Mr Seita Kanai, Mazda’s director R&D

Mr Seita Kanai, Mazdas director and senior managing executive officer, Research and Development talked to Lou Ann Hammond at the 2008 Detroit auto show.

Mr. Kanai’s assistant was gracious enough to translate for us.

I asked each person I interviewed the same questions;Which of the following alternative platforms are you putting the most resources behind? hybrids, ethanol/flex fuel vehicles, diesel, plug-in electric vehicles or fuel cell/hydrogen?(If you are investing in more than one, have them list by order of interest by the Manufacturer)

2. What percentage of your cars are recyclable? 3. How many of your US manufacturing plants are zero-percent landfill?


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 founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and the Concept Car of the Year, and former member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year #NACTOY. She is a guest contributor for Via Corsa magazine and Vicarious magazine.

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