September sales, John Batchelor, John Avlon (CNN)

Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show and John Avlon, senior columnist for Newsweek and the Daily Beast as well as a CNN contributor, talk about September sales and the auto industry.

All three domestic car companies were up in September. Truck sales are once again up. Whenever Oil and gasoline go down people start buying bigger vehicles.

Hyundai surpasses Honda in sales in the first nine months of 2011.

Ford did fine for September, Lincoln did not which brought the Ford Motor group down.

John Batchelor talked to Bob Lutz and Lutz told Batchelor that problems could be solved by design. Design is part of self-image, status and appreciation. Combine that with technology and you’ve got a winner.

Toyota said that seven cars would get zero percent financing.

Did the bailouts work? Are the American companies back on the upswing?
General Motors, just like Google and Intel, has created a venture capital firm called General Ventures for research and development.

What’s with all the Ford F250s on the road lately?

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.