AD #1601 – First Look: Fiat 500X, Piech Loses Power Struggle, Audi Reveals New prologue Concept

April 17th, 2015 at 11:55am

Runtime: 8:31

- Piech Loses Power Struggle
- Geely Plans CUV for U.S.
- Audi Reveals New prologue Concept
- 2016 Fiat 500x
- Viper Launches Customizer
- New Materials & Techniques Help Design

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ATW #1911 - Designs on the Future

April 16th, 2015 at 4:00pm



Joe Dehner, Head of Dodge/Ram Exterior Design, FCA; Paul Snyder, Transportation Design Chair at College for Creative Studies; Darby Barber, Transportation Design Student, College for Creative Studies. Topic: Car design.

Many consider today the golden age of design when it comes to cars. From the fantastic look of the Tesla Model S to Ford’s powerhouse the GT and so much more, today’s car designers have almost a rock star quality about them. Perhaps that’s why the design schools are overflowing with applicants. On this edition of Autoline THIS WEEK John McElroy explores the future of automotive design with Joe Dehner, the head of Dodge/Ram Exterior Design and FCA’s intermediary with education; Paul Snyder, the Transportation Design Chair at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies as well as Darby Barber a student at the same school and former contestant on Tru TV’s reality show “Motor City Masters.”

AD #1600 – GM Dodges a Bullet, Volvo Expands Plug-In Lineup, Toyota Continues Shake-Up

April 16th, 2015 at 11:48am

Runtime: 6:12

- GM Protected From Pre-2009 Lawsuits
- Cadillac Slashes ELR Price
- New Chevy EV Will Be Called Bolt
- Volvo Expands Plug-In Lineup
- Peugeot Unveils Radical 500hp 308
- Toyota Continues North American Shake-Up
- Hyundai #1 in Chinese Hearts

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Auto Tune: “In My Gremlin” by the Rave-Ups

April 15th, 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.

The Rave-UpsYou may remember the band from its angst-ridden ‘80s hit “Positively Lost Me.” You might recognize the band from its brief appearance in the John Hughes blockbuster “Pretty in Pink.” Then again, perhaps you’ve heard the founder and lead singer, Jimmer Podrasky, is the cousin to our Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts.

However, you may or may not know The Rave-Ups, this “alt country” or “punkabilly” band which only put out three albums before its demise, did craft one of the greatest “Auto Tunes” dedicated to arguably one of the worst cars of all time entitled “In My Gremlin.” Yes, it was sort of an ‘80s anti-version of one of those epic 1960s Cali cars songs complete with the rather rough harmonies (on purpose) and even a nod to the Beach Boys’ 409, though that song never asked “Do you have a buck for gas?”

Like the car itself, this band and this song isn’t for everyone, but if you’re nostalgic for a 1970-78 Gremlin, this song may just put that hankering on ice.

- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline

AD #1599 – Interior Suppliers Scramble, Renault-Nissan Outsell GM, EV Charging for Apartments

April 15th, 2015 at 11:52am

Runtime: 6:59

- Renault-Nissan Outsell GM
- Interior Suppliers Scramble
- Chevrolet Spark EV Price Cut
- Cadillac ELR Improvements
- EV Charging Improvements
- Hyundai Writes a Message to Space

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AD #1598 – Hanergy to Build Solar Car, Hybrid Camaro, Sergio Shops for a Car Company

April 14th, 2015 at 11:53am

Runtime: 6:58

- Radio Trumps Streaming Audio
- Zendrive Powers Accident Apps
- Hanergy Plans to Build Solar-Powered Cars
- Students Build Hybrid Camaros
- Sergio Marchionne’s FCA Mega-Merger

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AD #1597 – Family Feud at VW, Mexican Car Market on the Move, Toyota Teaches Dummies to Walk

April 13th, 2015 at 11:47am

Runtime: 6:53

- Family Feud at VW
- Mexico on the Move
- Open Source Racing
- Mercedes GLC Coupé
- Mustang CNC Art
- Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research

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Seat Time: 2015 Mercedes-Benz G550

April 13th, 2015 at 9:00am

2013 Mercedes-Benz G550.

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: Daimler-Benz
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: G550
Type: Sport Utility Vehicle
Competitors: Lexus LX, Land Rover Range Rover, Toyota Land Cruiser, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator
Price: $115,400 (Suggested Retail Price); $116,525 (As Tested w/ Optional Packages)
Made in: Graz, Austria (by hand)
Drivetrain: 5.5 Liter V-8 (382 Horsepower, 391 lb-ft Torque)
EPA Ratings: 12city, 15highway, 13combined

Final Impression:
2013 Mercedes-Benz G550.I’ve loved the look of the G-Wagon since I first spied one in 1986 parked in the Hollywood Hills. Now, since Mercedes didn’t start selling the SUV in America until 2002 (as an ’03 model), you might be wondering what a G was doing in LA some 16 years early. Well, since it was Steven Spielberg’s personal vehicle, and he had just finished raking in all that cash from the first two installments of the Indiana Jones series, importing one straight from the factory in Graz, Austria didn’t seem to be a problem.

And as far as I’m concerned, whether it was Hollywood 1986 or Detroit 2015, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a work of art. Its striking boxy structure continues to stand out on the road differentiating itself from every other SUV out there. From the grill to the trim to the rear door mounted spare, it’s as beautiful as a Sinatra standard.

2013 Mercedes-Benz G550

But as any aging super model will attest, beauty only gets you so far. And that’s kind of the way I now feel about the G550 after recently having my first opportunity to drive it; sometimes, as they say, it’s better to love from afar.

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AAH #282 – Rini, Steve & the Safety Strut

April 10th, 2015 at 3:05pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- NY Auto Show one week later: Who were YOUR winners and losers?
- Tesla Q1 Sales: How does a company get so much attention with zero advertising?
- And the 2015 World Car of the Year is… definitely not American.
- Who’s insulting Mary Barra with this poster?

SPECIAL GUEST: Rini Sherony, Sr. Principal Engineer, Toyota
- Inside Toyota pedestrian safety with its walking dummies, “Steve” and “Steve Jr.”

All that and much more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Jeff Gilbert, WWJ.

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AD #1596 – MINI Creates AR Glasses, GM Takes Pickup Leadership, New Pilot Details

April 10th, 2015 at 11:52am

Runtime: 8:28

- MINI Creates AR Glasses
- GM Takes Pickup Leadership
- Electric Inventory Surges
- New Honda Pilot Details
- Car Computing Power Gets a Boost
- Lexus Teases New ES
- Is There Enough Renewable Hydrogen?

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