Episode 187 – No G8 for You!, Grooming Jim Farley, Problems in Hybrid Land

July 17th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:41

General Motors won’t revive the Pontiac G8 as a Chevrolet Caprice in the American market. Ford’s head of global marketing, Jim Farley, will take over the company’s Canada, Mexico and South American operations. Hybrids may not save as much gasoline as expected. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s episode of Autoline Detroit about what GM and Chrysler need to accomplish in order to be successful going forward.

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Episode 186 – Germany Pressures GM, Laid-off Workers Revolt, VW and Porsche Merge?

July 16th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:47

The German government is threatening to not give aid to Opel unless GM sells part of it to Magna. Laid-off French autoworkers threaten to blow up a plant. VW reaches a deal to merge with Porsche, however Porsche denies those reports. All that and more, plus a look at the last Horch ever built.

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Episode 185 – Nano Passes Crash Tests, Geely May Get Volvo, Nissan’s Dual-Port Injection

July 15th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:50

The Tata Nano passed European side- and frontal-impact crash tests. Chinese automaker Geely is the lead contender to buy Volvo from Ford. Nissan develops a new fuel-injection system. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions about the Pontiac Solstice and natural gas in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 184 – Rattner Calls It Quits, Larry Burns Retires, Visteon Bonuses Opposed

July 14th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:52

The head of the Automotive Task Force, Steve Rattner, quits. General Motors’ VP of R&D and strategic planning, Larry Burns, will retire. Ford tells Visteon it better not pay any bonuses to its executives. All that and more, plus a look at the newest Lexus drop-top, the ISC.

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Episode 183 – Germany Concerned Over Opel, Toyota May Close NUMMI, Viper Survives

July 13th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:46

The German government is denying a report that it’s worried about a dependence on China if Beijing Auto gets Opel. Toyota is considering closing the NUMMI plant after GM dropped out of the joint venture. Chrysler is not getting rid of the Viper. All that and more, plus a look at new safety technology from Daimler.

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Episode 182 – New GM Emerges, Lutz Stays Aboard, Japanese Autos Struggle in U.S.

July 10th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:46

The new General Motors officially began this morning. Bob Lutz is staying on as vice chairman of GM in charge of all creative elements in product and customer relations. Suzuki and Mitsubishi are advised to drop out of the American market. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s episode of Autoline Detroit, all about the latest car ads on TV.

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Episode 181 – GM May Change Logo, Hyundai LPG Hybrid, Pontiac Solstice Coupe

July 9th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:25

General Motors is considering changing the color of its logo from blue to green, once it emerges from bankruptcy. Hyundai launched its first-ever hybrid vehicle in South Korea, that runs on liquefied petroleum-gas. All that and more, plus a test drive of the Pontiac Solstice coupe.

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Episode 180 – Federal-Mogul Wants Delphi, Toyota Doubles Stake in Fuji Heavy, New Honda Crosstour

July 8th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:55

Federal-Mogul is considering making another bid for Delphi. Toyota doubles its ownership in Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru. Honda confirms the “Accord Crosstour” will go on sale this fall. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 179 – BAIC’s Plans for Opel, Mini Hits 1.5 Million, Toyota Won’t Host Grand Prix

July 7th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:23

The 1.5-millionth Mini was built at the company’s plant in Oxford, England. More details have emerged in Beijing Auto’s bid for Opel. Toyota won’t host next year’s Japanese Formula One Grand Prix. All that and more, plus a look at the aerodynamic design of the 2010 Prius.

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Episode 178 – Opel Still Up For Grabs, Porsche Attracts More Interest, Valeo Hybrid Technology

July 6th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:46

Chinese automaker Beijing Auto offers a bid to take a stake in Opel, however, the president of GM Europe, says that he expects Magna to get Opel very soon. Chinese and Russian investors are interested in a stake in Porsche. Valeo and Peugeot are researching ways to incorporate supercapacitors into mild-hybrid vehicles. All that and more, plus a look at Kia’s brand-new compact car, the Forte.

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