Autoline This Week Episode Archives

Show 2114

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 4/20 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/23 @ 10:30am ET

“Are Fuel Cells Ready for Prime Time?”

Charles Freese, Executive Director, Global Fuel Cell Activites, GM; Steve Center, VP, Environmental Business Development Office, American Honda; Bryan Pivovar, Group Manager/H2@Scale Lead Chemistry and Nanosciences Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Topic: Fuel cells.

When it comes to alternative powertrains, over the last few years most automakers have been concentrating on electrics or hybrids. But the question is what happened to fuel cells? Early on it seemed like hydrogen was going to be the fuel that most cars would feature. This week our expert panel discusses if fuel cells are still a viable alternative.

Show 2113

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 4/13 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/16 @ 10:30am ET

“Troubled Times for Tooling”

Jay Baron, President & CEO, CAR; Tim Marasco, Global Director, Stamping Engineering, Ford Motor Company; Al Whitted, Global Head of Press Shops & Dies, and President, Autodie, Inc., FCA US. Topic: Tool & Die Crisis.

Each year automakers continue to introduce several new products containing new materials, processes and technologies. But will the lack of skilled talent and manufacturing constraints slow new cars and trucks getting to dealer lots? On today’s show John McElroy talks with two OEM executives and an auto expert on where we go from here.

Show 2112

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 4/6 @ 1:30pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/9 @ 10:30am ET

“Dealers, Consumers & Trump World”

Chris Stinebert, CEO, American Financial Services Association; Joe White, Reuters; Steve Finlay, Wards Dealer Business. Topic: The Loan Process.

The new administration in Washington, D.C. means lots of changes; and some of those changes impact consumers. On today’s show the CEO of the American Financial Services Association talks to our panel about how President Trump will affect the car industry especially the loan process.

Show 2111

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 3/30 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/2 @ 10:30am ET

“Threats Facing Today’s Autos”

Karl Heimer, Principal, Heimer & Associates, LLC; Jeffrey Massimilla, Chief Product Cybersecurity Officer, General Motors; SSA Thomas Winterhalter, Deputy Principal Liaison Noncommissioned Officer to NSA and U.S. Cyber Command (USCC), FBI - Cyber Division. Topic: Cybersecurity.

As the number of electronics continue to grow on cars one of the biggest concerns is cybersecurity: how to keep a car safe from hackers. This week three experts discuss the latest in protecting a vehicle’s software including: Karl Heimer from Autoimmune, General Motors’ Jeffrey Massimilla and SSA Thomas Winterhalter, FBI Cyber Division.

Show 2110

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 3/23 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 3/26 @ 10:30am ET

“The Chinese are Here!”

Michael Dunne; Dunne Automotive; Joe White, Reuters; Michelle Krebs, Autotrader. Topic: China’s auto industry.

Just because you don’t see any Chinese automakers in America doesn’t mean they aren’t here competing. In fact, they’re already here in a big way. Chinese auto expert Michael Dunne joins host John McElroy with panelists Michelle Krebs from Autotrader and Reuters’ Joe White to discuss where they are and where they aren’t…just yet.

Show 2109

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 2/23 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/26 @ 10:30am ET

“A Civil War”

Sam Slaughter, 2017 NAIAS Chairman; Peter DeLorenzo, The; Mark Phelan, The Detroit Free Press. Topic: CES vs. NAIAS.

It’s almost like the film classic Godzilla versus Mothra only this time car shows are the antagonists. On one hand is CES, the largest convention in the city of conventions, Las Vegas, Nevada; on the other there’s the long-running champ from Detroit, the North American International Auto Show. With CES fast becoming a destination for car companies to show their latest, and NAIAS – the first auto show of the year -- only days afterward, something has to give. This week a debate on what should happen with the 2017 Chairman of NAIAS, and three attendees with different views.

Show 2108

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 2/16 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/19 @ 10:30am ET

“The Future Closing In”

Erez Dagan, Sr. VP Advanced Development Strategy, Mobileye; Peter Rawlinson, CTO, Lucid Motors; Alexander Mankowsky, Mercedes-Benz, Future Studies & Ideation. Topic: Auto Technology Outlook.

It used to be that the CES convention in Las Vegas was a big electronics show. But since the automakers started coming a few years back it’s looking more and more like a car & technology show. Join host John McElroy from the floor of CES 2017 with his guests from the cutting edge software firm Mobileye, luxury electric carmaker Lucid Motors as well as the futurist from Mercedes-Benz.

Show 2107

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 2/9 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/12 @ 10:30am ET

“More Than Just Military”

Andy Hove, CEO, AM General; John Stoll, The Wall Street Journal; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production. Topic AM General.

It may be hard to believe but the historic Willys Jeep wasn’t created by an automaker but rather an independent manufacturer, that today goes by the name of AM General. As the only full-scale contract assembly facility in the U.S., the company currently produces everything from the military’s HUMVEE to the Mercedes-Benz R Class Crossover. Joining host John McElroy and his panel in studio to discuss his company and what it creates today is Chief Executive Officer Andy Hove.

Show 2106

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 2/2 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/5 @ 10:30am ET

“Breaking in a New Brand”

Bruce McDonald, CEO, Adient; Bill Visnic, SAE International; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production. Topic: Interior supplier Adient.

Recently, the massive automotive supplier Johnson Controls decided to get out of seating so it created an independent, publically traded company called Adient. On this week’s show, its new CEO Bruce McDonald joins John McElroy and his panel to talk about where he will take the leader in automotive seating.

Show 2105

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 1/26 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/29 @ 10:30am ET

“New Avenues of Customer Care”

Andrew Frick, Lincoln Sales & Service; Michael McInerney, Deliver My Ride; Michael Deitz, Sr. Group Mgr., Genesis Brand Service. Topic: Buying a car.

The old days of buying a car are quickly fading. Times are changing for dealerships and manufacturers alike, driven partly by Gen X but mostly by Millennials. On this week’s show John McElroy talks to two different automakers about how they are changing their approach to servicing your car in hopes of attracting new customers. In addition, he’s also joined by the head of a new website that, if you can believe it, allows you to buy your car online without ever having to go to the dealer.

Show 2104

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 1/19 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/22 @ 10:30am ET

“Reading the Tea Leaves”

Mustafa Mohatarem, General Motors; Emily Kolinski Morris, Ford; Charles Chesbrough, OESA. Topic: Automotive economic outlook.

There’s a new administration taking over in Washington in January that has many wondering about what happens to the economy. And obviously the automakers are wondering as well. Join the chief economists from General Motors and Ford as well as the senior economist from the Original Equipment Manufacturers Association as they try to read the economic and business tea leaves for 2017.

Show 2103

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 1/12 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/15 @ 10:30am ET

“Wards’ Winning Engines”

Drew Winter,; Tom Murphy,; Bob Gritzinger, Topic: 2017 Wards 10 Best Engines.

At the end of 2016 the editors took their analysis of the more than 60 new vehicles released during the year and determined which had the 10 Best Engines. Join host John McElroy as three of those editors, Drew Winter, Tom Murphy & Bob Gritzinger, reveal their winners for 2017.

Show 2102

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 1/5 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/8 @ 10:30am ET

“Truck of the Year plus two”

Paul Eisenstein, The Detroit Bureau; Joe DeMatio, Road & Track; Sharon Carty, Automotive News. Topic: Truck of the Year.

Three North American Car & Truck of the Year jurors join host John McElroy to analyze the three finalists for Truck of the Year as well as their predictions for Car and Utility of the Year.

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