Autoline This Week Episode Archives



Show 2136

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 11/16 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 11/19 @ 10:30am ET

“Data: The Unknown Commodity From Your Car”

Michael Perugi, Acxiom; Jennifer Dukarski, Butzel Long; Sam Abuelsamid, Navigant Research. Topic: Data collection.

Today’s cars collect data. The computers and electronics on cars, trucks and SUVs capture almost everything we do and where we go with it. And some of that information can be valuable to different sectors of the auto industry.

To explain to us what this data is and who owns it, John McElroy is joined by a powerhouse panel including Acxiom information analyst Michael Perugi, privacy expert Jennifer Dukarski from the law firm Butzel Long and automotive analyst Sam Abuelsamid from Navigant Research.

Show 2135

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 11/9 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 11/12 @ 10:30am ET

“VAuto: Working the Retail Side”

Dale Pollak, VAuto; Steve Finlay, WardsAuto.com; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production. Topic: Car dealers.

Entrepreneur Dale Pollak made his name developing software to solve day-to-day dealership issues. But along the way he witnessed the tsunami of changes that would envelope 21st century automotive retailers and chronicled many of them in his book “Like I See It.”

Today he joins Autoline to discuss not only his book, but how the changing retail world is affecting your local car dealer and how it impacts both you and me. Joining John McElroy on his journalist panel is Gary Vasilash from Automotive Design & Production and WardsAuto’s Steve Finlay.

Show 2134

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 11/2 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 11/5 @ 10:30am ET

“Autonomy’s Next Steps”

Dr. Ryan Eustice, VP of Autonomous Driving, Toyota Research Institute; Jada Tapley, VP, Advanced Engineering, Delphi; Sam Abuelsamid, Sr. Analyst, Navigant Research. Topic: Autonomy.

With so much of the auto industry working on autonomy, it’s hard to say who is doing what. On this week’s Autoline we talk to a manufacturer, a Tier One Supplier and an auto analyst to get the straight scoop on where we stand with autonomous cars.

Show 2133

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

“The NADA Visits Autoline”

Mark Scarpelli, 2017 NADA Chairman; Steve Finlay, WardsAuto; Adrienne Roberts, The Wall Street Journal. Topic: Auto Dealers.

The newest Chairman of the National Auto Dealers’ Association, Mark Scarpelli of Illinois, makes his annual pilgrimage to the Autoline THIS WEEK panel to talk about sales, product, customers and how things look for 2018.

Show 2132

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

“Is America in Danger of Losing its Wanderlust?”

Peter DeLorenzo, The Autoextremist; McKeel Hagerty, Hagerty Insurance; Mark Gessler, Historic Vehicle Association. Topic: Wanderlust in Danger?

So much of what the country is, can be traced to transportation: especially the car. And boy do we love to drive. But with all the talk of mobility services and autonomy, some worry that our wanderlust will wither if we’re not driving for enjoyment anymore. Join John and noted transportation author Peter DeLorenzo, McKeel Hagerty of the Hagerty Group and Mark Gessler from the Historic Vehicle Association for a fascinating discussion of what driving does for Americans.

Show 2131

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

“Lear Takes Off”

Matt Simoncini, Lear; Joe White, Reuters; Chester Dawson, The Wall Street Journal. Topic: Lear.

John McElroy invites the head of Tier One Supplier Lear Corporation to join him on the panel to talk about the current state and future of the auto industry from a supplier’s perspective.

Show 2130

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

“What’s Next for NAFTA?”

Les Glick, Butzel Long; Jamie Butters, Bloomberg; Daniel Howes, The Detroit News. Topic: NAFTA.

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Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton turned many long-understood answers into questions, especially when it comes to trade. For instance, Mr. Trump claimed NAFTA was a much bigger benefit to our neighbors and threatened to change it. And with so much of the auto industry involved John McElroy invited Washington, D.C. NAFTA expert, Les Glick, to enlighten us on what may, can or will happen. Joining the panel is Jamie Butters of Bloomberg and Daniel Howes of The Detroit News.

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Show 2129

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 9/28 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 10/1 @ 10:30am ET

“Autonomous Travel Drones”

Bob Lutz, Former Vice Chairman, General Motors; Robin Lineberger, Deloitte; Jon Rimenelli, Detroit Aircraft Company. Topic: VTOL Aircraft.

