Chinese car sales on the John Batchelor radio show

Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, talked to John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show and Gordon Chang, Forbes, about Chinese car sales, Japan in China and which car companies are thriving. In September, 2012, Hammond wrote in, "Chinese Automotive Monthly acknowledges that, “The Diaoyu island dispute between China and Japan, caused by [...]

April 5, 2013 Real Wheels Washington Post

Chevy Spark and MINI Paceman Good morning Warren and friends Sometimes we drive so many cars we forget the simple ones, like the Kia Rio I drove last week. Great little car. It, and the Chevy Spark and MINI Paceman, has been great fun and good value for the money. I panned the Ford Explorer [...]

Toyota and Subaru talk about car sales in China

At the January, 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, talked to Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc. At the April, 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) Hammond talked to Tomohiko Ikeda, Executive Vice President, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, Senior [...]

Scott Keogh Audi A3 unveil New York auto show

2013 Audi A3 unveil Scott Keough, President, Audi of America, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, on the eve of the 2013 New York auto show. Audi did not unveil the A3 at the auto show, opting instead to show it to a small group of journalists until the official unveils at the 2013 [...]

Fisker Automotive doesn’t have to go bankrupt: there are options

Car companies make mistakes all the time: some of the hardware, some of the software and some on the design. The difference between an established company making a mistake and a start-up company making a mistake is the ability to bounce back financially. The issue of bankruptcy is not because the Fisker Karma is an [...]

March 29, 2013 Real Wheels Washington Post

New York auto show Good morning Warren and friends The city that never sleeps was in rare form this week. On Tuesday there were parties from morning to past midnight!, and that was BEFORE the auto show. Game changers at the New York auto show: BMW will introduce an i8, 3-cylinder, carbon-fiber, plug-in hybrid that [...]

2013 New York auto show on the John Batchelor radio show

Host, John Batchelor and Co-host Mary Kissel, Wall Street Journal editorial board, talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, about the 2013 New York International auto show (NYIAS). We talk about the BMW i8, first introduced as the BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics, that will come out with as a 3-cylinder twin turbo plug-in hybrid [...]

Racing around Sebring with Tim Moser in a Porsche Panamera

We thought we were in heaven when we picked our Porsche 911 up at the Orlando, FL Hertz rent-a-car, but when we got there we were invited to join Tim Moser, Sebring race car driver, for a lap around Sebring racetrack during the 12 hours of Sebring endurance race. The Porsche Panamera was the pace [...]

Volkswagen’s Rainer Michel on the VW Beetle GSR on Driving the Nation

Rainer Michel, Volkswagen's Vice President, Marketing and Strategy, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, about the VW Beetle GSR. What does GSR mean? Michel tells me what it means in German, then explains it in English. How many Beetle GSRs will be produced? What is the difference between a Beetle and a Beetle GSR? [...]

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The designers of the Cadillac ATS

Interior Design Manager for Cadillac Phil Kucera, Cadillac Interior designer, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, about designing the Cadillac ATS. What does it mean to Boniface and to win the North American Car of the Year for the Cadillac ATS? What one thing inside, and outside, according to the designers, made the ATS [...]