Category: BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China)
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 [...]

By Stephen Leahy WARSAW, Nov 15 2013 (IPS) – Energy consumption and production are undergoing fundamental shifts but the world is still on course to a 3.6 degree C hotter climate according a report released during the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw. Brazil will play a major role in quenching the developing world’s growing thirst [...]

Highlights from the Tesla Motors, Inc. – Third Quarter 2013 Shareholder Letter * Record 5,500 Model S deliveries * Gross margin increased to 21% (non-GAAP) excluding ZEV credits * Net income (non-GAAP-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) of $16 million * Major WW expansion of service centers, stores and Superchargers * Cash balance nonetheless increased by $49 [...]

Will cash constraints and smog hurt Chinese auto sales?

John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, talked to Gordon Chang, Forbes.com, and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about China, the Chinese economy, auto sales in China and Japanese car sales in China. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) reported that China’s light vehicle sales totaled 1.4 million units in June, up [...]

BYD’s Chairman Wang Chuanfu at the Shanghai auto show

BYD is one of Chinas’s largest non-government controlled automakers. Wang Chuanfu is chairman of BYD, a company that is 9.9% owned by a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. Wang has seen the price, and his net worth, go up and down as the price of the stock he owns fluctuates. According to Forbes, in [...]

2013 Shanghai auto show floor scenes

Shanghai, China – Scenes from the 2013 Shanghai auto show includes the women, the characters, the police and the cars. Watch the video to see BMW, BYD, Peugeot, Renault, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Geely, Opel, Mazda, Smart, Brabus, Citroen, Luxgen, JAC, Infiniti, Volvo, Continental, Buick, Kia, Chevy and Jeep on the floor of the Shanghai auto [...]

Shanghai, China – Micheal Austin, BYD’s Vice President, BYD of America, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about BYD products in America, and the Qin (pronounced Ching) that will come to the United States in a couple years. The Qin is named in honor of the Qin (or Ching) dynasty. Austin explains a brief [...]

Continental AG, and safety, in China

Dr. Ralph Cramer, President, Continental AG’s Chassis and Safety Department, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, at the 2013 Shanghai auto show. Around 1997 Continental AG sold the first anti-lock brake system (ABS) in China. Sixteen years later they have 18 locations (some with research and development arms) and 8 joint ventures. Since 1997, [...]

Maserati Ghibli at the Shanghai auto show, Maserati in China

Mr. Harald J. Wester, Chief Executive of Maserati GB Ltd. Mr. Wester and Chief Executive of Alfa Romeo at Fiat S.p.A talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the Maserati Ghibli, Maserati and China. Maserati was purchased by Fiat in 1993. Maserati increased sales 2% from 2011 to 2012, with the United States having [...]

Chinese car sales on the John Batchelor radio show

Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, talked to John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show and Gordon Chang, Forbes, about Chinese car sales, Japan in China and which car companies are thriving. In September, 2012, Hammond wrote in www.drivingthenation.com, “Chinese Automotive Monthly acknowledges that, “The Diaoyu island dispute between China and Japan, caused by [...]