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 […]

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Four Engines, Eight-speeds and up to 707 Horsepower on Driving the Nation

Chris Cowland is currently Director of Advanced and SRT Powertrain at Chrysler LLC talked to Driving the Nation about the engine and the 91% engine’s content that has been revised to create the type of power needed to be America’s most powerful muscle car.

Dodge Challenger SXT models “ starting U.S. MSRP of $26,995
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2015 Dodge Challenger exterior and interior design on Driving the Nation

Ryan Nagode, Chief designer for the 2015 Dodge Challenger talked to Driving the Nation about the exterior and interior of the 2015 Dodge Challenger.

From the Dodge press release:

All-new heritage inspired interior features unmatched customization

Fourteen all-new interiors with new retro colors, including Houndstooth, Tungsten Torque, Ballistic II premium cloth, and Pearl White or […]

The future of the SRT with Tim Kuniskis on Driving the Nation

SRT is a dollar for horsepower proposition. You can get a regular vehicle but to tweak it up to SRT you look at how much of everything performance you would get. Tim Kuniskis, CEO, Dodge brand talked to Driving the Nation about the thought process of going from a Hellcat to a SRT supercharger.

How […]

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

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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 on Driving the Nation

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 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

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. […]

Ten things to know before you tow

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 airplane […]