Donald Trump, CAFE, EPA waivers & SB32

California has saved almost 50,000,000 gallons of gasoline a year by using less than 175,000 alternative technology vehicles. If California hadn't instituted rules that required companies to use better fuel economy technology, we wouldn't have these cars on the market. These are two very important points to remember as you read this article. President Donald [...]

Reid Bigland on sales, volatility, and technology

Reid Bigland currently holds three distinct Senior Management roles with Chrysler Group LLC. He is Chryslers Head of U.S. Sales Operations, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chrysler Canada Inc. and President and CEO of the of the Companys Ram Truck Brand. This interview was done in June, 2013 at a "What's new for [...]

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, about the Maserati Ghibli, Maserati and China. Maserati was purchased by Fiat in 1993. Maserati increased sales 2% from 2011 to [...]

Ford’s Frank Davis on fuel efficiency in Ford F-Series trucks

Question and Answer Ford's Executive Director of North American Products, Frank Davis, sat with Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, to chat on Real Wheels chat line. We were at a Ford Fusion event in Southern California, driving cars that the EPA rated at 47city/47hwy/47 combined mpg, so we expected questions on fuel efficiency, but [...]

Conspiracy theories on the John Batchelor radio show

GE watt station versus the Nissan Leaf The New York Times auto blog called General Electric about a story in the blog-o-sphere stating that a Nissan dealer in the Bay Area sent an email out to it's customer telling them not to purchase a GE WattStation. GE called Nissan Corporate to tell them to have [...]

Phil Popham on 2012 Jaguar, Land Rover business on Driving the Nation

Phil Popham is Global Operations Director for the global Jaguar Land Rover business. Popham talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, about Land Rover and Jaguar markets. How important is the U.S. market to Land Rover/Jaguar? How many regions is Land Rover/Jaguar in? How will Land Rover/Jaguar meet Corporate Average Fuel Emissions requirements?

Saad Chehab, President & CEO, Chrysler brand, on Driving the Nation

Saad Chehab is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Chrysler Brand for Chrysler Group LLC. He is also a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC) as Head of Lancia and Chrysler Brands for Fiat S.p.A. Chehab talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, about how much success the Chrysler brand has had since [...]

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL with Eric Linder

Eric Linder is the Assistant Product Manager for the Mercedes-Benz SL. Linder talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, about the new Mercedes-Benz SL. How is Mercedes going to meet the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy? Eighty-nine percent of the new SL is constructed from aluminum. What does that mean for fuel economy? Who are [...]

Diesel comes to America, Chevy honors Chevrolet: Louis Chevrolet, Volt leases

It's our last night in Geneva Switzerland for the Geneva Motor show. I spoke with John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show about Diesel comes to America, Chevy honors Chevrolet: Louis Chevrolet, Volt leases. My buddy, Warren Brown of the Washington Post, and I drove a Chevy Cruze 2.0-liter diesel engine from Geneva, Switzerland [...]

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat on, February 10, 2012

CHEVY CRUZE WAGON? Hi Warren, as always, appreciate your good work! Just saw something that piqued my curiosity, a photo of the Euro-spec Chevy Cruze Wagon. Any insight into whether we wagonphiles on this side of the pond will also have a chance to enjoy one? Pinch me if it happens and they deliver it [...]

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