Episode 251 – VW’s Porsche Battleplan, Ford Catches a Spy, BMW’s Green Casting Foundry

October 16th, 2009 at 12:28pm

Runtime 7:35

A look into Volkswagen’s complex strategy to acquire Porsche. Ford catches an industrial spy who tried to use confidential documents to get a job at a Chinese company. BMW prepares to open the world’s first and only emissions-free metal casting foundry. All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline Detroit with Alan Taub, and the winner of this week’s Trivia Contest.

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Episode 250 – GM’s Marketing Campaign, New Tata Sedan, Citroen’s New Promotion

October 15th, 2009 at 12:28pm

Runtime 7:20

General Motors’ latest marketing campaign has some surprising results. Indian automaker Tata launched a new sedan yesterday, called the Indigo Manza. To promote its new models, Citroen launched a webpage that features an interactive new technology called “augmented reality.” All that and more, plus biofuel producer Coskata makes a big announcement about ethanol production.

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Episode 249 – Big Ford Recall, Tesla Offers House Calls, Vauxhall Plants Stay Open

October 14th, 2009 at 12:20pm

Runtime 6:39

Ford announced a recall of 4.5 million vehicles over a cruise control switch that potentially can catch fire. Tesla announced it will offer its customers house calls for maintenance work. Vauxhall announced that two plants in England will remain open until at least 2013. All that and more, plus a look at Volkswagen’s new TwinDrive EV.

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Episode 248 – Asia Sales On Fire, Ford Improves In Europe, Bugatti’s New Showroom

October 13th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 5:15

The growing markets in both China and India posted significant auto sales growth in September. Ford’s European market share increased to over 10 percent for the first time in eight years. Luxury carmaker Bugatti opened its first-ever showroom outside of France. All that and more, plus a look at how Ford’s new EcoBoost V-6 compares to its eight-cylinder competition, and the lowdown on some exciting new spark plug technology.

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Episode 247 – Ford & UAW Agreement?, LaHood Visits Detroit, AvtoVAZ In Trouble

October 12th, 2009 at 12:13pm

Runtime 6:43

Ford and the UAW have a tentative agreement that would give Ford the same basic agreements GM and Chrysler received. U.S. transportation secretary Ray LaHood is in Detroit this week to meet with all three American automakers. Russian carmaker AvtoVAZ is pushing for more government aid. All that and more, plus a note to the American automakers.

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Nominate Autoline Daily as Best Business Podcast!

October 12th, 2009 at 12:12pm

Tell the world how much you like your daily dose of up-to-the-minute auto industry news! Nominate Autoline Daily in the Business Category of the 2009 Podcast Awards at http://www.PodcastAwards.com.

Episode 246 – Magna Deal Runs Into Roadblocks, GM Sales Soar in China, VW Targets Toyota Camry

October 9th, 2009 at 11:30am

Runtime 7:20

General Motor’s deal to sell part of Opel to Magna could be running into trouble. GM’s sales in China are up 55% this year, blowing past the company’s own optimistic forecasts. VW puts the Camry in its crosshairs as it takes a bead on the American market. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit with Doug Speck, the president of Volvo North America who spells out where he sees growth in the American market.

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Episode 245 – Docherty Replaces LaNeve, VW Bearish On Recovery, Nissan’s Land Glider

October 8th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:20

General Motors named Susan Docherty to replace Mark LaNeve as the head of sales. Volkswagen CEO, Martin Winterkorn isn’t optimistic about the car market recovering anytime soon. Nissan’s latest concept car banks as it goes into turns. All that and more, plus a look at Bosch’s efforts to reach the new fuel economy targets set by the EPA.

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Episode 244 – LaNeve Out At GM, Big Day for Delphi, Ford May Pass GM Soon

October 7th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 5:56

Mark LaNeve leaves General Motors. After four troubled years in bankruptcy, Delphi is finally emerging from Chapter 11. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into rusting frames affecting Toyota Tundras. A Study predicts Ford will pass GM in market share in the U.S. by 2012. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 243 – Strong Yen Clobbers Japanese OEMs, Bosch Faces Loss, Toyota’s Tokyo Sneak Peek

October 6th, 2009 at 1:12pm

Runtime 7:48

The strong yen is clobbering Japanese automakers, and it has forced one big OEM to shut down a design studio. Bosch may post its first loss since World War II. Toyota gives us a sneak peek at the vehicles it’s unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show. All that and more, plus John drives the Kia Forte and tells us whether or not Honda should be worried.

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