Episode 103 – GM Bankruptcy, or Not?, Chrysler Threatens CAW, Algae for Fuel

March 18th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:24

GM is not going into Chapter 11, or maybe it is. Chrysler is threatening to pull out of Canada if the CAW doesn’t cut labor costs. Scientists in Australia are researching how to produce biofuel from algae on a commercial scale. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions about Mercedes-Benz and the Fiat/Chrysler deal in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 102 – GM Bondholders Present Plan, Chrysler & Fiat Deal Worth $10B, New Chevy Camaro

March 17th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:44

GM bondholders have presented the company with a plan to restructure its debt. Chrysler CEO, Bob Nardelli said its possible deal with Fiat is worth up to $10 billion. An up-close look at the new Chevy Camaro. All that and more, plus a look at new technology from Visteon.

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Episode 101 – Ford & Chrysler Dislike GM/CAW Deal, Fiat New Venture In China, New Kia Soul

March 16th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:40

Ford and Chrysler don’t like GM’s deal with the Canadian Autoworkers Union, saying it doesn’t go far enough. Fiat is working with Chinese automaker Guangzhou to produce and distribute Fiats in China. Chrysler is threatening to pull out of Canada if the government doesn’t provide it with loans. All that and more, plus a look at the new Kia Soul.

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Episode 100 – GM Dealers Don’t Want More Cars, Unsold Cars Pile Up, MIT Battery Breakthrough

March 13th, 2009 at 12:30pm

Runtime 6:55

GM dealers are balking at ordering new cars from the factory which will only accelerate GM’s cash flow problems. Unsold cars are piling up around the world. MIT announced a breakthrough in lithium battery design, that could reduce the amount of time it takes to recharge. All that and more, plus a look at the redesigned MINI convertible.

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Episode 99 – Ford Gets More Concessions, Toyota Worried About Suppliers, Audi R4 Concept

March 12th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:27

A look at Ford’s new contract with the UAW reveals big concessions from the union.  Toyota warns the Presidential Automotive Task Force that American suppliers are on the brink.  Audi could be looking at a new sports car based on a VW concept. All that and more, plus an in-depth look at the Mercedes F700 concept.

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Episode 98 – GM, Chrysler Get New Contract, Honda Insight Pricing, Chinese Automakers Go Up-Scale

March 11th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:58

GM and Chrysler get new UAW contracts – but with major differences.  Honda announces pricing on the new Insight and gives Prius and Fusion a run for their money.  Chinese automaker announces that it’s forming a luxury marked by all-too-familiar copycat tactics. All that and more, plus we answer some of your voicemails in “You Said It!”

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Episode 97 – Ford Gets New UAW Deal, Visteon May File Today, Shop for Groceries & Cars

March 10th, 2009 at 12:11pm

Runtime 6:56

Ford workers approve a new UAW contract and pressure’s on for GM and Chrysler to do the same.  Rumor has it that Visteon is set to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today.  Germany may start selling Opels and Volkswagens in supermarkets.  All that and more, plus we dive into more of the innovative features in the new BMW 7 Series.

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Episode 96 – Task Force in Detroit, GM Gets CAW Concessions, SAIC To Bring Out Hybrid

March 9th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 5:35

The Automotive Task Force is in Detroit trying to figure out what to do to save GM and Chrysler. GM and the CAW reached a deal on concessions that will put GM in line to get a loan from the Canadian government. Chinese automaker SAIC is expected to deliver hybrid vehicles to market by 2011 or 2012. All that and more, plus a look at some of the technology on the new BMW 7 Series.

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Episode 95 – GM More Open To Bankruptcy, Chery Wants Volvo, Tesla Looks For a Rat

March 6th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:31

GM management is open to a possible prepackaged bankruptcy, rather than filing for Chapter 11. Chery received approval to buy Volvo from Ford by China’s top economic planner. The CEO of Tesla has been caught trying to set a trap for his employees. All that and more, plus a look at some advanced technology Visteon is working on.

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Episode 94 – Auditors Warn About GM, NYSE Delists Visteon, Honda & Mazda Need Government Money

March 5th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:32

GM just took another step towards Chapter 11 because auditors have substantial doubt it can stay in business. Visteon is going to be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, because the company is expected to file for bankruptcy. Honda and Mazda may ask the Japanese government for loans. All that and more, plus a look at BMW’s redesigned Z4.

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