Denise McClugagge 1927-2015, You mattered on Driving the Nation

Denise McClugagge passed away this week. The legendary McClugagge was a co-founder of Autoweek and so much more.

Twitter, Facebook and media posts were lit up today with tributes to McClugagge. There are two words that summed her up the best…you mattered.

YOU MATTERED.

In a world of fifteen seconds of what have you done […]

Concept cars you won’t see on the road on Driving the Nation

There are different types of concept cars; cars that you will never see on the road and production concept cars, cars that are close to production. The cars below are this year’s concept cars shown throughout the year at different auto shows.

Audi Prologue – Headlights that shine as though infused with an illuminating youthful […]

2014 Toyota Tundra in big sky country on Driving the Nation

Joe Bacal, driver for JT Grey Racing & Performance driver training gave Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com a lap around the obstacle course at Diamond Cross Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in a 2014 Toyota Tundra.

The 2014 Toyota Tundra is offered in a new five-grade strategy consisting of the hard-working SR, volume-leading SR5, the […]

Toyota’s Senior Vice President, Bob Carter on Driving the Nation

At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc., talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about marketshare and brand loyalty.

What is the average age of a Toyota?

What are the sales for Toyota so far this year?

Toyota […]

Toyota ALphard hybrid at the 2013 Toyota Hybrid World Tour

Davis Adams, is a freelance journalist extraordinaire. Adams and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, went for a ride in the Toyota Alphard hybrid from Japan.

At the 2013 Toyota Hybrid World Tour Satoshi Ogiso, Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation told us that, “About the same time Toyota launched Prius in the U.S. they set in […]

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Mild off-roading in a 2014 Toyota 4Runner

Joe Bacal, driver for JT Grey Racing & Performance driver training gave Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com a lap around the obstacle course at Diamond Cross Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in a 2014 Toyota 4Runner.

The first 4Runner was launched in 1984 and was based on the mechanics of the four-wheel-drive Toyota pickup truck. […]

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Toyota of Europe – hybrids, manuals, automatics, diesel on Driving the Nation

Bart Eelen, Manager of Product Manager for Toyota Europe, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about Toyota and Lexus of Europe sales.

The Toyota Auris and Yaris are the most popular Toyotas in Europe. What is the breakdown between hybrids, diesel and gasoline?

92% of Lexus sales in Europe are hybrids. What else is changing in […]

Toyota Yaris-R at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show (IAA) on Driving the Nation

Bart Eelen, Senior Manager for Toyota Europe talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the Toyota Yaris R concept at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show.

from Toyota’s press release:

YARIS HYBRID-R DEDICATED TO MAXIMISING DRIVING PLEASURE

Making it’s World Premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Yaris Hybrid-R concept car combines the advanced technology of […]

Chinese car sales on the John Batchelor radio show

Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, talked to John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show and Gordon Chang, Forbes, about Chinese car sales, Japan in China and which car companies are thriving.

In September, 2012, Hammond wrote in www.drivingthenation.com, “Chinese Automotive Monthly acknowledges that, “The Diaoyu island dispute between China and Japan, […]

Toyota and Subaru talk about car sales in China

At the January, 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, talked to Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc. At the April, 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) Hammond talked to Tomohiko Ikeda, Executive Vice President, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, Senior […]