BRIC (brazil, russia, india china)

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 [...]

John Edwards, Director, Land Rover on Driving the Nation

John Edwards, Director of Land Rover, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, about Land Rover's new Range Rover. Land Rover sold about 300,000 vehicles globally last year, but countries are putting the pressure on all manufacturers to produce vehicles in the country they are being sold. They are doing this by increasing import tariffs. [...]

Ed Welburn on the Chevy Onix, spark, sonic and Buick Encore design on Driving the Nation

Sao Paulo, Brazil - Ed Welburn is General Motors' Vice President of Global Design. Welburn talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, about the Chevy Onix platform. The Onix might be on the same platform as the Chevy Spark and the Buick Encore, but the car is produced and sold in Brazil. Welburn emphasizes the [...]

Porsche’s Brueck on luxury cars in Brazil on Driving the Nation

Matthias Brueck is the President and Managing Director of Porsche Latin America, Inc. Miami, the gateway to Latin America, is home base for Porsche Latin America. Brazil is part of the are that Brubeck is responsible for. Porsche's Brazilian President and Managing Director, Matthias Brueck, and Lamborghini's President and CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, both said that [...]

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on October 26, 2012

Warren and I are back from Sao Paulo, Brazil, attending the Sao Paulo auto show. It was a Carnaval! Emerging market auto shows are always interesting, but it says a lot about Brazil that many CEOs from car companies, such as General Motor's CEO, Dan Akerson, and the Chairman of the Board of Management (CEO) [...]

Musings from the 2012 Sao Paulo auto show

2012 Sao Paulo auto show Sao Paulo, Brazil (Brasil) - Car companies in Europe are shutting production plants, China's economy is slowing. CEOs from car companies, such as General Motor's CEO, Dan Akerson, and the Chairman of the Board of Management (CEO) of Volkswagen AG, Martin Winterkorn, are happy to be attending an auto show [...]

Japan and China: Power, Politics and the economy

The tail of the dragon It seems that every way China swings it's tail it is getting in an argument with another country. As Chinas economy cools, tension is escalating in the red dragon with the United States and Japan. Toyota dealership burning in China, courtesy of Weibo There are people that say [...]

China joint venture domestic foreign cars

Domestic and Foreign cars in China 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 backstories that make up the radio show are; Why didn't Subaru get approval for a Joint Venture in China? Marvin Zhu, a [...]

How Chinese car companies will conquer the U.S. auto industry

Gordon Chang, & the daily, and John Batchelor, the host of the John Batchelor Radio show talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, I started writing about Brand new 2012 cars under $15,000, but The Forbes story turned into an article about why the Chinese car companies would not bring cheap cars into the [...]

China, GM, Kia and the Frankfurt auto show on the John Batchelor radio show

Every country that is doing business with China is having issues with China wanting their intellectual property. Kia is no different. Kia wants to take electric vehicles into China, but not with Korean batteries, with Chinese batteries. Access into China, for all companies, means greater market access, but at what price? The World Trade Organization [...]