Historic cars, key fobs PACE awards on carchat

Good Morning Warren and Friends,

It’s free and open to the public! The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) will feature its second Cars at the Capital exhibition on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

If you’re going to be around the National Mall April 14 to April 26, stop and look at the Presidential cars. They will be on the pathway between the National Air & Space Museum and National Gallery of Art.

What was the winner of the 2016 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) award? A key fob. Yes, a key fob.

This key fob allows a driver to start the engine, activate climate controls and receive status feedback (such as locked/unlocked) from up to a third of a mile away – or 600 meters. A third of a mile away.

Clearly, this is not an ordinary key fob, but how many of you still have cars that don’t have remote key fobs to open your door? I still have to unlock my 1993 “Grandma Doddy” Lexus.

This week I drove the 2017 Audi A4 Sedan 2.0T Quattro S Tronic that has an MSRP of $51,575 and an EPA estimated 24 city/31 highway/ 27 combined.

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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 member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.