AAH #255 – Plug-ins, Spin Loss and Powertrains of the Future

August 29th, 2014 at 4:08pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Was Ross Perot Right? More Move to Mexico
- China & India Go After Western Automakers: Is This the Beginning of the End?

SPECIAL GUEST: Larry Nitz, GM Powertrain Executive Director, Global Transmission & Electrification

All that and much more with Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production, Stephanie Brinley, IHS Automotive and Gary Witzenburg, AutoMedia.com.

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ATW #1828 - America’s Auto Bubble

August 28th, 2014 at 6:00pm



Mark Wakefield, AlixPartners, Jeff Schuster, LMC Automotive, Charles Chesbrough, IHS Automotive. Topic: Car sales.

Auto sales in America have recently been on a tear. In fact, some suggest the SAAR might actually challenge those heady days of 18 million units. Enter AlixPartners whose newest study indicates that U.S. sales may have already peaked. Joining host John McElroy to discuss this topic and more are Mark Wakefield from AlixPartners, Charles Chesbrough from IHS as well as Jeff Schuster from LMC Automotive.

AD #1446 – Mexico “Even Steven,” China Opts for Coal over Oil, The Upside of Recalls

August 28th, 2014 at 11:48am

Runtime: 5:57

- Mustang Production Kicks Off
- Saab on Life Support
- Mexico “Even Steven”
- China Opts for Coal over Oil
- The Upside of Recalls

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AD #1445 – Volvo Reveals XC90, AutoVaz in Trouble, Subprime Concerns Overblown?

August 27th, 2014 at 11:45am

Runtime: 7:12

- Volvo Reveals XC90
- AutoVaz in Trouble in Russia
- Anti-UAW VW Workers to Form own Union
- Subprime Concerns Overblown
- GM’s Corrosive Issue

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Seat Time: 2014 Volkswagen CC Executive

August 26th, 2014 at 3:00pm

2014 Volkswagen CC

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: Chip Drake
Manufacturer: Volkswagen
Make: Volkswagen
Model: CC Executive
Type: Mid-Size Sports Sedan
Competitors: Acura TSX, Buick Regal, Hyundai Azera, Infiniti G37, Nissan Maxima
Price: As tested – $38,260
Made in: Emden, Germany
Drivetrain: 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder with direct injection mated to a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission
EPA Ratings: 22 MPG city/ 31 MPG highway/ 25 MPG combined

Final Impression:

2014 Volkswagen CC InteriorAs we know, the design of Volkswagens are fairly pedestrian save for the iconic Beetle. The Passat, Jetta, Tiquan, for example, all bare a striking resemblance to a lamb cake mold but less fluffy. So to say the VW CC – in this case the Executive — is the most beautifully designed Volkswagen seems a tad empty if not wholly accurate. The car’s slopey shoulders give it the look of one of its far more expensive Teutonic cousins while its two-toned milk chocolate interior is as luscious as that first summer milkshake on a hot day.

On the inside the car has the tech it’s supposed to have though most of it seems B-list. The RNS 510 Navigation system with its 6.5-inch screen along with the Fender sound system all could stand to be punched up a bit.

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AD #1444 – GM Pedals Green Solution, 1939 Arctic Snow Cruiser, New Hybrid Conversion

August 26th, 2014 at 11:54am

Runtime: 7:02

- China Amps Up Charging Stations
- VW Announces eGolf Price
- GM’s Bike Sharing Program
- CR Crowns Diesel Ram as Top Truck
- India Slaps OEMs with Fine
- Ford Dials Up ST Models Production
- Antarctic Snow Cruiser
- American Axle’s Hybrid Conversion

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Seat Time: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic

August 25th, 2014 at 3:05pm

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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: Daimler AG
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: S550 4Matic
Type: Full-size, 4-door sedan
Competitors: BMW Alpina B7, Audi A8 L W12, Lexus LS 600h L
Price: As tested $121,345
Made in: Sindelfingen, Germany
Drivetrain: 4.6 L twin turbo V-8, 7-speed automatic
EPA Ratings: 16 city/26 highway/19 mpg combined

Final Impression:

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class InteriorIf you are ever going to fully appreciate all the technologically packed into this Mercedes, you’d better be ready to earn a PhD in owner’s manual studies. This has got to be the most complicated machine to ever roll off an automotive assembly line. The good news is that you can just jump in this car and go, because the basics of everyday driving are simple enough for anyone to figure out the first time they sit behind the wheel. But if you want to get your money’s worth out of all the controls and functions, get ready to hit the books for some serious study sessions. And even at that you’ll probably need some refresher courses.

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AD #1443 – IndyCar Gets All Shook Up, Investing In Autos, German Suppliers Told To Partner Up

August 25th, 2014 at 12:01pm

Runtime: 8:17

- IndyCar Gets All Shook Up
- German Suppliers Told To Partner Up in China
- Chinese Students Buy Luxury Cars
- Investing In Autos
- Recalls Don’t Hurt Residuals
- Audi’s Robot Technician Aid

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AAH #254 – The ART of Audi

August 22nd, 2014 at 2:24pm

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SPECIAL GUEST: Jamie Dennis, Audi Quality & Technical Service Director
- Audi has new technology that transmits its expert technicians into any service center. How and why are they doing this?

All that and much more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv and Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production.

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AD #1442 – Battery Breakthrough?, Corvette Z06 Pricing, The Humvee That Never Was

August 22nd, 2014 at 11:59am

Runtime: 7:39

- Battery Breakthrough?
- China Goes With CAFC
- China Looks to Grow Used Car Market
- Corvette Z06 Pricing
- The Humvee That Never Was
- Mexico’s Booming Auto Industry

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