Nissan Americas product planning chief, Pierre Loing on Driving the Nation

Nissan Americas product planning chief, Pierre Loing, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the 2013 Nissan Altima.

Why is Nissan using the same engine in the 2013 as they did in the outgoing Altima?

Is Nissan taking cues from Infiniti on luxury for Nissan?

People want bigger cars, more infotainment and technology. The government wants more safety and more miles per gallon (MPG). How does Nissan satisfy both?

On the Altima, on a global basis, which power sources will come out first, diesel, electric, plug-in hybrid? When will you have a diesel in America?

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.