Jim Farley Ford Fiesta turbocharged 1-liter

Ford vehicles over 40 mpg Los Angeles, CA - James D. Farley, Jr., executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service, Lincoln, Ford Motor Company, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com at a party at Universal Studios the night before the 2012 Los Angeles auto show commenced. We talked about the 1-liter, 3 [...]

Mark Reuss, President, General Motors North America on Driving the Nation

Los Angeles, CA - Mark Reuss, President, General Motors North America, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show. How critical is California to General Motors? I was surprised how frank Reuss was with his answer. Let's face it, when the word neglected comes out of an automotive executives [...]

How critical is California to Subaru?

Los Angeles, CA - Tom Dole, Subaru's Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show about Subaru. Subaru unveiled the 2014 Subaru Forester. Subaru did it again in November 2012. Subaru's sales in November 2012, according to Automotive News, were 28,206 units, [...]

Autoliv saves animals and accidents

Night Vision Los Angeles, CA - Stuart Klapper, Managing Director for Autoliv Night Vision, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about Autoliv's newest technology. Headquartered in Sweden, Autoliv is the largest safety supplier in the world. In 2013 Autoliv will introduce a Night Vision system that detects humans and animals uses infrared technology (far-infrared [...]

Tim Kuniskis, head of the Fiat brand, North America

Los Angeles, CA -Tim Kuniskis, head of the Fiat brand in North America, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show. In 2011 fiat sold fewer than 20,000 unit's. According to Automotive News, Fiat sold 3,603 in November, 2012, an increase of 123% over last November. Year-to-date for 2012 [...]

Adrian Hallmark, Global Director, Jaguar on Driving the Nation

Adrian Hallmark, Global Director, Jaguar, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about Jaguar. Jaguar is owned by Tata, a company headquartered in India, but the Jaguars sold in the United States are made in the U.K., as they have been for years. Is that the only place they are built? Think China - think [...]

SIRI on Chevy; Seen you then CNN on Driving the Nation

At the 2012 Los Angeles auto show General Motors showed off their newest edition of infotainment, an Apple voice activation product called SIRI. Sarah LeBlanc, global program manager for General Motors MyLink is still enthusiastic about Apple, “when Apple made the announcement last summer to work with OEMs, General Motors jumped at the chance. We [...]

Mark Fields, COO, Ford Motor Company on Driving the Nation

Los Angeles, CA - Mark Fields, Chief Operating Officer, Ford Motor Company, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about how critical California is to Ford Motor Company. Ford brought the Flex out to what would seem to most mild sales. But to Ford, those sales were critical because they were in California, a territory [...]

Trends in California’s automotive marketplace

John Humphrey, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Automotive Division, J.D. Power & Associates, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com before the 2012 Los Angeles auto show. Some of the statistics were startling, some we knew. Twelve percent of the nation's automotive sales are in California, making California critical to the United States [...]

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com November 30, 2012

Good Morning Warren and friends, We're back from Los Angeles auto show. Some of my favorites were a Ford Fiesta 3 cylinder 1-liter that many of us got 50 miles per gallon. Chevy Spark is bringing out an EV with SIRI. Volkswagen and Mazda are bring out diesels, VW in the Beetle Convertible and Mazda [...]