketing, Volkswagen North America, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, about Volkswagen’s new Beetle and record sales growth.

There were snickers behind the executives of Volkswagen AG’s backs when they said they wanted a certain number of sales, but Volkswagen’s sales are increasing, along with the […]