Autoline This Week Episode Archives

Show 1739

Internet Premiere
Friday, 12/20 @ 2:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 12/29 @ 10:30am ET

“Autoline Executive of the Year”

Dr. Dave Cole, AutoHarvest, Edward Lapham, Automotive News (Retired), Neil De Koker, Original Equipment Suppliers Association. Topic: Executive of the Year.

This week Autoline unveils its first annual Automotive Executive of the Year award. Joining John McElroy to sort through the short list that his expert panel has winnowed down over the three month process is Dave Cole, former CEO of the Center for Automotive Research; Neil De Koker of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association; and Edward Lapham, retired columnist from Automotive News.

Show 1738

Internet Premiere
Friday, 11/22 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 11/24 @ 10:30am ET

“Residual Values: What Your Car Is Worth And Why”

Larry Dominique, Executive Vice President, TrueCar, Craig Trudell, Bloomberg News, Joe White, The Wall Street Journal. Topic: Residual Car Values.

Automotive Leasing Guide, or ALG as it’s known in the industry, is a very powerful force in the automotive world and it doesn’t even make cars. It’s the automotive website that sets the residual values of cars and trucks. In other words through its mountains of data the company tells automakers what its cars are worth. Executive Vice President of TrueCar Larry Dominique joins host John McElroy along with panelists Joe White of the Wall Street Journal and Craig Trudell of Bloomberg to discuss ALG and how it works with automakers and consumers alike.

Show 1737

Internet Premiere
Friday, 11/15 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 11/17 @ 10:30am ET

“Opening to the East: The Booming Chinese Auto Industry”

Dazong Wang, Chairman, Ophoenix Capital Management, Inc., Amedeo Felisa, CEO, Ferrari, Jeff Owens, Chief Technology Officer, Delphi. Topic: Chinese Auto Industry.

Join John McElroy for his first broadcast from behind the Great Wall of China as he talks to automotive executives and experts at the Global Automotive Forum in Wuhan, China on Autoline This Week.

Show 1736

Internet Premiere
Friday, 11/8 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 11/10 @ 10:30am ET

“Any volunteers: The UAW in Tennessee”

Gary Klotz, Butzel Long – Attorneys & Counselors, Robert Chiaravalli, Strategic Labor & HR, Sean McAlinden, Center for Automotive Research. Topic: VW & UAW.

The United Auto Workers haven’t had much success unionizing plants from foreign automakers. But VW’s new Chattanooga, Tennessee plant may prove to be different. Join host John McElroy along with his panel labor lawyer Gary Klotz, union analyst Robert Chiaravalli and Sean McAlinden from the Center for Automotive Research as they discuss whether or not the volunteer state of Tennessee may lead to its first success with a foreign automaker.

Show 1735

Internet Premiere
Friday, 11/1 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 11/3 @ 10:30am ET

“Inside the Connected Car”

Stephen Surhigh, Compuware, Richard Wallace, Center for Automotive Research, Nick Cohn, TomTom. Topic: Connected Cars.

It used to be that you took your car from place to place. Nowadays it may be the other way around. Vehicles are so loaded with technology that in some cases they are driving themselves. But that’s not the only story behind today’s connected car. Join John McElroy along with Richard Wallace from CAR, TomTom’s Nick Cohn and Stephen Surhigh from Compuware to discuss what makes a car connected on Autoline This Week.

Show 1734

Internet Premiere
Friday, 10/25 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 10/27 @ 10:30am ET

“Automotive Lightweighting: Steel Slims Down”

Terry Cullum, Auto/Steel Partnership, Ron Krupitzer, Steel Market Development Institute, Louis Hector, Jr., Ph.D., GM Research & Development Labs. Topic: Lightweighting.

In the ongoing effort to reduce weight in their cars, automakers look at every opportunity to lose a pound here, a pound there. Some have even taken to using aluminum and carbon fiber in the body which has left the steel industry wondering how to remain relevant in these days of lightweighting. On this week’s Autoline, John McElroy is joined by experts Ron Krupitzer from SMDI, Terry Cullum from the Auto/Steel partnership and GM’s Lou Hector to talk about taking everything but the strength out of steel.

