Category: Podcasts
Can the new GM be sued for the recalls? Will sanctions against Russia hurt car companies?

How long has General Motors known there was an issue with the ignition switch? Was there a cover up May 15, 2009 when, according to the New York Times, “data in the black boxes of Chevrolet Cobalts confirmed a potentially fatal defect existed in hundreds of thousands of cars.” Is General Motors shielded by the [...]

Tesla, the demise of the car dealer, GM recall – where was NHTSA?

In an about face, and what Elon Musk would describe as a slap in the face, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie changed his mind about how a consumer can purchase a car in New Jersey. Christie, according to a press release from Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, decided not to allow the consumer to make the [...]

GM’s first female CEO – will Reuss stay? – on the John Batchelor radio show

The times they are a changing, A day after the U.S. government sold the last of it’s General Motors stock the news came out that, effective January 14, 2013, Dan Akerson is stepping down as CEO and Mary Barra is stepping up. In my first article about the changing of the guards at General Motors [...]

Tesla stocks tumble after fire – how will the Shutdown affect auto sales?

John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, about Tesla stocks tumbling after a fire and how will the Shutdown affect auto sales? Tesla stocks tumble after fire First, let me say that I hope everyone involved in the accident in Seattle, WA is okay. The operative [...]

Tesla; oops, I did it again! Another over-exaggeration

John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, talks to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, about Tesla’s non-existent, over-exaggerated 5.4 star rating and selling in China. According to Reuters, Zhan Baosheng, the businessman in the southern China province of Guangdong, owns the “Tesla” trademark in China, according to his agent who processed the papers [...]

What car company do you think of when you hear safety? To many of us it is Volvo. To the new generation it is Tesla. Ford Motor Company bought Volvo for its technological breakthroughs in safety, including rollover resistance in SUVs. Ford also bought many other companies and when times got tough sold them all [...]

NADA: EVs depreciate 30% in 2013 & 2013 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study winners

The old adage that your car starts depreciating as soon as you drive it off the car dealer’s hurts even more if you own an electric vehicle according to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Used Car Guide in its latest report, Plug-in Electric Vehicles: Market Analysis and Used Price Forecast. There are many reasons [...]

CODA; sales versus registration, Tesla offering more stock, strategic visions ranks top cars

John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, about Tesla doing well, CODA going bankrupt. Tesla announced offerings of 2,703,027 shares of common stock and $450 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2018 in concurrent underwritten registered public offerings. Musk owns over 26% of Tesla’s [...]