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2017 Volvo S90 Scandanavian design and safety

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:33+00:00 June 17th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Safety, Technology, Volvo|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

We're sitting in front of the Kempinski Hotel Bahia Marbella Estepona, Costa del Sol, in Southern Spain. We're in a new country, in a new car, on new roads, so we're getting a briefing on how the car works before we head out. We're being safe, which is sort of rhetorical since we're [...]

Volvo in Spain, elderly parents, cloth interior carchat

By | 2016-09-25T20:30:44+00:00 June 13th, 2016|Categories: #carchat, Automobiles and Energy, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good Morning Warren and Friends, I'm in Malaga Spain, birthplace of Pablo Picasso, today driving the all-new Volvo S90 and V90. The S90 sedan will come out next year, the V90 station wagon sometime later than that. There are two drivetrains coming to the United States; T5 In-line 4-cyl. Front-Wheel drive automatic 250 hp and [...]

John Batchelor radio show, Volvo made in China, Sweden & US

By | 2016-09-25T20:29:49+00:00 June 5th, 2016|Categories: #johnbatchelorradioshow, Automobiles and Energy, Radio, The John Batchelor show, Volvo, Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY)|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Geely, a major Chinese automaker paid almost $2 billion for Volvo in 2010. The Volvo XC 90 was just awarded the Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY). The XC90 already offers semi-autonomous drive with Pilot Assist, another step towards Volvo’s Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously [...]

BYD PHEV SUV, Memorial day, Takata airbag carchat

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:33+00:00 May 31st, 2016|Categories: #carchat, Automobiles and Energy, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Good Morning Warren and Friends, Last week I wrote that the Volvo XC 90 will be the first plug-in hybrid SUV. I should have said in the United States. China already has plug-in SUVs and the BYD Tang SUV plug-in hybrid has sold more than 12,000 units so far this year. Warren Buffett owns 10% [...]

A sneak peak into Volvo’s future cars from Sweden

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:34+00:00 May 24th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), Volvo|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Gothenburg, Sweden - Volvo’s new global small car range will include a pure battery electric vehicle with a 350km driving range as well as a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain variant with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Volvo will bring these powertrains out on a new platform called Compact Modular Architecture [...]

Sailing to La Paz, the City of Peace

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:34+00:00 May 6th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Mexico, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Livin La Vida Loca — in La Paz I’m really starting to understand why media organizations have an editor-in-chief or some big shot to crack the whip on deadlines because when you have a lot of time to “lollygag” you tend to procrastinate. Yes, it’s been a few weeks since our the last [...]

My favorite videos of GM’s Ed Welburn

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:36+00:00 April 7th, 2016|Categories: #generalmotors, Automobiles and Energy, Car designers, Travel, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

2008 - Ed Welburn talking about the just released Chevy Volt It had to happen at some point after all Ed Welburn had been with General Motors for forty-four years. He has been preparing us for this moment for a couple of years; talking more and more about the "team" [...]

Emissions and economic growth decoupled

By | 2016-09-25T20:31:32+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Categories: #climatechange, Automobiles and Energy, Emissions, International Energy Agency (IEA)|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Today, you can breath a little easier, literally. As long as there has been economic growth, there has been an increase in emissions. Today, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released an analysis of preliminary data for 2015 stating that Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) – the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions – [...]

Infiniti and diesels on Real Wheels car chat Washington Post

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:41+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Categories: #carchat, Automobiles and Energy, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Good Morning Warren and friends, A Federal judge has set March 24th as the deadline for Volkswagen to come up with a fix for 600,000 diesel models violating emissions standards. We have a lot of really smart people that chat with us. Do any of you try to figure out how this emission issue could [...]

Clean air CES Washington Post carchat

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:43+00:00 January 8th, 2016|Categories: #carchat, Automobiles and Energy, CES 2016, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Technology, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good Morning Warren and friends, It's been a busy New Years for me, but before we get to that let me give you the good news. The Washington Auto Show has given us some tickets to give to you! If you can go to the show on January 22, send me an email at lou [...]