Show 1733

Internet Premiere
Friday, 10/18 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 10/20 @ 10:30am ET

“Dream Machines: The Hottest Cars from Frankfurt 2013”

Julian Thomson, Head of Advanced Design, Jaguar, Alfonso Albaisa, Design Director, Infiniti, Michael Mauer, Head of Design, Porsche AG, Ian Robertson, BMW Board Member, Sales & Marketing, Ken Saward, Design Manager, Mazda NA. Topic: Frankfurt Motor Show.

The bi-annual Frankfurt Motor Show never fails to disappoint. Being in the backyard of so many European OEMs, there never seems to be a shortage of interesting and expensive cars unveiled at this important show. Join John McElroy and crew as they visit each of the show’s 13 buildings to talk with the men and women behind the scene stealers for this year’s show.

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Show 1732

Internet Premiere
Friday, 10/11 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 10/13 @ 10:30am ET

“The Real Blade Runner: A Conversation with Futurist Syd Mead”

Syd Mead,, Jim Hall, 2953 Analytics, John Manoogian II, College for Creative Studies. Topic: Syd Mead.

He started out drawing cars and became a Hollywood sensation. Syd Mead, the inspiration behind the futurist world of the film “Blade Runner” as well as many other hit films, makes a return visit to the Autoline studios to talk about everything from autonomy to “the electronic herd.” Joining John McElroy on his panel are Jim Hall from 2953 Analytics and John Manoogian from the College for Creative Studies.

Show 1731

Internet Premiere
Friday, 10/4 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 10/6 @ 10:30am ET

“Ford’s Marketing Dynamo”

Jim Farley, EVP, Global Marketing, Ford, Keith Naughton, Bloomberg News, Karl Henkel, The Detroit News. Topic: Ford Marketing.

Alan Mulally and Mark Fields – the top two executives at Ford -- get much of the credit for bringing the Blue Oval back from the brink during dire economic times. But the man whose contribution shouldn’t be overlooked because he sets the tone with the buying public through television, print and social media is Jim Farley. The once Toyota & Lexus Golden Boy, now in his 6th year with Ford, continues to break the automotive marketing mold by pushing the envelope. Joining John McElroy to discuss Ford marketing with Jim Farley are Karl Henkel from The Detroit News and Keith Naughton of Bloomberg News.

Show 1730

Internet Premiere
Friday, 9/27 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 9/29 @ 10:30am ET

“Driving America”

Bob Casey, Curator of Trans. (Ret.), The Henry Ford, Matt Anderson, Curator of Trans., The Henry Ford, Patricia Mooradian, President, The Henry Ford. Topic: The Henry Ford Museum.

There aren’t too many historical figures who have their 150th birthday celebrated. But if your name is Henry Ford, the man who gave us the modern auto industry, you might even get a book as well. And that’s just what the Henry Ford Museum did in celebration of the man’s sesquicentennial. Joining John McElroy to discuss the man, the museum and the world’s premier automotive exhibit –called Driving America – are the people who put it together, Transportation Curator for the Henry Ford Museum Matt Anderson, the man who he replaced, Bob Casey, and Patricia Mooradian, President of the Henry Ford Museum this week on Autoline.

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Show 1729

Internet Premiere
Friday, 9/20 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 9/22 @ 10:30am ET

“Propane Conversion”

Abe Stephenson, Dish Network, Denis Gallagher, Student Transportation of America, Edgar Benning, Flint, MI Mass Transit Authority. Topic: Propane.

As the price of petroleum and diesel keeps creeping higher, companies with fleet vehicles are looking for ways to save money. One way more and more of them are turning to is propane or as the Europeans call it autogas.

Joining John McElroy’s panel to discuss converting their fleets to autogas is Abe Stephenson from the Dish Network, Denis Gallagher from Student Transportation of America and Edgar Benning of the Flint, Michigan Mass Transit Authority.

Show 1728

Internet Premiere
Friday, 9/13 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 9/15 @ 10:30am ET

“Cars & Personalities”

Lori Costew, Ford Motor Company, Michael Segovia, CPP, Inc., Christie Nordhielm, University of Michigan. Topic: Cars & Personalities.

Why are men attracted to a certain style of car? Why do women buy the type of car they do? And what about teenagers? Are there circumstances that drive what you buy or is it something unique inside each individual person?

