TodayApril 15, 2022

Free gifts students at Ferrari first BEV for Volvo XC 40

Ferrari and Volvo – Have you started your Christmas Shopping? Before you finish it Warren and I have some great gifts we’ve rounded up for you that we are giving away on the next car chats, 12/8, 12/15 and 12/22 culminating with the big giveaway on December 22.

Two new gifts were added this week. Shell Oil Company heard about out gift-giving and wanted to get in on the fun. The next three Fridays Shell is going to make getting to your Christmas destination a little bit easier. They are going to give a $75 Shell Oil card to one person each week. There is a catch – you have to promise that you won’t drink and drive and that you will wear your seat belt.

The next gift from Shell Motorsports will be an autographed picture of Joey Logano, Josef Newgarden, and Sebastian Vettel. The first person that can tell me what car they drive and which team they race for wins the prize.

We are also giving away stocking stuffers – tickets to the Washington Auto Show. We’ll give 2 tickets away today. All you have to do is email me at lou at drivingthenation dot com. Be the first person to email me with your name and address, and we will have the Washington Auto Show group send them to you.

Next, Harman Kardon is going to give away a Harman Kardon We’ll give away a set of AKG 391 Headphones: High performance, in-ear noise-canceling headphones. Includes carry bag & airplane adapter 35 hours battery performance time – I will give this away today, and next week we will give another Harman Kardon gift away.

For this gift, mention that you want the Harman Kardon gift on the car chat today (give me a name) and at the end of the chat I will pull a name from the hat.

The most amazing gift is going to be given away on the Dec 22nd carchat. You need to start registering now! If you have a car that is between the ages of 2010 or better and you have cloth seats you could have Katzkin leather transform the interior of your car. Click here to see the video so that you can understand what we are offering. The car has to be in your name.


There are some weeks that are just good for your heart and this week was one of them. I started off in Maranello, Italy with Shell Eco-Marathon. Three schools won podium rights and the awards that go along with the win; a trip to Maranello, Italy, home of Ferrari.

Saint Thomas Academy
Saint Thomas Academy

Imagine being in your teens, sixteen and up, and being a top winner of fuel-efficiency for a car that your team built. Your winning prize is going to Maranello, Italy, home of the iconic supercar, Scuderia Ferrari. Not only do you have access to areas in Ferrari that few have ever seen, but Marc Gene, best known as a tester for Williams and Ferrari in Formula One, is one of your hosts, and Kimi Raikkonnen drops by to see what’s going on and sits in your car!

Alden-Conger High School
Alden-Conger High School

Amazingly, of the over 700 schools that applied globally, two teams from Minnesota won two places on the podium; Saint Thomas Academy for men in Mendota Heights, Minnesota won first prize in America, and Alden-Conger High School, a public high school, located in rural Alden, Minnesota won second place in America and first in London.

La Joliverie Polytech Nantes, an engineering School in Nantes, France, won 1st place in the Driver’s World Championship (DWC) in the European Regional final. Polytech Nantes has created a course around this competition. La Joliverie is an engineering vocational high school and collaborates with Polytech Nantes the town University. Prudent drove the car, not because she was smallest or lightest, but because she races in the French Championship, Clio cup 4.

La Joliverie Polytech Nantes
La Joliverie Polytech Nantes


From Italy, I jumped over to Barcelona, Spain to drive the all-new Volvo XC 40. The XC 40 luxury compact SUV will be the first SUV in the new Volvo line-up to get a full-on electric vehicle. The XC 60 and the XC 90 have plug-in hybrid variants. The XC 90 won North American Truck/Utility of the Year in 2016. The Volvo XC 60 has been nominated for the North American Utility of the Year in 2018. Volvo is on a roll. Here is a humorous video explaining the difference between the XC 40, XC 60, and the XC 90.

What is interesting about the XC 40 is the way they will sell it. You have three options; you can buy it by financing or cash, you can lease it with the regular options, or you can “subscribe” to an XC 40 for a set period. If you use the subscription, the price includes insurance provided by Liberty Mutual. If you are a person that leases, would you consider an all-inclusive lease, called subscription?

To read the rest of the car chat click on the Volvo picture

2019 Volvo XC40
2019 Volvo XC40
Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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