Episode 39 – U.S. Will Own Part of Autos, Jaguar XF Recalled, Chrysler & Chery Call It Quits

December 9th, 2008 at 12:00pm

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The U.S. government will end up owning part of GM and Chrysler in order for the automakers to receive a loan. Jaguar recalls the XF for the second time this month. Chrysler and Chery call off an agreement to develop, manufacture and distribute Chery-made small cars. All that and more, plus a look at Daimler’s internet-only infotainment system called “myCOMMAND”.

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Episode 38 – Big 3 Loan Looks Likely, Sen. Dodd Wants Wagoner to Resign, Union Opposes Bailout

December 8th, 2008 at 12:00pm

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A bridge loan for the Big Three took a step closer when Nancy Pelosi agreed to tap the $25 billion slated to retool Big Three factories for fuel efficient cars. GM CEO Rick Wagoner faces calls to resign from Senator Christopher Dodd. Nearly 60 percent of union members oppose a bailout. All that and more, plus a look at Lincoln’s redesigned 2010 MKZ.

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Episode 37 – Senate Wants Oversight, New EU CO2 Agreement, Nissan NV 2500 Concept

December 5th, 2008 at 12:00pm

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The Big Three face roadblocks before getting a bailout because Congress wants to see more concessions. Europe reaches a CO2 compromise requiring automakers to meet emission targets by 2015. Nissan unveils a new multi-functional commercial van concept for North America. All that and more, plus a look at the new Renault Mégane.

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Episode 36 – Honda Insight at NAIAS, Big 3 Bailout Problems, Audi’s New Steering System

December 4th, 2008 at 12:00pm

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The Big Three bailout runs into some roadblocks due to lack of support in Congress and from the public. A peek at Honda’s new Insight hybrid which debuts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. All that and more, plus a look at Audi’s new variable-ratio steering system, called Dynamic Steering.

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Episode 35 – Car Sales Hit 10 Million SAAR, Big 3 Now Need $34B, Kia Considers A-Class Car

December 3rd, 2008 at 12:00pm

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Car sales plummet 37 percent in November to a meager total of only 744,000 units. The Big Three say they need a $34 billion bailout. Kia contemplates an A-class car for the American market. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions about Ford’s restructuring plans and the Chevy Orlando concept in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 34 – Toyota Cuts Bonuses, Details of Big 3 Plans Emerge, BMW Gets Touchy-Feely

December 2nd, 2008 at 12:00pm

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More details emerge on the plans the Big Three will present to Congress for a bridge loan. Toyota is going to cut bonuses for top management by 10 percent. BMW and Microsoft introduce new technology to help showroom shoppers configure their Bimmer. All that and more, plus a look at how GM is helping disabled veterans learn how to drive again.

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Episode 33 – Big 3 Back in DC, Silicon Valley Worries About Big 3, Ghosn Says Autos Need Aid

December 1st, 2008 at 12:00pm

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The Big 3 and the UAW head back to Washington with their plans to get a bridge loan. Silicon Valley worries about a Big 3 bankruptcy since lots of chip makers are heavily dependent on the auto industry. Carlos Ghosn warns that automakers around the world need financial assistance or there will be massive job losses. All that and more, plus a look at the Chevrolet Orlando concept vehicle.

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