The latter is what the personality gurus at Myers-Briggs think and the folks at Ford are ready to run an experiment to test this theory. On this week’s Autoline we examine if people buy cars based on their personalities. Joining John McElroy are Lori Costew from Ford Motor Company, personality expert Michael Segovia from Myers-Briggs & Prof. Christie Nordhielm, marketing professor from the University of Michigan.

Show 1727

Internet Premiere
Friday, 8/30 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 9/1 @ 10:30am ET

“Icons and Idiots”

Bob Lutz, Author, “Icons and Idiots,” Peter De Lorenzo,, Csaba Csere, Valvefloat Group. Topic: Bob Lutz.

The U.S. auto industry has had its share of characters and personalities over its first century, but you’d be hard pressed to find one bigger, at least in the last 40 years, than Bob Lutz. He’s been practically everywhere, seen everything and met nearly everybody in the industry. So when he decided to write his latest book on the men he has worked with along the way, everyone took notice. So this week he joins John McElroy, Peter De Lorenzo of the and former Car & Driver editor Csaba Csere on Autoline to discuss his new book, “Icons and Idiots.”

Show 1726

Internet Premiere
Friday, 8/23 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 8/25 @ 10:30am ET

“Exterior Design”

Jim Hall, 2953 Analytics, John Manoogian II, College for Creative Studies, David Lyon, Pocketsquare Design. Topic: Exterior Design.

Each year automakers are releasing 50 to 60 new or refreshed vehicles. That means design teams are logging tons of hours trying to bring a fresh look to an old nameplate or break the mold with a brand new vehicle. Just how they’re doing it is the subject of this week’s Autoline. Joining John McElroy are three men steeped in design heritage. David Lyon worked at General Motors the last 20 years until he recently went out on his own, John Manoogian started at Ford in the ‘70s before spending the bulk of his career at GM. He now teaches design at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. And rounding out the panel is Jim Hall, Autoline’s own resident design expert, and managing director of 2953 Analytics.

Show 1725

Internet Premiere
Friday, 8/2 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 8/4 @ 10:30am ET

“Auto Interiors”

Crystal Windham, Interior Design Director, Chevrolet, Han Hendriks, VP, Johnson Controls, Rick Comiskey, Director, North America, OPTIS. Topic: Interiors.

The exterior designs of today’s car may evolve from year to year, but for sheer amount of change, all you have to do is look inside any of the latest models. Not only are there softer materials, rounder surfaces and quality accents, but the cars are loaded with technology like we’ve never seen before. Joining John McElroy to discuss what’s going on inside today’s cars on Autoline This Week are: Chevrolet’s Interior Design Chief Crystal Windham, Han Hendriks from Tier One Supplier Johnson Controls and software designer Rick Comiskey from OPTIS.

Show 1724

Internet Premiere
Friday, 7/26 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 7/28 @ 10:30am ET

“Driving Mercedes R&D”

Johann Jungwirth, CEO, Mercedes-Benz R & D, North America, Csaba Csere, Valvefloat Group, Mike Austin, Popular Mechanics. Topic: Mercedes R&D.

These days when it comes to automobiles, technology is everywhere. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a $12,000 Nissan Versa or a $190,000 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG…though auto experts might expect to find a little bit more in the Mercedes. But how does it get there and who decides what car gets what? Those are questions that this week’s Autoline guest deals with on a daily basis. Joining John McElroy for the entire show is Johann Jungwirth, the President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development in North America along with our panelists the former head of Car & Driver Csaba Csere and Mike Austin of Popular Mechanics.

Show 1723

Internet Premiere
Friday, 7/19 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 7/21 @ 10:30am ET

“The Leasing Explosion”

Scot Hall,, Geoff Robinson, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Sam Slaughter, Sellers Buick GMC. Topic: Leasing.

Before the big recession, leasing was a hefty 25 to 28% of new car sales in the U.S. But then in 2009, like so many other businesses, it took a huge tumble to just single digits. However today – three years later – it’s back up to 24% and who knows where the ceiling will stop.

