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Episode 175 – Opel Talks Hit a Snag, GM Drops Out Of NUMMI, Ford Boosts Production

June 30th, 2009 at 12:06pm

Runtime 8:45

General Motors’ talks to sell part of Opel to Magna have hit a snag. GM is backing out of the NUMMI joint venture with Toyota. Ford announced it will increase production in the third quarter this year. All that and more, plus John takes the Pontiac G8 GXP out for a test drive.

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Episode 174 – Aston Teams-Up With Toyota, Jaguar and Land Rover in India, Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

June 29th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:40

Toyota and Aston Martin are going to join forces in Europe, where Aston is going to sell a version of the Toyota iQ. Tata launched Jaguar and Land Rover in India over the weekend. All that and more, plus an up-close look at the Cadillac CTS sport wagon.

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Episode 173 – Orion Plant Gets Spark, VW Wants Part of Suzuki, CARB Mandates Cool Glass

June 26th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:58

GM picked its Orion Township assembly plant as the place to build its new small car. Volkswagen is considering taking a small stake in Suzuki. California adopts a regulation requiring new cars to have glass that reflects the sun. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s episode of Autoline Detroit about GM and Chrysler’s recent dealership closings and where the U.S. market is headed.

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Episode 172 – Hummer Sale Hits a Snag, Ford Slashes Suppliers, Production Plummets in Japan

June 25th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:18

Conflicting reports coming out of China regarding the deal to buy Hummer. Ford is accelerating plans to reduce the number of suppliers it works with. Automotive production plummeted last month in Japan as automakers were hammered by the global recession. All that and more, plus a look at the new Renault Scenic.

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Episode 171 – Opel Still Up For Grabs, GM Shakes Down Chrysler, E85 for Everybody

June 24th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:15

GM says even though it signed a letter of intent with Magna, it’s still open for offers for Opel. GM went to court to try to get the “new” Chrysler to pay for its part to develop two-mode hybrids. The Energy Secretary wants all cars built in the U.S. to be able to run on E85. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 170 – PSA to Post Big Loss, Retooling Loans Awarded, Four Banger Buick

June 23rd, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:14

Peugeot-Citroen says European sales may drop as much as 12 percent and that it may lose up to $3 billion. Ford, Nissan and Tesla are set to get loans from the government to help them build green cars. GM announced the 2010 Buick LaCrosse will be available with a four-cylinder engine. All that and more, plus a look at the latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey.

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Episode 169 – Billion$$$$ Coming Soon, Nissan to Make EV’s In USA, Kia Sales Going Strong

June 22nd, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:42

Loan money the government set up to help automakers retool plants and develop fuel-efficient cars could be coming soon. Nissan wants up to half-a-billion of that money to build electric cars in the United States. Last month Kia posted over an 11 percent jump in worldwide sales compared to last May. All that and more, plus John’s impressions of the 2010 Chevy Camaro.

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Episode 168 – Geely Buys Volvo?, UAW Picks GM Board Member, Prius Red Hot In Japan

June 19th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 5:27

Reports out of China say that Geely has reached an agreement to buy Volvo from Ford. The UAW announced who it wants on the General Motors Board of Directors. Toyota received 180,000 orders of the new Prius in Japan last month. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s episode of Autoline, all about the new product that’s launched so far this year.

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Episode 167 – Oil Headed To +$100 a Barrel, Chrysler to Build Fiat 500, T. Boone’s New Investment

June 18th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:45

GM says its product plans will be based on the assumption that oil prices will be headed up to $130 a barrel. The Fiat 500 will be built by Chrysler in Mexico starting in 2011. T. Boone Pickens invests in a start-up California-based auto company. All that and more, plus a look at the supercharged Jaguar XFR.

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Episode 166 – Supplier Aid Denied, American Axle Sues Supplier, Electricity From Cars

June 17th, 2009 at 12:27pm

Runtime 6:55

Suppliers in the American market failed again to obtain financial help from the government. American Axle is seeking a court order to get one of its steel suppliers to resume deliveries. A unique way to use cars to generate electricity is being used in England. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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