John Batchelor and auto sales in China on Driving the Nation

John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, and Gordon Chang, Forbes, and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation talk about BYD and Tesla,

BYD is a Chinese owned company, owned by the private entrepreneur Wang Chuanfu. Tesla is trying to break into the electric vehicle market in China. China heavily supports the […]

Bill Reinert, Toyota, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Bill Reinert, national manager in the Advanced Technology Group at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. took me through the 3 electric vehciles at the 2009 Detroit auto show Toyota stand: the new 2010 Toyota Prius, the plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) concept, and the all Electric Vehicle concept.

Don Esmond, Toyota, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Don Esmond, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.sat down with me at the 2009 Detroit auto show.

We talked about what the future looks like for 2009 and 2010. Esmond has projections for the first half of 2009, as well as the […]

David Zuchowski, Hyundai, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – David Zuchowski joined Hyundai Motor America in February 2007 as vice president of Sales.

I asked all the executives this question:

Our federal tax dollars go to the government so that they can create Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE). Automotive companies spend money to fight CAFE or to […]

Johan de Nysschen, Audi, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Johan de Nysschen is the Executive Vice President in charge of Audi of America.

I asked all the executives this question:

Our federal tax dollars go to the government so that they can create Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE). Automotive companies spend money to fight CAFE or to […]

Chuanfu & Sokol, BYD Auto, at the 2009 Detroit auto show on Driving the Nation

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – BYD Auto’s chairman Wang Chuanfu and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co.’s David Sokol sat down with me at the 2009 Detroit auto show. MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. is a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.

Chuanfu and SokolĀ  talked about BYD auto and what Warren Buffet saw in […]

Beth Lowery, GM, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI -Beth Lowery is General Motor’s Vice President of Energy, Environment and Safety policy. Lowery sat down with me at the 2009 Detroit auto show tp talk about the future of General Motors.

What is new for advanced technology in General Motors? Who are the partners?

I asked all the […]

Doug Speck, Volvo, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Doug Speck is the President and CEO of Volvo North America.

I asked Speck if Ford was going to sell Volvo? I asked Speck who was going to buy Volvo? Would Volvo be able to keep all their safety intellectual property if they did get sold?

I asked […]

William Walton, Honda, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Honda car product planning manager William Walton talked to me after the unveiling of the 2010 Honda Insight at the 2009 Detroit auto show.

The new, 2nd generation Insight will start showing up on dealers lots in April, 2009. The starting price is $23,500 with a combined […]

Ian Callum, Jaguar, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Ian Callum is the chief designer for Jaguar, and he always makes time to sit down and have a chat with me. This time we are meeting at the 2009 Detroit auto show.

I asked Callum about the new Jaguar XFR design, and what it was […]