On Autoline This Week John McElroy talks to three experts in the leasing community that will answer that question and more. Joining him on his panel are Scot Hall from the website, Geoff Robinson, the VP of Marketing for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services in the United States along with car dealer Sam Slaughter from Sellers Buick GMC in Farmington Hills, MI.

Show 1722

Internet Premiere
Friday, 7/12 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 7/14 @ 10:30am ET

“The New World of Auto Electronics”

Thilo Koslowski, VP, Gartner Research, Danny Shapiro, Director of Automotive, NVIDIA, Marios Zenios, VP, Uconnect Systems, Chrysler. Topic: Auto electronics.

As smart phones get smarter and more powerful, more and more people are relying on them to get through the day…in much the same way they have relied on the car. But now the trick is to integrate both. On Autoline This Week John McElroy explores what manufacturers are doing with today’s electronics both in and outside their cars and how they are coming together.

Joining him on the panel are Danny Shapiro, from west coast-based chipmaker NVIDIA, the head of Chrysler’s Uconnect Systems, Marios Zenios and Thilo Koslowski, an electronics analyst from Gartner Research.

Show 1721

Internet Premiere
Friday, 7/5 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 7/7 @ 10:30am ET

“Improving the Car-Buying Experience”

Megan Burns, Forrester Research, Chris Consiglio, General Mgr., Audi of Rochester Hills, MI, Jeri Ward, Director, Customer Experience, Audi of America. Topic: Car Buying.

If you’ve ever walked into a retailer like Nordstrom – which is known for its outstanding customer service – and wondered why buying a car couldn’t provide the same type of experience, you’re not alone. In fact, some manufacturers have thought the same thing and are attempting to upgrade the buying experience.

On this week’s Autoline, John McElroy is joined by Jeri Ward, Audi’s Director of Customer Experience, Audi dealer Chris Consiglio (of Rochester Hills, MI), along with Customer Service research analyst Megan Burns to discuss how the OEMs and dealers are attempting to upgrade the entire experience of buying a car.

Show 1720

Internet Premiere
Friday, 6/28 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 6/30 @ 10:30am ET

“Today’s Powertrains: Efficiency & Strength”

Jamie Standring, Senior Manager, Powertrain, Chrysler, Jordan Lee, Chief Engineer, Small Block, GM, Mazen Hammoud, Chief Eng., Electrified Vehicles, Ford. Topic: Powertrains.

More than ever before, engines across the world are becoming more efficient with better gas mileage while not sacrificing performance…and we’re not just talking about those small 1 or 2-cylinder jobs either. No we mean the 6-cylinders and even the big boy V-8s as well. But what magic are the manufacturers using to achieve such a hefty cocktail of efficiency & power?

On today’s Autoline John McElroy is joined by three experts who drive the engine business at the Detroit Three. Jamie Strandring is in Powertrain Integration for Chrysler while Jordan Lee is the Chief Engineer of the Small Block at General Motors and Mazen Hammoud is from Ford’s Powertrain Electrification department.

Show 1719

Internet Premiere
Friday, 6/21 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 6/23 @ 10:30am ET

“Rare-Earth Metals”

Kevin Moore, All Raw Materials Consulting, Dr. Edward Becker, Friction & Wear Solutions, LLC, Jack Lifton, Technology Metals Research. Topic: Rare-earth metals.

Today’s hybrid and electric cars are famous for their double digit mpgs. They get those great numbers, in part, by a combination of products under the hood that start in the earth’s crust. That’s where 17 chemical elements in the periodic table are found which go into lasers, rare-earth magnets & batteries that help power our 21st century transportation.

Joining John McElroy on our Autoline expert panel is Kevin Moore, a Rare-earth metals consultant, Dr. Edward Becker who was GM’s Rare-earth expert before retiring and Jack Lifton co-founder of the company Technology Metals Research.

Show 1718

Internet Premiere
Friday, 5/24 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 5/26 @ 10:30am ET


Carla Bailo, Senior VP, R & D, Nissan Americas, Frank Macher, Continental Structural Plastics, Rose Ryntz, Senior Director, IAC. Topic: Lightweight materials.

