Michael Weiss, MBZ, at the 2009 Los Angeles autoshow

Michael Weiss is the Senior Manager & Strategic Project Manager for the Mercedes-Benz Car Group. Weiss took me on a ride in the Mercedes-Benz 450h.

The MBZ 450h is Mercedes’ full two-mode hybrid, the first European hybrid in the United States.

About the Author:

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.