Episode 124 – Saturn May Have Buyer, Opel Can Survive, Gas Prices Headed Higher

April 16th, 2009 at 12:21pm

Runtime 7:15

Investment firm Telesto Ventures is interested in buying Saturn. Opel says it has enough money to survive if GM goes bankrupt. The US Department of Energy says gasoline prices are going to rise over the summer. All that and more, plus a look at the sporty new Hyundai Genesis coupe.

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Episode 123 – Fiat Ready to Walk, HD Truck Sales Signal Turnaround, Mercedes New Display

April 15th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:21

Fiat’s CEO says he’ll walk away from a deal with Chrysler unless its unions agree to match labor costs at the transplants. Medium- and heavy-duty truck sales could signal a turnaround. Mercedes is offering new display technology on the 2010 S-Class. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 122 – Marchione to Chrysler?, Minicars Crash Bad, BYD Battery Trouble

April 14th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:15

Fiat’s CEO, Sergio Marchione, is rumored to be Chrysler’s next CEO. The IIHS says minicars don’t crash well against mid-size cars. BYD customers are running into problems with the batteries in its plug-in. All that and more, plus a test drive of the Chevy Volt.

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Episode 121 – GM Prepares For Bankruptcy, Auto Designer Turnover, SAIC Wants Vauxhall

April 13th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:33

The Obama Administration is telling GM to prepare the paperwork for a quick bankruptcy. Musical chairs in the automotive design community. Chinese automaker SAIC is interested in acquiring Vauxhall from General Motors. All that and more, plus a look at Audi’s redesigned sports sedan, the S4.

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Episode 120 – China Sales Soar, Audi Outsells BMW & Mercedes, Suppliers Get Money

April 9th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:17

China outsells the U.S. for the third straight month. For the first time ever, Audi surpassed BMW and Mercedes in European sales. Automotive suppliers are starting to get government money, but it’s being filtered through GM and Chrysler. All that and more, plus another report from Jeff Gilbert of WWJ Newsradio 950 coming from the New York Auto Show.

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Episode 119 – Daimler in the Dumps, Toyota Revamping N. America, Big News from Big Apple

April 8th, 2009 at 12:18pm

Runtime 6:44

Daimler expects to post a big loss and is initiating across-the-board cost cutting. Toyota is considering reorganizing its operations in North America. More news from the New York Auto Show. All that and more, plus Jeff Gilbert from WWJ Newsradio 950 gives us his report on GM’s PUMA vehicle.

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Episode 118 – GM Unveils Electric Scooter, VW Will Be #2 In World, Chrysler Teams With A123

April 7th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:23

GM teamed-up with scooter company Segway to develop a compact, battery-powered vehicle. VW rises to #2 in the world in sales, behind only Toyota. Chrysler announced that A123Systems will supply lithium-ion batteries for the company’s electric vehicles. All that and more, plus an up close look at the new Toyota Prius.

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Episode 117 – Chrysler Trouble With Banks, GM Bondholders Insure Bonds, Auto Show Unveils

April 6th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:39

Chrysler is struggling to get its banks to accept stock instead of cash. A number of GM bondholders took out insurance policies on their bonds with insurance company AIG. A couple of new products from a couple of auto shows. All that and more, plus we talk with Jim O’Sullivan, the CEO of Mazda North America about what’s going on at the company.

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Episode 116 – Opel Needs Money, Supplier Shutdown Imminent, OEMs Pull Out Of Frankfurt

April 3rd, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:30

General Motors is running into problems trying to get government help for Opel in Germany. North American auto suppliers could start shutting down in the next 15 to 90 days. Several automakers drop out of this year’s Frankfurt auto show. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s episode of Autoline Detroit, about how the industry is going to change in the next few years.

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Episode 115 – U.S. Sales Down And Up, Who Will Run Opel?, Horbury Leaves Ford

April 2nd, 2009 at 12:25pm

Runtime 6:28

Car sales fell 34% year over year in the U.S., but are up 24% from this February. GM doesn’t know who will run Opel, if it ends up with a minority position in the company. Designer Peter Horbury leaves Ford to return to Volvo. All that and more, plus a look at some of the technical features on the new Lexus RX crossover.

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