AAH # 284 – Tearing Down the Model T of Our Time

April 24th, 2015 at 4:07pm

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SPECIAL GUEST: Sandy Munro, Munro & Associates
- A teardown analysis of the BMW i3 so complete that the company thought the secrets were leaked!

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

 

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ATW #1912 - Margo Oge: The Queen of Cleaner Cars

April 23rd, 2015 at 4:00pm



Margo Oge, author, "Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars;" Frank Markus, Motor Trend. Topic: Auto industry & climate change.

After 32 years at the Environmental Protection Agency and countless improvements in air quality, Margo Oge knew it was time to retire. But it seems she retired in title only since she appears to be as busy as ever. Ms. Oge is on several energy-related boards and commissions and recently released a book entitled “Driving The Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars.” This week she joins host John McElroy and Motor Trend’s Frank Markus on Autoline THIS WEEK to talk about her book and time at the EPA.

AD #1605 – VW Battle Far From Over, Acura’s New Casting Process, Q1 Not Good to GM

April 23rd, 2015 at 11:51am

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- VW Executive Battle Far From Over
- Renault Maps Out China Plan
- GM Back to #3
- Acura’s New Casting Process
- Q1 Not So Good for GM

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Auto Tune: “99 Miles from LA” by Art Garfunkel

April 22nd, 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.

Art-Garfunkel-BreakawaySometimes great “Auto Tunes” have strange origins. Take the Albert Hammond story for instance. Who, you ask? Well if you don’t know the name you certainly know his work. He had a top five hit in the early ‘70s that’s still in heavy rotation on the oldies stations with “It Never Rains In Southern California” co-written with fellow Brit Mike Hazelwood. They also teamed up with “The Air That I Breathe” which was a hit for The Hollies. But perhaps this pop singer’s strangest collaboration came when he co-wrote a couple of songs with unquestionably the greatest lyricist of all time Hal David. One song, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” made Julio Iglesias a household name – and plenty of money — while the other is this week’s Auto Tune.

99 Miles From L.A.” appeared on Hammond’s 1975 album of the same name but never generated the attention he hoped. That same year, however, Art Garfunkel released “Breakaway,” a star-studded disc that contained not only with his duet with former partner Paul Simon (“My Little Town”), but also his cover of “I Only Have Eyes for You.” But in addition to those hits, tucked away toward the end of Side 2 was the Hammond/David tune, which on its face sounded like a simple drive to Los Angeles, but in fact was, and remains, a hauntingly beautiful understated song about the evanescence of love. The Albert Hammond score married with Hal David’s heartbreaking lyrics sung by Garfunkel — one of the greatest voices to ever record music — is a treasure to enjoy over and over again. Especially if someday you find yourself on the 5, 10 or 405 as you’re driving around Southern California.

- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline

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AD #1604 – Fiat Catches Up To MINI, EV Sales Drained By SUVs, R-Class Production Starts

April 22nd, 2015 at 12:02pm

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- Hybrid & EV Sales Drained By SUVs
- EVs Maintain Global Growth
- Fiat Catching Up To MINI
- AM General Begins R-Class Production
- Suppliers Venture into New Territory
- You Said It!

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Seat Time: 2015 KIA K900

April 21st, 2015 at 3:39pm

KIA K900

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: KIA
Make: K900
Model: Luxury
Type: Large Sedan Segment
Competitors: Lexus LS 460, Mercedes-Benz S550, Audi A8, BMW 740 LI
Price: MSRP  $59,500 + VIP Package $6,000 + F&H $900  =   $66,400 (as tested)
Made in: Sohari Plant, South Korea
Drivetrain: 5.0L Gas Direct Engine V8 Engine, 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
EPA Ratings: 15mpg City, 23mpg Highway, 18mpg Combined

Final Impression:
KIA K900
Over the past week I’ve been dealing with a lot of LSE, or the Lazy Susan Effect, as I call it. That’s when I see pedestrians, passengers or fellow drivers transfixed by the car I’m driving. Heads automatically roll right or left as they attempt to get a better look at it.

Now to be honest, it doesn’t happen very often, so when it does it’s sort of unique. So which so-called super car caused the latest version of LSE this past week? Something British, Italian or German perhaps? Amazingly enough, the answer is none of the above. This car was all Asian: the South Korean KIA K900.

This rear-wheel-drive car is the brand’s first foray into the luxury segment and for whatever reason the car seems to have struck a nerve.

Now maybe it’s drawing so many eyeballs on the street because some see its luxury competitors in the design; A little Jaguar on the nose perhaps, maybe a bit of Mercedes peeking out from the inside and then how about a look of Cadillac on the rear.

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AD #1603 – China’s Sales Slow, Chevy Shows Sci-Fi Concept, JLR to Blame for Copycat Woes

April 21st, 2015 at 11:41am

Runtime: 7:24

- China’s Sales Slow
- Buick Unveils New Verano
- Chevy’s Sci-Fi Concept Car
- Honda Shows New Crossover Concept
- JLR to Blame for Copycat Woes

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AD #1602 – Volvo Ditches Front Seat, Carmakers Salivate Over India, Ford Reveals New Taurus

April 20th, 2015 at 11:48am

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- Chinese OEMs Dominate CUV Market
- Automakers Salivate Over India
- Plug-In Cadillac CT6 Announced
- Volvo Concept Ditches Passenger Seat
- Infiniti Stretches the Q70
- Ford Reveals New Taurus
- BMW 1st to Offer Autonomous Parking

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Seat Time: 2015 BMW i8

April 20th, 2015 at 8:00am

BMW i8

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: BMW AG
Make: BMW
Model: i8
Type: Plug-in hybrid sports car
Competitors: Tesla Model S P85D, Porsche Panamera Plug-In
Price: $137,450
Made in: Leipzig, Germany
Drivetrain: Rear: Twin-turbo 1.5 L 3-cyl. Front: 96 kw electric motor
EPA Ratings: Gasoline: 28 mpg combined; Gas + Electric 76 MPGe

Final Impression:

BMW i8 InteriorThis is one of the most beautiful cars I’ve ever seen and one of the weirdest I’ve ever driven. If not for its super-model good looks and rocket science technology, the i8 could win medals for being one of the quirkiest car on the planet.

It starts with getting into the car. You have to duck under the flip-up doors and figure out a way to flop into the seats. The door sill is actually higher than the seats, so the easiest way is to squat down on the sill, then slide backwards and down into the seat at the same time you swivel your legs into place.

2015-BMW-i8-ingress-and-egress

If that doesn’t sound very elegant, getting out is even worse. You have to lift your legs up and over the sill, hoist your butt off the seat and onto the sill, and then duck out from under the door. I hope you’re in good shape because most people physically struggle to get out of the car. And I defy you to find a woman who will do this in a skirt.

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AAH #283 – No Love Lost Between Me & My EV

April 17th, 2015 at 3:04pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- The CT6 is NOT the vehicle Cadillac needs
- Will Fiat Chrysler find a third partner or a buyer?
- Volt production pauses and the price of the Spark EV drops
- Furious 7 is the highest-grossing film in that franchise

All that and much more with Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Aaron Gold, About.com; Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press; Chris Paukert, Automotive Freelancer.

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