August 2012 sales show confidence

By |2017-03-22T08:01:03-07:00September 6th, 2012|Categories: Auto industry news, Automobiles and Energy, Automotive executives, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Manufacturers, Toyota|Tags: , , , |

It looks great that the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) is sticking around 14.5 million 8 months into 2012. Sales are up 20 percent year-over-year. But you need to look at the footnotes to see if there is confidence in the numbers, or if there is a reason for worry. I looked at the sales [...]

2013 North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) nominees

By |2017-03-22T08:01:08-07:00July 10th, 2012|Categories: Audi, Automobiles and Energy, BMW, Cadillac, Chevy, Dodge, electric vehicles (EV), Ford, Honda, Hybrids, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, North American Car Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Porsche, Subaru, Tesla Motors, Toyota|

It's that time of the year again, time to whittle down the long list of new cars and trucks to decide which one is crowned car and truck/utility of the year award for 2013. The list below is referred to as the long list. For the most part, all new cars and trucks make it [...]

China, joint ventures, domestic and foreign cars on the John Batchelor radio show

By |2017-03-22T08:01:10-07:00June 3rd, 2012|Categories: Auto industry news, Automobiles and Energy, BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China), BYD, electric vehicles (EV), Ford, GM, Kia, Manufacturers, Nissan, Podcasts, Politics, Radio, Subaru, The John Batchelor show, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo|Tags: , , , |

Gordon Chang, Forbes, and John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, talk about China and cars. Some of the back stories that make up the radio show are; Why didn't Subaru get approval for a Joint Venture in China? Marvin Zhu, a correspondent for LMC Automotive, wrote [...]

Orth Hedrick, on Kia Optima hybrid on Driving the Nation

By |2017-03-22T08:01:11-07:00April 23rd, 2012|Categories: Alternative vehicles, Automobiles and Energy, batteries, Fuel economy, Green cars, Kia, Video,|

Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors of America, took some time to talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, The Kia Optima is Kia's first hybrid. Now, Kia has a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine. Where does Kia stand with direct injection and turbocharging? The new engine goes from 200 horsepower to 274, losing only 2 miles per gallon. [...]

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