AAH #270 – Who’s Been Naughty & Who’s Been Nice?

December 19th, 2014 at 5:23pm

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Who was naughty and who was nice in 2014? It’s time for our fourth-annual Presents and Coal awards. Find out who we liked and who gets lumped.

John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Aaron Bragman, Cars.com; Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press.

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AD #1523 – Honda’s Big Reveals, Jeep Speakers Work Underwater, Automakers to Focus on Cuba?

December 18th, 2014 at 11:59am

Runtime: 8:07

- Production NSX Finally Here
- Honda to Unveil FCV Concept in Detroit
- Jeep Speakers Work Underwater
- StateFarm Launches an App
- Formula E Getting Fans Involved
- Will American Automakers Start Selling in Cuba?
- You Said It!

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AD #1522 – Hitachi Licenses Nissan Tech, Sprint Drops NASCAR, BMW’s Self-Parking i3

December 17th, 2014 at 11:56am

Runtime: 7:42

- Hyundai Unveils New Sonata Hybrid
- Chrysler 300 Updates
- Sprint Drops NASCAR
- BMW Unveils Self-Parking i3
- Hitachi Licenses Nissan Tech
- Keeping Your Air & Fuel System Clean

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AD #1521 – EU Sales Up Slightly, Chrysler Changes Its Name, 3D Printed Lightweight Concept

December 16th, 2014 at 11:53am

Runtime: 7:53

- European Sales Up Slightly
- UAW Concerned Recalls Will Cost Members
- Chrysler Gets New Official Name
- Conti’s Next-Gen Automated Driving Tech.
- 3D Printed Lightweight Sports Car
- Indy Lights Gets Its Zoom Zoom
- Nissan Trumps Ford’s Pass. Car Sales

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AD #1520 – Audi Reveals New Q7, JLR’s Invisible A-Pillar, Chrysler Plans New Models

December 15th, 2014 at 11:53am

Runtime: 7:36

- Audi Reveals New Q7
- Volvo Shakes Up Its Strategy
- Chrysler Plans New Models
- JLR’s Invisible A-Pillar
- Renault-Nissan’s Powerful 2-Cylinder
- Automakers Hold Takata Summit
- Fiat Aims To Improve Brand Awareness

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AD #1519 – Fiat Reveals New Doblo, Audi Bullish On China, Flat-Plane Engine Pros & Cons

December 12th, 2014 at 11:52am

Runtime: 8:08

- Fiat Reveals New Doblo
- Luxury Brands Dominate Satisfaction Survey
- Audi Bullish On China
- Flat-Plane Engine Pros & Cons
- How to Boost Power & Efficiency

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AAH #269 – Fiat 500X Marks the Spot

December 12th, 2014 at 8:04am

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Uber: Is It Over?
- NACTOY: Did the Journalistic Crowdsourcing Lead to the Right Finalists?
- NAIAS Mystery: Alfa Romeo Is Having a Press Conference. Even Guangzhou. Where’s Tesla?

SPECIAL GUEST: Matt Davis, Head of Product Marketing, Fiat North America
- Learn all about the Fiat 500X (also in studio) and ask any questions you have about that vehicle or Fiat’s plan for North America

All that and much more with Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Stephanie Brinley, IHS; Chris Paukert, AOL.

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AD #1518 – U.S. Kicking Oil Addiction, New 3-Cylinder from Volvo, U.S. Market Breakdown

December 11th, 2014 at 11:56am

Runtime: 7:21

- U.S. Kicking Its Oil Addiction
- Autonomy That’s Already in Action
- Volvo’s New 3-Cylinder Engine
- NAFTA Market to Hit 20 Million?
- Hyundai Freshens Up Its EU Lineup
- U.S. Market Breakdown by Segment

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Seat Time: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

December 10th, 2014 at 8:00pm

Cadillac ATS Coupe

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: Ben Sanders
Manufacturer: General Motors
Make: Cadillac
Model: ATS Coupe
Type: Coupe
Competitors: BMW 428i Coupe, Audi A5, Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe
Price: Base: $44,935. As Tested: $50,100.
Made in: Lansing, Michigan
Drivetrain: 2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cyl.; 6-Speed Automatic; 272 Horsepower; 295 lb.-ft. Torque
EPA Ratings: 21 MPG City, 30 MPG Highway, 24 MPG Combined. 24.5 MPG Observed.

Final Impression:
Cadillac ATS Coupe InteriorIf there was one phrase that kept dancing through my head as I drove GM’s latest coupe it was, “Junior’s First Cadillac.” Of course, at a price tag of $50K that would be Junior Executive, thank you very much, nevertheless this is a not-quite-grown-up car. The rear-wheel drive ATS Coupe equipped with the 2.0L four banger is pleasantly petite and just enough fun without getting you into too much trouble, but it’s unmistakeably a luxury vehicle.

The first thing you notice about the ATS is its more humble stance. As a notchier notchback it forgoes the fastback profile of its bigger (and longer in tooth) brother, the CTS Coupe. Happily, the Kardashian-sized bedonkedonk is out too, and we’re left with contours more akin to an Audi A5. But it doesn’t stop there.

Cadillac ATS Coupe

See, 18-inch wheels are the only size available on the ATS Coupe; those are hardly tiny rims and yet roomy cat throws (designers’ cheeky term for the gaps around the wheel) make them look, well, modest by Cadillac standards. If the CTS aspires to supermodel styling, then the ATS is elegantly subdued.

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