Scat Packs, Hellcats And A Bunch of Beautiful Colors – Woodward Ave. 2016

August 19th, 2016 at 1:35pm

Dodge teamed up with paint supplier Axalta to bring back four classic colors for the Scat Pack and Hellcat versions of the Dodge Charger and Challenger. It took teamwork, technology and inspiration to bring us Plum Crazy, Go Man Go, Redline and B5 Blue. Here’s how it all came together, and why.

AD #1927 – Cadillac Reveals Stunning Escala Concept, Uber Snaps Up Otto, Ford To Make More GT’s

August 19th, 2016 at 12:02pm

Runtime: 8:22

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- Cadillac CT-Escala
- Boat Tails Are Back!
- Forward, Into the Past
- Ford To Make More GT’s
- Uber Snaps Up Otto
- The Lithium Bubble
- Roadkill Nights on Autoline
- HCCI Where Are You?

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AAH #343 – The First Camaro Ever and The Teenager Who Found It

August 19th, 2016 at 10:00am

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2:55 – The First Camaro
34:48 – The new Luxury brand Genesis
58:20 – Ford’s move into autonomy
01:04:47 – Bonus Footage! Magna Interns ask questions

SPECIAL GUEST: Logan Lawson, Owner, Camaro #1

What’s better than being Number 1? How about finding and owning Number 1, especially when it’s the very first Chevrolet Camaro. Join John McElroy for the fascinating story of how a teenager from Kansas tracked down and documented the historic car which he now owns. Also on our panel is Mark Gessler from the Historic Vehicle Association. Joining John McElroy of Autoline.tv, asking questions and providing insight, is Henry Payne from the Detroit News.

Then during our NEWS portion of the show both David Welch from Bloomberg and Seyth Miersma of Motor1 join John & Henry to discuss several topics.

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ATW #2026 - Deep Freeze for the I.C.E.?

August 18th, 2016 at 4:00pm



Dean Tomazic, EVP & CTO, FEV North America; David McShane, VP, Business Development, Ricardo; Paul Whitaker, Powertrain & Technical Director, AVL Powertrain Engineering. Topic: The internal combustion engine.

If there’s an auto company getting more publicity these days than Tesla and its electric powertrain, we’d be surprised. That’s why Autoline has brought together three Tier One Suppliers who have specialized in the good old Internal Combustion Engine (I.C.E.) to talk about what’s going on with that franchise and put the rumors of its demise to rest. Joining host John McElroy will be representatives from AVL, FEV and Ricardo.

AD #1926 – Ford Performance Launches VR App, Volvo & Uber Team on Autonomy, First Look: 2017 Infiniti QX30

August 18th, 2016 at 11:55am

Runtime: 8:01

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- Ford Performance Launches VR App
- 2017 Kia Cadenza Details
- Volvo Teams with Uber on Autonomy
- Bosch Dragged Into VW Scandal
- First Look: 2017 Infiniti QX30

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AD #1925 – Ford Targets 2021 for Full Autonomy, Dodge Reveals Dream Cruise Cars, VW Execs Face Punishment in Korea

August 17th, 2016 at 11:44am

Runtime: 8:26

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- Ford Targets 2021 for Full Autonomy
- Ford Bolsters Autonomous Tech
- VW Execs Face Harsh Punishment in Korea
- Big Truck Standards Finalized
- Dodge Reveals Dream Cruise Cars
- Dream Cruise Rescue Squad
- You Said It!

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Seat Time – DOUBLE VISION: 2016 Honda Civic EX & Apple CarPlay

August 16th, 2016 at 2:11pm

2016 Honda Civic Sedan

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
Vehicle: 2016 Honda Civic EX
Price: $22,875

Final Impression:

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A tried and true storytelling vehicle for many a television or movie script has been the doppelganger. Now if you don’t recognize the technique by its Germanic name, chances are you will by this American description: that’s when there is a double of one of the lead characters inserted into the storyline usually for nefarious purposes.

Well recently, I encountered a doppelganger of my own and it all started on a trip to Carmel, California, better known as Clint Eastwood’s backyard.

This hamlet is a good 90-minutes or so from the larger Bay Area airports on some nice driving roads. So to take advantage of them, our friends at Honda loaned me a 2016 Honda Civic EX to drive to the event.

What could be more fun, right? A Civic equipped with Honda’s 2-Liter 4-cylinder 158 horsepower engine and a CVT tackling those great roads I mentioned before. Add to that the car had Honda’s Sensing Package with 6 safety features like Lane Keeping Assist, which gave me even more confidence that it was going to be a pressure-free drive.

