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Episode 218 – GM Says “Nyet” to GAZ, Material Shortage Threatens EVs, BMW’s Vision Concept

August 31st, 2009 at 12:09pm

Runtime 8:29

GM says “nyet” to the Russians who want a stake in Opel. Hybrids and EVs face a critical rare-earth metals shortage. BMW unveils a dramatic new concept boasting M-car performance with hybrid fuel economy. All that and more, plus we drive two German diesels head to head.

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Episode 217 – Clunker Sales Misleading, Chrysler Ends Partnership, New Hyundai Equus

August 28th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:52

Cash for clunker sales in the American market were completely misrepresented by the government. Chrysler pulled down the logos of Hyundai and Mitsubishi at its Global Alliance engine plant in Michigan. Toyota is ending production at the NUMMI plant in California. All that and more, plus we give you a look at the upcoming Hyundai Equus.

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Episode 216 – Chrysler & Nissan Split, Russian Troika, Sales Collapse in Europe?

August 27th, 2009 at 12:08pm

Runtime 8:08

Chrysler and Nissan call off their deal to supply vehicles to each other. A state-owned Russian conglomerate plans to merge the top-three auto companies in the country. Ford is worried that once scrappage schemes in Europe come to an end, car sales are going to crash. All that and more, plus a look at the new Nissan Cube.

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Episode 215 – Chrysler Sues Daimler, Ford’s Wixom Plant Conversion, IIHS Safety Charade

August 26th, 2009 at 12:18pm

Runtime 8:47

Chrysler is suing Daimler for refusing to supply certain parts. Two energy companies are interested in buying Ford’s Wixom plant to convert it to make energy storage systems. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety wants stricter crash standards. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 214 – GM Board Snubs Its CEO, Recyclers Want GM in Mercury Program, Samoa Switches Sides

August 25th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:46

General Motors’ board shoots down management’s recommendation on Opel. Recyclers don’t want GM withdrawing from a program to recycle switches with mercury in them. Samoa is going to switch the side of the road it drives on. All that and more, plus we try to settle last week’s trivia question for once and for all. Which nameplate is older, the Corvette or Suburban?

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Episode 213 – Germany Threatens GM, Toyota Issues Major Recall, Gas From Your Garbage

August 24th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:34

Germany gets mad at and threatens General Motors because it can’t decide who to sell Opel to. Toyota recalls 700,000 vehicles in China due to a quality defect. E-Fuel starts selling stills so you can make ethanol from garbage. All that and more, plus a look at how Honda is being forced to change its strategic plans.

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Episode 212 – Wiedeking Under Fire, BYD Ramps Up EV Plans, BMW’s Most Efficient Car

August 21st, 2009 at 12:08pm

Runtime 8:24

Wendelin Wiedeking, the former CEO of Porsche, is under investigation for insider trading on stock options. Chinese automaker BYD plans to enter the U.S. market next year, a year ahead of schedule. BMW is set to introduce the most efficient version of the 3 Series at the Frankfurt Motor Show. All that and more, plus a look at how Ford managed to get the Fusion hybrid to deliver 41 miles per gallon.

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Episode 211 – GM Axes the Vuick, Penske Trucks On eBay, Meet Cadillac’s Bryan Nesbitt

August 20th, 2009 at 12:18pm

Runtime 8:18

General Motors axes the Vuick, based on feedback from the media and consumers who saw the vehicle. Penske is going to start selling used trucks on eBay. All that and more, plus we’ll introduce you to the guy who’s now going to run Cadillac, Bryan Nesbitt.

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Episode 210 – Ford’s Smart Charger, Magna One Step Closer To Opel, Heavy-Duty Hybrid Credits

August 19th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:35

Ford announced it’s developed a smart charging system for electric vehicles. Magna is one step closer to acquiring Opel from General Motors. There’s a proposal in the U.S. Congress to double tax credits for heavy-duty hybrids. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions about Chrysler’s electric vehicles and GM’s future product plans in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 209 – U.S. OEMs Match Japanese, GM Considers $4000 Car, BYD Sells Batteries to SAIC

August 18th, 2009 at 12:28pm

Runtime 7:00

American automakers match the Japanese in the latest customer satisfaction survey. General Motors is looking at building a car that only costs $4,000. Chinese auto company BYD will sell lithium-ion batteries to another Chinese automaker, SAIC. All that and more, plus a look at Suzuki’s new Kizashi midsize sedan.

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