Jeff Klei, President of North America Operations, Continental AG

Jeff Klei, President of North America Operations, Continental AG

Jeff  Klei, President of North America Operations, Continental AG talked with John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show,

We’re looking at the auto industry through the autoparts supplier eyes. The car companies are doing better, are the suppliers doing better?

Continental AG is a global business. Twenty percent of Continental’s business is in the United States. Continental tires is the third largest tire company globally, the first in Europe. But most people don’t realize that Continental could practically put a car together themselves!

Did Klei expect Chrysler to be dead by now?

Many had said that if one of the Big 3 didn’t get a bailout that many suppliers would have gone under. Was that the case?

Is the electric vehicle push changing Continental’s business?

Is Continental concerned about how much EV technology is being done in-house instead of being sought, and purchased, by suppliers?

Would Continental have a problem with raw materials, and supplies, if the auto industry were to go to 14 million?

What would be in the shortest supply?

Klei discusses the difference between trucks, SUVs, CUVs and cars.

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.