WAPA & Ford Ride & Drive
Join Mike Tinskey, Director of Vehicle Electrification & Infrastructure at Ford Motor Company, who will discuss Ford’s power of choice electrification strategy, which gives Ford manufacturing flexibility to balance production to meet consumer demand.
WAPA & Global Automakers
Mike Stanton, president and CEO of the Association of Global Automakers, will explore the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program and other transportation policy issues.
WAPA & Mazda
David Dildy, group manager for the MAZDA3 and MAZDA6, will present the all-new 2014 MAZDA6 SKYACTIV, which gets best-in-class highway fuel economy of 38 mpg. With its SKYACTIV suite of technologies, Mazda has concentrated on real-world ‑ not just sticker ‑ mileage numbers and is achieving better fuel economy the zoom-zoom way.
The 24th annual Washington Automotive Press Association Gala was held at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 12. This was an exciting evening with a capacity crowd, the presentation of the John Lynker / Golden Gear Award and the inauguration of WAPA’s 2013 President, Melanie Batenchuk.
WAPA & Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports Reveals 2013 Top Picks
Tuesday • February 26 • Noon • National Press Club
Each spring, consumers and auto industry insiders alike look to Consumer Reports’ Auto issue for its Top Picks in cars and trucks. From best and worst in fuel economy, safety and overall value to special tips to get the most car for the money in this economy, the issue provides the ratings, recommendations, and advice that will influence consumer purchases.
February 1-10, 2013
The Washington Auto Show
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013
7:00am - 7:00 pm Public Policy / Press Day
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
WAPA is co-sponsoring the Newsmaker Breakfast w/ IMPA at 8:00 am
Presentation of WAPA's Golden Quill Award at 8:20 am
December 5 • 3pm
WAPA & GM Buick
Buick Encore ride-and-drive and happy hour at Indigo Landing. In addition, Buick marketing and engineering executives including Roger McCormack, Director Buick Global Marketing will be on-hand to provide perspective on the Encore.
November 8 • 10am
WAPA & Nissan
Ride 'n Drive featuring the new Pathfinder and Sentra
Ken Kcomt, Director of Product Planning and Andrew Jennings, Planner, Product Planning will tell you all about the all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra and 2013 Pathfinder and what both cars mean to Nissan's portfolio going forward into 2013.
WAPA Rally 2012
This year the Rally will be held on Friday, October 19, at Indigo Landing in Alexandria, Va. We’ll have a brief driver’s meeting at 10am to explain the driving opportunities and competition, so please don’t be late. Drives will begin at 10:30 and last approximately 2 hours and we’ll meet back at Indigo Landing for lunch. After lunch, the competition will be judged and prizes awarded.
WAPA & Kia
Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, and Tom Loveless, executive vice president of Sales, KMA, will tell the story of Kia’s brand transformation and share insights about the company’s commitment to world-class design and standout from the crowd marketing initiatives that have delivered unprecedented growth and momentum and turned Kia into the seventh largest auto brand in the U.S.
WAPA & Ford
Erich J. Merkle, U.S. Sales Analyst for the Ford Motor Company is responsible for reporting and commenting on Ford sales results and market trends to those inside and outside of the company. He works with the news media as well as those in the analyst community, helping to provide them with a deeper understanding of Ford and the automotive industry. He has authored numerous articles and has regularly conducted economic and auto industry presentations around the country to journalists, suppliers, financial institutions, along with automotive dealer and economic groups. Merkle plans to discuss the changes impacting highly-competitive midsize sedan segment, which includes the Fusion, Camry, Accord, Altima and Malibu among others.
Rick Schostek, senior vice president of Honda of America Mfg., Inc., will tell how the company bucked conventional wisdom and embarked on a dream that sparked significant innovations in American manufacturing. Schostek also will explain how Honda’s North American responsibilities have blossomed into global capabilities for manufacturing, research, development and engineering – with more than 20 million domestic vehicles built along the way.
Dodge Dart Ride & Drive
Introducing the new Alfa-based Dodge Dart. presentation with Chad Robertson, Head of Dodge Car Marketing/Mike Merlo, Chief Engineer for Dart. Darts available for media test drives.
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
Join Matthew Wiethoff, Manager of Business to Consumer Marketing for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, as he briefs WAPA on the strategy behind the company's mobile technology initiatives and what's in the pipleline.
President and CEO Mike Stanton, Association of Global Automakers, a trusted voice for the auto industry, will discuss the status of proposed fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission regulations, what automakers are doing to meet the new standards, and how the government can play an active role to help bring alternative fuels, advanced technology vehicles, and the necessary infrastructure to the marketplace faster. Visit DrivingFuelEconomy.com for more info on these topics.
23rd WAPA Gala
This will be an exciting evening to include the presentation of the John Lynker / Golden Gear Award and the inauguration of WAPA’s 2012 President, Jessica Anderson. Don't miss out on this fabulous annual event.