Everybody in the auto industry is looking to lose weight these days. With CAFE requirements creeping ever closer, all manufacturers want to improve their miles per gallon average. And the best way to do that is by lightweighting – finding lighter materials that are just as safe to use in production. And since everyone is doing it, John McElroy has put together the perfect panel to touch on the topic. Joining him is Carla Bailo the head of R&D for Nissan Americas, the CEO of CSP Plastics Frank Macher and Rose Ryntz from International Automotive Components.

Show 1717

Internet Premiere
Friday, 5/17 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 5/19 @ 10:30am ET

“GM By the Numbers”

Dan Ammann, Senior VP & CFO, General Motors, Tim Higgins, Bloomberg News, Jeff Bennett, The Wall Street Journal. Topic: GM Finances.

Though not as big as it once was, General Motors is still a formidable global corporation with offices and factories all over the world and the numbers and financials to match. And the man in charge of making sure all those add up correctly is John McElroy’s special guest on Autoline This Week. Joining GM CFO Dan Ammann is Jeff Bennett from the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg’s Tim Higgins.

Show 1716

Internet Premiere
Friday, 5/10 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 5/12 @ 10:30am ET

“Today’s UAW: A Struggle for Stability”

Bob King, President, UAW, Bryce Hoffman, The Detroit News, Brent Snavely, Detroit Free Press. Topic: United Auto Workers.

The United Auto Workers is going through an identity crisis. From the bankruptcies to the VEBA to the loss of over a million members, the UAW is plotting its future path. Will it unionize transplant factories in right-to-work states? Maybe expand beyond automotive and bring in other industries or services? The man with the answers – UAW President Bob King -- makes his first official visit to the Autoline set on this week’s show. Joining John McElroy’s panel are Brent Snavely from the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News’ Bryce Hoffman.

Show 1715

Internet Premiere
Friday, 5/3 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 5/5 @ 10:30am ET

“The Truth about Autonomy”

Annie Lien, Electronics Research Lab, Volkswagen, Christian Schumacher, Advanced Driver Systems, Continental, Gary Silberg, Partner, KPMG. Topic: Autonomous Cars.

Regular viewers of Autoline know that few topics get host John McElroy’s attention like autonomous cars. He can’t wait for a Star Wars world here on earth. To get the latest lowdown on what’s going on with the self-driving set, John is joined by three special guests on Autoline This Week. Christian Schumacher runs Continental’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems while Annie Lien - a veteran of the DARPA Challenge - now works for VW’s Electronic Research Lab in California and Gary Silberg from KPMG wrote the definitive white paper on the topic.

Show 1714

Internet Premiere
Friday, 4/26 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/28 @ 10:30am ET

“Ram’s New World”

Fred Diaz, Former CEO, Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler, Scott Burgess, Motor Trend, Tony Swan, Topic: Ram.

2013 has been a pretty good year so far for Chrysler’s Ram brand. It started with its 1500 winning the North American Truck of the Year award before unveiling two new Cargo Vans at the Chicago Auto Show. Fred Diaz picked the right time to be in charge of a brand that’s clearly on the move. Join John McElroy and Ram's Fred Diaz along with panelists Scott Burgess from Motor Trend and Car & Driver’s Tony Swan as they talk trucks on Autoline This Week.

Show 1713

Internet Premiere
Friday, 4/19 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/21 @ 10:30am ET

“Liquid Propane: The New Ethanol?”

Rob Stevens, Commercial Vehicles, Ford, Joe Thompson, ROUSH CleanTech, Wayne Moore, COO, CleanFUEL USA. Topic: Liquid Propane.

Automakers are still hunting for the 21st Century Holy Grail – better known as the next cheap energy source. With the jury still out on petroleum -- and ethanol, electricity and natural gas all having their issues -- what’s a vehicle manufacturer to do? Well some, like our three guests on Autoline This Week, say check out liquid propane. Join host John McElroy along with Wayne Moore from CleanFUEL USA, Ford’s Rob Stevens and Joe Thompson from ROUSH CleanTech for a look at what may be the next great fuel.

Show 1712

Internet Premiere
Friday, 4/12 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/14 @ 10:30am ET

“Dick Dauch’s 'American Drive'”

Richard Dauch, Author, “American Drive," Daniel Howes, The Detroit News, Jeff Gilbert, WWJ-AM Newsradio 950. Topic: Manufacturing in the U.S.

