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Episode 261 – Ford Faces UAW Rejection, GM Supplier Problem, Toyota’s Carbon Fiber Loom

October 30th, 2009 at 12:10pm

Runtime 7:28

Ford’s problems with the UAW are turning out to be more serious than anyone anticipated. GM has to shut down an assembly plant because of parts shortages for transmissions from a supplier in India. A look at Toyota’s breakthrough in using carbon fiber for cars. All that and more, plus Mark Reuss the vice president of global vehicle engineering for General Motors, explains why GM needs to make its vehicles lighter.

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Episode 260 – U.S. & China Trade Spat, October Sales Will Improve, New 3-D Nav System

October 29th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:36

China will investigate whether American automakers unfairly benefited from government assistance. October sales will be better than a year ago, we’ll explain why. Navteq develops a new kind of nav system, with a 3-D display. All that and more, plus a look at whether or not Kia is looking to expand its dealer base by adding some Saturn dealers.

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Episode 259 – Geely to Get Volvo, Consumer Reports Praises Ford, GM Turns Exhaust into Electricity

October 28th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:19

Ford says it will likely end up selling Volvo to Chinese automaker Geely. Consumer Reports released its annual reliability report and praises Ford’s ratings. General Motors comes up with technology to convert exhaust heat into electricity. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 258 – Ford & UAW At Odds, Honda Triples Forecast, Brazil’s Energy Policy

October 27th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:12

Ford is having trouble getting the same kind of concessions the UAW gave to General Motors and Chrysler. Honda announced it’s tripling its profit forecast for its current fiscal year. All that and more, plus a look at how Brazil’s booming economy has a lot to do with its energy policy.

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Episode 257 – Ford’s UAW Problems, Fisker To Get GM Plant, Monster Genesis for SEMA

October 26th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:08

Ford faces issues negotiating with the UAW because of its expected third-quarter earnings. GM is selling its Delaware plant to Fisker to make plug-ins. Rhys Millen Racing and Hyundai have partnered to build a special, Genesis coupe for this year’s SEMA show. All that and more, plus a look at BMW’s new flagship.

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Episode 256 – Henderson Gets Pay Cut, Chrysler Financial To Close, Kia Posts Profit

October 23rd, 2009 at 12:02pm

Runtime 7:05

GM CEO Fritz Henderson gets a salary cut, but gets a compensation raise at the same time. The U.S. Treasury Department says Chrysler Financial will be liquidated by the end of 2011. Kia posted a third-quarter profit thanks to tax breaks and new car models. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s episode of Autoline Detroit about how we need to keep advancing alternative fuels.

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Episode 255 – Executive Pay Cuts, Honda & Hyundai Post Profits, Land Rover Axes SUV

October 22nd, 2009 at 12:18pm

Runtime 8:02

The U.S. Treasury Department is cutting salaries for the top 25 executives at each of the companies that received government help, including Chrysler and GM. Honda and Hyundai turn a profit. Land Rover is discontinuing its Defender SUV after 61 years on the market. All that and more, plus a look at some of Nissan’s latest product updates.

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Episode 254 – Rattner Paints Grim Picture, Strikes Impact Industry, Reveals From Tokyo Show

October 21st, 2009 at 12:18pm

Runtime 6:30

Steven Rattner, the former top auto adviser, highlights his five months overseeing the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies. Strikes impact the global auto industry. A couple reveals from Honda and Toyota at the Tokyo Motor Show. All that and more, plus Christie Schweinsberg from Ward’s Auto shares her thoughts on this year’s Ward’s 10 Best engines competition.

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Episode 253 – Auto Industry Looking Up?, Fit Moving To U.S.?, Toyota Grows In Korea

October 20th, 2009 at 12:11pm

Runtime 6:12

Fiat, Daimler and Ford may announce third-quarter profits. Honda may start building its subcompact Fit in the U.S. Toyota announced it will expand its operations in South Korea. All that and more plus, a look at a fight brewing between Fiat and Chinese automaker, Great Wall Motor.

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Episode 252 – More Opel Drama, Kia Unveils New Sedan, Workers Protest AvtoVAZ

October 19th, 2009 at 12:28pm

Runtime 7:15

The European Union has questioned the Opel bidding process and is suggesting GM may be allowed to give it another go. Kia has officially unveiled its new top-of-the-line sedan. Hundreds of workers protested Russian automaker AvtoVAZ in the country over the weekend. All that and more, plus Jim Hall shares his thoughts on the current auto industry “news vacuum.”

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