AAH #258 – The Secrets of Chevy’s Legendary Small Block V8

September 19th, 2014 at 3:33pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- First impressions: 2015 Ford Mustang.
- Cadillac’s new leader won’t cut prices.
- ZF takes over TRW, becomes world’s 2nd largest supplier.

SPECIAL GUEST: Dave Cole, Autoharvest.org
- The untold story behind GM’s legendary Small Block V8

All that and much more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Todd Lassa, Automobile; Drew Winter, WardsAuto.

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Seat Time: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

September 18th, 2014 at 3:00pm

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Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Reviewer: Sean McElroy
Manufacturer: Volkswagen
Make: Volkswagen
Model: Jetta
Type: 4-door sedan
Competitors: Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla
Price: Base: $17,035; Top Line: $32,490
Made in: Puebla, Mexico
Drivetrain: 2.0TDI Diesel 4-cylinder; 6-speed manual
EPA Ratings: 31 city; 46 hwy

Final Impression:

2015_jetta_tdi_4229The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta is a 4-door sedan that competes against the likes of the Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The price of the vehicle we tested came in just under $22,500, which was equipped with a 2.0L diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. In that trim it’s capable of hitting 31 miles-per-gallon in the city and 46 on the freeway.

The Jetta is Volkswagen’s best selling vehicle in the U.S. and it just received a series of subtle updates for 2015. Up front the most noticeable change is to the lower portion of the bumper, while out back a new decklid and taillights give the rear of the car a less-frumpy look. As you can see from those side-by-side pictures not much has really changed and the same goes for the interior too. The biggest difference comes in the form of a new steering wheel and HVAC controls. But it gets a host of new safety and technology features as well. I like when interior spaces don’t look too busy, like this one, but even though I can’t put my finger on exactly why, there’s just something about the design on this one I don’t like. I also wish the display screen was a little bigger. There’s plenty of open space on that dash and the screen can be hard to read, especially with the navigation on.

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AD #1460 – ZF Takes Over TRW, Mid-size Trucks Get a Boost, R&D Spending per Cars Sold

September 18th, 2014 at 11:57am

Runtime: 5:41

- ZF Takes Over TRW
- Tesla Wins MA Court Battle
- Toyota Boosts Tacoma Production
- GM Ups Mid-size Truck Production
- R&D Spending per Cars Sold

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AD #1459 – Renault’s Super Efficient Concept, Take Caution With Tesla, 2015 VW Jetta

September 17th, 2014 at 11:59am

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- Renault’s High-Mileage EOLAB Concept
- Analyst’s Tesla Stock Caution
- Ford Reveals New S- and C-MAX
- 3D Printed Parts Used During NASCAR Races
- Seat Time: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

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AD #1458 – Nissan Cuts EV Power, Infotainment Getting Better, 2015 Navigator Short on Luxury

September 16th, 2014 at 11:50am

Runtime: 7:03

- Nissan May Shut EV Battery Plants
- GM Ignition Death Toll Rises
- CR Says Infotainment Gets Better
- Alfa’s AR Owner’s Manual
- Mahindra to Buy Peugeot Scooters
- First Impressions: 2015 Lincoln Navigator

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Seat Time: 2015 Lincoln Navigator

September 16th, 2014 at 9:43am

2015 Lincoln Navigator

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Reviewer: John McElroy
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Make: Lincoln
Model: Navigator
Type: Full-size SUV
Competitors: Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80, Lexus LX570
Price: Base: $62,475; Top line: $75,065
Made in: Louisville, KY
Drivetrain: 3.5 L EcoBoost V-6; 6-speed automatic
EPA Ratings: 4×2:16 city/22 hwy/18 combined mpg; 4×4: 15 city/20 hwy/17 combined mpg

Final Impression:

2015 Lincoln Navigator InteriorThe “new” Lincoln Navigator is really just a refresh of a vehicle that badly needed it. The last time the Navigator was redesigned was in 2007, a shockingly long time to leave a vehicle unchanged in the marketplace—and a good indicator of why the Lincoln brand has been struggling. Happily, the refresh dramatically improves the driveability of the vehicle. But it also shows why the Navigator falls short of becoming a true luxury vehicle.

First, the good news. Lincoln dumped the 5.4 liter V-8 and replaced it with a tweaked version of its 3.5 liter EcoBoost V-6. Now rated at 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, it’s the most powerful version of the 3.5 to hit the streets. BTW, the engine hits peak torque at only 2200 rpm, right smack dab in the middle of where you’re going to use it the most. And that transforms the way this big SUV drives.

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AD #1457 – AWS Revival?, Opel Reveals Vivaro Van, Dodge’s Wicked Hellcat Engine

September 15th, 2014 at 12:01pm

Runtime: 8:37

- Formula E Is Off To the Races
- Russian Car Sales Plummet
- India’s Auto Industry Booming
- All-Wheel Steer Revival?
- Can You Name This Car?
- Opel Reveals Vivaro Van
- Dodge’s Wicked Hellcat Engine

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AAH #257 – Meet the Man Who Made the Hellcat

September 12th, 2014 at 4:38pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- First impressions: Mazda MX-5 Miata and Lexus RC.
- Remembering Jim Harbour.
- Sergio Marchionne fires Ferrari Chief, Luca di Montezemolo.

SPECIAL GUEST: Russ Ruedisueli, VLE & Head of Engineering at SRT.
- What’s the REAL horsepower rating on the Dodge Challenger Hellcat? Where else is this engine going?

All that and much more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Chris Paukert, Autoblog.com.

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AD #1456 – Why Sergio Sacked Luca, Top Big Truck Makers, Gas Use Rises in U.S.

September 12th, 2014 at 11:54am

Runtime: 7:58

- Why Luca di Montezemolo Was Fired from Ferrari
- Top Heavy-Truck Makers in the U.S.
- Gasoline Consumption Rises in U.S.
- AutoNation and Hennessey Team Up
- Auto Industry Embraces 3D Printing

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ATW #1829 - The Secret World of 3D Printing

September 11th, 2014 at 4:00pm



David Darbyshire, DASI Solutions, Bruce Bradshaw, Stratasys, Brian Levy, Joe Gibbs Racing. Topic: 3D Printing.

From toys to sporting goods and even some replacements parts for cars, it looks like 3D Printers are tackling more in more in the world of manufacturing.

For a look at how this industry is growing, especially within the automotive industry, join host John McElroy with his panel of 3D Printing experts including, David Darbyshire from DASI Solutions, Bruce Bradshaw from 3D manufacturer Stratasys and Brian Levy of Joe Gibbs Racing on Autoline THIS WEEK.

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