Ital design chief car designer Filippo Perini

We caught up with Chief car designer for Italdesign, Filippo Perini at the Concorso Italiano. Perini talks about designing Lamborghini cars and being the chief designer for Ital design. Perini is an engineer and a car designer. He wanted to be a car designer, but his Mother requested he become an engineer first. [...]

Buick Avista concept car of the Year

I remember seeing the Buick Avista concept car at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI, and couldn't believe what General Motors had created. A stunning coupe that hasn't graced the streets yet, and may never which is why it is called a concept. The 8-speed automatic transmission, 3.0L twin turbo V6, [...]

John Batchelor radio show, Volkswagen diesel and hydrogen

John Batchelor talks to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, about Volkswagen's agreement, Mary's Valley Rally hydrogen highway with the Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson. It's all about clean in California - clean transportation, clean energy, and clean long-range driving. The Honorable Judge Charles Beyer put his faith in Robert Mueller, the [...]

travel, rally volkswagen earth day carchat

Good Morning Warren and Friends, It must be summer - everyone is traveling, or has traveling plans. Yesterday Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board (CARB), and other government officials drove from Santa Monica to Sacramento, CA in "Mary's Valley Rally" touting hydrogen cars, Toyota Mirai, and Hyundai Tucson, that can get 300 miles to the [...]

CARB’s Nichols on VW diesel in California

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about the status of CARB and Volkswagen. What is the status of CARB and Volkswagen? Will Volkswagen be allowed to sell diesel vehicles in California ever again? Nichols concedes that Volkswagen could sell again, but it sounds [...]

Are diesel cars dying in the United States?

The demise of diesels In January 2016, there were 500 diesel cars sold in the United States. Volkswagen has put its 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter vehicle sales on hold till they can figure out an acceptable solution to the EPA and CARB for their Generation 1 - Generation 3 and 3.0-liter emission equipped vehicles that currently [...]

CARB shows the equipment that found the Volkswagen defeat device

John Swanton, California Air Resources Board (CARB) air pollution specialist spokesperson, took Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, around the El Monte, California technology center. The El Monte center is the technology center that is credited with finding out how the defeat devices on Volkswagen diesel passenger cars from 2009 to 2015. [...]

CARB rejects VW recall issues Violation

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today notified Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. that it is rejecting VW’s submitted recall plan for 2-liter diesel passenger vehicles sold in California between 2009 and 2015. It also notified VW of violations of California air quality regulations associated with the company’s use of a “defeat device” [...]

Porsche, Audi, 3.0 engine has defeat device says CARB

"VW must immediately initiate discussions with ARB to discuss the testing results that appear to confirm the presence of a defeat device in the GVGAJ03.0NU4, EADXT03.02UG and FPRXT03.0CDD Test Groups and the implications on other 3.0 liter diesel product lines. VW must ensure that the appropriate Audi and Porsche AG management and engineering staff are [...]