Episode 500 – Car Sales Fall in Europe, F1 Heads to Russia, New F-150 Engines

October 15th, 2010 at 12:24pm

Runtime 9:36

Car sales continue to decline in Europe, falling over 9 percent last month. Formula 1 is headed to Russia and the country must pay $40 million a year for the rights to host the event. A look at Ford’s new engines for the 2011 F-150. All that and more, plus Autoline Daily hit two important milestones, our two-year anniversary and episode number 500 and to celebrate we’ll show you some of the hilarious, unaired clips from the past two years.

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Episode 499 – Big Ed on GM’s Stock Price, Rattner Fined and Banned, Conti’s Airbag System

October 14th, 2010 at 12:11pm

Runtime 7:36

Former GM CEO Ed Whitacre speaks out about GM’s IPO. We hate to say we told you so, but it looks like Steven Rattner’s in hot water again. Continental develops a brilliantly simple mechanism for triggering under-the-hood airbag systems. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit coming to you once again from Paris.

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Episode 498 – E-15 Debate Continues, BYD In Trouble, Researchers Hack Into Vehicle

October 13th, 2010 at 11:50am

Runtime 7:35

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took a step closer to approving E-15, but so far it’s limiting that approval to cars built since 2007. The Chinese government confiscated seven of BYD’s factories saying it built them on land that was zoned for agriculture. Researchers successfully hacked into a car by intercepting wireless tire-pressure monitoring signals. All that and more, plus John answers your questions about the Chevy Volt and the Ford C-Max in “You Said It!”

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Episode 497 – GM’s “Volt-Gate” Scandal, Sales Slow Down in China, Nissan’s Next-Gen Versa

October 12th, 2010 at 11:56am

Runtime 6:18

General Motors is caught in another flaming controversy, this time over the Chevrolet Volt’s drivetrain.  New-vehicle sales in China are slowing down, but some analysts say they could hit 17 million units this year.  Nissan released a sketch of its next-generation Versa, which is a lot more stylish than the current model.  All that and more, plus John comments on the attention the media are paying to Steven Rattner.

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Episode 496 – Google’s Autonomous Fleet, Workers Picket Union, Free Car Loan for “Range Anxiety”?

October 11th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:39

Google says it has equipped a fleet of cars with autonomous technology that have logged 140,000 miles driving on roads in California. Disgruntled union workers are going to picket the UAW’s headquarters because of wage concessions. In an attempt to help alleviate “range anxiety,” Nissan is considering offering LEAF customers a free car loan for at least one week a year. All that and more, plus a look at the Ford Grand C-Max.

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Episode 495 – India Doubles Sales Forecast, Fiat Doblo Headed to U.S.?, GM-UAW Showdown Looms

October 8th, 2010 at 12:04pm

Runtime 8:07

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers doubled its sales forecast for the year. Fiat may bring its compact Doblo to North America because sales of the Ford Transit Connect jumped 76 percent last month. GM announced it’s pouring $145 million in its Orion Assembly plant to make small cars but could this lead to discontent between the company and the union? All that and more, plus a look at a two-cylinder engine Fiat just introduced in Europe, in a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit.

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Episode 494 – Chevy Volt In-Home Charger, Toyota Expanding Prius Lineup, 2011 Ford F-150 V-8s

October 7th, 2010 at 12:49pm

Runtime 7:47

GM just announced details on household charging units for the Chevrolet Volt.  Toyota is expanding its Prius lineup with two new models that are expected to debut by the end of 2012.  Not surprisingly, China’s booming car sales are giving its overall economy a big boost.  All that and more, plus the inside scoop on the new V-8 engines Ford is putting in the 2011 F-150.

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Episode 493 – Smart USA Gets a New Car, Toyota Prefers Plug-Ins, Dodge Charger Updated

October 6th, 2010 at 12:01pm

Runtime 7:44

Smart USA signed a memorandum of understanding with Nissan Americas, which will build it a five-door, five-passenger B-size car. Toyota says that plug-in hybrids are the top alternative vehicle, not hydrogen-powered fuel-cell cars. Chrysler released new details about the 2011 Dodge Charger. All that and more, plus John answers your questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 492 – Allstate Sues Toyota, BMW Goes FWD, 50th-Anniversary Mustang

October 5th, 2010 at 12:09pm

Runtime 8:10

Allstate, the giant insurance company, is suing Toyota because of damages it had to pay to customers when their Toyota’s were damaged due to unintended acceleration. BMW has confirmed that it plans to introduce a line-up of compact, front-wheel-drive cars. Ford is cooking-up an extra-special Mustang for the 2014 model year, which is the 50th anniversary of the ponycar. All that and more, plus John shows you around the city of Turin, a place that’s referred to as the Detroit of Italy.

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Episode 491 – September Sales Are Weak, Ford Pays Off Debt, Mopar’s Drag Pak

October 4th, 2010 at 12:26pm

Runtime 7:46

Alan Mulally says that Ford will have zero net debt by the end of next year, but exactly what does that mean? Australia could become a world leader in rare earth metals within a few years. Mopar shows off its V-10 Drag Pak for the Challenger. All that and more, plus don’t believe what everybody else is saying: September sales were not good! We’ll explain.

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