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Episode 14 – GM can’t get Cash, Toyota Talks About an 80 MPG Prius, Honda’s Diesel Fails

October 31st, 2008 at 12:00pm

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Runtime 5:40

GM can’t get government money to merge with Chrysler because it would cause massive job losses. Toyota is talking about an 80 mile per gallon Prius. Honda cancels the Acura TSX diesel because it can’t meet U.S. emission standards. All that and more, plus a look at what would happen if one of Detroit’s automakers collapsed and went out of business.

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Episode 13 – Toyota Could Surpass GM in the U.S., Major Honda Milestone, Ford Fusion Sneak Peek

October 30th, 2008 at 12:00pm

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Runtime 6:00

Toyota could surpass GM in the U.S. market in retail sales. Honda hits a major milestone, building its 200-millionth motorcycle. Ford gives us a sneak peek of the new Fusion that features fresh styling and a lineup of updated powertrains. All that and more, plus we take a look at a competition for high school auto shop students.

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Episode 12 – Cerberus is in Talks with Nissan, Volkswagen Stock Skyrockets, More from São Paulo

October 29th, 2008 at 12:00pm

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Runtime 6:01

Cerberus is still exploring all options as to what to do with Chrysler, including talks with Nissan. Volkswagen stock skyrockets, thanks to Porsche buying up VW shares in a bid to take control of the company. Dodge unveils a new production vehicle, the Trazo, at the Sao Paulo auto show. All that and more plus, John answers viewer questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 11 – Honda Expects Profit Drop, GM Wants Cash, Renault Debuts Concept in São Paulo

October 28th, 2008 at 12:00pm

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Runtime 5:15

Profits take a 3.5 percent tumble at Honda in the company’s fiscal first half of 2008. GM wants immediate money from the feds to be able to pull off a merger with Chrysler. Renault and Chevy concept cars take the stage at the Sao Paulo auto show. All that and more, plus a look at a reenactment of the 1908 French Grand Prix.

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Episode 10 – GM in the Driver’s Seat, Porsche Almost Controls VW, Hybrids Prove Reliable

October 27th, 2008 at 12:00pm

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Runtime 5:48

GM says it, not Cerberus, will control any merger with Chrysler, “if” the deal goes through. Porsche has almost a 75 percent control of VW in stocks and options, much larger than expected. Hybrids are proving to be very reliable, rating higher than their gas counterparts. All that and more, plus Audi reveals its clean diesels in a unique way.

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Episode 9 – Economic 9/11, GM Management Shakeup, Chrysler Stops Production of Hybrids

October 24th, 2008 at 12:00pm

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Runtime 5:28

Automakers face an “economic 9/11″ that could result in 1.4 million job losses. GM could face a management shakeup if it merges with Chrysler. Just as they arrive at dealerships, Chrysler stops production of its hybrids. All that and more, plus a preview of Mel Karmazin’s appearance on this week’s Autoline.

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Episode 8 – Chrysler Loses 1.7 Billion, Tesla Partners with Daimler, Toyota Brand No. 1

October 23rd, 2008 at 12:00pm

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Chrysler lost 1.7 billion euro last quarter, including Daimler’s share in the company. Tesla is working on EVs with Mercedes to develop an electric drivetrain for the smart car. Toyota has the highest brand value of any automaker in the world and Hyundai is climbing fast. All that and more, plus a look at Volkswagen’s new minivan, the Routan.

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Episode 7 – Kerkorian Dumps Ford, GM Seeks Outsider Money, BMW’s Simpler iDrive

October 22nd, 2008 at 12:00pm

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Runtime 5:38

GM fights back against the Chrysler deal by seeking outside investors. Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian dumps his stock in Ford at a huge loss. BMW comes out with a simpler i-Drive system for the 2009 7-Series. All that and more, plus John answers a viewer’s question about Ford’s European diesels in the new segment, “You Said It!”

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Episode 6 – Chrysler Could Join Nissan-Renault, CNG Cars Catch On, Sirius/XM Will Turn Profit

October 21st, 2008 at 12:00pm

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Runtime 5:54

Chrysler Could End Up with Nissan-Renault but Cerberus wants cash, not an alliance. Natural gas cars are really catching on in Thailand and other developing countries. And Sirius/XM radio says it’s going to make a profit thanks to cost savings from the merger. All that and more, plus a closer look at the recently-unveiled Chrysler electric vehicles.

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Episode 5 – UN Criticizes Biofuels, GM & Chrysler Pursue Merger, Honda’s New Odyssey

October 20th, 2008 at 12:00pm

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GM and Chrysler pursue merger talks, but both are having problems raising money to make it happen. The United Nations criticizes biofuels due to food security.  Honda introduces the new Odyssey in Japan with a host of different technologies. All that and more, plus journalists gather in Hell, Michigan, to test drive finalists for the 2009 North American Car and Truck of the Year Award.

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