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Episode 271 – Porsche Posts Huge Loss, Mercedes Moves Smaller, UAW Votes to Strike Ford

November 13th, 2009 at 12:08pm

Runtime 7:35

Porsche says it will post a pretax lost of 4.6 billion euros, or a loss of $6.6 billion. Mercedes may finally bring some of its fuel efficient small cars to the U.S. UAW workers at a Ford plant near Kansas City, Missouri, are voting on whether or not to authorize a strike. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit with Ian Callum, the head of design at Jaguar.

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Episode 270 – China to Boost Exports, Plug-In Incentives In China, Buick Regal Unveiled

November 12th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:25

Concerned over excess capacity in the country, the Chinese government laid out ambitious plans to increase automotive exports. It is also considering offering subsidies to consumers who want to buy BYD’s F3DM plug-in hybrid. General Motors unveils the new Buick Regal today. All that and more plus, a look at the new 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster.

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Episode 269 – VW Passes Toyota, No IPO For GM Next Year, Woman Finally Gets License

November 11th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:42

Volkswagen has overtaken Toyota as the number-one automaker in the world. GM’s chairman Ed Whitacre doubts the company can go public next year, even though management has been saying it would. A woman in South Korea gets her drivers license…after 950 tries. All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions about Toyota’s floormat problem in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 268 – Tokyo Show Hit Hard, GM Will Build Converj, Lear Exits Chapter 11

November 10th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:27

Attendance at the Tokyo Auto show this year plummeted a whopping 57 percent. General Motors has decided to build the Cadillac Converj concept. Automotive seat and electronics supplier Lear emerges from bankruptcy. All that and more, plus Bob Carter, who runs the Toyota division in the American market, talks about how the company is dealing with all the bad news its run into lately.

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Episode 267 – India in the News, Volvo Safety System, Autonomous Audi TT

November 9th, 2009 at 12:08pm

Runtime 6:46

Lots of news coming out of India over the weekend, involving Nissan, Toyota and General Motors. Volvo introduces new safety technology for its cars that brakes for pedestrians automatically. Audi plans to tackle Pike’s Peak with an autonomous car. All that and more plus, a look at the new 2010 Outback and Legacy from Subaru.

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Episode 266 – Europe Upset At GM, Toyota Posts Profit, Tata May Outsource Nano

November 6th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:56

Germany is in an uproar over GM’s decision to keep Opel, however Spain and the UK are more optimistic. Yesterday Toyota posted a surprise profit of $240 million for the quarter. Tata may allow local automakers to assemble the Nano and sell them under their own brands. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit where John talks to three analysts about Chrysler’s 5-year plan and whether the company can really turn around.

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Episode 265 – Chrysler’s Turnaround Plan, Opel Workers Protest, NHTSA Criticizes Toyota

November 5th, 2009 at 12:29pm

Runtime 8:18

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne held a marathon press briefing yesterday and made it very clear the company has the cash, the resources and the plan to turn itself around. Opel workers in Germany walked off the job to protest GM’s decision to keep it. NHTSA is criticizing Toyota for statements regarding its massive recall over floor mats. All that and more, plus a look at Sergio Marchionne’s plan to turnaround Chrysler.

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Episode 264 – GM Keeps Opel, U.S. Car Sales Slide, New Honda Accord Crosstour

November 4th, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:39

In a stunning reversal, the board of directors at General Motors decided not to sell Opel. Sales of new cars in the U.S. market in October fell 3 percent compared to a year ago. All that and more, plus a first look at the new Accord Crosstour from Honda.

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Episode 263 – Ford Earns More Per Car, Nissan Invests In Batteries, New Cobra Jet Mustang

November 3rd, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:20

Ford is now getting $2,700 more per vehicle than before, largely through cutting back on sales incentives. Nissan will invest over half a billion dollars to boost battery production for its partner Renault. All that and more, plus a look at Ford Racing’s new Cobra Jet Mustang.

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Episode 262 – Ford Posts Solid Profit, Audi in the Black, Automakers Top R&D Spending

November 2nd, 2009 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:49

Ford reported solid earnings today, posting a net profit just shy of $1 billion in the third quarter. Audi posted an operating profit of almost 350 million euro in the third quarter. A new report says that the auto industry remained one of the highest spenders in R&D last year. All that and more, plus a look at some of Acura’s latest product updates.

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