Episode 22 – Big 3 Bailout Hits $75B, GM Cuts Salaried Workers, BMW & Hyundai Bullish on Diesels

November 12th, 2008 at 12:00pm

The Flash Player is required to watch Autoline. Download Flash.

Runtime 6:34

Three separate $25 billion packages are proposed to bailout the Big Three. GM wants to cut 3,500 salaried employees in the next couple of months. BMW and Hyundai are bullish on diesels. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions about the natural gas-powered Honda Civic and the Big Three in the “You Said It!” segment.

Transcript and Story Links after the jump . . .

continue reading »

Episode 21 – Big Drama Over Bailout, Nissan’s New Concept, Renault’s EV Future

November 11th, 2008 at 12:00pm

The Flash Player is required to watch Autoline. Download Flash.

Runtime 5:10

There’s big drama in Washington over bailing out the automotive industry. Renault introduces three EVs to show at the 2012 London Olympics. Nissan introduces a commercial vehicle for the North American market. All that and more, plus a look at a new technology that Honda has been working on.

Transcript and Story Links after the jump . . .

continue reading »

Episode 20 – Bailout Moves Closer, GM Cash Going Fast, Hyundai Sales Up in ‘08

November 10th, 2008 at 12:00pm

The Flash Player is required to watch Autoline. Download Flash.

Runtime 4:55

GM will likely hit the bare minimum of cash it needs to run the company before this year is out. An industry bailout takes another step closer but the Bush Administration seems reluctant. Hyundai expects sales to go up this year due to high exports from Korea. All that and more, plus we take a look at the all-new 2009 Acura TL.

Transcript and Story Links after the jump . . .

continue reading »

Episode 19 – Ford Burns Cash, Renault Enters Battery Business, GM Opens New Plant in Russia

November 7th, 2008 at 12:00pm

The Flash Player is required to watch Autoline. Download Flash.

Runtime 5:30

Ford posts a small loss but the company more than tripled its cash-burn rate. Renault plans to build two factories to assemble lithium-ion batteries. GM opened a new $300 million plant in Russia that will build the Opel Antara and the Chevrolet Captiva and Cruze. All that and more, plus, a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit discussion with some of the industry’s top experts in automotive quality.

Transcript and Story Links after the jump . . .

continue reading »

Episode 18 – The Big Three Want a Bigger Bailout, Asians Lead in Li-Ion, Ceramic-Coated Windshield

November 6th, 2008 at 12:00pm

The Flash Player is required to watch Autoline. Download Flash.

Runtime 5:17

The Detroit 3 are in Washington meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to attempt to get a bigger bailout. Asian automakers take the lead in lithium-ion batteries. A ceramic coating can make your windshield quieter using the same principal as noise-canceling headphones. All that and more, plus a look at Citroen’s four door crossover concept, that emphasizes luxury, design and environmental friendliness.

Transcript and Story Links after the jump . . .

continue reading »

Episode 17 – Obama Will Help U.S. Automakers, German Autoworkers go on Strike, GMAC Cripples GM

November 5th, 2008 at 12:00pm

The Flash Player is required to watch Autoline. Download Flash.

Runtime 5:44

An Obama presidency is going to help U.S. automakers by supporting a bailout. German autoworkers go on strike affecting 500 companies, including Opel and Siemens. GMAC forces GM to double its cash burn due to restricted financing. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions about Chrysler, Mercury and Pontiac in the “You Said It!” segment.

Transcript and Story Links after the jump . . .

continue reading »

Episode 16 – U.S. October Car Sales Plummet, More Small Cars for Europe, Natural Gas Civic

November 4th, 2008 at 12:00pm

The Flash Player is required to watch Autoline. Download Flash.

Runtime 5:42

U.S. October car sales plummet by more than a third, but a couple of companies managed the situation better than others. Toyota and Citroen introduce two new small cars for Europe. Ford unveils a new version of its F-150 pickup at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. All that and more, plus a test drive of Honda’s natural gas-powered Civic.

Transcript and Story Links after the jump . . .

continue reading »

Episode 15 – The UAW Hires Top Analyst, EU Postpones CO2 Regs, Hyundai Teams Up with Microsoft

November 3rd, 2008 at 12:00pm

The Flash Player is required to watch Autoline. Download Flash.

Runtime 4:51

The UAW hires its own Wall Street analyst to help review any merger proposals. The EU postpones CO2 regulations until 2015. Hyundai joins forces with Microsoft, opening a new IT center in Korea. All that and more, plus a look at how Lincoln is trying to break out of the clutter in advertising the new MKS.

Transcript and Story Links after the jump . . .

continue reading »