Fisker automotive answers questions about the DOE loan

There's a lot of chatter on the internet about Fisker automotive getting a Department of Energy (DOE) loan. We went to the source, Fisker Automotive itself. Russel Datz, spokesperson for Fisker Automotive, answered the questions for drivingthenation.com The Department of Energy (DOE) has granted Fisker, an American automobile manufacturer in Anaheim, California, $529,000 to build [...]

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat on www.washingtonpost.com, August 12, 2011

The lazy days of summer. Finally, TEN whole days at home! We got caught up on some work, got the wood split and stacked for winter. And even drove a couple cars. Last chat someones said they drove a 2001 Jetta TDI and consistently got between 48 and 52 MPG. "I feel like this engine [...]

2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum forum on Driving the Nation

The opening ceremony of the 2011 Bibendum Challenge was held at 9.30am this Thursday 19 May, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. This is the 11th Challenge Bibendum, an international event for sustainable road mobility. The Michelin Company is managed by Michel Rollier, Managing General Partner, and Didier Miraton and Jean-Dominique Senard, Non-General Managing Partners. I asked [...]

Micheal Austin, BYD, at the 2011 Detroit auto show on Driving the Nation

Everyone wanted a minute with Micheal Austin, the VP of BYD America. Warren Brown, Washington Post, and I got ten minutes to hear what BYD was up to in 2011. BYD Auto is a Chinese automobile manufacturer based in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China,established in 2003. Warren Buffet owns 9.9 percent of BYD. BYD brought out [...]

Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen AG, at the 2011 NAIAS

Martin Winterkorn is the Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, the parent company of the Volkswagen Group, and Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi and Porsche Automobil Holding SE. Winterkorn stopped for a minute to talk to Warren Brown from the Washington Post and myself about Volkswagen's ambitions, diesel, and [...]

Tony DiSalle, Chevy Volt marketing on the John Batchelor radio show

There are three cars nominated for the North America Car of the Year. There are fifty journalists from North America that vote for the car of the year. Of those journalists, four are women. I am one of the women journalists that decide which car wins car of the year. Host John Batchelor, John Avalon, [...]

Bob Carter, Toyota, at the 2010 LA auto show

It's been a humbling year for Toyota's Robert S. Carter Group Vice President and General Manager “ Toyota Division Toyota Motor Sales, USA. But Carter says that Toyota is coming back, and has stats and awards to prove it. But Lexus is also looking at taking some of Toyota's sales from them. The CT200h is a [...]

Wayne’s MAP is road to gas & electric vehicles

Wayne, MI - The Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP) looks like many other assembly lines with compact sedans ready to come off the line. My how things have changed for that Michigan plant. It wasn't long ago that MAP was producing large Ford SUVs. $550 million later and 1.2 million square feet (think 22 football fields) [...]

Joel Ewanick, General Motors, at the 2010 LA auto show

General Motors US Marketing Vice President Joel Ewanick drove from Michigan to the Los Angeles auto show in a Chevy Volt. He was rewarded with the Green car of the year award at the end of the press days. The award is just one of many given to the Volt. But when you have an automobile [...]

Wolfgang Hatz talks about VW & Audi Electric vehicles

I met up with Wolfgang Hatz, Vice President of Powertrains for Volkswagen AG in San Francisco, CA. We talked about gasoline and diesel engines and what the plans are for the future of both. What about hybrids? We know about the Audi E-tron, what other electric vehicles are coming to market. What about the E-up, [...]