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.

AD #1455 – Visteon Considers Split, Heavy Trucks Soar, Electrifying Race Weekend

September 11th, 2014 at 11:47am

Runtime: 7:31

- China Fines Audi & Chrysler
- Visteon Considers Split
- Heavy-Duty Truck Sales Soar in U.S.
- Formula E Series Starts Saturday
- You Said It!

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AD #1454 – Montezemolo Quits Ferrari, Toyota Reveals Urban Concept, Mercedes-AMG GT

September 10th, 2014 at 11:48am

Runtime: 6:33

- Montezemolo Quits Ferrari
- Infiniti Names New Chief
- Delphi CEO Retires
- Toyota Reveals Urban Concept
- 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible
- Mercedes-AMG GT

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AD #1453 – Jaguar Reveals XE, Dodge Finally Slashes Viper Price, The Dude Doesn’t Abide

September 9th, 2014 at 11:48am

Runtime: 7:24

- Jaguar Reveals XE
- Renault Expands Bollore Partnership
- Dodge Slashes Viper Pricing
- Scion Offers Performance FR-S
- Hyundai Drops Bridges for Rudd
- Cheap Luxury Concern for Mainstreams?

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AD #1452 – Green Car Sales Fall, Cadillac to Offer Automated Tech, Remembering Jim Harbour

September 8th, 2014 at 11:49am

Runtime: 5:58

- Daimler Boosts U.S. Production
- Green Car Sales Flatline
- Cadillac to Offer Automated Technology
- Ferrari to Supply Haas F1 with Engines
- Remembering Jim Harbour

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AAH #256 – Why Luxury Brands are Murdering Mass-Market Cars

September 5th, 2014 at 4:50pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- How come Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn’s direct reports are leaving left and right?
- Is the “The Hydrogen Transition” on the horizon?
- Are down-market luxury cars stealing sales from mass-market brands?

All that and much more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Dave Sullivan, AutoPacific and Joe White, The Wall Street Journal.

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AD #1451 – Top EVs in U.S., Lexus Shares RC F Details, Never Worry About Your Brake Lines

September 5th, 2014 at 12:01pm

Runtime: 8:10

- Top EVs in U.S.
- Nevada Wins Gigafactory
- Lexus Shares RC F Details
- Hyundai Teases i20 Coupe
- Audi Updates A6
- Win a Trip To Space
- Never Worry About Your Brake Lines

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Seat Time: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

September 4th, 2014 at 3:00pm

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-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: Chip Drake
Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: C-Class
Type: C300 Sedan; C300 4MATIC Sedan; C400 4MATIC sedan
Competitors: BMW 3 Series; Audi A4; Lexus IS; Cadillac ATS
Price: C300 — $38,400; C300 4MATIC — $40,400; C400 4MATIC — $48,590 (all prices do not include $925 d&d charges)
Made in: Mercedes-Benz Vance, Alabama factory for the Americas; Also built in Germany, China & South Africa
Drivetrain: C300 — 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 (RWD); C300 4MATIC — 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 (AWD); C400 4MATIC 3.0L Bi-Turbo V6 (AWD)
EPA Ratings: Not rated yet

Final Impression:

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-ClassCommunications and marketing teams try their best to find the perfect location to unveil a new car to the media. There’s a lot that goes into the deciding which city is chosen like the accessibility of its airports, whether or not it has good roads and of course nice hotels don’t hurt either. But then there’s the more cheeky question like the car’s aesthetic: does the environment work with the vehicle? Sometimes it does, many times it doesn’t and then there are times the teams just choose a spot so the box is checked. However, when city and car come together there’s a certain symmetry that works for both of them; and as as far as I’m concerned, that’s what happened when Mercedes brought the media and its new car to the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle, Washington is known at least throughout my world for a couple of important items: Coffee, the tech industry and the Grunge music movement of the ’90s. And what they’ve done for the city — in simplest of cultural terms — is help transform the city and area into a thriving metro scene. Just the kind of area that fits hand-in-glove with the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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