AD #1887 – VW Eyes U.S. Heavy Truck Market, Autonomous Bus Uses IBM’s Watson, Impressions: Jaguar F-PACE

June 17th, 2016 at 11:57am

Runtime: 8:58

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- VW Eyes U.S. Heavy Truck Market & More EVs
- Canadian Supplier in Talks with Google & Apple
- Ford GT Dominates Le Mans Qualifying
- Local Motors Creates Autonomous EV Minibus
- New Technique for Getting More Out of EV Batteries
- The SUV That Wasn’t Supposed to Be

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AAH #335 – Good, Bad, & Ugly: New Cars & Press Trips

June 17th, 2016 at 10:11am

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New Product: Fiat124, Jaguar F-Pace, Porsche Macan
Press Trips – What we like, what we don’t
-  The Story behind the Opel Bitter CD

Join our co-hosts John McElroy from Autoline.tv and Gary Vasilash of Automotive Design & Production along with our guest journalists, Chris Paukert of Roadshow by CNET and freelancer Scott Burgess, as they tackle the automotive issues of the week.

SPECIAL GUEST: Dick Ruzzin, Retired GM Designer and the story behind the design of the Opel Bitter CD.

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AD #1886 – VW Gets Another Extension, Rolls Royce & MINI Look Into the Future, Ram Rebel Gets Moparized

June 16th, 2016 at 11:55am

Runtime: 8:00

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- Volkswagen Gets Another Extension
- Mitsubishi May Have Cheated More
- MINI & Rolls Royce Look Into the Future
- New HUD Connects to Phone & Car
- Ram Rebel Gets Moparized
- Discovery Sport Tows a Train
- Honda’s New Accord Hybrid

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AD #1885 – VW Plans to Restructure, Mercedes Turns to 48-Volt System, Nissan Developing Multiple Fuel Fuel-Cell

June 15th, 2016 at 11:26am

Runtime: 6:37

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- Volkswagen Plans to Restructure
- Verizon Helps Tackle Fleet Management
- China Works at Breakneck Speeds
- Mercedes Turns to 48-Volt System
- Nissan Developing Multiple Fuel Fuel-Cell

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Seat Time: A Car for Camelot?

June 14th, 2016 at 2:07pm

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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 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited
Price: $43,285 (as tested)

Final Impression:

Legend has it that King Arthur had one… though I think it’s safe to say it wasn’t a hybrid. Of course I’m talking about Avalon which, in Arthur’s case, was the island of his final rest, while for Toyota it’s the name of its popular flagship sedan. And though this fourth generation vehicle may not be able to move a round table anytime soon, it can certainly transport five knights comfortably.

Under the hood, this Avalon is equipped with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system; a 2.5L, 4 cylinder engine that gets a combined 40mpgs which bests its competition by about 10 miles. And with apologies to Arthur’s steeds Llamrei and Hengroen, there’s absolutely no lag in the powertrain when you need the car to get up and go.

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But for me, when you talk Avalon overall comfort is the key.

I drove the Parisian Night Pearl model in congested city traffic as well as out on open the highway and never once felt cramped or fatigued: the spacious cockpit and its power adjustable heated and cooled leather front seats saw to that. In addition, this Avalon comes standard with Toyota’s Entune system, which not only linked my phone with the car faster than Arthur pulling Excalibur from the stone, but also provided convenient use of entertainment options as well as navigation tools.

The couple days I spent test driving the car allowed me to concentrate on Avalon’s interior and driving dynamics. It was smooth, steady and comfortable as mentioned above. Maybe not quite the Holy Grail of hybrids, but certainly a treasure in the Toyota lineup that any royal or serf would enjoy.

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AD #1884 – Takata to Sell Stake in Automakers, Class 8 Trucks Drag Down Segment, “The Other Motor City”

June 14th, 2016 at 11:49am

Runtime: 8:16

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- Takata to Sell Stake in Automakers
- Class 8 Trucks Drag Down Segment
- “The Other Motor City”
- GMC Acadia Gets Rear Seat Reminder Feature
- Who’s Liable if an Autonomous Car Crashes?

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AD #1883 – Chinese Find Success in Crippled Russia, U.S. Small Van Sales Soar, Renault Updates Best-Selling Car

June 13th, 2016 at 11:47am

Runtime: 6:41

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- Russian Car Sales Continue to Drop
- Small Van Sales Soar in U.S.
- 300-Mile EV from Mercedes
- Mercedes to Sell Plug-In Fuel-Cell GLC
- BMW Prices New Bigger Battery i3
- Renault Introduces Updated Clio Hatch
- Hail Damage Has Huge Impact

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AD #1882 – NHTSA Needs Flexible Autonomous Regs., Ford Creates Niche w/ Sport Models, Volvo S90 & V90 Impressions

June 10th, 2016 at 11:57am

Runtime: 8:36

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- NHTSA Needs Flexible Autonomous Regulations
- Tesla Denies Model S Suspension Defect
- Ford Carves Out Niche with Sport Models
- First Impressions: Volvo S90 & V90
- Navistar Builds Vans for GM
- Iconic Pickups Get Own Stamps

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Is That A Tornado Up Ahead? – TU Automotive Detroit 2016

June 9th, 2016 at 3:27pm

Your car can provide you with lots of information, but nothing about the weather except in a generic way. AccuWeather believes it’s time to have your navigation system let you know about the kind of weather you’re about to drive into.

Fewer Drivers, More Gridlock – TU Automotive Detroit 2016

June 9th, 2016 at 2:55pm

Far fewer Millennials have a driver’s license than any previous generation. This could be a direct threat to the automotive industry, and has big implications for how cities will need to deal with transportation in the future. Cars are not going to go away, but how they get used is already changing.




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