I guess when you’ve been a Plant Manager for Chevrolet, a VP of Manufacturing for VW and re-engineered Chrysler’s operations in addition to founding American Axle and Manufacturing, it’s time to write a book. And then when you call it “American Drive” with a subtitle that states “How Manufacturing Will Save Our Country,” you better have the experience to back it up, and Dick Dauch sure does. This week he joins John McElroy, The Detroit News’ columnist Daniel Howes and Jeff Gilbert from CBS radio on Autoline This Week.

Show 1711

Internet Premiere
Friday, 4/5 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/7 @ 10:30am ET


Robert Chiaravalli, Strategic Labor & Human Resources, Gary Klotz, Butzel Long - Attorneys & Counselors, Kristin Dziczek, Center for Automotive Research. Topic: Right-to-Work.

Even the home of the UAW wasn’t safe from Right-to-Work legislation. With Michigan’s law taking effect last month that makes nearly half the country covered by the right-to-work umbrella. Just how it will affect unions and the car companies is still up in the air. Join Autoline’s John McElroy along with his panel Kristin Dziczek from CAR, Robert Chiaravalli of Strategic Human Resources and legal expert Gary Klotz from Butzel-Long as they talk about the auto industry and the impact of right-to-work.

Show 1710

Internet Premiere
Friday, 3/29 @ 10:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 3/31 @ 10:30am ET

“Purchasing the Cloud”

Fred Hensel, KPMG, Tim Burke, Plex Systems, Matt Roush, WWJ-AM Newsradio 950. Topic: Cloud Purchasing.

Automakers buy from all sorts of suppliers – from global-sized to small “neighborhood” parts producers. It’s a complicated system, especially for purchasing, which is why many of these companies are turning to the Cloud to improve everything from information flow to payment. Joining John McElroy to discuss the advantages and potential dangers of this 21st Century system is Fred Hensel from the number crunchers at KPMG along with Tim Burke from Plex Online with its ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning software and CBS Detroit Technology Editor Matt Roush.

Show 1709

Internet Premiere
Friday, 3/22 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 3/24 @ 10:30am ET

“Automotive Next”

Nancy Gioia, Ford Motor Company, Max Straub, Robert Bosch LLC, Laree Gardner, Wayne State University, Alicia Luzkow, Michigan State University. Topic: Women in the auto industry.

For more than 100 years, it’s been a man’s world in the auto industry. But if the business leaders from Inforum have anything to say about it, that’s all about to change with programs like “Automotive Next.” On Autoline This Week John McElroy talks to four participants in the program; two professionals – Nancy Gioia from Ford and Maximiliane Straub of Bosch – along with two students – Alicia Luzkow from Michigan State and Laree Gardner from Wayne State, to hear how female executives are helping to mentor young women in the auto industry.

Show 1708

Internet Premiere
Friday, 3/1 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Wednesday, 3/6 @ 5:30pm ET

“The Supply Strain”

Neil De Koker, OESA, Michael Martini, Bridgestone Americas, Doug Grimm, Grede Holdings LLC. Topic: Supplier Symposium.

Over the past five years automotive suppliers did whatever they could to save money. Much of that savings came from eliminating their manufacturing capacity. Today with the auto industry once again going great guns Tier Ones are straining to meet demand, however, with the economy still suspect…they are as well. From the floor of the North American International Auto Show join John McElroy along with his guests Neil De Koker of OESA, Bridgestone’s Michael Martini along with Doug Grimm from casting component creator Grede on Autoline This Week.

Show 1707

Internet Premiere
Friday, 2/22 @ 3:30pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/24 @ 10:30am ET

“Ed Whitacre’s 'American Turnaround'”

Ed Whitacre, Author, “American Turnaround”, Joe White, The Wall Street Journal, Bill Vlasic, The New York Times. Topic: Ex-GM CEO, Ed Whitacre.

Cajoled out of retirement by President Obama in 2009 to steer the troubled car maker General Motors, Ed Whitacre became its CEO during the company’s most turbulent times. After a career spent in Telecom, the native Texan looked to resurrect this American institution with the same experience that took him to the top of AT&T. And guess what? It worked! Join John McElroy along with the New York Times’ Bill Vlasic and Joe White from the Wall Street Journal as they talk to Ed Whitacre about his book, “American Turnaround,” this week on Autoline.

