Coming Soon: Autoline on the Road from the New York International Auto Show

March 31st, 2015 at 11:00am

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Join John McElroy as he tours the floor of the 2015 New York International Auto Show! Autoline will be bringing you up-to-the-minute coverage of the latest reveals and biggest automotive newsmakers on April 1st!

Keep checking back throughout the day as we update Autoline.tv with the most recent interviews and vehicle previews hot off the show floor. Just a few of the personalities and cars already scheduled to appear:

Lexus Group VP & GM Jeff Bracken with Lexus RX
Global Chevrolet Cars Exec. Dir. of Design John Cafaro with Chevrolet Malibu
Scion Division Group VP Doug Murtha with Scion iA & iM
JLRNA General Manager, Product Planning Rob Filipovic with Jaguar XF
Kia Motors America VP, Product Planning Orth Hedrick with Kia Optima
Cadillac Chief Engineer Dave Leone with Cadillac CT6

Ongoing New York Coverage
April 1, 2015
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AD #1587 – Lincoln Continental Revived, Uber Partners to Rent BYD’s, Volvo Plans U.S. Plant

March 30th, 2015 at 11:47am

Runtime: 6:57

- Uber Partners to Rent BYD’s In U.S.
- Lincoln Revives the Continental
- Chevy Dominates 1st IndyCar Race
- Volvo to Build New U.S. Plant
- Chevy Volt’s “Controversial” 5th Seat

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AAH #280 – 2nd Gen Volt, 1st Rate Car

March 27th, 2015 at 2:25pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Reviewing the Cars.com’s top ten most annoying features in cars. What are your picks?
- Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson gets the boot. Where will he land?

SPECIAL GUEST: Andrew Farrah, Chief Engineer, Chevrolet Volt

All that and much more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Frank Markus, Motor Trend.

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AD #1586 – Renault May Leave F1, Kia Optima Sneak Peek, How to Improve Infotainment

March 27th, 2015 at 11:54am

Runtime: 6:41

- Automakers Boost MPGs in U.S.
- Kia Optima Sneak Peek
- Renault May Say “Au Revoir” To F1
- Ford Partners With Microsoft…Again
- Aston Says Fisker Copied Design
- How to Improve Infotainment

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ATW #1908 - More Than Just Music

March 26th, 2015 at 4:00pm



John Robb, Sr. Manager, Electronic Systems Development, Hyundai Motor Group; Richard Wallace, CAR; Doug Patton, EVP/CTO, DENSO International America. Topic: Infotainment.

Gone are the days of the AM radio blasting out the day’s pop hits from some 50,000 watt giant. Of course today’s cars still have both AM & FM radio but your entertainment options certainly don’t stop there. And let’s not forget about information: not only from your car but also from your phone. Infotainment in the auto is going places we never would’ve dreamed only a few years back. Bringing us up to speed on where we are with today’s version of the car radio – though it’s so much more – are John Robb from the Hyundai Motor Group, Richard Wallace from the Center for Automotive Research and the Chief Technology Officer from DENSO International America Doug Patton. All three experts join host John McElroy on this week’s edition of Autoline THIS WEEK.

AD #1585 – Toyota Shifting to Common Platform, New Mercedes GLE, Malibu Adds Strong Hybrid

March 26th, 2015 at 11:48am

Runtime: 8:16

- Toyota Shifting to Common Platform
- Mercedes Shows New GLE
- Malibu Pumps Some Hybrid Iron
- You Said It!

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Auto Tune: “Pacific Coast Highway” by Burt Bacharach

March 25th, 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.

Burt_Bacharach_Make_it_easy_on_yourselfI love Burt Bacharach. Part of perhaps the greatest songwriting team of the 20th century (and yes, I’m not overlooking Lennon & McCartney), his greatest hits are almost a soundtrack of the ‘60s and ‘70s with a few from the ‘80s tossed in for good measure. The majority of his songs were accompanied by the brilliant lyrics of Hal David, however, there were a few instrumentals that Burt composed on his own and “Pacific Coast Highway” was one of the early ones. From his 1969 album “Make It Easy On Yourself,” this love letter to the PCH captures the essence of a ride from Santa Monica to Malibu. In fact, Burt told the LA Times that his inspiration for the composition was the drive he experienced in his late ‘60s Yellow Corvette Convertible up and down the PCH. Just listen to the light, mellow and melodic vibe of the song and you’ll be transported to the parking lot of Duke’s Restaurant in Malibu as you pull out onto CA 1, make a left and head up the coast to do a little grocery shopping at the Malibu Country Market. Ahhh, I’ll grab a coffee and meet you on the patio.

- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline

AD #1584 – Italian Companies Are Hot Targets, Patent Lawsuits Exploding, All-New 2016 Jag XF

March 25th, 2015 at 11:58am

Runtime: 7:26

- Italian Companies Are Hot Targets
- Number of Patent Lawsuits Exploding
- Virtual Keys Coming to Fleet Operators
- Jaguar Shows New XF, We Think
- Is the UAW Willing to Give or Just Take?

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AD #1583 – Labor Cost Ranks, Ford Edge Going Global, High Speed 3D Printing

March 24th, 2015 at 11:31am

Runtime: 7:05

- Labor Cost Ranks
- Ford Expands in China
- Uber Cars Outnumber Taxis in NYC
- High Speed 3D Printing
- Ford Edge Going Global

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Seat Time: 2015 Ford Transit 250 HR

March 23rd, 2015 at 3:13pm

Ford Transit

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
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Make: Ford
Model: Transit 250 HR
Type: Full size cargo van
Competitors: Daimler Sprinter, Ram Promaster, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Nissan NV400
Price: Base: $30,560. As tested: $46,930
Made in: Kansas City, Missouri
Drivetrain: 3.2 liter I-5 diesel; 6-speed automatic
EPA Ratings: NA; observed: 20 mpg

Final Impression:
2014 Ford TransitWho would have ever thought that driving a Namu-sized van could be so much fun? All you enthusiasts out there owe it to yourselves to test drive the Transit at some point, because this van will definitely surprise and delight you.

The driving dynamics are better than you’ll find in many passenger cars. The on-center steering feel is precise, the effort is direct and you’ll sense the feedback through your hands. The brake pedal effort is directly proportional to the deceleration you’ll get out of it and is easily modulated. And while the acceleration of the I-5 diesel will not exactly snap your neck, it will more than easily keep up with traffic.

Go ahead, push it hard through one of those long, circular off-ramps. Hustle it through your favorite set of esses. Pick any apex and clip it every time. I found myself shaking my head in amazement and almost giggling. How can a vehicle with a 148-inch wheelbase, a 10-foot tall roof and over 400 cubic feet of interior room handle so well?

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