Episode 208 – Steel Shortage Looming, VW Threatens To Drop Magna, Bentley’s New Mulsanne

August 17th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:51

The American auto industry faces a steel shortage that could hurt automakers just as they plan to boost production. Volkswagen threatened to stop doing business with Magna if it becomes a part owner of Opel. Bentley unveils its new flagship sedan. All that and more, plus some more of Jim Hall predictions on what will be the classic cars of the future.

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Episode 207 – CARS Expanded, Volt Technology For Sale?, New Top Gear Controversy

August 14th, 2009 at 12:48pm

Runtime 7:34

The U.S. Department of Transportation expanded the cash-for-clunkers program yesterday. General Motors may sell the Chevy Volt’s lithium-ion battery pack to rival automakers. A new Top Gear controversy involving the Porsche Shooting Brake. All that and more, plus Jim Hall predicts what cars from today will be considered classics in the future.

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Episode 206 – Production Going Up, GM Sees No Opportunity in Japan, Equus Coming to U.S.

August 13th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:02

A number of automakers are boosting car production, hiring back workers, and adding overtime to the production schedule. General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson says he has no interest in the Japanese market. Hyundai is bringing its Equus sedan to the American market. All that and more, plus a look at the annual Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise.

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Episode 205 – Nissan Needles GM, Canada’s Scrappage Scheme Criticized, CARS Mania Cools Down

August 12th, 2009 at 12:08pm

Runtime 7:44

Nissan seems a little miffed at all the attention the Chevy Volt is getting for its mileage claims. Ford of Canada’s CEO says the country needs a better car scrappage program. In the U.S., cash for clunkers mania is starting to cool off. All that and more, plus John talks to GM’s Bob Lutz about why and when they’re getting rid of those GM badges that are on the front fenders of all their vehicles.

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Episode 204 – Volt = 230 MPG, Viper May Get Ferrari V10, Goodyear Develops Moon Tire

August 11th, 2009 at 12:08pm

Runtime 7:43

GM announced that the Chevy Volt will be rated at 230 miles per gallon in city driving. The Dodge Viper could get a Ferrari V10. Goodyear and NASA have developed an airless tire for use on the moon. All that and more, plus a look at Toyota’s new Venza crossover.

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UPCOMING: Woodward Ave. After Hours

August 10th, 2009 at 9:14pm

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Join us Thursday, August 13th at 7PM ET for a LIVE webcast of Autoline After Hours from the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise!

Come by and visit with us and your fellow Autoliners as we host a Fans & Friends Meet-Up at Auto Zone Hobbies in Birmingham. As usual, John McElroy and Peter De Lorenzo will be hanging out before the show around 6:30PM, but unlike usual they’ll be checking out some of the coolest, most classic cars to roll down the road. Do you have one? Bring it by! If it’s unique, we might just interview you when the live show starts at 7PM.

The Dream Cruise is a celebration of automotive culture, and you never know what or who you’re going to see. We’ll have some special guests joining in the discussion Thursday night including Ed Welburn, General Motors VP of Global Design, as well as Jim Wangers, an advertising man who has a long history with muscle cars and Woodward. We’ll even have music from the automotive-themed band, The Exhaust Tones! Many other surprise guests will be stopping by as well, so don’t miss it.

Woodward Ave. After Hours LIVE Event
Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Auto Zone Hobbies
33202 Woodward Ave.
Birmingham, MI 48009
Ph# 248-646-2886

As always, be there or be square … but if you can’t visit us on Woodward, make sure you attend the party virtually right here on Thursday night. We’ll be looking for you!

Episode 203 – The Battle for Opel, Ford & Chrysler Low on Inventory, GM’s eBay Experiment

August 10th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:57

Looks like the battle to get Opel is boiling down to who can get their hands on General Motors’ patents. Ford and Chrysler are running low on inventory just when they need it most. GM starts an experiment to sell cars on eBay in California. All that and more, plus a look at Dodge’s redesigned Ram pickup.

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Episode 202 – Fiat Buys Bertone, Sales Soar in China, Buick Gets A Plug-In Hybrid

August 7th, 2009 at 12:11pm

Runtime 7:35

Fiat buys Bertone, whose facilities will be used to make Chryslers that will be sold outside of North America. Last month sales rose an astonishing 70 percent in China. General Motors announced that Buick will get a plug-in hybrid crossover in 2011. All that and more, plus a clip from last night’s Autoline After Hours with special guest Kurt Ritter, the head of Saatchi LA, which handles all of Toyota’s advertising.

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Episode 201 – Toyota Plans Sports Car, Suppliers On Their Own, Top Clunker Sales

August 6th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:43

CEO Akio Toyoda confirmed that Toyota is developing an affordable sports car. Ron Bloom, who heads up the Automotive Task Force, said don’t expect the government to step in to save suppliers. A list of the most purchased vehicles under the cash-for-clunkers program. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions about the cash-for-clunkers program in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 200 – CARS Funds Debated, Corvette Unveils Racecar, Ford Boosts Natural Material Use

August 5th, 2009 at 12:28pm

Runtime 7:57

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid predicts that the $2 billion addition to cash for clunkers will pass by Friday. Corvette will introduce a new racecar this weekend to compete in the GT2 category of the American Le Mans Series. Ford is looking to increase the amount of natural materials it uses in vehicles. All that and more, plus John gives us his take on the Lexus HS 250h.

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