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Episode 90 – Forecasts Downgraded, Honda Explores Ethanol, Toyota Bio-mass Car

February 27th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:53

JD Power and Ford lower their sales forecasts for the year by one million units. Honda will build an R&D facility in Japan to work toward cellulosic ethanol production. Toyota explores making cars from biomass to minimize environmental impact and weight. All that and more, plus a look at Lincoln’s new MKT crossover.

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Episode 89 – GM Financial Results Grim, Is Chrysler Doomed?, Toyota Slashes Production

February 26th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 5:37

General Motors announced its financial results today and the numbers are worse than expected. An analyst predicts Chrysler won’t make it through the year. Toyota slashes its production by more than a quarter. All that and more, plus a look at the all-new 2010 Toyota Prius.

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Episode 88 – Americans Oppose Auto Aid, China Chooses Big Four, Car Sales Could Rebound

February 25th, 2009 at 12:18pm

Runtime 7:00

Obama supports the American auto industry, but polls show the American people are not with him on this one. China chooses four automakers to become large scale producers as part of its industry restructuring. Car sales could bounce completely back within four years thanks to population growth and scrappage rates. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 87 – Incentives Boost Europe Sales, Honda Making Profit, Ford Kills Torque Steer

February 24th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:12

New car sales in Europe are picking up thanks to government incentives that pay consumers to scrap clunkers and buy a new car. Honda is still making a profit, thanks to the fact that it’s in the motorcycle business. Ford has figured out how to eliminate torque steer in front drive cars. All that and more, plus a look at some of the technology Mercedes is putting on the new 2010 E-Class.

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Episode 86 – Financing For Bankruptcy, Honda Shake-Up, Task Force Own Few American Cars

February 23rd, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:22

The U.S. government is lining up the loans needed to carry GM and Chrysler through a bankruptcy in case they declare. Honda announces a major management shake-up, including naming a new CEO. The presidential advisers in charge of saving the American auto industry don’t buy American cars. All that and more, plus a look at the brand new 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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Episode 85 – Saab Files for Bankruptcy, Driving Tax Proposed, Chery Unveils Plug-In EV

February 20th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:15

Saab has filed for bankruptcy and wants to concentrate all operations back in Sweden. The new secretary of Transportation is considering taxing drivers on how many miles they drive. Chery joins the race to come out with a plug-in electric. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s episode of Autoline Detroit where we talk about GM and Chrysler’s viability plans.

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Episode 84 – Viability Plans Under Attack, Europe Cool To GM Request, GM & Chrysler Merger?

February 19th, 2009 at 11:11am

Runtime 5:45

GM bondholders are not happy with the company’s plan, saying it does not go far enough to cut costs. European governments react coolly to GM’s request for $6 billion in bailout money. Senator Bob Corker is telling GM it should consider merging with Chrysler. All that and more, plus a glimpse of what it’s like driving Tesla’s all-electric roadster.

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LIVE: “Auto” Asphyxia – GM & Chrysler’s Fight for Survival

February 19th, 2009 at 11:00am

LIVE: “AUTO” ASPHYXIA – GM & CHRYSLER’S FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

John McElroy and guests debate whether GM and Chrysler can escape bankruptcy. Tune in to see the first-ever LIVE Autoline Detroit being webcast as it’s taped. Then stay tuned as the discussion gets interactive and we invite your questions and comments.

Downloadable versions of the viability plans are available here (video will continue to play).

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Episode 83 – GM & Chrysler Make More Cuts, UAW Concessions, Future Chrysler Product

February 18th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:54

GM and Chrysler are asking for billions more from the government. The UAW agreed to cuts at GM, Chrysler and Ford.  In the viability plan it submitted to Congress, Chrysler has pictures of what its next-generation 300 and Grand Cherokee will look like. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions about automaker bankruptcies and electric vehicles in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 82 – Viability Plans Due Tonight, Daimler Reports Loss, Euro Unions Want Spin-Off

February 17th, 2009 at 12:08pm

Runtime 6:12

GM and Chrysler have to turn their viability plans over to the U.S. Treasury by this evening. Daimler posts a substantial 1.5 billion euro 4th quarter loss. European unions want Opel and Saab spun off of General Motors to potentially avoid plant closures and layoffs. All that and more, plus a look at the all-new Mazda3.

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