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March 26th, 2015 at 2:00pm

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Auto Tune: “Pacific Coast Highway” by Burt Bacharach

March 25th, 2015 at 3:00pm

Driving, riding, roads and of course cars themselves have all been immortalized by writers, composers and musicians around the world. Auto Tune is our way to spotlight a unique transportation song to celebrate these “ridden” gems along with the artists or composers who crafted them. Some you may know, many we’re sure you don’t.

Burt_Bacharach_Make_it_easy_on_yourselfI love Burt Bacharach. Part of perhaps the greatest songwriting team of the 20th century (and yes, I’m not overlooking Lennon & McCartney), his greatest hits are almost a soundtrack of the ‘60s and ‘70s with a few from the ‘80s tossed in for good measure. The majority of his songs were accompanied by the brilliant lyrics of Hal David, however, there were a few instrumentals that Burt composed on his own and “Pacific Coast Highway” was one of the early ones. From his 1969 album “Make It Easy On Yourself,” this love letter to the PCH captures the essence of a ride from Santa Monica to Malibu. In fact, Burt told the LA Times that his inspiration for the composition was the drive he experienced in his late ‘60s Yellow Corvette Convertible up and down the PCH. Just listen to the light, mellow and melodic vibe of the song and you’ll be transported to the parking lot of Duke’s Restaurant in Malibu as you pull out onto CA 1, make a left and head up the coast to do a little grocery shopping at the Malibu Country Market. Ahhh, I’ll grab a coffee and meet you on the patio.

- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline

AD #1584 – Italian Companies Are Hot Targets, Patent Lawsuits Exploding, All-New 2016 Jag XF

March 25th, 2015 at 11:58am

Runtime: 7:26

- Italian Companies Are Hot Targets
- Number of Patent Lawsuits Exploding
- Virtual Keys Coming to Fleet Operators
- Jaguar Shows New XF, We Think
- Is the UAW Willing to Give or Just Take?

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AD #1583 – Labor Cost Ranks, Ford Edge Going Global, High Speed 3D Printing

March 24th, 2015 at 11:31am

Runtime: 7:05

- Labor Cost Ranks
- Ford Expands in China
- Uber Cars Outnumber Taxis in NYC
- High Speed 3D Printing
- Ford Edge Going Global

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Seat Time: 2015 Ford Transit 250 HR

March 23rd, 2015 at 3:13pm

Ford Transit

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: Ford
Model: Transit 250 HR
Type: Full size cargo van
Competitors: Daimler Sprinter, Ram Promaster, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Nissan NV400
Price: Base: $30,560. As tested: $46,930
Made in: Kansas City, Missouri
Drivetrain: 3.2 liter I-5 diesel; 6-speed automatic
EPA Ratings: NA; observed: 20 mpg

Final Impression:
2014 Ford TransitWho would have ever thought that driving a Namu-sized van could be so much fun? All you enthusiasts out there owe it to yourselves to test drive the Transit at some point, because this van will definitely surprise and delight you.

The driving dynamics are better than you’ll find in many passenger cars. The on-center steering feel is precise, the effort is direct and you’ll sense the feedback through your hands. The brake pedal effort is directly proportional to the deceleration you’ll get out of it and is easily modulated. And while the acceleration of the I-5 diesel will not exactly snap your neck, it will more than easily keep up with traffic.

Go ahead, push it hard through one of those long, circular off-ramps. Hustle it through your favorite set of esses. Pick any apex and clip it every time. I found myself shaking my head in amazement and almost giggling. How can a vehicle with a 148-inch wheelbase, a 10-foot tall roof and over 400 cubic feet of interior room handle so well?

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AD #1582 – CT6 Engine Details, Chevy Dominates Sebring, Why OEMs Shouldn’t Brag About Awards

March 23rd, 2015 at 11:58am

Runtime: 6:00

- Honda Cuts Fit EV Price
- Chevy Dominates Sebring
- Cadillac CT6 Engine Details
- Lexus Teases New RX
- Why OEMs Shouldn’t Brag About Media Awards

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AAH #279 – Ford Sharpens its Edge

March 20th, 2015 at 2:52pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- What’s all this talk from FCA’s Sergio Marchionne about a merger?
- Russia is in a sales tailspin. Will anyone notice outside the luxury brands?
- Up close with Jeep‘s new Moab concepts

SPECIAL GUEST: Scott Smith, Program Manager, Ford Edge

All that and much more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Aaron Bragman, Cars.com.

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AD #1581 – Jeep’s Cool Retro Concepts, Beware of Ransomware, Used Car Prices Unlikely to Drop

March 20th, 2015 at 11:59am

Runtime: 8:11

- Tesla Adds Automated Steering
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- TowerSec Finds Investor
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- Glow in the Dark LEAF
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ATW #1907 - CPO Spells Used

March 19th, 2015 at 4:00pm



Jared Rowe, AutoTrader.com, Todd Fites, Ford Motor Company, Sam Slaughter, Sellers Auto Group. Topic: Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles.

In the old days, when you searched for a used car you were at the mercy of your car dealer; sometimes they were quality vehicles while others were worn out lemons. However nowadays with the success of CPOs, or Certified Pre-Owned, the consumer has a lot more going for him or her than the mercy of some manager. Joining John McElroy to discuss the growth of the CPO business is Jared Rowe from AutoTrader.com, Todd Fites from Ford Motor Company and dealer Sam Slaughter from the Sellers Auto Group.

AD #1580 – Scion Gets a Sedan, Plug-Ins Will Drain Your Wallet, Ford Tinkers With Focus ST

March 19th, 2015 at 11:56am

Runtime: 8:13

- GM Makes Major Changes in Russia
- Kia Sketches All-New Optima
- Scion Teases New Models
- BMW Adds Plug-In to X5 Lineup
- Plug-Ins Drain Batteries & Wallets
- Ford Tinkers With the Focus ST

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