AAH #264 – An Update on Achates’ Revolutionary Engine

October 31st, 2014 at 4:25pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- What to expect from Chevy’s Next-Gen Volt.
- Tales from Racing Legend Dan Gurney.
- Gary drives VW’s e-Golf in Deutschland.
- One truck brand’s promo goes viral — in a very bad way.

SPECIAL GUEST: David Johnson, Achates Power

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

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ATW #1834 - Crisis Communication

October 30th, 2014 at 4:00pm



Jason Vines, Author, “What Did Jesus Drive?”, Peter De Lorenzo, Autoextremist.com, Tom Walsh, Detroit Free Press. Topic: Public relations.

What happens when “60 Minutes” shows up at a corporation’s door or some crisis occurs that it wasn’t ready for? That’s when they turn to crisis communications experts like Jason Vines, the former automotive PR executive who has experienced more than his share of corporate trauma. So much so that he’s written a book, which brings him back to Autoline for the first time in a decade. Joining host John McElroy to discuss Jason’s book is Peter De Lorenzo from the Autoextremist.com and Detroit Free Press columnist Tom Walsh.

AD #1490 – Fiat Spins Off Ferrari, New Toyota Van Puts the Ugh In Ugly, Takata Airbag Fix

October 30th, 2014 at 11:53am

Runtime: 8:07

- Fiat Spins Off Ferrari
- FCA Earnings
- Fiat Reveals Wild Four-Door Coupe
- New Toyota Van Puts the Ugh In Ugly
- BMW Introduces M Versions of X5 & X6
- Takata Airbag Fix

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Seat Time: 2015 Honda CR-V

October 29th, 2014 at 3:00pm

2015 Honda CR-V

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.

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Reviewer: Sean McElroy
Manufacturer: Honda
Make: Honda
Model: CR-V
Type: Mid-Size CUV
Competitors: Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Jeep Cherokee
Price: $24,150 (base FWD LX model); $32,350 (FWD Touring model), includes destination charges
Made in: Ohio
Drivetrain: 2.4L 4-cylinder mated to new CVT transmission
EPA Ratings: 27 city/34 hwy/ 29 combined

Final Impression:
2015 Honda CR-V InteriorThe Honda CR-V is a mid-size SUV that competes against the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Jeep Cherokee. Base price starts just over $24,000, while the new Touring model, which I drove starts a bit over $32,000. It’s powered by a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine mated to a new CVT transmission. Fuel economy is 27 MPG in the city, 34 on the highway and 29 combined. You can subtract 1 mile-per-gallon for all those numbers for all-wheel-drive models.

Honda is on pace to increase sales of the CR-V this year by 5% compared to last year, once again topping 300,000 units and with 60 all-new or improved components on the 2015 model I don’t see it missing that mark. While most of the front fascia was massaged, you’d be hard pressed to tell the new model from the old at a quick glance. The most noticeable change comes in the form of new headlights that feature LED daytime running lights on trim levels above the base LX model. Two new sets of wheels are also available and the rear fascia did see some minor tweaks as well.

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AD #1489 – OEMs Irk Suppliers, Mazda Teases New Compact Crossover, More Volt Details

October 29th, 2014 at 11:55am

Runtime: 8:39

- Chrysler Cans Quality Exec
- OEMs Say Suppliers Making Too Much Money
- Shortage of Takata Air Bag kits
- AutoNation Suspends Sales of Takata Vehicles
- More Specific Chevy Volt Details
- Mazda Teases New Compact Crossover
- 2015 Dodge Charger – Seat Time

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Seat Time: 2015 Toyota Camry

October 28th, 2014 at 3:00pm

2015 Toyota Camry

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: Toyota
Make: Toyota
Model: Camry
Type: 4-door midsize sedan
Competitors: Honda Accord; Mazda6; Hyundai Sonata; KIA Optima; Chevy Malibu
Price: (4-cyl) LE-$22,970; SE-$23,840; XLE & XSE-$26,150; (V6) XSE & XLE-$31,370; (Hybrid) LE-$26,790; SE-$27,995; XLE-$29,980 (Delivery fee — $825)
Made in: Georgetown, Kentucky
Drivetrain: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 178 horsepower; 3.5-liter 6-cylinder with 268 horsepower
EPA Ratings: (4-cylinder) 25city, 35highway, 28combined; (6-cylinder) 21city, 31highway, 25combined

Final Impression:
2015 Toyota Camry InteriorIt started with nearly 2,000 new parts, new sheet metal everywhere — but the roof — and a totally upgraded interior. Add to that the claim that you spent $2 Billion (yes, that’s with a “B”) dollars and you have what Toyota is calling its “mid-cycle refresh” of its best-selling Camry.

When the latest generation came out in 2011, many of the auto meritocracy said “THAT’S the new Camry?” In other words, they were surprised that there weren’t many surprises. So even though Camry continues to sell over 400,000 units a year in the USA alone, obviously Toyota decided to go back to the drawing board to give the car the kind of “oompf” it needs to compete in that bare-knuckled midsize category.

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AD #1488 – CR’s Grain-of-Salt Ratings, Lincoln Ads Spoofed, Seat Belts Save From Zombies

October 28th, 2014 at 11:59am

Runtime: 7:46

- Are Consumer Reports Ratings Reliable?
- Carrey Spoofs McConaughey
- Honda’s 2nd Quarter Pretty Good
- Can Seat Belts Save You From Zombies?
- You Said It!

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AD #1487 – Former Ford PR Chief Alleges Spying, OEMs Worry about Cheap Gas, Audi to F1?

October 27th, 2014 at 11:58am

Runtime: 8:24

- Former Ford PR Chief Alleges Spying
- OEMs Worry about Cheap Gas
- Toyota Remains King of the Hill
- U.S. Car Sales Continue Growth
- F1 Should Study NFL
- Audi to F1?
- OEMs & Suppliers Struggle With Recalls
- Behind the Scenes of the New Mustang

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AAH #263 – Pony Up: Mr. Mustang Pays a Visit

October 24th, 2014 at 7:44pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Takata air bag recalls out of control.
- Are plastic windows the next big lightweighting revolution?

SPECIAL GUEST: Dave Pericak, Mustang Chief Engineer
- Will this finally be the ‘Stang that outsells Camaro?

All that and much more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Henry Payne, The Detroit News; Chris Paukert, Autoblog.

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AD #1486 – Ford Earnings Fall, Buffett May Create Largest Dealer Group, New Volt Details

October 24th, 2014 at 11:52am

Runtime: 7:51

- Ford Earnings Sputter
- Lunch with Ford’s Mark Fields
- Buffett to Create Largest Dealer Group?
- New Chevy Volt Details
- Toyota Dumps Tesla
- What Experts Think of Gigafactory

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