Koenigsegg Agera R and the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport on Driving the Nation

Geneva, Switzerland - 81st annual Geneva motor show From Koenigsegg press release: The design The Agera is designed with the minimalistic “less is more” philosophy in mind. This philosophy means that the shape of the car has to be purely functional with no added features except those purely needed to meet regulation, added safety, ergonomics, [...]

A million Chevys in Europe by 2015

Wayne Brannon, President Chevrolet Europe, sat down with Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, and a group of journalists at the 2011 Geneva motor show. Brannon has set a goal of selling one million Chevys in Europe by 2015-2016, assuming the economy continues to recover. Ramp up, ramp down When you have so many [...]

Ford; Any color except black, the impact of the Japan earthquake

March 27, 2011 - The mamouth earthquake and subsequent Tsunami has caused delays in shipments of cars, idled production of others and Ford to tell customers you can have it in any color except Black. Cars that are made in Japan and shipped to the United States: Acura RL Acura TSX Honda Fit Honda Insight [...]

Heels & Wheels at the 81st Geneva International Motor Show at Palexpo press days

Its the only part of the body, or the car, that touches the ground, the heels and the wheels. We took a few extra seconds to look at the heels & wheels that make up the 81st Geneva International Motor Show at Palexpo for Geneva press days. The show features World and European premieres of [...]

By |2016-09-25T14:13:34-07:00March 25th, 2011|Categories: 2011 Geneva auto show, Automobiles and Energy, Car shows|0 Comments

“I am always with you” is a nicer phrase – Japan

Japan's earthquake, and Tsunami March 21, 2011 - On Monday, March 14th, 2011, I was emailing back and forth with Peter Wells, an oil analyst and asked him about Japan. Wells thinks Japan will clean up, mourn and get on with being Japan - they have the means, the organization, and the national coherence to [...]

By |2020-05-28T19:37:49-07:00March 24th, 2011|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Manufacturers, Radio, The John Batchelor show|0 Comments

Jason Castriota, Saab designer, at the 2011 Geneva auto show on Driving the Nation

Geneva, Switzerland - Two world premieres were unveiled at the 2011 Geneva motor show.  the launch of the new Saab 9-3 Griffin range, and the unveiling of a limited edition Convertible celebrating Saabs first year of independence. Also on stage was a concept entitled, Concept for Future Saab Design, conceived by a team under new [...]

Japan Earthquake causes General Motors to idle pickup plant because of parts

Cars affected by Japanese earthquakes Gas prices are rising.   small cars, and hybrids, supplies will diminish while demand grows. Just when small cars are making a comeback a catastrophe has hit that will increase the price of small cars. This could be a nightmare for an industry that is just coming back. Cars that [...]

After the earthquake, Tsunami, the Japanese people are freezing and hungry

March 16, 2011 - Japan is slow to the mark. Five days after the earthquake, the Tsunami and the nuclear shutdown, bordering on a meltdown. Five days, and Japan has finally asked China for 53 tons of Boric acid to put on the Fukushima Daiichi reactors. In the meantime Johnathon Watts from the Guardian is [...]

The Japanese auto industry after the earthquake

March 15, 2011 - The news about the nuclear reactors 1,2,and 3 and the shut-downed reactor 4 is still ambiguous. The car companies had said they would open now, but Honda, Toyota and Nissan have all said they won't be going into full production before March 20. CNBC said that 1.7 billion cars a year [...]

By |2016-09-25T14:13:38-07:00March 18th, 2011|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Podcasts, Radio, The John Batchelor show|0 Comments

Impact of Japanese earthquake on automakers

Tsunami, fires, and nuclear reactors First the 9.0 earthquake, then the Tsunami, fires, and nuclear reactors on fire in Japan. What is the impact on automakers after the Japanese earthquake and all these natural disasters? Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, John Avlon, CNN, and John Batchelor talk about the impact on a global level. The [...]