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Episode 382 – VW 3-Cylinder Diesel, New Toyota Division, Brilliance Leaves Europe

April 30th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:17

Volkswagen presented a new, three-cylinder engine at the Vienna Motor Symposium in Austria. Toyota is setting up a new quality-control division dedicated to feeding customer concerns into the design process. Chinese automaker Brilliance has to stop exporting cars to Europe. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit all about some of the greatest car movies of all time.

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Episode 381 – GM Dumps Daewoo, German Environmentalists Against EVs, Ford’s Stock-Drop

April 29th, 2010 at 12:11pm

Runtime 8:09

GM is getting ready to drop the Daewoo brand.  A group of German environmentalists has come out against electric cars.  And what in the world is going on with Ford’s stock?  All that and more, plus an interview with Ernst Lieb, the President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.

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Episode 380 – Honda Reports Profit, New Dodge Police Car, More Loans For China

April 28th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:40

Honda’s profit report shows the industry is really turning around. Chrysler announced it will make a stronger push in the police-car market with the new Dodge Charger. The Chinese government will make it easier for car buyers to get a loan. All that and more, plus John answers a viewer question about GM’s claim that it paid off its government loans in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 379 – Q1 Financial Results, Chinese Truck Spotted in Metro Detroit?, Mini E Test Drive

April 27th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:37

Lots of first-quarter financial results are in and there are some very interesting developments to report on.  Honda will now allow its natural-gas powered Civic GX to be sold in Oklahoma.  We spot what looks like some kind of Chinese truck on the streets of Metro Detroit.  All that and more, plus Bill Nye the Science Guy takes us for a spin in his all-electric Mini E.

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Episode 378 – VW Bets Big On China, Toyota Still Going Strong, Bill Nye Praises EVs

April 26th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:16

Volkswagen just announced it will pour an additional $2 billion into China to launch new vehicles and build two new plants. Toyota shrugs off the bad news and puts in some positive results. All that and more, plus Bill Nye the Science Guy sings the praises of electric cars.

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Episode 377 – Beijing Auto Show Reveals, Commodity Prices Surge, How Corvette Changed its Image

April 23rd, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:36

Ford, Hyundai and Chevy all reveal new models at the Beijing Auto Show. AutoNation’s CEO says the economic recovery is here and this time it’s real. Meanwhile, commodity prices threaten to dampen the recover as they surge once again. All that and more, plus a look at how the Corvette has turned its image around in Europe.

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Episode 376 – More Financial Results, The “Perception Gap” Is Closing, 2011 Infiniti M Tech

April 22nd, 2010 at 12:18pm

Runtime 7:34

Hyundai and Volkswagen released some very promising financial results.  Alfa Romeo is expected to build several next-generation vehicles off a rear-wheel-drive Chrysler platform.  A recent survey indicates that the Detroit Three have closed the “perception gap” with their Asian competitors.  All that and more, plus a look at some of the new technology in the 2011 Infiniti M.

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Episode 375 – Chrysler Could Save Fiat, Dealers Rank Audi No. 1, Harley-Davidson Sales Plummet

April 21st, 2010 at 12:08pm

Runtime 7:56

Fiat saved Chrysler but the Pentastar brand may be bailing out its new partner in the future.  Car dealers say Audi is the best brand to have.  Sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles have fallen through the floor.  All that and more, plus John answers viewer questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 374 – Fiat Spins-Off Auto Operations, Volt-Powered Crossover, VW’s Electric Taxi

April 20th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:43

Fiat will spin-off its automotive operations and get a new chairman.  GM will put its Volt technology in a Crossover.  Volkswagen is working on an electric taxi cab.  All that and more, plus a look at the Shell Oil “Eco-Marathon” where engineering students compete to build vehicles that get the best fuel economy possible.

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Episode 373 – Toyota Saga Continues, Delphi Back In Black, Hyundai’s New Designer

April 19th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:47

Yet another chapter in the saga at Toyota. Delphi is profitable once again in North America. BMW is offering chauffeured tours of Munich, Germany in classic convertibles. All that and more, plus an interview with the latest guy that Hyundai stole away from General Motors to design its cars.

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