Bob Lutz, GM, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI - Bob Lutz sat down with me at the 2009 Detroit auto show to talk about the decline of the auto business. I asked Lutz what he thought of how the Congressional hearings for the bailout went. When does Lutz think this decline will be over and [...]

Ford products at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI - Carroll Shelby, Bill Ford, Alan Mulally, Mark Fields & Derrick Kuzak all come together to bring out some of Ford's new products at the 2009 Detroit auto show. Mulally brought out the Ford Fiesta, telling people that if they wanted to drive a European Fiesta for [...]

Loveless & Sprague, KIA, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI - Tom Loveless is vice president, sales at Kia Motors America (KMA), hailing from Daimler Chrysler. Michael Sprague is vice president, marketing for Kia Motors America (KMA), previously working for Lincoln-Mercury. Loveless and Sprague sat down with me at the 2009 Detroit auto show to talk about [...]

Mark Fields, Ford, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI - Mark Fields is executive vice president, Ford Motor Company, and president, The Americas. I asked all the executives this question: Our federal tax dollars go to the government so that they can create a Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE). Automotive companies spend money to fight CAFE [...]

GM’s Bob Lutz on batteries at the NAIAS

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI Bob Lutz, General Motor's Vice Chairman talked to me at the 2009 Detroit auto show about GMs revolutionary electric propulsion technology “ called Voltec. Lutz also talked about why General Motors picked Korean based LG Chem, instead of the A123 battery company to provide the "innards" of [...]

Don Walkowicz, USCAR, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI -Don Walkowicz, USCAR executive director, sat down with me at the 2009 Detroit auto show and talked about USCAR and Freedom Car. It took me a few minutes to understand the difference between USCAR and Freedomcar: USCAR is a collaboration between Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company and [...]

Henry Li, BYD, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI Henry Li, General Manager for Auto Exports for BYD sat down with me at the 2009 Detroit auto show. Who owns BYD? We know that Warren Buffett's MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. has invested about $235 million to get roughly 10% of BYD, but does China own part [...]

Henrik Fisker, Fisker Automotive, at the 2009 Detroit auto show

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI - Henrik Fisker owned Fisker Coachbuild, a high-end design company. Quantum Technologies creates future technology for OEMs, NASA and the U.S. Army. QT, on the QT, had a  proprietary high-performance plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle architecture, known as "Q Drive".  The two created a joint venture and introduced a [...]