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Helicopter ride from Monticello Motor Club to New York City on Driving the Nation

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:51+00:00 October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Above the Clouds - Up in the Air, Automobiles and Energy, Aviation and Aerospace, Featured, Luxury Aviation|Tags: , |

If you're going to go exclusively, you go all the way. BMW showed off its flagship vehicle, the BMW 7-Series at the exclusive Monticello Motor Club. It would have taken hours to drive there, not that we couldn't have gone there in luxury since the new 7-Series is a long-wheel, bordering on limousine base. But [...]

Volkswagen AG’s CEO, Winterkorn is out, Martin & VW AG board speak

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:52+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Automobiles, Automobiles and Energy, Automotive executives, Featured, Volkswagen|Tags: , |

Volkswagen AG's CEO, Winterkorn is out, Martin and VW AG board speak on driving the Nation Just two days after I wrote the article asking if the Volkswagen cover-up would cost Winterkorn his job, Volkswagen AG Board has accepted the resignation of Martin Winterkorn. Here is the board's statement, and below that the [...]

Ford Edge titanium on Real Wheels car chat Washington Post

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:53+00:00 August 31st, 2015|Categories: #carchat, Automobiles and Energy, Featured, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|

Good Morning Warren and friends, Doing the happy dance! My good buddy, and yours, showed up at the BMW 7-Series launch yesterday and we got to spend the whole day together driving a car and having a blast. It was a beautiful day to be in upstate New York at the Monticello private race track [...]

2016 BMW 7-Series, John Batchelor radio show with BMW’s Ian Robertson

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:53+00:00 August 28th, 2015|Categories: #johnbatchelorradioshow, Automobiles and Energy, BMW, Featured, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Host John Batchelor welcomed Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member, and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, to his radio show to talk about the 2016 BMW 7-Series. We drove the BMW 7-Series on the Monticello race track, on the roads around the track and through an autocross. 2016 [...]

The Five Seasons of California on Driving the Nation

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:53+00:00 August 23rd, 2015|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, California Air Resources Board (CARB), Emissions, Environment, Featured, Health & Fitness, Technology|

Most States have four seasons, Spring, Fall, Summer, Winter. In California, we have five seasons. The fifth season is called fire season. Most people don't even realize it when they say it, but once the rain stops, and the grass starts turning green people start talking about California's fifth season, fire season. The Five [...]

California sales; Honda Civic #1, Toyota #1, Ford F-150 #1

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:53+00:00 August 23rd, 2015|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA), Featured|

According to the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) California New Vehicle Market Continues to Post Impressive Gains New light vehicle registrations in California exceeded one million units during the first six months of 2015 and improved 11.5 per- cent versus the first half of 2014. The market was up an impressive 105 [...]

Ford Escape Titanium 4WD on Real Wheels car chat Washington Post

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:53+00:00 August 21st, 2015|Categories: #carchat, Automobiles and Energy, Featured, Technology, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|

Good Morning Warren and friends, I love August. August is naked lady month. If you don't know what a naked lady is look at the picture of the Ford escape. There are naked ladies in the foreground. I have thousands of them in my yard. Some years I have a naked lady party and invite [...]

2016 Acura ILX reduces noise through the wheel and ANC technology

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:53+00:00 August 18th, 2015|Categories: Acura, Automobiles and Energy, Featured, Technology|

Seijirou Sone talked to Driving the Nation about the new noise reduction in the new 2016 Acura ILX. There is road noise and cabin noise, in an effort to decrease that noise Acura is using a polypropylene Helmholtz resonator that encircles the center portion of the inside of the wheel. Such resonator wheel technology significantly [...]

Honda Accord 4 DR EX-L on Real Wheels car chat Washington Post

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:53+00:00 August 17th, 2015|Categories: #carchat, Automobiles and Energy, Featured, Technology, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|

Are you ever so groggy in the morning, coffee in hand, stumbling out of the door that all your looking for is your blue car? That's what happened this week. Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com August 14, 2015 This week I drove a blue Honda Accord 4 [...]

Donald Trump, Presidential candidate, on cars and production of cars

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:53+00:00 August 16th, 2015|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Featured, Politics, Presidential candidates|

Donald Trump, Presidential candidate Detroit News' David Shepardson reports that "Trump disclosed in an interview with The Detroit News Wednesday that Ford CEO Mark Fields wrote to him explaining the automaker’s planned $2.5 billion investment in Mexico after Trump criticized Ford in June. And Trump suggested one way to stop automakers’ expansion to [...]