Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com April 18, 2014

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com April 18, 2014

Good morning Warren and Friends and New York City!

The mood of the New York show wasgood, but there weren’t that many journalists at the show. New York is the home of the fashion industry and the last U.S. show of the year so the show is more like a party with lots of news but lots of night time lifestyle parties as well. It’s more about lifestyle entertainment so you have Ford celebrating the Mustang’s 50th anniversary by cutting a Mustang in 7 pieces in order to get it on the elevator to get it to the top of the Empire State Building which is where the first Mustang was unveiled.

General Motors showed off their new 2015 Corvette Z06 convertible and Chevy Trax, a compact SUV that will be coming to America standard with backup camera. Barra was there and answered all the recall answers – ad nauseum. All the behind the scenes chatter is that Akerson still knew about the impending recall issue and that is why he left, but Barra will do a better job at reconstructing General Motors anyway. There’s a big difference between taking a company into bankruptcy and running an ongoing concern.

Barra knows the world is watching GM and said so at the Automotive Forum before the auto show.

Nissan hosted a party in the village in a 5-story house. The front doors were funky pieces of plywood painted black but when you went through the doors it was a 13,000 square foot house replete with an indoor pool and a 900 square foot rooftop. Nissan sponsors a couple of food programs so it was only fitting to have Marc Murphy, one of Chopped’s famous chefs, and a board member of City Harvest, Culintro and Passport NYC at the 92nd Street Y Culinary Camp fixing the food.

McLaren showed off their new 650S that you can own for a mere $265,500

Fiat Chrysler showed off the most product including the Alfa Romeo 4C that they say will becoming to the United States. Expect fiat Chrysler to bring their IPO out within the year. You don’t bring that much product out in one setting, in the heart of the banking world, in the heart of Wall Street where all the investors are and not think IPO.

I was on the John Batchelor radio show last night in studio at WABC and they video’d John and myself. You can see the piece at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYIblNU3prY&list=UUzWStt2tCYHQXr54rxGvSIg

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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.