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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 […]

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 bankruptcy […]

Brazil trys to quinch world’s thrist for oil with energy revolution

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 worlds growing thirst for […]

Tesla Q3: Elon Musk; exploring options on battery plant with partners

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 credit’s
* 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 million to $796 million
* Ramping […]

Will cash constraints and smog hurt Chinese auto sales?

John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, talked to Gordon Chang,, and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, 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 unit’s in June, up 9.3 […]

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 […]

BYD’s Vice President, Micheal Austin

Shanghai, China – Micheal Austin, BYD’s Vice President, BYD of America, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, 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,, 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 […]

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, 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 it’s […]