Hybrids

A 5-Series option for every Ultimate Driving buyer

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Categories: BMW, Hybrids, Luxury vehicles, Plugin-electric vehicles|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Fast, efficient, technological sound the 2017 BMW 5-Series will be offered in a completely redesigned sedan with more versions of the Ultimate Driving Machine than ever offered before. The first lap in the BMW 530i took me to the BMW technology center in Palo Alto, CA. The newest technology originates in the tech center, goes [...]

2016 Toyota Prius models with Heather Willis vehicle specialist

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:42+00:00 February 1st, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Hybrids, Toyota, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Heather Willis is the vehicle specialist for the 2016 Toyota Prius models. Willis wants to talk all about the double wishbone suspension that makes the Prius so much more fun to drive, but there is more than one Prius, and sometimes that can be confusing. There are six models - all models use [...]

2016 Toyota Prius unveil in Las Vegas, Nevada

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:52+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Hybrids, Manufacturers, Technology, Toyota|Tags: , , , |

Toyota's Press Release: Beyond Possible: The Sky's the Limit for the All-New 2016 Prius at Las Vegas World Premiere Event • Striking exterior design ushers in new hybrid era • New platform and rear double wishbone suspension dial up driving dynamics • Ten percent fuel economy improvement on core models; highest MPG without [...]

Chris Thomason, Cadillac ELR engineer, on Driving the Nation

By | 2017-03-22T08:00:32+00:00 January 2nd, 2014|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Cadillac, drivingthenation.com, Electric - Range Extender Vehicle (E-REV), electricity, Hybrids, lou ann hammond, Plugin-electric vehicles, Video, youtube.com|

Cadillac unveiled the first rendition of the Cadillac ELR at the 2009 Detroit auto show, under the code name Converj concept. The Chief engineer for the Cadillac ELR, Chris Thomason, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about the similarities between the two car. Why didn't Cadillac put the same Magnetic Ride Control [...]

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

By | 2017-03-22T08:00:35+00:00 December 14th, 2013|Categories: 2012 Los Angeles auto show, Automobiles and Energy, Automotive executives, drivingthenation.com, Hybrids, lou ann hammond, Toyota, Video, youtube.com|

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 [...]

2014 Acura RLX SH-AWD debut on Driving the Nation

By | 2017-03-22T08:00:36+00:00 November 22nd, 2013|Categories: 2013 Los Angeles auto show (LAAS), Acura, Automobiles and Energy, drivingthenation.com, Hybrids, lou ann hammond, Technology, Video, youtube.com|

Art St. Cyr. Vice President-Product Planning and Logisistics, American Honda talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about Earth dreams and the Acura RLX SH-AWD. Honda has 3 different technologies, i-DCD, i_mmd and the SH-AWD. The Acura RLX SH-AWD was unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show. St. Cyr talks about the [...]

2014 Honda Accord & hybrid, apples to apples on Driving the Nation

By | 2017-03-22T08:00:37+00:00 November 19th, 2013|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, drivingthenation.com, Honda, Hybrids, lou ann hammond, Plugin-electric vehicles, Technology, Video, youtube.com|

Art St. Cyr. Vice President-Product Planning and Logisistics, American Honda talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the 4-cylinder 2014 Honda Accord hybrids. The 4-cylinder Honda Accord has been a staple in the Accord line-up for years, now there are more 4-cylinder options than ever. You have a 4-cylinder sedan, a 4-cylinder coupe, seven [...]

Toyota ALphard hybrid at the 2013 Toyota Hybrid World Tour

By | 2016-09-25T14:41:50+00:00 November 2nd, 2013|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Featured, Hybrids, Manufacturers, Newsletter, Toyota, Video|

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 [...]

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid engine, modes and motors on Driving the Nation

By | 2017-03-22T08:00:38+00:00 October 27th, 2013|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, drivingthenation.com, Honda, Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Hybrids, lou ann hammond, Technology, Video, youtube.com|

Hiroo Shimada, Chief Product Engineer, is known inside of Honda Motor Corporation as the father of Honda's hybrid system. Shimada-san talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid engine, modes and motors. Overview The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) and Hybrid (FHEV) Sedan versions are powered by a new [...]

Honda sales and safety with John Mendel on Driving the Nation

By | 2017-03-22T08:00:38+00:00 October 21st, 2013|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Automotive executives, drivingthenation.com, Honda, Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Hybrids, lou ann hammond, Technology, Video, youtube.com|

John W. Mendel is executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., heading up both Honda and Acura Automobile Sales Divisions. Mendel talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about Honda's sales and safety. Honda was up 11.4% January-August, 2013. They were down in September. What was the reason? Which months are the best [...]