Most all of us know how autonomous cars are progressing and that many of us already drive vehicles with autonomous elements in them already. But what about autonomous plane travel? This week’s panel features a discussion on how autonomous travel drones are not too far away. On the panel are: Bob Lutz, Former Vice Chair of General Motors; Robin Lineberger, Deloitte; Jon Rimenelli, Detroit Aircraft Company

Show 2128

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 9/7 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 9/10 @ 10:30am ET

“Mobility Part 2: The Social Side”

Carla Bailo, The Ohio State University; Kristin Welch, SPLT; Melissa Cefkin, Nissan Research. Topic: Mobility.

This is Part 2 of a look at Mobility Services taped onsite in Traverse City, MI. This panel features Carla Bailo of The Ohio State University; Kristin Welch, SPLT; Melissa Cefkin with Nissan Research.

Show 2127

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 8/31 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 9/3 @ 10:30am ET

“Mobility Part 1: Hardware that Helps”

Larry Dominique, PSA North America; Michael Robinet, IHS Markit; John Waraniak, SEMA. Topic: Mobility.

On location in Traverse City, MI, this is Part 1 of two separate segments on mobility and what is coming sooner rather than later. Joining John McElroy on this panel are Larry Dominique, the CEO of PSA North America; analyst Michael Robinet from IHS Markit; and John Waraniak with SEMA.

Show 2126

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 8/24 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 8/27 @ 10:30am ET

“The Future of Auto Shows”

Rick Deneau, FCA; Steve Bruyn, Foresight Research; Stephanie Brinley, IHS Automotive. Topic: Auto Shows.

What’s going on with your local auto show? Is it still viable or is the steam running out on this 100 year old tradition as the baby boomers find less need for autos in retirement and the younger generations seem more wedded to the concept of mobility? You may be surprised by what the experts say.

Joining John McElroy for this roundtable is Rick Deneau, the Head of Product Communications for FCA; Steve Bruyn is with Foresight Research and Stephanie Brinley is an auto analyst with IHS Automotive.

Show 2125

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 7/27 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 7/30 @ 10:30am ET

“Ford's Engine Story”

Robert Fascetti, VP, Ford Powertrain; Bob Gritzinger, WardsAuto.com; Lindsay Brooke, SAE. Topic: Ford Engines.

Ford, like its competitors, is facing the future straight on. And perhaps the biggest question to answer is what will be powering its cars: hybrids, fuel cells, electrics or the good old I.C.E.? The man on Ford’s frontline of propulsion systems is Robert Fascetti. Today he joins John McElroy and his panel to discuss Ford’s future driving options.

Show 2124

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 7/20 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 7/23 @ 10:30am ET

“Monetizing Data”

John McFarland, Director, Connected Owner Experiences, General Motors; Ben Hoffman, CEO & President, Movimento; Joe Vitale, Global Automotive Leader, Deloitte. Topic: Monetizing Data.

The new cars, trucks and SUVs that we’re all buying are not only filled with new technology, they are also filled with data. Data that some companies will pay dearly for such as where we go and what we listen to. But how can automakers monetize that data? They have enough to do just designing and engineering the vehicles.

On today’s show, John McElroy and his panel explore how to turn that data into gold with John McFarland from General Motors, Ben Hoffman the CEO of supplier Movimento and Joe Vitale, the Global Automotive Leader from Deloitte.

Show 2123

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 7/13 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 7/16 @ 10:30am ET

“Henry Ford’s Plan for the American Suburb”

Heather Barrow, Author; John Beck, Michigan State University; Matt Anderson, Henry Ford Museum. Topic: Ford & Suburbs.

You might know Dearborn, Michigan as the home of the Ford Motor Company. But what you may not know is that Henry Ford wanted to make the city the model suburb for the rest of America. Join John McElroy as he welcomes author and historian Heather Barrow as she highlights the Ford philosophy as it moved from the factory floor to mass suburbanization.

Show 2122

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 7/6 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 7/9 @ 10:30am ET

“Racing & Business with Jack Roush”

Jack Roush, Roush Industries. Topic: Jack Roush.

Many know Jack Roush from his NASCAR teams, but his businesses reach far beyond just racing. Join John McElroy for a very special one-on-one interview with the man who started at Ford in the ‘60s and today commands companies that touch everything from the environment to autonomy.

Show 2121

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 6/29 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 7/2 @ 10:30am ET

“What Drives the Demon?”

Chris Cowland, Director - Advance and SRT Powertrain Engineering; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Alisa Priddle, Motor Trend. Topic: Dodge Demon.

