Geneva Motor Show, Russia and Ukraine, Cars and gas on the John Batchelor radio show

Russia and the Ukraine are starting to seep into the Geneva Motor show discussions and there is concern about what will happen if this situation is not contained soon, if cooler heads do not prevail. European, American and Asian car makers are closely monitoring the “situation” in Ukraine.

According to the Association of European […]

R. L. Polk’s Analyst view of Europe on the eve of the 2013 Geneva auto show

In January, 2013, at the Detroit auto show I interviewed Anthony Pratt, Director of Forecasting, Polk of America. I asked Pratt about Europe, what Polk was forecasting for 2013 and beyond for Western, Eastern and Central Europe.

Polk has a downside scenario and an upside scenario. Would Germany going into a recession be in […]

Renault, Nissan’s CEO, Carlos Ghosn, on Renault, Nissan, and Datsun on Driving the Nation

While the Paris auto show begins in gloomy weather and a gloomy economic outlook Carlos Ghosn, CEO, Renault, Nissan and Datsun, took time back in April, 2012 to talk to a small group of journalists about the economy in Japan and Europe. Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, was one of those journalists.

There are basic assumptions […]

Beautiful cars in Europe you won’t see in the United States on Driving the Nation

Have you even heard of Valmet Automotive? Mia Rio? took some video at the 2012 Geneva auto show of beautiful cars in Europe that you won’t see in the United States, added a little Eurofusion and came up with a conglomeration, an amalgamation of vehicles that are poetry in motion.

Some of the cars […]

Ford posts $1.649 billion profit for first nine months of 2011

World wide Ford madeĀ $1.649 billion profit which equals 41 cents per share.
Debt at Ford was reduced by $1.3 billion in 2011 to make the remaining debt due by Ford.

Ford’s profit came from North America. They were down in Europe. Ford says this is a seasonal effect.
Seasonality could be that the third quarter of every year […]

Christophe Deville, Renault EVs at the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum on Driving the Nation

Christophe Deville is the Manager of Communications for Renault. Deville talked about the difference in charging times between Europe and the United States.

What does Renault have coming out by the end of 2012?

Renault Fluence Z.E. wins the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin, Germany

from the Renault press release:
The Renault Fluence Z.E […]