Show 1706

Internet Premiere
Friday, 2/15 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/17 @ 10:30am ET

“Thirty Years in Automotive Journalism”

Carol Cain, CBS62 – Detroit, Michigan, Edward Lapham, Automotive News, Tony Swan, Topic: Changes in auto journalism.

We all know that cars and trucks and what's inside them have changed since the '70s, but that's usually as far we go. But what about the personalities that ran those organizations, their policies and automotive journalism itself? To ponder these questions Autoline's host John McElroy takes a different seat on this week's panel as he turns the show over to WWJ62-Detroit host Carol Cain and joins veteran automotive journalists Edward Lapham from Automotive News (40 years in the business) and Tony Swan from Car & Driver/Kelly Blue Book (35 years) to discuss the changes they have seen over their years covering the auto industry.

Show 1705

Internet Premiere
Friday, 2/1 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/3 @ 10:30am ET

“Collaborative R&D Detroit Style”

Steve Zimmer, Executive Director, USCAR, Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production, Drew Winter, WardsAuto World. Topic: United States Council for Automotive Research.

Remember back in the early '90s when the Detroit Three -- GM, Ford & Chrysler -- were still the Big Three dominating the global auto industry? It was at that time the three companies, with the blessing of the federal government, formed a partnership to help develop technologies to keep the American auto industry vibrant. That organization was and is today USCAR or the United States Council for Automotive Research. Joining John McElroy on Autoline This Week to give us an inside look at this important organization is its Executive Director Steve Zimmer. Drew Winter from and Gary Vasilash from Automotive Design & Production round out the panel.

Show 1704

Internet Premiere
Friday, 1/25 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/27 @ 10:30am ET

“The New Lincoln with Matt VanDyke”

Matt VanDyke, Global Director, Lincoln, Bill Vlasic, The New York Times, Keith Naughton, Bloomberg News. Topic: Lincoln.

Lincoln has been undergoing a renaissance. Not only our 16th president with an award-winning theatrical film, but also the car brand that was named for him. Over the past decade or so, Ford's Lincoln had lost its way. It fell from a top selling luxury brand to a name that almost faded away replaced by the thriving European luxury lines. But with a new chief designer, some great looking product and an automotive veteran to guide the car company, has Lincoln finally turned the corner? John McElroy hosts Matt VanDyke, Lincoln's new global head of marketing, sales & service to see where he intends to take the company. Joining John on his panel is Keith Naughton from Bloomberg News and William Vlasic of the New York Times.

Show 1703

Internet Premiere
Friday, 1/18 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/20 @ 10:30am ET

“Best Engines From Wards”

Drew Winter,, Tom Murphy,, Steve Finlay,, Christie Schweinsberg, Topic: Ward's 10 Best Engines.

No one knows engines like the editors from Each year for the past two decades they have put together their winners of the top ten powertrains. The Ward's 10 Best Engines list has become a coveted award in engineering circles and a great research tool for the car buying public. John McElroy welcomes four of the Ward's judging panel -- Drew Winter, Tom Murphy, Christie Schweinsberg and Steve Finlay -- for a look at this year's winners.

Show 1702

Internet Premiere
Friday, 1/11 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/13 @ 10:30am ET

“2013 NACTOY Car of the Year Finalists”

Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, Karl Brauer, Topic: 2013 NACTOY Car of the Year.

It's award time again and it starts with the finalists for the North American Car of the Year. John McElroy is joined by two fellow jurors from the North American Car and Truck of the Year jury to review the top three finalists and make their predictions for this year's winner. John welcomes Mark Phelan from the Detroit Free Press and Karl Brauer of

Show 1701

Internet Premiere
Friday, 1/4 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/6 @ 10:30am ET

“2013 NACTOY Truck of the Year Finalists”

Michelle Krebs,, Tony Swan, Topic: 2013 NACTOY Truck of the Year.

It's award time again and it starts with the finalists for the North American Truck of the Year. John McElroy is joined by two fellow jurors from the North American Car and Truck of the Year jury to review the top three finalists and make their predictions for this year's winner. John welcomes Michelle Krebs from and Tony Swan from Car & Driver and Kelly Blue Book.

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