2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS)

2014 BMW 328d, d as in diesel, on Driving the Nation

BMW debuted the new 328d Sedan at the 2013 New York International Auto show. The 328d will feature BMWs 2.0-liter TwinPower diesel 4-cylinder engine. It produces 181 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, available from 1,750 rpm. It will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 328d Sedan will accelerate from 0 “ 60 [...]

Tomohiko Ikeda on Subaru’s products and concepts

Tomohiko Ikeda, Executive Vice President, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Chief Director of Subaru Global Marketing and Director in Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd., talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the new crosstek hybrid, why they are bringing out a rear-wheel drive and Subaru's concept car from the 2013 New York [...]

BMW 3-cylinder engine like a 6-cylinder

A BMW 3-cylinder that drives like a 6-cylinder engine Dr. Heidelinde Holzer is the head of the functional integration of powertrain components for BMW AG. Dr. Holzer talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, at a media briefing at BMW's U.S. headquarters in New Jersey on the eve of the 2013 North American International Auto [...]

Bentley craftsman demonstrate leather and wood techniques on Driving the Nation

What type of wood is used inside of a Bentley? Bentley is known for its luxurious vehicles, the handpicked and handcrafted materials it uses in its cars. The people who build the Bentleys are artisans, craftsman at the top of the ladder. Mark Dawson and Paul Fischer talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about [...]

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

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 will hybrids and EVs make up [...]

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 [...]

Paul Jones on the 2013 Bentley line-up

Paul Jones, product line developer for the Bentley Continental and Flying Spur talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the new 2013 Bentley Flying Spur. Bentley - Bent-ley - it even sounds British, but Bentley is owned by a German parent. What is the history of Bentley? The new Flying Spur comes with some [...]

Detlev von Platen on 50 years of Porsche 911 and the GT3

Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about Jerry Seinfeld's 911, 50 years of Porsche, the new GT3 and the awards Porsche won at the 2013 New York International Auto show (NYIAS). Porsche already has a Cayenne diesel and a Panamera hybrid. [...]

2013 Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid with Sam Hoyt

Sam Hoyt, Ford Fusion Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. The Fusion PHEV is the third, behind the C-MAX Energi and Focus Electric, in the line-up of Ford's electrifying vehicles. When was the last time you paid $1.00 to go 20 [...]