But that’s when I experienced the doppelganger.

As I checked out the Civic prior to leaving the airport, I noticed that it didn’t have its own navigation. Since I needed help getting to my destination, I thought that the car might be equipped with Apple CarPlay. Though the monroney didn’t list it, knowing that Civic sales are heavy on millennials, it made sense it would it would be part of the package. I opened the center armrest storage unit, found the USB outlet and plugged in my phone. But much to my surprise nothing happened.

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This was a true head scratcher because when I clicked “Settings” on the 7-inch Touchscreen Display, I got a dialogue box telling me that I needed an iPhone to engage CarPlay, which is what was already plugged into the system.

Well, I had to get to my event, so I did the next best thing which was to use my iPhone by itself. The challenge was the directional voice was not coming through the Civic’s audio system, so for the entire journey I was dividing my attention between driving and reviewing the phone’s map.

After finally arriving, I reviewed a video that a Honda Communications representative had sent me in response to my query about the setup of the Civic. It was a simple “How to use Apple CarPlay.” As I watched it a light bulb went off; it wasn’t a problem with my phone, the problem was the Civic’s doppelganger.

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Yes, it turns out that the outlet I was plugged into – in the Center Storage bin — was the wrong USB. I should have hooked up in the USB port underneath the Center Stack. Once I plugged my phone in there, Apple CarPlay lit up like Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

And thank goodness it worked because I needed it. Having to leave at 4am on my return trip to the airport, CarPlay took me right there. With turn-by- turn directions on the Touchscreen and Siri doing the audio backup, it was heaven compared to the drive down. In fact you might even call it fun.

So the moral of my story is beware of doppelgangers. Whether you experience them through famous episodes of the original Star Trek (“Mirror, Mirror”) or comedies like Seinfeld (“The Bizzaro Jerry”), remember that it’s not just a TV Series that can create confusing doubles; Sometimes they’re disguised as harmless USB ports as well.

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AD #1924 – DoJ Could Drop Hammer on VW, GMC Bringing Back the Jimmy, Audi 1st to Launch V2I Technology

August 16th, 2016 at 11:36am

Runtime: 7:14

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- VW Facing Criminal Charges from U.S. DoJ
- GMC Bringing Back the Jimmy in 2020
- Cadillac Teases Pebble Beach Concept
- Audi First to Launch V2I Technology
- The End of the Auto Industry?

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AD #1923 – Civic Hatchback Details Revealed, Sierra Club Slams EV Marketing, Titan Gets 100,000-Mile Warranty

August 15th, 2016 at 11:47am

Runtime: 6:56

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- No Credit For You!
- Aussies Approve 5.9GHz for V2V
- Civic Hatchback Details
- Sierra Club Slams EV Marketing
- Titan Gets 100,000-Mile Warranty
- Tesla Removes Autopilot References

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Seat Time – 2016 BMW 650i Coupe – A Jet On Wheels

August 12th, 2016 at 2:55pm

BMW 650i 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: Seamus McElroy
Vehicle: 2016 BMW 650i Coupe
Price: $91,500 (as tested)

Final Impression:

Once upon a time BMW used to make airplane engines. But even though the company doesn’t make those anymore, when you’re behind the wheel of the 650i Coupe it feels like you’re in a jet plane.

That’s because there’s a monster 4.4L turbo V8 under the hood that’s mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. And as you can imagine it makes this rear-wheel drive car extremely powerful. The set-up cranks out 445 horsepower and you’re instantly thrown into the back of the seat when you stomp on the accelerator. That’s because this thing can do 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds. But even though the car is made for speed, the ride is very smooth and refined thanks to the transmission and suspension.

Fuel economy isn’t great but it’s not terrible either. It’s rated at 17 MPG in the city and 25 on the highway, so you’ll average around 20 MPG depending on how you drive it. But if you’re buying this car, fuel economy is likely the least of your concerns. And speaking of fuel economy, unlike other BMW’s, especially past models, the start/stop system is very smooth and isn’t jarring when the engine kicks back on.

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But the powertrain isn’t the only thing that makes you feel like you’re in a cockpit of a plane. Inside, the gauges and center stack are oriented toward the driver and the driver and passenger being separated by a large center console. But it’s still a luxurious interior, thanks to all the leather and other soft touch points.

Overall, I really liked the 650i Coupe. It’s got a great sleek design and it’s an absolute blast to drive, especially when you have the road to yourself. But at the end of the day, this is just a toy for someone wealthy enough to afford its $91,500 price tag.

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