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Episode 327 – Toyota & NHTSA Under Fire, Truck Sales Indicate Upswing, New Fuel-Saving Seal

February 12th, 2010 at 12:18pm

Runtime 7:44

Now Toyota is being accused of hiring former employees of NHTSA who convinced it to stop investigating reports of unintended acceleration. In a sign that the economy may finally be picking up speed, sales of heavy trucks were up last month. A new kind of drivetrain seal could save a lot of fuel. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit about what it costs for an automaker to advertise in the Super Bowl.

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Episode 326 – Akio Toyoda Called to Testify in D.C., Porsche’s Hybrid Racecar, Chi-Town Recap

February 11th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:45

California Congressman Darrell Issa wants Akio Toyoda to testify in Washington.  Porsche previews a new racecar – the 911 GT3 R Hybrid – ahead of next month’s Geneva Motor Show.  Car prices in China are creeping up because of increased demand from government stimulus measures.  All that and more, plus a recap of the major product reveals coming out of the Chicago Auto Show.

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Episode 325 – Chicago Show Reveals: Ford Edge & Silverado HD, Volvo S60 Sneak Peek

February 10th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:41

Major reveals from the Chicago Auto Show, which include the Ford Edge and the heavy-duty version of the Chevy Silverado. Looking to the Geneva Auto Show, we get a sneak-peek at the all-new Volvo S60. All that and more, plus John responds to your comments on our report on using “power-to-weight” to measure performance.

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Episode 324 – Prius Recalled Globally, China Car Sales Double, EU Wants To Track Cars

February 9th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:41

Toyota recalled more than 400,000 Priuses worldwide today and added the Lexus HS250h and Sai hybrid to the list. January sales in China more than doubled last month. The EU wants to use satellite navigation for vehicle tracking. All that and more, plus John looks at the effect of Toyota’s recalls. Could this be the beginning of a buy-American movement?

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Episode 323 – Toyota Residual Values Drop, Bernhard Back at Mercedes, Prius Recalled in Japan

February 8th, 2010 at 12:09pm

Runtime 7:20

Hyundai’s Chairman, Chung Mong-Koo, has been ordered to pay $60 million for embezzlement.  Toyota’s residual values have dropped because of all of its recent recalls.  Wolfgang Bernhard is back at Mercedes-Benz.  All that and more, plus a look at Ford’s RUTH robot that’s helping the company make better interiors.

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Episode 322 – Nader Attacks Toyota, Ford’s Hybrid Brake Problem, Tough To Find Glitches

February 5th, 2010 at 12:19pm

Runtime 7:47

Now even Ralph Nader is attacking Toyota. Ford released a technical service bulletin for its Fusion and Milan hybrids over a potential braking issue. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit about just how complicated it could be for any automaker to track down electronic glitches in a car.

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Episode 321 – More Trouble for Toyota, Pope Interferes in Fiat’s Affairs, Chinese in Australia

February 4th, 2010 at 12:19pm

Runtime 8:06

Toyota is running into more trouble.  Federal investigators are looking into sudden acceleration claims on the Tacoma, plus Prius braking performance is in question.  Sergio Marchionne gets scolded by the Pope for closing a plant in Italy.  Chinese automakers Geely and Chery will start selling cars in Australia this year.  All that and more, plus we take a look at a different way of measuring a vehicle’s performance.

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Episode 320 – Ford Gains On Toyota, Nissan Nearly Had #1 Car, GM’s Numbers Impressive

February 3rd, 2010 at 12:20pm

Runtime 7:13

Ford and other automakers take advantage of Toyota’s problems. Nissan came within a whisker of capturing the “best-selling car in America” title. GM turns in an impressive sales performance for January. All that and more, plus John responds to viewer comments about the Toyota recall in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 319 – Toyota Expansion NOT To Blame, Brazilian Sales Plummet, Saab Profitable in 2012?

February 2nd, 2010 at 12:05pm

Runtime 6:43

Toyota denies that rapid global expansion is to blame for its recent quality issues.  Spyker says it will make Saab profitable in two years by moving the brand up market and targeting BMW and Audi.  New car sales in Brazil tumbled 27 percent last month compared to December.  All that and more, plus we take a drive down memory lane with some amazing photographs.

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Episode 318 – Toyota’s Troubles Just Begin, Tesla May Go Public, Small Sales Losses in 2009

February 1st, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:16

Toyota says it has a fix for sticking gas pedals but its problems are just beginning. Tesla might do an Initial Public Offering. Believe it or not, on a global basis, car sales barely fell at all last year. All that and more, plus a look at some issues John recently ran into on the Lincoln MKS.

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