General Motors paying back the Government

General Motors paying back the Government Simon Constable, WSJ, hosted the John Batchelor show and we talked about the fact that General Motors has been given such a hard time for taking money from the Government. In an ironic twist of fate, within the next year, General Motors could be the only Detroit 3 car [...]

GM DAT designers at the 2011 NAIAS on Driving the Nation

The General Motors Daewoo Auto & Technology (GM DAT) designers talked to Warren Brown, Washington Post, and myself at the 2011 North American International Automobile Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI. John Mack is design director for crossover exterior design and GM accessories. He worked in Korea, but is back in the United States design center [...]

Mark Reuss, President GM North America, on the John Batchelor show

Mark Reuss, President GM North America, talked to John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com. General Motors has rescinded their application for a $14.4 billion low-interest loan for the Department of Energy's (DOE) low-interest loan for Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM). why? Is General Motors going to [...]

Micheal Austin, BYD, at the 2011 Detroit auto show on Driving the Nation

Everyone wanted a minute with Micheal Austin, the VP of BYD America. Warren Brown, Washington Post, and I got ten minutes to hear what BYD was up to in 2011. BYD Auto is a Chinese automobile manufacturer based in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China,established in 2003. Warren Buffet owns 9.9 percent of BYD. BYD brought out [...]

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat on www.washingtonpost.com, January 28 2011

Good morning, everybody. Welcome Lou Ann Hammond, who will join me in today's chat. Lou Ann and I have covered the global automobile industry, and all that means, for 30 years. She hails from California and is the proprietress of Drivingthenation.com, for which I also do a little work. Welcome, Lou Ann. Click on Warren's [...]

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Michael Mauer, Porsche’s designer, at the 2011 NAIAS on Driving the Nation

Michael Mauer, chief designer for Porsche took time to talk to Warren Brown, Washington Post, and myself at the 2011 North American International Auto show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI. Mauer talked about the future of Porsche's sports cars, and why Porsche is building a 918 Spyder Hybrid. What does the Porsche 918 RSR mean to [...]

Ed Welburn, General Motor’s global chief designer, at the 2011 NAIAS on Driving the Nation

Ed Welburn, global chief designer, General Motors, took time to talk to Warren Brown, Washington Post, and myself at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI. From a designer's eye, how is the health of the auto industry, the domestic auto industry and Michigan? What are the issues facing General Motors? [...]

Ernst Lieb, CEO & President, Mercedes-Benz USA at 2011 NAIAS on Driving the Nation

Ernst Lieb, CEO & President of Mercedes-Benz USA,  talked to me at 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI. It may look like a design sculpture but look at the grille, says Lieb, you'll see the future of Mercedes-Benz. What is Mercedes-Benz bringing out in electric, hybrids, diesel, diesel-hybrids, fuel-cell in the [...]

Ford and Hyundai may take your breath away, says Strategic Vision

2011 Hyundai Sonatas highest Total Value score in the history of the study”and that is in all of the segments, luxury included. “When the data came back on the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, it was so impressive it prompted us to re-examine the data several times to be certain,” says Strategic Vision President Alexander Edwards. “The [...]