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Honda dream garage on Driving the Nation

When Honda brings out all its products you not only can drive them, you can run your whole house and yard with them.

Yesterday we went to the adult playground called Pacifica Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe. A ranch is a misnomer; Mansion is more like it. It’s completely at home in Ranch Santa Fe, […]

By |July 31st, 2015|Featured, Honda|0 Comments

Sweep riders volunteer at the Western States and Tevis Cup on Driving the Nation

All eyes were on 70-year-old Gunhild Swanson as she crossed the finish line of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains Western States 100-mile Endurance Run in Auburn, CA. Swanson beat the clock with only six seconds to spare, becoming the oldest woman runner to finish the race in under thirty hours, the cut-off to be counted as […]

By |July 27th, 2015|Dodge, Featured, Ram|0 Comments

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com July 24, 2015

It’s been a busy week again. We drove three cars this week: the 2016 Mazda Miata, the 2016 Mazda CX-3, and the 2015 Jaguar F-Type S Coupe Manual.

What a surprise it was to find out that Mazda’s head designer, Derek Jenkins, was no longer with Mazda as of last Friday.  Jenkins had been working with […]

By |July 27th, 2015|#carchat, Featured, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|0 Comments

Derek Jenkins out as head of design for Mazda on Driving the Nation

Derek Jenkins is no longer the head of design as confirmed by Eric Booth. Senior Manager, Public Relations at Mazda North American Operations. According to Booth, Jenkins’ last day was Friday, July 17, 2015, just days before the launch of the 2016 Mazda CX-3, “His last day was Friday. Derek was a huge part of […]

By |July 22nd, 2015|Auto industry news, Car designers, Featured, Mazda|0 Comments

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com June 26, 2015

Good Morning Warren and friends,

Today I am in Warren, Mich., at the Fiat Chrysler Auto (FCA) LLC Chelsea Proving Grounds. FCA is showing off What’s new in their stables.

A question for you – which do you like better – a turbo direct injection or a diesel pickup? I have a friend at Chrysler that wanted […]

By |June 26th, 2015|Featured, Newsletter, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|0 Comments

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com June 19, 2015

It will be over 100 degrees today in Auburn, Calif. If you have people or animals, in the back of the vehicle it tends to be warmer. Bring water and treats. Park in the shade if you can. Lower the windows 1/2 an inch if you are in a safe neighborhood. And don’t forget to […]

By |June 19th, 2015|#carchat, Featured, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|0 Comments

Robots of the future are here on the John Batchelor radio show

How close is the future? Autonomous vehicles are getting closer and closer to reality. We are moving away from the recognizable ordinary to a car that lets you superimpose your desires of freedom and adventure.

John Batchelor, the host of the John Batchelor radio show, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about her […]

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com May 29, 2015

Good Morning Warren and friends

I’m back!!! I had a great time with Bosch at their 62nd International Automotive press briefing. I got to drive the (as far as I know) first ever electric AND autonomous Tesla Model S!

http://www.drivingthenation.com/lou-ann-hammond/first-drive-electric-and-autonomous-tesla-s-by-bosch-on-driving-the-nation/

I haven’t put up the video yet, but I got to ride in the blood-curdling Porsche 918 Spyder […]

Volvo hires Google Head of Creative as Director, Marketing Innovation and Strategy on Driving the Nation

Well this should be interesting. Volvo just hired away from Google John Militello as Director, Marketing Innovation and Strategy for Volvo cars America, reporting to Bodil Eriksson, Executive Vice President, Volvo North America .

Google and Apple are playing an increasingly more important role in automobiles and there have been software engineers that have been hired […]

First Drive: electric and autonomous Tesla S by Bosch on Driving the Nation

Bosch stripped a Tesla Model S electric vehicle, brought in fifteen sensors, and a lidar to create the first Model S P85 electric self-driving vehicle. We drove it last week in Boxberg, Germany. We got to see the future, and the future is not that far away.

There is an assumption that initially, most autonomous […]