Episode 414 – Hacking Your Car’s Computer, Conti’s Emergency Steering, Saudi’s First Car

June 16th, 2010 at 12:16pm

Runtime 7:11

A university study shows that the brakes, engine and gauges can all be wirelessly hacked in your car. Continental shows off an intelligent steering system that can veer you out of the way of an imminent crash. And, Saudi Arabia unveils its first-ever car. All that and more, plus John answers your questions and comments in this week’s “You Said It!”

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Episode 413 – New Volkswagen Jetta, Euro Zone Blues, Cadillac SRX Scores Big

June 15th, 2010 at 11:59am

Runtime 6:09

European sales continue to falter as May units plummet. Meanwhile, GM finally has good news to trumpet as the Cadillac SRX posts major gains in its segment. And, Nissan reveals the noise the Leaf EV vehicle will make to alert pedestrians of its presence. All that and more, plus Volkswagen unveils the completely-redesigned Jetta, and the price will shock you.

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Episode 412 – Retail Slow, Fleet Strong, Small Cars Don’t Sell, Car Powered by Photosynthesis

June 14th, 2010 at 12:10pm

Runtime 9:32

Optimism for the auto market wanes as retail sales continue to stagnate while fleet sales remain strong. As gas prices remain low, efficient cars like the Honda Fit aren’t selling. China’s SAIC introduces a concept that is powered by artificial photosynthesis. All that and more, plus a look at why one small car, the MINI, continues to sell well more than a decade after its introduction.

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Episode 411 – GM Backs Off “Chevy” Mandate, BMW & Saab In Talks, China Nissan’s #1 Market

June 11th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:38

General Motors quickly backed off its mandate to employees to say “Chevrolet” and to never say “Chevy.” BMW and Saab are in talks about sharing parts and technology for a new small car. Nissan Chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn says China is now the most profitable market for the company. All that and more, plus a look at one of the coolest car collections in California.

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Episode 410 – Never Say “Chevy,” Chrysler Goes for 8, A Ride in the Audi e-tron

June 10th, 2010 at 12:03pm

Runtime 8:45

GM–whoops–General Motors’ brand management police say you should never say “Chevy” again. Chrysler will start building 8-speed transmissions in Kokomo, Indiana. If you eat while you drive, you could be at higher risk of food poisoning. All that and more, plus we go to Brazil for a drive in Audi’s all-electric e-tron.

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Episode 409 – No German Aid For GM, Efficiency’s Steep Price, Delphi Linking Fobs And Phones

June 9th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:49

Germany is not going to provide Opel with financial aid to restructure.  A report from the National Academy of Sciences indicates that gasoline engines will remain dominant in the U.S. for the next 15 years because of the high-price of diesels and electrics.  Delphi has come up with a way to link key fobs and smart phone together.  All that and more, plus John answers your questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 408 – Used Car Prices Set Record, Nissan Execs Haul in the Loot, Another Honda Strike

June 8th, 2010 at 12:09pm

Runtime 7:37

Used car prices hit a record high as inventory levels plummet. Nissan executives make much more money than other Japanese OEMs. And does another strike against Honda presage rising Chinese worker unrest? All that and more, plus–Yee-haw!–we bring you another edition of “Recall Roundup!”

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Episode 407 – GM Hides Management Changes, VW Forces Americans to Get Fit, Tupolev 007 Aerosled

June 7th, 2010 at 12:08pm

Runtime 7:02

GM publicly announces one management change while sweeping several other significant changes under the rug. Volkswagen puts its American workers through a physical training program to better prepare them for their jobs. A Cold War-era Soviet vehicle turns up at Connecticut’s Concours d’Elegance. All that and more, plus John tests out the new Hyundai Tucson.

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Episode 406 – Mercury Resale Values Won’t Drop, Peugeot BB1, Self-Healing Concrete

June 4th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:16

Mercury resale values won’t drop because the brand didn’t carry a premium. Peugeot talks to Autoline Daily about the performance aspects of its BB1 electric car. A graduate student at the University of Rhode Island has invented concrete that can repair itself. All that and more, plus John answers your questions about Tesla, Lexus and Chrysler in “You Said It!”

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Episode 405 – Jan Ake Jonsson Headed To Volvo?, Audi Travolution, May Sales Roundup

June 3rd, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:01

A report out of Sweden says Volvo is interested in hiring Jan Ake Jonsson, the current CEO of Saab.  Ford announced that it will offer free charging stations to nearly 5,000 buyers of the Transit Connect BEV.  Audi is developing a technology that cuts fuel consumption by carefully controlling traffic lights.  All that and more, plus a recap of last month’s new-vehicle sales in the U.S. market.

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