David Champion, senior director, Auto Test Center, and Rik Paul, Automotive Editor, announce Consumer Reports’ Top Picks for 2012 and offer their insights into today’s most pressing automotive consumer and industry questions. Lunch provided by Consumer Reports.
Chief Marketing Officer, Tim Mahoney will review VW's performance for the year before taking a look at some of the current advertising and marketing plans with a look to future creative. Mahoney will also cover VW's product line and some of the future strategy that will support growth plans in the US market. Lunch provided by VW.
New Balance Girls on the Run (of No. Va.) 5K
Jiffy Lube Live Pavilion, Bristow, Va., featuring Alvin Jones, president of WAPA, as emcee.
Speaker: Brendan Jones, Director, Nissan LEAF Marketing & Sales Strategy Nissan North America. Discussion: Nissan LEAF, What Nissan has learned from the year of sales and future plans. One LEAF will be onsite for a spin or walkaround. W Hotel, Washington, D.C. Lunch provided by Nissan.
This year the Rally begins [and ends] at Uno Chicago Grill restaurant in Frederick, Md., with breakfast starting at 9am. After a brief driver’s meeting, the drive will begin at 10am and includes three covered bridges and one giant wooden slide!!!
The drive (approximately 2 hours) includes two driver change points (snacks and water provided), providing the opportunity to experience several different vehicles. Meet back at Uno's for lunch. After lunch, questions will be tallied and prizes awarded.
September 14 • Wednesday
A brief update, provided by Mark Rodrigues, Honeywell’s Director of Global Product Marketing, on the state of the art in turbos today, presents recent studies from third parties that forecast turbos penetration relative to other technologies, including a review of CAFE legislation driving this next round of technological advancement. USA Today building. Lunch provided by Honeywell.
July 20 • Wednesday
Susan M. Cischke, Group Vice President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Motor Company, will discuss fuel efficient products and safety innovations. Lunch provided by Ford.
June 15 • Wednesday
Join WAPA and Kia Motors America (KMA) for the Washington D.C.-debut of the all-new 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid. Adam Perlow, director, sales, KMA will be providing a business update on the brand, including KMA's third consecutive month of record sales, while Steve Kosowski, national manager, product planning, KMA responsible for hybrid technology will be available for walk-arounds during the event.
May 25 • Wednesday
Learn more about the new products presented by Laura Soave, Head of Fiat NA. Media will have an opportunity to test drive available vehicles before and after the presentation. Lunch provided by Chrysler.
April 7 • Thursday
Learn more about the new Chrysler products presented by executives from engineering, product planning, and marketing. Test drive the all-new Chrysler 300, 200, 200 Convertible, and Town & Country. Lunch provided.
March 3 • Thursday
The Gala will be held on Thursday, March 3, 6:30 p.m., at The National Press Club Ballroom. WAPA will announce the winner of the John Lynker/Golden Gear award and introduce the new board.
February 28 • Monday
WAPA and Consumer Reports.CR unveils its Top Picks for 2011 and present its annual report card on which manufacturers are making the right moves and producing the best cars.
Washington Auto Show
WAPA and WANADA sponsor GM's North American president Mark Reuss' keynote address, kicking off Public Policy Day at the 2011 Washington Auto Show, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Winner of WAPA's Golden Quill award to be announced.
WAPA & GM ... Drive a Volt!
Join us at the Indigo Landing Restaurant on Wednesday, December 15, 12 noon. Speaker Update: Speakers include Rick Scheidt–Executive Director, Chevrolet and Tony Disalle–Product Marketing Director, Chevrolet Volt. After lunch, drive a Volt. Lunch (and Volts) provided by GM.
Monthly Meeting: Patrick Davis, the Program Manager of the Vehicle Technologies Program Office at the U. S. Department of Energy
The Vehicle Technologies Program supports over $310 million in annual research funding for hybrid drivetrains, advanced batteries, lightweight materials, advanced combustion and fuels, vehicle systems integration, and deployment activities, as well as codes and standards activities spanning the vehicle technologies area. He is responsible for two major government industry partnerships, the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership and the 21st Century Truck Partnership, as well as $2.8 billion in vehicle-related Recovery Act projects. Mr. Davis will discuss the Obama Administration’s investments in advanced vehicle technologies and the transportation sector, including electric vehicles, improved internal combustion engines, and alternative fuels, which will help to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, revitalize domestic manufacturing, and support America’s clean energy economy.
Monthly Meeting: Toyota
Jim Colon, Vice President, Toyota Product Communications is the featured speaker at tomorrow's WAPA Luncheon. Held at the National Press Club, Colon will speak about The State of Toyota, 2010 and Beyond, including new quality and safety initiatives; sales locally and nationally; owner loyalty; and the auto industry recovery in general.
