Episode 479 – Heavy Truck Sales Surge, China’s Consolidation Plans, Mercedes Electric A-Class

September 16th, 2010 at 12:31pm

Runtime 9:14

China has designs on dominating the auto industry as it pushes to merge dozens of car companies. Mercedes previews its electric A-Class prior to Paris. Heavy truck sales continue an upward trend in the U.S. indicating a recovering economy. All that and more, plus John takes what he thought was his last drive in a Viper.

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Episode 478 – AutoNation Impressed by Chrysler, Carrera GTS in Paris, Ford to Cut Dealers

September 15th, 2010 at 12:19pm

Runtime 7:57

The largest automotive retailer in the U.S. says it’s impressed by Chrysler’s upcoming offerings. Porsche and Ford both preview some of the vehicles we’ll see at the Paris Motor Show. Meanwhile, Ford says it would like to reduce its dealer ranks now that Mercury is winding down. All that and more, plus John responds to your questions and comments in “You Said It!”

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Episode 477 – Biofuels Could Power Europe, Geely Aims to Double Volvo, Ford’s Smell Jury

September 14th, 2010 at 12:08pm

Runtime 7:22

A report says plant waste and municipal waste could provide for a majority of Europe’s fuel needs by 2020. Volvo’s new Chinese owner Geely intends to double global sales of the brand. Ford assembles a “smell jury” to figure out what odors people like best. All that and more, plus our drive of the new Nissan Juke.

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Episode 476 – Range Rover as a Brand? VW’s New Chief, Chinese Don’t Like Small Cars

September 13th, 2010 at 12:03pm

Runtime 8:50

Could Range Rover be spun off as its own high-end brand? VW gets a new head honcho in America. And here’s a shocker: a new report says Chinese consumers prefer large vehicles with handsome styling. All that and more, plus our first drive of the Chevy Cruze.

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Episode 475 – N.A. Production Slows, China Forecast Raised, U.S. Kuga Production Canceled

September 10th, 2010 at 11:32am

Runtime 7:47

The latest production data shows that automakers in the North American market are expecting sales to slow down. A new forecast predicts sales in China will hit 17 million units this year. Ford canceled plans to move production of its Kuga crossover from Germany to Kentucky due to currency exchanges and labor troubles. All that and more, plus a look at a car we can guarantee you haven’t seen on the road, the McLaren MP4-12C.

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Episode 474 – Cruze Production Launched, New Honda Odyssey, Nissan Double Checks Quality

September 9th, 2010 at 12:20pm

Runtime 7:37

The first Chevrolet Cruze rolled off the assembly line at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio plant yesterday. Honda completely redesigned the Odyssey and believes it can attract buyers with more dynamic styling. Nissan is double-checking the quality of vehicles built in Thailand before they are sold in Japan. All that and more, plus the Autoextremist, Peter De Lorenzo, shares his thoughts on why the Chevy Cruze is the most pivotal mainstream car launch in GM’s history.

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Episode 473 – BMW Ends M6 Production, OnStar Adds Features, Nissan’s New Brand for China

September 8th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:16

BMW announced that it’s ending production of both the coupe and convertible versions of the M6. OnStar is getting some additional functionality that will allow you to connect with a Facebook page and convert voice messages to text. To capitalize on the growth in the low-end of the Chinese market, Nissan and its partner Dongfeng plan to introduce a new low-cost brand. All that and more, plus a test drive of the Hyundai Equus with John Krafcik, the CEO of Hyundai Motor America.

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Episode 472 – China Faces Huge Overcapacity, Coskata Raising Money, 2011 Hyundai Equus

September 7th, 2010 at 11:30am

Runtime 7:09

A top official in China’s economic planning agency warns that automakers are blindly investing in too much manufacturing capacity.  Nissan announced that it plans to build its LEAF EV in China.  Ethanol producer Coskata is trying to raise cash to build its own facility to make biofuels.  All that and more, plus some of John’s thoughts on the Hyundai Equus.

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Episode 471 – Foreign Investment Worries Feds, New Dodge Durango, Mazda’s New Design Theme

September 3rd, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:17

The U.S. government is worried about financial institutions owned by foreign governments buying-up big chunks of GM’s stock. Dodge reveals new photos of the redesigned Durango. Mazda just unveiled its new design theme, one that it’s calling “kodo,” which translates into “soul of motion.” All that and more, plus John answers your questions about the Chevy Volt and Acura in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 470 – Sales Roundup, More Biofuel From Liquor Leftovers, ’70s Product Development

September 2nd, 2010 at 12:10pm

Runtime 7:45

The numbers are in and new-vehicle sales in the U.S. last month aren’t as bad as everyone is reporting.  Another distillery in the UK has figured out how to make fuel from potato leftovers.  Ferrari is having some “external combustion” problems with its 458 Italia.  All that and more, plus a blast from the past with a look at the Chevy Vega.

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