Episode 81 – No Car Czar, GM Closer To Bankruptcy, UAW Walks Out On Negotiations

February 16th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 5:44

There will not be a car czar to restructure the auto industry, instead it will be handled by a team of bureaucrats. GM is considering going into Chapter 11, forming a new company and liquidating all failing assets. UAW negotiators walked out on talks with GM over the weekend. All that and more, plus a look at some of the manufacturing process involved with the Tesla.

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Episode 80 – Car Slump Could Last Years, Mahindra in USA This Year, BMW 5 Series GT

February 13th, 2009 at 11:49am

Runtime 7:10

Chrysler Vice Chairman Jim Press says car sales could be bad for years to come. Indian company Mahindra will start selling pickup trucks in the U.S. later this year. Pictures of BMW’s new 5 Series Gran Turismo have leaked on the internet ahead of next month’s Geneva Motor Show. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s episode of Autoline Detroit where we take a look inside Carbon Motors.

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Episode 79 – GM & UAW Negotiate, Mitsubishi Drops Frankfurt, Chevy Unveils Stingray Concept

February 12th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:14

GM and the UAW are in intense negotiations about cutting labor costs. Mitsubishi is pulling out of the Frankfurt auto show due to the industry slump. Chevrolet unveils a stunning Stingray concept car influenced by the original 1959 model. All that and more, plus a look at the all-new and all-electric Tesla roadster.

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Episode 78 – Bernhard Back At Benz, Korean Union Wants Global Hyundai Union, Chicago Auto Show

February 11th, 2009 at 12:48pm

Runtime 7:59

Wolfgang Bernhard is rejoining Daimler, this time in charge of Mercedes-Benz vans. A Korean labor union wants to organize Hyundai’s workers, everywhere in the world. A review of what’s new at the Chicago auto show. All that and more, plus John answers viewer comments and questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 77 – Chrysler Faces Lawsuit, China Eyes Mexico, Ford Anticipates Higher Sales

February 10th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:22

Faurecia is suing Chrysler for $110 million, claiming Chrysler owes it for research and engineering costs. Chinese-designed cars could be built in Mexico and sold in the Americas as early as next year. Ford bucks the trend and starts increasing some F-150 production. All that and more, plus a look at some new vehicle styling trends that have caught John’s eyes.

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Episode 76 – Bob Lutz Retires, Car Czar Named Today?, World’s Worst Driver

February 9th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:27

GM’s Bob Lutz will retire at the end of the year. The rumor mill says today is the day the Obama Administration names its car czar. A 68 year-old South Korean woman has failed her driver’s test 771 times! All that and more, plus a look inside Tesla and its brand new, all-electric roadster.

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Episode 75 – No Car Czar = Problems, More Action with Volvo, First Peek: Citroen DS3

February 6th, 2009 at 11:30am

Runtime 5:55

The failure to name a car czar is hampering efforts by Chrysler and GM to get concessions from bondholders and the UAW. More news surrounding the sale of Volvo. Photos of the new DS3 concept have been leaked on the internet. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s episode of Autoline Detroit with Jim Farley, the Group VP of Marketing and Communications at Ford.

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Autoline LIVE with Ford Chief Economist

February 6th, 2009 at 11:15am

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LIVE WITH FORD CHIEF ECONOMIST

John’s LIVE discussion with Ellen Hughes-Cromwick discussing her forecast for the American economy and outlook on the state of the automotive market.

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Episode 74 – Suppliers Need Help, Chinese OEMs to Consolidate, Bolivia Protective of Lithium

February 5th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:51

Suppliers have asked the U.S. government for $25.5 billion in aid and warn that the auto industry will collapse without it. China faces a major consolidation of its automakers. The Bolivian government wants to protect its lithium resources which could pose problems for making batteries. All that and more, plus a look at one of the advanced safety features debuting on the 2010 Volvo XC60.

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Episode 73 – U.S. Car Sales Plummet, Bangle Leaves BMW, ArvinMeritor Diesel Hybrid

February 4th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:30

Car sales in the U.S. fall off at a scary rate, dropping 40 percent from a year ago. Chris Bangle shocks the automotive design community and leaves BMW. ArvinMeritor presents Wal-Mart with a diesel hybrid, heavy-duty truck. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions about the “cash for clunkers” program governments are considering in the “You Said It!” segment.

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