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

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

Gordon Chang, Forbes.com & the daily, and John Batchelor, the host of the John Batchelor Radio show talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, drivingthenation.com

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 United States.

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only 2.5 percent of the market was made up of cars under $15,000 in 2011

Once I got the numbers from Alexander Edwards, the President of Strategic Visions, I realized China would not be sending cheap cars to America.

What is the average price of a new car? That would tell me where I should look for the starting price of a Chinese car. The National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) website says the average price of a brand new car is over $30,000.

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In 2011, the average new-car price was $30,520.

Chang, Batchelor and Hammond talk about what type of car will be brought into United States, whether it is the internal combustion engine or the electric vehicle.

Chang uses BYD, a Chinese electric vehicle company that Warren Buffet owns 9.9%, as an example of an EV car that is thinking of coming to the United States.

We also talk about CODA automotive and whether it will ask for a U.S. government loan to manufacture in the United STates.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.