AD #1644 – NHTSA Needs More Gigabytes, 2016 Mercedes GLC, FCA/GM Merger Not a Good Idea

June 18th, 2015 at 11:56am

Runtime: 8:07

- Insurers Unprepared for Autonomy
- Japan Pushing for More LNG
- NHTSA Needs More Computing Power
- Mercedes Unveils New 2016 GLC
- FCA/GM Merger Not a Good Idea

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Auto Tune: “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” by Isaac Hayes

June 17th, 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.

Hot-Buttered-Soul-album-coverThis is a tune written by the hottest songwriter in the world at the time, then, 19-year old Jimmy Webb. It was first recorded by his boss at the production studio he worked at in Hollywood, Johnny Rivers; you know Mr. “Secret Agent Man.” A couple years later Glenn Campbell made that same tune a big hit as well as his signature song until he recorded Rhinestone Cowboy. And in fact, according to BMI “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” became the 3rd most performed song over a 50 year period (1940 to 1990).

But as good as the Rivers & Campbell versions were, neither could measure up to our choice for this week’s Auto Tune. No, our spotlight shines on the cover recorded in 1969 by the incredible Isaac Hayes for his landmark album “Hot Buttered Soul.”

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AD #1643 – Buick Cascada Details, Fisker Mounts A Comeback, JLR Wants to Read Your Mind

June 17th, 2015 at 11:43am

Runtime: 6:46

- GM Finds New Life for Volt Batteries
- Fisker Mounts A Comeback
- Kirk Kerkorian Passes Away
- Toyota Conducts i-Road Trials
- Buick Reveals New Cascada Details
- JLR Wants to Read Your Mind
- Remanufactured Parts Bill Proposed

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AD #1642 – Honda Drops Green Cars, GM Teams Back Up w/ Isuzu, Used EV Batteries Get 2nd-Life

June 16th, 2015 at 11:46am

Runtime: 7:00

- Honda Drops Green Cars From Lineup
- GM Teams Back Up With Isuzu
- Used LEAF Batteries Get 2nd-Life
- Car Sales Slow in Europe
- NHTSA Underfunded
- JLR’s New Smartphone Tech
- Toyota Gets Kids Interested in Cars

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Autoline Daily Insight – NHTSA: Give Us More Money, We’ll Give You More Safety

June 15th, 2015 at 5:00pm

In each edition of Autoline Daily Insight we get in-depth analysis from insiders and experts on the issues that drive the news in global automotive industry.

David Strickland is a former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) chief and currently a partner at Venable LLP. He says in his time at the agency, it and all public health and safety organizations were “grossly underfunded” and remain so today. He maintains that issues like the Takata airbag and GM ignition recalls could have been discovered and dealt with sooner if NHTSA had more resources. John McElroy asks him, among other things, whether the agency will get the funding Strickland says it needs.

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AD #1641 – Porsche Dominates Le Mans, VW Restructures, Embracing Camaro’s New 4-Cylinder

June 15th, 2015 at 11:50am

Runtime: 6:40

- VW Embarks On Major Restructuring
- Porsche Dominates Le Mans
- Mitsubishi Could Close U.S. Plant
- Honda Transitions to New CEO
- Renault’s Biometric T-Shirt
- Embracing Camaro’s New 4-Cylinder

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AAH #291 – Crazy About Camaro

June 12th, 2015 at 3:20pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Costco the Auto Giant: Guess the middle man can be helpful after all
- BMW’s Tagline: What happened to “Ultimate Driving Machine”—too steampunk?
- GM’s Bryan Nesbitt: Wuling and Baojun… and now Buick

SPECIAL GUEST: Al Oppenheiser, Chief Engineer, Chevrolet Camaro

All that and much more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Chris Paukert, Freelance Auto Journalist; Jim McCraw, Freelance Auto Journalist.

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AD #1640 – Ford Back to Le Mans, Tesla Welcomes Hackers, Jaguar Tech Saves Wheels & Tires

June 12th, 2015 at 11:47am

Runtime: 7:01

- Ford Headed Back to Le Mans
- Ford Offers 3D Printer Files
- Tesla Welcomes Hackers
- New Child Booster Seat
- Jaguar’s Pothole Alert Tech.
- Are Flow Batteries a Science Experiment?

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ATW #1917 - The Power Choice

June 11th, 2015 at 4:00pm



Charlie Freese, General Motors; Prof. Levi Thompson, The University of Michigan; Jeff Kessen, A123 Systems. Topic: Alternative Powertrains.

It used to be a this or that question. But now when you ask what’s powering your car it could be almost anything as Kia proved with in its tongue-in-cheek hamster campaign over the last few years. But this week John McElroy is joined by 3 experts – Charlie Freese from GM, Prof. Levi Thompson from the University of Michigan and Jeff Kessen from battery manufacturer A123 – to discuss the options that consumers face today as well as into the future.

AD #1639 – Indian Ford Coming to U.S.? All-New BMW 7 Series, Honda’s 2-Wheel Rocket Ship

June 11th, 2015 at 11:58am

Runtime: 6:38

- Indian Ford Coming to the U.S.?
- All-New BMW 7 Series
- Green Cars Get Worse As Year Goes On
- Hyundai Tests Small Crossover Waters
- Volvo Tech Cutting Insurance Claims
- Honda Introduces Near-MotoGP Bike

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