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Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat on April 12, 2011

I joined Warren Brown, Washington Post journalist since 1982, on his chat line again last week.

This is how it started:

“Good morning. We have with us the genius Lou Ann Hammond of, to which I also will be a contributor…soon, Lou Ann, soon.

But, heads up, we have an interesting 2011 Spring market shaping up because of the Japan earthquake-tsunami. 17 0ut of 20 major Japanese car companies and suppliers have been affected.  In the showroom, that will mean fewer available Toyota Corolla and Yaris models. Ditto the Mazda3 compact car, Honda Fit and CR-V models, Lexus ES and IS sedans, Acura TSX and Subaru Forester. Certain paint colors will be affected, hot red tints being chief among them. Also, some American and German companies relying on Japan-sourced electronics will be affected.

It all means lower-to-no Spring sales incentives.  Expect dealers to charge premiums on popular models. Cheers. Let’s talk.”

Click on Warrens picture to go to the chat:

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Lou Ann Hammond

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 board member of the Women in Automotive.