Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com May 10, 2013

Warren Brown : Greetings! I just took delivery of the new Ford Fusion Energi, which, if imitation is the best form of flattery, is proof that GM has been successful with the Chevrolet Volt. The Fusion Energi, like the Volt, is a plug-in electric hybrid...runs 40 miles or so on batteries only and then quietly [...]

Continental AG, and safety, in China

Dr. Ralph Cramer, President, Continental AG's Chassis and Safety Department, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, at the 2013 Shanghai auto show. Around 1997, Continental AG sold the first anti-lock brake system (ABS) in China. Sixteen years later they have 18 locations (some with research and development arms) and eight [...]

Maserati Ghibli at the Shanghai auto show

CEO Maserati interview in Shanghai China Mr. Harald J. Wester, Chief Executive of Maserati GB Ltd. Mr. Wester and Chief Executive of Alfa Romeo at Fiat S.p.A talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the Maserati Ghibli, Maserati and China. Maserati was purchased by Fiat in 1993. Maserati increased sales 2% from 2011 to [...]

Tesla talks to Google, Audi puts a Vulcan grip on Mercedes with a fascinating self-parking car

John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about tesla talking to Google about autonomous vehicles, and Audi's car commercial that star Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy. Google was the first autonomous vehicle to get a license to drive their autonomous vehicles in Nevada, Audi was the [...]

May 3, 2013 Real Wheels Washington Post

fuel-efficient cars I was talking to June, the owner of the Second Act in Auburn, CA. She was pleased that she had just filled her tank and it didn't go above the price that in her head was too much to bear. She stopped, looked at me and said, “I can't believe it. I've fallen [...]

April auto sales on the John Batchelor radio show

Host John Batchelor talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about April automotive sales. It's a mixed bag, according to Automotive News, sales didn't quite making the 15 million SAAR that they have every other month this year, but there were some highlights. Pickups were the winner and they helped General Motors, Ford, and Dodge/Ram [...]

Rob Allen on the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte

Rob Allen, Director of Product Planning, Maserati North America talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the new Maserati Quattroporte. Quattroporte translated from Italian means 4-doors, Maserati redefines those 4-doors into a luxury sedan. This is the fiftieth anniversary, six generations, of Maserati's 4-door sports sedan. The seven brothers, named Maserati, would be proud [...]

R. L. Polk on the auto industry & hybrid sales

New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) Tom Libby, Senior forecasting analyst for R. L. Polk talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the auto industry. California usually garners 12% of auto sales. How is California doing? How are hybrid sales? Are people switching back to internal combustion engines from hybrids or electric vehicles? When [...]

Torsten Müller-Ötvös on the Rolls-Royce Wraith

Mr. Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd., talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the all new Rolls-Royce Wraith. The most powerful Rolls-Royce ever made, Wraith, in Scottish (not Swedish as I say in the video), means menacing Ghost. Rolls-Royce caters to the exclusiveness of the brand. They are not [...]

BYD a better life through cleaner air in China

China's air quality index April 30, 2013 - According to China's air quality index today in Shanghai, the air quality is 151, putting the air color in the red zone. The website, aqicn.com, explains the red zone as “Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.” [...]