DOT's LaHood Proud To Say He Drives A Ford Escape Hybrid

July 27, 2011
2009 Ford Escape Hybrid

2009 Ford Escape Hybrid

Secretary of Transportation (and former congressman) Ray LaHood doesn’t want to just be known as the man who launched a campaign against distracted driving. In a recent meeting with Volkswagen employees in Virginia, LaHood fielded questions on what type of car he drove, and his answers will definitely appeal to the eco-conscious among us.

He disparaged his on-the-job transportation, a caravan of full-size GMC Yukon SUVs, as “big gas guzzlers” and admitted that he kept a Ford Escape Hybrid at his home in Peoria, Ill. LaHood took that one step further, saying, “I’m proud to say I drive a hybrid.”

LaHood used to drive a 1997 Buick Regal, but when he’s in Washington, D.C., he drives a 2011 Chevy Malibu, which gets “very good” fuel economy compared to the Buick.

Eager to refresh his campaigning skills, LaHood told the gathered Volkswagen employees, “I wish I could say I could afford an Audi,” which drew appreciative chuckles from the audience. He also commented on how difficult it was to define a can “made in America,” pointing out that the 2012 Volkswagen Passat is built by American workers in Chattanooga, Tenn.

[The Detroit News]

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