It burst onto the scene at the NY Auto Show, with a stunt worthy of Hollywood itself. And in fact, the Dodge Demon has teamed up with the Fast & Furious film franchise. So what’s all the hoopla about? Join John McElroy and the man responsible for this 840 horsepower muscle car coming up on Autoline THIS WEEK.

Show 2120

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 6/22 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 6/25 @ 10:30am ET

“Michigan’s Automotive Recovery”

Matthew Gibb, Deputy County Executive of Oakland County; Glenn Stevens, MICHauto; Kristin Dziczek, Center for Automotive Research. Topic: Michigan’s Rebound.

If you look back 8 or 9 years, the state of Michigan was an absolute mess. As two of its largest tax payers – GM & Chrysler -- declared bankruptcy, there was a legitimate fear that many tangential companies would also fall, putting the layoff totals in numbers not seen since the 1930s.

But of course that did not happen. And in fact, Michigan’s automotive recovery couldn’t have been stronger.

So what happened and how did the state avoid the worst? Joining John McElroy on this edition of Autoline THIS WEEK are representatives from three organizations who had a front seat to everything that happened.

Show 2119

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 5/25 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 5/28 @ 10:30am ET

“Tier One Supplier CEOs”

Lon Offenbacher, President & CEO, Inteva Products; Rainer Jueckstock, Co-CEO & Co-Chairman of the Board, Federal-Mogul. Topic: Tier 1 Suppliers.

Automakers may have their logo on cars and trucks, but more than any time in history, what they produce is a team effort. And much of that team consists of Tier One Suppliers. Joining John McElroy to discuss the relationship of Suppliers and the OEMs are Lon Offenbacher, President & CEO, Inteva Products along with Rainer Jueckstock, Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of the Board, Federal-Mogul.

Show 2118

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 5/18 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 5/21 @ 10:30am ET

“From D(iesels) to E(lectrics)”

Dan Nicholson, VP, Global Propulsion Systems, GM; Sam Abuelsamid, Sr. Research Analyst, Navigant Research; Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver. Topic: GM Powertrains.

Before the Great Recession, General Motors had its hand in a lot of different powertrains. But once it slimmed down it had lost a lot of those options. But 2017 is certainly a new day. Now there are diesels, hybrids, electrics and let’s not forget the good old internal combustion engine in both the car and truck lineup. On today’s show John McElroy and his panel get the inside scoop on GM engines from Dan Nicholson, the vice president of Propulsion Systems.

Show 2117

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 5/11 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 5/14 @ 10:30am ET

“The Wall Street Auto Analysts”

John Murphy, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Kevin Tynan, Bloomberg Intelligence; Maryann Keller, MK & A. Topic: Wall Street Auto Analysis.

From the floor of the New York International Auto Show, John McElroy interviews three Wall Street analysts whose job it is to keep an eye on what’s going on with the automotive landscape. We’ll see where they think the industry is headed and how soon autonomous vehicles may be driving off dealer lots.

Show 2116

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 5/4 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 5/7 @ 10:30am ET

“Sounds from the Seats”

Brandon Wheeler, Manager, Customer Programs, Acoustics, HARMAN Car Audio; Alan Norton, Senior Technical Leader, Automotive Audio Systems, Lincoln Motor Company; Tom Murphy, WardsAuto.com. Topic: Car audio.

As the consumer appetite grows for more luxury vehicles, automakers are trying to differentiate themselves from the competition. One addition that’s been successful is turning the car into a rolling concert hall with the help of high-end audio systems. On this week’s show, representatives from HARMAN Audio and Lincoln Motor Company discuss why this option seems to be working for the buyers of today’s upscale autos, and how the two companies work together to pump out the jams.

Show 2115

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 4/27 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/30 @ 10:30am ET

“City of Tomorrow”

Robert Hampshire, UMTRI; Jessica Robinson, Director, City Solutions at Ford; Kevin Layden, Director, Electrified Powertrain Engineering at Ford. Topic: City of Tomorrow.

It’s not just urban planners who are looking at the layout of the city of tomorrow. It’s also companies like Ford. On today’s show, two futurists from the Ford Motor Company are joined by a University of Michigan engineer to explain how they are working together to make sure the transportation fits the future urban landscape.

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 Autoextremist.com; 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, WardsAuto.com; Tom Murphy, WardsAuto.com; Bob Gritzinger, WardsAuto.com. Topic: 2017 Wards 10 Best Engines.

At the end of 2016 the WardsAuto.com 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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