This year the Rally begins [and ends] at the Red Hot & Blue restaurant in Leesburg, Va., with breakfast starting at 9am. After a brief driver’s meeting, the drive will begin at 10am through the beautiful fall foliage of Loudoun County.
The drive is approximately 2 hours long. Two driver change points, where snacks and water are provided, allow you to drive several different vehicles. We will all meet back at the Red Hot & Blue for lunch where the winners will be announced and great food will be provided.
Monthly Meeting: The Excel Institute
WAPA teams up with The Excel Institute including lunch, tour of the facilities, and participation in the school's "Dress for Success" campaign.
Monthly Meeting: Ford Motor Company
Ford reveals the 2011 Ford Explorer. Press conference, lunch, and interviews.
Monthly Meeting: David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator
Join WAPA for lunch with special guest David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator, for a discussion of recalls, distracted driving and other safety issues.
Monthly Meeting: John Krafcik, Hyundai CEO
Krafcik shares the inside story on how the Korean carmaker became one of the most successful brands in the U.S.
Monthly Meeting: Michael Stanton
Association of International Automobile Manufacturers
National Press Club
Stanton translates the new fuel economy regulations into consumer-friendly terms and looks at their impact on the auto industry.
Monthly Meeting: Tamara C. Darvish Vice President, DARCARS Automotive Group
National Press Club, Zenger Room
Well known to Washingtonians, Darvish has been leading the charge of Toyota dealers at recent hearings on Capitol Hill. Join us in what can be expected to be a lively presentation.
Monthly Meeting: Consumer Reports
J.W. Marriott, Russell Hart Cannon Room
WAPA announces its new board and presents the Golden Quill award. Consumer Reports reveals its 2010 annual auto issue top picks and car manufacturer's report card.
WAPA at the Washington Auto Show
Washington Convention Center
The 2010 Washington Auto Show Press Day, Tuesday January 26th at the Washington Convention Center. At 9:50 am, along with WANADA, WAPA sponsored the keynote address featuring Alan Mulally, President and CEO of the Ford Motor Company. WAPA also presented their John Lynker/Golden Gear award after Mr. Mulally’s address.
Monthly Meeting: Alternative Fuels
National Press Club
Representatives from the Electric Drive Transportation Association, Clean Fuels Development Coalition (ethanol), Natural Gas Vehicles for America and Fuel Cells 2000 (hydrogen) will give brief updates on their industries, followed by Q&A.
Monthly Meeting: Jim O'Donnell, President of BMW North America
JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
BMW knows the global and US auto markets will rebound. But what will be the role of the premium automakers in this new and reconstituted world? It is the belief and the commitment of the BMW Group that the premium market – and the BMW Group as the leader of this segment – will continue to fill an important and necessary role of bringing innovation and technology to market first, to meet customer, social and regulatory needs and provide direction for the entire industry. Premium companies also have a particular responsibility to give back to the communities in which they do business, contributing to the US economy and demonstrating a long standing commitment to investment in America.
Nissan LEAF and Zero Emissions Mobility
National Press Club
Tracy Woodard, Director of Government Affairs, will be speaking about the Nissan LEAF and Nissan’s plans for launching the zero-emissions vehicle. She will also discuss Nissan’s development of public and private partnerships needed to create the infrastructure necessary to make zero-emissions mobility a success.
Point of Rocks, MD to Summit Point Raceway, WV
The 2009 WAPA Rally will take place on Sunday, October 18th. We will begin at the picturesque Point of Rocks, MD MARC train station and drive to Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, WV. At Summit Point we will be treated to advanced driver training demonstrations by the folks at BSR, Inc. As a hands-on follow-up to our September WAPA meeting, BSR will be driving us on portions of their Accident Avoidance training. As always, we will have the driving treasure hunt questions to answer and win great prizes!
Monthly Meeting: Bill Scott and Bill Reichardt, President BSR, Inc.
JW Marriott. 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Bill Scott and Bill Reichardt will be presenting the results of a highly disciplined scientific study that proves the effectiveness of advanced driver training for youth. BSR believes that this unique nonprofit initiative exposes the missing link in highway safety. Although not equipped with statistical proof, others in the field have sought for some time to demonstrate the benefits of advanced training. Come and determine for yourself whether our country is doing all it can to make our highways safe by focusing almost exclusively on vehicle crashworthiness.
WAPA Get Together: Lima Restaurant & Lounge
1401 K Street, NW, Lower Level, Washington, DC 20001
Get together with your fellow WAPA members to talk about the auto world and network. The meeting schedule will revamp in September. Watch your email for updates
Robert Davis, Mazda’s Senior Vice President for Product Development and Quality
JW Marriott, Hart Room, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Robert will be discussing how Mazda is not only surviving, but solidifying its position during the current economic crisis. Robert will also speak on the “heart and soul” of Mazda’s DNA, racing! Please join us for an interesting and informative luncheon!
