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Akimasa Yasuoka, Honda, California ZEV-2

By |January 6th, 2010|

I first met Akimasa Yasuoka at the California Air Resources Board meetings. I ran into him again at the 2009 Los Angeles autoshow.  He updated me on the demands CARB is making on the auto […]

Michael Weiss, MBZ, at the 2009 Los Angeles autoshow

By |January 6th, 2010|

Michael Weiss is the Senior Manager & Strategic Project Manager for the Mercedes-Benz Car Group. Weiss took me on a ride in the Mercedes-Benz 450h.

The MBZ 450h is Mercedes’ full two-mode hybrid, the first European […]

Bob Carter, Toyota, at the 2009 LA autoshow

By |January 6th, 2010|

Robert S. Carter Group Vice President and General Manager – Toyota Division Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc met me at the Toyota Sienna at the 2009 Los Angeles auto show.

Carter talked about the Prius, and […]

Mark Templin, Lexus at the 2009 Los Angeles autoshow

By |January 6th, 2010|

Mark Templin, Lexus division group Vice President and General Manager talked with me at the 2009 Los Angeles autoshow about the amount of hybrids that Lexus has on the market.

We were in front of the […]

Driving the Chevy Volt at the 2009 LA autoshow

By |December 29th, 2009|

Tony Posawatz, the vehicle line director for the Chevy Volt, and I drove the Chevy Volt in Los Angeles, CA. Posawatz shows me how the car works, the different modes and how to create […]

Ian Robertson, BMW group, 2009 Los Angeles autoshow on Driving the Nation

By |December 29th, 2009|

Ian Robertson is the Chairman of BMW’s Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and a board member for the Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) AG group.

The BMW group includes BMW, Rolls-Royce and MINI. What is new for these three […]

Dr. Mikulic, MBZ, at the 2009 Los Angeles auto show on Driving the Nation

By |December 29th, 2009|

Dr. Leopold Mikulic, Vice President, Powertrain, Mercedes-Benz Development talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.carlist.com, at the 2009 Los Angeles autoshow.

Mikulic compared the S400 and ML450h hybrids. When is the 400 and the 450h at […]

Dr. Leopold Mikulic, Mercedes-Benz, 2009 LA autoshow

By |December 29th, 2009|

Dr. Leopold Mikulic, Vice President, Powertrain, Mercedes-Benz Development talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.carlist.com, at the 2009 Los Angeles autoshow.

Mercedes-Benz has started bringing out hybrids. Mikulic talks about the alternative engineering and the optimization […]

Jim O’Sullivan, Mazda, 2009 LA auto show on Driving the Nation

By |December 29th, 2009|

Mazda North America CEO Jim O’Sullivan talked with Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.carlist.com, at the 2009 Los Angeles autoshow.

Ford and Mazda used to share a lot of technology. Ford is still the major shareholder of […]

Peter Miles, EVP, BMW operations

By |December 21st, 2009|

2009 Los angeles Auto show –  Peter Miles is the executive vice president of BMW.  Miles was the first person to point out to me that BMW is the number one Non-Nafta auto exporter.

BMW has […]