Mazda’s Robert Davis on the 2014 Mazda Mazda6 on Driving the Nation

By |2017-03-22T08:00:50-07:00February 18th, 2013|Categories: 2012 Los Angeles auto show, Automobiles and Energy, Diesel, Emissions, Mazda, Technology, Video,|

California is a critical state for Mazda. Robert Davis, Senior Vice President for U.S. Operations, reminds me that they are headquartered in California, so he knows the California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions requirements all too well. "We're a smaller manufacturer, so the ability to meet the requirements they give us are a little bit [...]

Which car is more expensive over 3 years, gasoline or diesel? on Driving the Nation

By |2018-07-02T16:05:30-07:00February 18th, 2013|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Bosch, Diesel, Video,|Tags: |

Currently, about 3 percent of all light-duty passenger car sales are diesel. Twelve percent of all car take rates, as of August 2008, was diesel. Fast forward to August 2012 and 30% of all car take rates were diesel. In the video, Bernd Boisten explains take rate “ if a vehicle is offered as a [...]

Tesla versus The Times, a Tempest in a teapot, on the John Batchelor radio show

By |2017-03-22T08:00:51-07:00February 17th, 2013|Categories: Alternative vehicles, Automobiles and Energy, Automotive executives, Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), Electric - Range Extender Vehicle (E-REV), electric vehicles (EV), Hybrids, Plugin-electric vehicles, Podcasts, Technology, Tesla Motors, Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)|

It's too bad that both The New York Times and Elon Musk, Co-founder and Owner of Tesla Motors, have lost sight of the story that was supposed to be written. One has to wonder how much of this Tempest in a Teapot is the new-fashioned click-through digital war this world has become. It was supposed [...]

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on February 15, 2013

By |2017-03-22T08:00:51-07:00February 16th, 2013|Categories: Auto industry news, Automobiles and Energy, Driving tips, Warren Brown,|

Warren - I'm interested to hear your opinion on the Tesla-NYTimes bruhaha this week. If the Telsa logs are correct (ie. not fabricated) then it seems that the reporter did go somewhat out of his way to push the car beyond standard usage. I drive on the interstate a lot, and can't imagine changing speed [...]

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