Directions to Hart Room: From the main lobby take the elevator to - 2 (meeting room level) and the Hart Room will be located on the right side from the computer kiosk stations.
IIHS's Adrian Lund
National Press Club
WAPA welcome Adrian Lund, President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Mr. Lund will be speaking on recent safety research and testing programs at the Institute.
2009 WAPA Awards Luncheon
National Press Club
Please join us on Febuary 6 as WAPA honors the winners of the Golden Quill award for outstanding automotive journalism and the John Lynker/Golden Gear awards for outstanding contributions to the auto industry.
While the Golden Quill winner will be announced at the luncheon, WAPA will be presenting the John Lynker/Golden Gear awards to the following:
* Tom Purves (for “Automaker--MINI”). Purves had the foresight to bring the MINI brand to the United States at a time when “big” seemed to rule the day. But as overall auto sales have plummeted, MINI sales continue to soar.
* Henrik Fisker (for “Automotive Design”). For more than 20 years, Fisker has designed cars for various automakers, including Ford, Aston Martin, and BMW. His Karma concept car wowed auto shows last year and goes into production late this year.
* Roger Penske (for “Lifetime Achievement”). During the past 50 years, Penske has become an automotive icon. He has been a well-known race-car driver, owns numerous auto-related companies (including Penske Racing and Penske Corp.), and is exclusive American distributor for the Smart car.
November Event CANCELLED
Due to recent developments on Capitol Hill, our featured speaker Annette Sykora, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, will be testifying before Congress that day. She will be speaking at the hearing on ³Stabilizing the Financial Condition of the American Automobile Industry² at 10:00 A.M. in room 2128 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Red Hot & Blue in Leesburg, VA
This year's WAPA Rally will see the "Over 30" crowd take to the roadways! No, that doesn't refer to our members' ages, rather that most vehicles put into the rally will be capable of at least 30 mpg – some of them way, way more! We're featuring vehicles that demonstrate that the manufacturers make lots of models to address the latest fuel crisis and help keep some change in the pockets of consumers. Anything goes, and that's what we'll see on the rally route. Hybrids, variable valve displacement, diesel, sail (just kidding) - you name it!
Automotive Materials Panel
National Press Club at Noon
The WAPA Automotive Materials Panel on June 18 will feature subject matter experts from the aluminum, magnesium and composites industries who will discuss how they currently use lightweight materials and what the future holds for lightweighting in the automotive industry.
With soaring gas prices expected over the long term, leading car companies have indicated their renewed interest in reducing vehicle weight through greater use of lighter weight materials to boost fuel economy and cut emissions. Against this backdrop, the U.S. Department of Transportation recently proposed for tough new fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks. There are questions by some about whether or not the auto industry can achieve DOT’s targets by power train advances alone – and they argue reducing vehicle weight is a vital complementing other vehicle improvements. To answer what this might mean for future vehicle design, WAPA has assembled top execs in the various low weight materials industries for a panel discussion. The panel will address today’s trends and tomorrow’s potential in the context of fuel economy, emissions, recycling, safety, performance and cost.
Smithsonian Institution Castle Building - Commons Room
1100 Jefferson Drive SW
Metro Station: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
• Cristián Samper, Acting Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
• U.S. Department of Energy Representative
• Elizabeth Lowery, Vice President, Environment and Energy, General Motors Corporation
Co-hosted with the Smithsonian Institution, General Motors, the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors the May luncheon for the Washington Automotive Press Association will feature results from the culmination of the four-year university engineering competition, Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility, and will outline the next multi-year competition, EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, including the announcement of the universities chosen to participate.
In the Challenge X engineering competition, 17 university teams from across North America received the opportunity to follow the vehicle development process to create advanced propulsion technology solutions that will increase energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. Each team has re-engineered a Chevy Equinox with a range of hybrid, plug-in or fuel cell propulsion systems, powered by alternative fuels such as biodiesel, ethanol and hydrogen.
EcoCAR is the latest advanced technology vehicle competition. The goal of the program is to develop and demonstrate a wide range of advanced technology vehicles that dramatically reduce energy consumption and are capable of production-vehicle performance levels. The vehicle development will be based on addressing the California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) regulations.
Through both programs, the students involved are gaining real-world engineering skills and hands-on learning that will better prepare them for their future engineering careers and will help seed the industry with engineers who are committed to advancing vehicle technology to address the energy and transportation challenges of the 21st Century.
In additional to luncheon:
10:30: Brief Program and Winner Announcement as Challenge X Vehicles Cross the East Coast Road Rally Finish Line at Department of Energy (across from Smithsonian Institute)
11:00-11:45: Opportunity for media ride and drive in Challenge X (at Department of Energy across from Smithsonian Institute)