VP of Global design, Ed Welburn, on GM’s 3,500 car designers on Driving the Nation

Edward T. Welburn, Jr., General Motor's Vice President, Global Design talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, about the car designers that are designing the GM cars today. Welburn always says, "talk to the young designers" and we have talked to them, but now we are talking to Welburn about those young designers. [...]

Landrover’s Finbar McFall

2013 Los Angeles auto show Finbar McFall is Land Rover's Vice President of Marketing in North America. At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show McFall talks about Jaguar and Landrover's increasing marketshare. What accounts for the increase in sales? Are they conquest sales from other brands? Why doe it work so well to have Jaguar [...]

Chevy Volt saves 16,000,000 gallons of gasoline on Driving the Nation

At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show Mike Robinson, Vice President of Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs for General Motors, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, about the Chevy Volt, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) mandates. Robinson says that the Chevy Volt alone has driven over [...]

VW’s CEO Jonathan Browning leaves Volkswagen

Another one bites the dust Yet another executive leaves their post before the end of 2013. At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show VW's former president and CEO of Volkswagen's American Jonathan Browning talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation. While Browning is no longer with Volkswagen some of the information he gave [...]

Ford’s President of the Americas, Joe Hinrichs on Driving the Nation

At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show Joseph "Joe" R. Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and President of the Americas for Ford Motor Company talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about marketshare and brand loyalty. Hinrichs What is bringing Ford's marketshare up? Ford used to own Aston Martin, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover and [...]

Audi’s EVP & COO, Mark Del Rosso on marketshare & brand loyalty on Driving the Nation

At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show Mark Del Rosso, Audi of America's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation talked about marketshare and brand loyalty. Does Audi's increase in marketshare come from other brands inside Volkswagen or from luxury brands outside of Volkswagen? Audi announced [...]

Lexus’ Vice President, Jeff Bracken, on marketshare and brand loyalty on Driving the Nation

At the 2013 Los Angeles auto showw Jeff Bracken, group vice president and general manager for Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about marketshare and brand loyalty. Does Lexus get a lot of aspirational buyers from Scion and Toyota? Why are [...]

Maserati’s CEO on marketshare and brand loyalty

2013 Los Angeles auto show At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show Mr. Harald J. Wester, Chief Executive of Maserati GB Ltd. and Chief Executive of Alfa Romeo at Fiat S.p.A, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about marketshare and brand loyalty and the new Maserati Ghibli. When we were in Shanghai [...]

MINI’s chief motorer Jim Mcdowell on brand loyalty on Driving the Nation

Jim McDowell loves to say he is the Chief motorer of MINI, but he is stepping down. In what will be the last auto show as MINI"s chief motorer McDowell talked about MINI, the brand, the cult following and marketshare versus brand loyalty for the MINI brand. McDowell has been clever and unique in his [...]

Continental’s Jeff Klei on autonomous vehicles

Jeff Klei, Continental President, North America talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about autonomous driving. Previous to the 2013 Las Angeles auto show, the Connected Car Expo, Klei was part of a symposium about autonomous vehicles. When will the public see autonomous cars on the road? Continental AG just announced a deal [...]