Episode 372 – Original Car Czar In Trouble, Ford Opposes Opel Aid, Used Car Prices Climb

April 16th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:05

Steven Rattner, the man originally picked to lead President Obama’s automotive task force, is in serious hot water. Ford says giving loans to Opel would give it an unfair advantage. Used car prices continue to climb in the American market. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit with Bernard Charles, the CEO of Dassault Systemes, talking about how they’re now simulating in 3-D, how customers experience a car.

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Episode 371 – Fiesta Sales Skyrocket, No More RX-8s For Europe, Ford Mustang Review

April 15th, 2010 at 12:29pm

Runtime 10:22

The Ford Fiesta is selling at a staggering rate in Europe — nearly 69,000 last month!  The Mazda RX-8 can’t be sold in Europe because its rotary engine doesn’t meet emissions standards.  Former Delphi CEO J.T. Battenberg III is going to trial for allegedly cooking the company’s books.  All that and more, plus a review of the 2011 Ford Mustang.

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Episode 370 – Toyota Infighting, Chrysler & NASA Team Up, Honda’s Electric Scooter

April 14th, 2010 at 12:08pm

Runtime 7:56

Toyota chairman Akio Toyoda blames Vice Chairman Katsuaki Watanabe and another exec, Hiroshi Okuda, for expanding too fast and letting quality slip. Chrysler teams up with NASA. Honda comes out with an electric scooter called the EV-neo which is powered by a lithium-ion battery. All that and more, plus John answers your questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 369 – Lexus GX 460 a “Safety Risk”?, Audi Could Pass BMW, 2011 Ford Super Duty

April 13th, 2010 at 12:19pm

Runtime 8:58

Consumer Reports is warning car buyers to avoid the Lexus GX 460 over concerns that its stability-control system may not be effective enough.  The International Energy Agency predicts that demand for oil will hit a record-high this year.  Audi is on track to surpass BMW in global sales.  All that and more, plus we take a look at the brand-new 2011 Ford Super Duty.

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Episode 368 – Another Toyota Fine?, Audi Outsells Mercedes, Ridgeline On The Chopping Block

April 12th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:41

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering slapping Toyota with another fine for knowingly delaying a recall for accelerator pedals. Audi outsells Mercedes-Benz worldwide thanks to its success in China. Honda might drop the Ridgeline pickup truck. All that and more, plus John takes a ride in the new Hyundai Sonata with John Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai North America.

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Episode 367 – Asian Car Sales Strong, STP & Armor All For Sale, Mazda Diesel Set For U.S.

April 9th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:03

Car sales continue to remain strong in China and India. STP and Armor All are being sold off by the Clorox company, which owns them. Mazda will bring a diesel to the American market by 2012. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit about how Ford managed to improve its quality to the point that it matches or beats Toyota and Honda.

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Episode 366 – VW/Porsche Saga Continues, Used-Car Sales Red Hot, No Hybrid for Obama

April 8th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:45

Toyota “comes clean” about its ongoing unintended-acceleration problem.  Used-car sales in the American market are red hot and residual values are rising.  The U.S. Secret Service tells President Obama he can’t have a hybrid limo because of security and performance concerns.  All that and more, plus a look at a future autonomous military vehicle that can go just about anywhere.

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Episode 365 – GM Financials Revealed, OEMs Tie the Knot, Toyota UA Contest

April 7th, 2010 at 12:09pm

Runtime 6:53

General Motors finally releases its financial earnings for the second-half of last year. Daimler, Renault and Nissan officially tie the knot. Edmunds will award $1 million to anyone who can get to the bottom of the Toyota’s unintended acceleration problem. All that and more, plus John answers your questions in “You Said It!”

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Episode 364 – NHTSA Fines Toyota, Is Volvo China’s New Official Car?, Recall Roundup!

April 6th, 2010 at 12:29pm

Runtime 7:51

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration throws the book at Toyota, fining the company $16.4 million.  Fresh after acquiring Volvo, Geely intends to turn the brand into China’s official car.  It’s time for another installment of Recall Roundup!  All that and more, plus Jeff Gilbert, Auto-Beat Reporter for WWJ Newsradio 950 brings us up to speed on the Ram brand’s latest advertising push.

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Episode 363 – Mustang Headed To Europe?, Mitsubishi Cuts EV Price, March Sales Report

April 5th, 2010 at 12:09pm

Runtime 7:10

The Ford Mustang could be headed to Europe with a turbo-diesel in it. In response to Nissan announcing the pricing for the LEAF, Mitsubishi says it is slashing the price of the i-MiEV in Japan. All that and more, plus a breakdown of last month’s car sales.

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