AD #1904 – Alfa 4C Spider Gets the Axe, FCA Investigated For Sales Fraud, CAFE Mid-Term Battle Begins

July 19th, 2016 at 11:50am

Runtime: 6:35

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- CAFE Mid-Term Battle Begins
- China Bans Autonomous Testing On Roads
- Mercedes Bus For the Future
- How To Make Vans Desirable
- FCA Investigated For Sales Fraud
- Alfa 4C Spider To Get the Axe

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Seat Time: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid – Achieving The 2025 CAFE Standard Today

July 19th, 2016 at 9:43am

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

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
Vehicle: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
Price: Starting at $28,000

Final Impression:

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I almost wish that General Motors had gone bankrupt 30 years ago. Ever since emerging from bankruptcy in 2009 the company has been cranking out world-class cars and trucks. Thanks to jettisoning its legacy costs GM is now pouring money and technology into its products. And it shows. The new Malibu hybrid is a perfect example of what I’m talking about.

This is the first hybrid I’ve driven that doesn’t feel like a hybrid. There is a direct relationship to how much you press on the gas pedal and what the car does. You don’t get that uncertain sense of response as the power goes from electric motor to gasoline engine and back again that is so common in other hybrids.

The same goes for the brake pedal. It feels much more direct than other hybrid cars. You don’t get that vague feedback as it transitions from re-gen mode to friction braking.

And the Malibu hybrid has one of the best stop-start systems in the business. The restart is much smoother and quieter than you’ll find on even a lot of luxury cars.

In fact, this car is so seamless most drivers would not even know they’re driving a hybrid unless you told them. There’s not much to give it away.

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GM is taking a very different approach in doing hybrids than other automakers, at least when it comes to styling. Everyone else tries to make their hybrid as distinctive as possible, with the theory that environmentally-conscious buyers want to show the world are doing their part to save the planet. But GM believes that this approach has limited the appeal of hybrids which still have less than 3% market share even though they’ve been in the market for over 17 years. So the Malibu hybrid looks like any other Malibu except for a little blue badge with an “H” on the trunk lid.

In a week’s worth of driving I averaged about 46 miles to the gallon, which is exactly what this car is rated at. In fact in one stint I got it up to 51 MPG’s. Guess what? The 2025 CAFE standard calls for cars to average 44 MPG’s, when you look at the adjusted number they have to hit (Yes, I know, the unadjusted number is 54.5 mpg).

So the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid already meets the 2025 standard. And you can buy this car today for about $28,000—though the loaded-up one that I drove was closer to $33,000.

This car is almost too good. It sure undermines the automotive industry’s argument that the 2025 CAFE standards might be too hard to meet. But now we’ll have to see if Chevrolet can convince enough Malibu buyers to check the box and put a hybrid in their driveway.

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AD #1903 – Ford Super Duty’s Super Power, Lightweighting the Buick LaCrosse, New Corvette To Debut In 2019

July 18th, 2016 at 12:16pm

Runtime: 8:52

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- NHTSA More Than Doubles CAFE Fines
- Chevy Continues F-150 Attack
- New Corvette To Debut In 2019
- Grand Wagoneer Set For Next Year
- Jeep Celebrates 75 Years
- Ford Super Duty’s Super Power
- Ford Dealers Pay Big to Service GT
- Land Rover Uses AI For Boat Team
- Lightweighting the Buick LaCrosse

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AD #1902 – FCA Makes Huge Jeep Investment, Big Trucks Take Big Tumble, Ford Invests in 3D Mapping Company

July 15th, 2016 at 11:51am

Runtime: 6:41

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- FCA Pours a Billion into Making More Jeeps
- Big Truck Sales Take it on the Chin
- Levels of Autonomy
- Ford Invests in 3D Mapping Company
- Can You Identify This Car?
- Pokemon Go Takes on the Nurbugring

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AAH #338 – Buick LaCrosse: From Good To Great

July 15th, 2016 at 11:33am

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The all new Buick LaCrosse is not all that well known. You haven’t read any driving reviews, and it’s not even on sale yet. But this is Buick’s flagship sedan and it’s bristling with new technology. So join us for an in-depth conversation with the car’s chief engineer, Jeff Yanssens, to learn about the details on this car and how they went about developing it.
 
UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Ford & Collaborative Robotics: will it affect manufacturing and jobs in China?
- Tesla Crash: NHTSA or SEC?
- Hacking cars

All that and more with co-hosts John McElroy from Autoline.tv and Gary Vasilash from Automotive Design and Production, with guest journalist Dave Sullivan from AutoPacific.

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AD #1901 – CARB Rejects VW’s 3.0L Diesel Fix, Mazda Expands Use of SKYACTIV, Ford Experiments with Collaborative Robots

July 14th, 2016 at 11:52am

Runtime: 7:37

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- CARB Rejects VW’s 3.0L Diesel Fix
- Consumer Reports Calls on Tesla to Disable Autopilot
- Mazda Expands SKYACTIV to Vehicle Dynamics
- 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport
- Ford Experiments with Collaborative Robotics
- U.S. & EU Could Save Billions Harmonizing Regulations

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AD #1900 – FCA Offers Bounty to Hackers, Mercedes Develops a Luxury Golf Cart, Nissan Launches Self-Driving Feature

July 13th, 2016 at 11:52am

Runtime: 7:47

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- FCA Offers Bounty to Hackers
- Volvo Joins Cyber Security Coalition
- BMW Expands 3D Printing Use
- Daimler Trucks to 3D Print Spare Parts
- Mercedes Helps Develop Luxury Golf Cart
- Land Rover Demonstrates Autonomous Off-Road Technology
- JLR to Test Autonomy in the UK
- Nissan Launches Semi-Autonomous Feature

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AD #1899 – Honda Develops New Hybrid Motor, Mazda & Isuzu Team on New Pickup, GM to Test RoboGlove in Plants

July 12th, 2016 at 11:56am

Runtime: 6:37

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- Honda Makes Hybrid Motor w/o Heavy Rare-Earth Metals
- Used Car Sales & Prices Up
- Small SUVs Perform Poorly in Headlight Test
- Mazda Teams with Isuzu on New Pickup Truck
- 2nd Gen 3.5L EcoBoost Gets More Power
- GM to Test RoboGlove in Plants
- Renault Reveals MEGANE Sedan

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AD #1898 – Crummy EVs in China, Nissan Pathfinder Gets a Refresh, Exclusive Paintings of Jay Leno’s Garage

July 11th, 2016 at 11:56am

Runtime: 8:18

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- Tesla in Big Trouble
- China Makes Too Many Crummy EVs
- China Says No to Korean Batteries
- Auto Industry Unfairly Regulated
- Refreshed 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
- Paintings from an Exhibition
- Ed Welburn’s Legacy

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ATW #2022 - A Life In Design

July 7th, 2016 at 4:00pm



Ed Welburn, VP, Global Design, General Motors. Topic: Ed Welburn, GM.

John McElroy and GM Global Design Chief Ed Welburn discuss his career in cars and corporate America as he prepares to retire after 44 years at General Motors.




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