ATW #1827 - Manufacturing in Mexico

August 21st, 2014 at 6:00pm



Randy Miller, Ernst & Young, John Martin, Nissan North America Manufacturing, Norman Jacobs, SANLUIS Rassini. Topic: Manufacturing in Mexico.

The front pages may be filled with news about Mexico, but the real story about our neighbor to the south can be found in the business section. The country is quickly becoming a second home to auto manufacturers from around the globe.

On this week’s Autoline, join host John McElroy along with John Martin from Nissan North America, Norm Jacobs from SANLUIS Rassini and Ernst & Young’s Randy Miller for a look at Mexico: the new Mecca for manufacturing.

AD #1441 – China Considers CARB Regs., Corvette’s New 8-Speed, 3D Tech. Make Hondas Safer

August 21st, 2014 at 11:50am

Runtime: 7:15

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Seat Time: 2015 Lexus IS 250 F-Sport

August 20th, 2014 at 3:00pm

2013 Lexus ISC

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: Toyota
Make: Lexus
Model: IS 250 F-Sport
Type: 2-door convertible
Competitors: BMW 4-series convertible, Mercedes SLK, Audi A5 convertible
Price: $51,065
Made in: Tahara, Japan
Drivetrain: 2.5 L V-6, 6-speed automatic
EPA Ratings: 21 city, 30 highway, 24 mpg combined

Final Impression:

2013 Lexus ISCIf you enjoy going out on a nice sunny day and motoring down a pleasant country road in a car with the top down, stop reading this review right now and go out to your local Lexus dealer. This car is ideal for open-top motoring at leisurely speeds.

The hard-top roof opens and closes easily at the touch of a button, with no latches, covers or snaps to deal with. And all the other controls seem to be located where ever you intuitively reach for them, making this car a breeze to drive. OK, there. Now I’ve said everything nice that I have to say about this car.

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AD #1440 – Recalls Hurt Hertz, Honda Blasts Competitors, OEM R&D Spending Ranks

August 20th, 2014 at 12:05pm

Runtime: 7:26

- Recalls Hurt Hertz’s Bottom-line
- Thieves Target EV Charging Stations
- Honda Blasts Competitors
- Car Sharing Going Luxury
- OEM R&D Spending

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Seat Time: 2015 Lexus NX

August 19th, 2014 at 3:00pm

2015 Lexus NX 200t

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: Seamus McElroy
Manufacturer: Toyota
Make: Lexus
Model: NX
Type: Small Crossover
Competitors: Mercedes-Benz GLK, BMW X3, Audi Q5
Price: Not Available
Made in: Kyushu, Japan
Drivetrain: 2.0L four-cylinder turbo w/ six-speed automatic. 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid w/ CVT.
EPA Ratings: All MPG numbers are estimated. 2.0L (FWD) – 22 city/ 28 highway/ 24 combined. 2.0L (AWD) – 21 city/ 28 highway/ 24 combined. 2.5L (FWD) – 35 city/ 31 highway/ 33 combined. 2.5L (AWD) – 33 city/ 30 highway/ 32 combined.

Final Impression:

2015 Lexus NX 200tLexus is jumping into the small crossover segment later this year with the all-new NX. The company is aiming to sell around 3,000 a month in the U.S. or about 36,000 a year.

The NX is built on the same platform as the Toyota RAV-4 but 90% of the parts have been newly engineered for the luxury CUV. Lexus offers two powertrains for the NX. A 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, the first gasoline turbo in the company’s line-up, which is mated to a six-speed automatic. The other engine is 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid that’s mated to a CVT. Each engine is offered in front and all-wheel drive. Fuel economy for the turbo ranges from the low twenties in the city to the high twenties on the highway. And the hybrid’s ratings range from the mid-thirties in the city to the low thirties on the highway. All fuel economy numbers are estimates.

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AD #1439 – Russia to Retaliate? Right Looks so Wrong, The Inspiration for GM’s EV-1

August 19th, 2014 at 12:05pm

Runtime: 8:39

- Russia May Set Up Import Ban
- UAW Makes Progress with VW
- RHD Mustang Looks Weird
- U.S. to Mandate V2V Technology?
- Mopar’s Jeep Hood Decal
- Citation IV Inspires EV-1
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Seat Time: 2014 Nissan NV200 Cargo SV

August 18th, 2014 at 3:00pm

Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van

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: Nissan-Renault
Make: Nissan
Model: NV200 Cargo SV
Type: Minivan
Competitors: Ford Transit Connet; RAM Promaster City Cargo
Price: $21,280 (base); $23,645 (as tested)
Made in: Final Assembly: Civac Plant, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Drivetrain: 2.0-Liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine; Continously Variable Transmission
EPA Ratings: 24city, 25highway (24combined)

Final Impression:

Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo VanIf Batman’s nemesis The Riddler were writing this review, it might start like this: Riddle Me This, Caped Crusader, When is a Cargo Van like a Taxi? And of course the answer is when the manufacturer is Nissan. The maker of the “Taxi of Tomorrow” uses the same NV200 shell, which was chosen to cart customers in Yellow Cab form around America’s Gotham City. Yet the problem with that particular vehicle is it’s too expensive for the notoriously “thrifty” (read cheap) taxi owners.

2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi

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AD #1438 – OEM Rankings by Revenue, Buick Reveals Envision Interior, Cruisin’ in a ‘65 GTO

August 18th, 2014 at 11:58am

Runtime: 7:06

- OEM Rankings by Revenue
- Buick Reveals Envision Interior
- Why Ford Is Counting Oil Rigs
- U.K. Wants Licensed Mechanics
- Cruisin’ Woodward in a ‘65 GTO

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Autoline LIVE from Woodward Ave. 2014

August 16th, 2014 at 1:16am

Get ready for a special webcast from the site of the biggest one-day automotive event in the world! Once again we’ll be back on the curb and ready to ogle the classics cruising up and down Michigan’s most famous avenue, Woodward. This year we’re welcoming a bevy of guests including Tricia Hecker, Director of Mopar Marketing; Jim Hall, automotive analyst; Richard Cox, Director of Dodge and SRT; Richard Rawlings, star of Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud”; Mark Phelan, critic for the Detroit Free Press; and Steve Pasteiner, classic car expert and former designer.

AD #1437 – Aston in Trouble, Autonomous Cars Scare Lawyers, Ford’s Unique Engine Block

August 15th, 2014 at 12:20pm

Runtime: 9:17

- Aston Martin in Trouble
- Why ZF Wants TRW
- Autonomous Cars Scare Lawyers
- Tesla Boosts Roadster’s Range
- Tesla Stock Set To Take Big Jump
- GM’s Reuss Praises Musk, Tesla
- Ford’s Unique Engine Block

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