Tom Doll & Tom Easterday, Subaru

Subaru of America, Inc. Executive Vice President Thomas J. Doll and Tom Easterday, Senior Vice President, Subaru of Indiana (SIA), sat down with me at the 2009 New York auto show.

Tom Easterday caught me up on Subaru of Indiana’s zero landfill manufacturing plant and how well they are working with Toyota. Subaru is building Toyota […]

Tom Baloga, BMW of North America on Driving the Nation

Tom Baloga, Vice President, Engineering, BMW of North America talked to me about the alternative energy vehicles BMW is bringing out.

Baloga said that BMW has the lowest CO2 fleet performance of any premium automaker in Europe.

Baloga said that the new BMW X6 active hybrid will come out later this year with a lithium-ion battery.

Since the […]

Shinichi Kurihara, CEO, Mitsubishi North America

I talked to Shinichi Kurihara, CEO, Mit’subishi North America at the 2009 New York auto show. Kurihara talked to me about the Mit’subishi i MiEV Electric Car going global.

“Electric vehicles are one branch of the automotive landscape and we are dedicated to providing these technology-sourced solutions as an important path for the world’s clean-air options,” […]

Gil Portalatin, 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid

Gil Portalatin, Hybrid Applications Manager, Ford Motor Company, sat down with me at the 2009 New York International auto show. We talked about the 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid:

Portalatin says that the 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid is the most fuel-efficient, mid-sized sedan in America. The Fusion hybrid has a certified 41 mpg rating in the city […]

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PUMA proto-hype at the 2009 New York auto show

How much marketing spiel from General Motors is this, and how much of it is their design?

It seems that the only part of the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, or PUMA, project  that General Motors is developing is the communications network that would allow vehicles to interact with each other, regulate the flow of traffic […]

A123 Batteries at the 2009 New York auto show

David Vieau, President and CEO of A123Systems and Lou Rhodes, Vice President-Advanced Vehicle Engineering and President of ENVI sat down with me at the 2009 New York auto show to talk batteries & Chrysler hybrids.

Vieau has worked with Argonne National Labs, so he had some insight. Vieau also talked about what he would like to […]

A123 & Chrysler’s ENVI at the 2009 NY auto show

David Vieau, President and CEO of A123Systems and Lou Rhodes, Vice President-Advanced Vehicle Engineering and President of ENVI sat down with me at the 2009 New York auto show to talk batteries & Chrysler hybrids.

The heart of ENVI’s battery system is a scalable battery module, built by A123. The first five vehicles include the Dodge […]

2009 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible

2009 New York auto show- Jim McDowell, President MINI USA, takes me on a vehicle walkaround the
2009 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible.

McDowell says there are less emissions, more performance, an automatic rollover bar and a convertible that opens or closes in fifteen seconds going 18 miles per hour or less.

The press release says the […]

Vic Doolan, Fisker Auto at the 2009 New York auto show

2009 New York auto show – Vic Doolans automotive industry track record spans almost 40 years and
includes senior executive positions with BMW, Volvo and the Premier Automotive Group. Doolan is now a board member for Fisker automotive.

Doolan talks about the new “small car” Fisker has said they will come out with, how much of the […]

2010 Lexus HS250h hybrid at the New York auto show

Here’s some video of the 2010 Lexus HS250h hybrid from the New York auto show

some facts about the HS250h:

2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine

187 total system horsepower

electronic controlled continuously variable transmission (ECC-VT)

super ultra low emission vehicle (SULEV)

seating capacity: 5

Overall dimension:

70.3 wide

59.3 high

184.8 long

Wheelbase: 106.3 inches

front-wheel drive

17X7.0 inch wheels with P215/55R17