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Episode 197 – CARS Out of Cash, Honda Stops Making Bikes in U.S.A., Buffett’s Billions

July 31st, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:32

The Cash for Clunkers program is such an overwhelming success that there’s no more cash for the program. Honda is closing its motorcycle plant in Marysville, Ohio. Warren Buffett turns a billion-dollar profit on Chinese car company BYD. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s installment of Autoline Detroit.

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Episode 196 – VW Posts a Profit, Not Enough Cash for Clunkers, Thank the Jerks

July 30th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:32

Volkswagen reports an after tax profit of 251 million euros. The Cash for Clunkers program is off to such a strong start that many car dealers are worried the program will run out of cash. Scientists find that people who drive like jerks might actually reduce traffic jams. All that and more, plus a look at how Ford plans on marketing the new Ford Taurus.

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Episode 195 – Auto Earnings Reported, Mustang Headed To NASCAR, GM’s Agile B-Car

July 29th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:32

Automotive earnings come in from Japan and Europe. The Ford Mustang will debut next year in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series. GM released a few sketches of its new B-segment car from Brazil. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 194 – The German Provision, Nissan’s EV Program, CARS Generates Traffic

July 28th, 2009 at 1:07pm

Runtime 8:45

German automakers get CO2 exemptions from the U.S. government that American automakers can not get. Nissan says that its EV program is going to be profitable thanks to all the government subsidies it’s getting. The Cash for Clunkers program got underway in the U.S. market yesterday and dealers reported a big jump in showroom traffic. All that and more, plus a closer look at the interior of the redesigned 2010 Ford Taurus.

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Episode 193 – RHJ Might Resell Opel to GM, Ford Slashes Hybrid Costs, Nissan’s EV

July 27th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:45

RHJ says if it gets Opel it might sell it back to General Motors. By 2012 Ford aims to reduce the cost of its hybrid systems by another 30 percent. Nissan gives another tantalizing glimpse of its upcoming electric vehicle. All that and more, plus a walk around with the designer of the new 2010 Ford Taurus.

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Episode 192 – No More NUMMI?, GM Announces Retirements, Automakers Oppose E-15

July 24th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:35

Toyota is suggesting it will probably pull out of NUMMI. General Motors announced a slew of top management retirements yesterday. Automakers have come out against the EPA’s proposal to increase the ethanol blend in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s episode of Autoline, all about the new Ford Taurus.

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Episode 191 – Wiedeking Axed!, Ford & Hyundai Post Profits, Nesbitt Gets Cadillac

July 23rd, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:35

Porsche’s CEO, Wendelin Wiedeking, gets the axe. Ford and Hyundai post profits in the second quarter. General Motors names its North American design chief, Bryan Nesbitt, to run Cadillac. All that and more, plus we get behind the wheel of the 2010 Ford Taurus.

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Episode 190 – Fiat’s Q2 Loss, FedEx’s Hybrid Conversions, Super-Slick SKF Bearings

July 22nd, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:25

The Fiat Group posted a $254 million loss in the second quarter. FedEx converted 92 trucks in its North American fleet to hybrids. Swedish company SKF is introducing a new line of low-friction bearings that helps lower CO2 emissions. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions about electric vehicles and the Pontiac Vibe in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 189 – LaNeve Stays at GM, Chery Ready For An IPO, New Stamping Technology

July 21st, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:32

Mark LaNeve, the head of sales at General Motors will not be leaving the company. The Chery Automobile Company is getting ready to do an initial public offering in China. The European Union is developing more flexible stamping technologies. All that and more, plus a look at Renault’s electric vehicle prototype.

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Episode 188 – Wiedeking to Lose Control of Porsche, No More CAFE Pay-to-Play, Ford Looks At Lasers

July 20th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:23

Wendelin Wiedeking, the CEO of Porsche, will lose operational control of the company. The new CAFE requirements will be enforced more strictly by the EPA when they go into effect. Ford is looking at using lasers instead of spark plugs. All that and more, plus a look at the BMW 1 Series.

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