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Episode 520 – VW’s October Sales Go Up, GE’s Big EV Commitment, Chevy Cruze Eco Tops 40 MPG

November 12th, 2010 at 12:10pm

Runtime 7:29

The Volkswagen group reported its global sales figures for the month of October and they were up almost 10 percent. General Electric announced it will purchase 12,000 Chevy Volts for its global fleet of vehicles starting next year.  The Eco model of  the Chevy Cruze has just been EPA certified at 42 miles per gallon. All that and more, plus John test drives the all new Nissan LEAF in this week’s episode of Autoline Detroit.

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Episode 519 – Japanese OEMs Under Siege, Transport Minister Loses License, Ford’s New “TracKey”

November 11th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:39

Through September of this year the market share for Japanese automakers has fallen 20 percent in China. The transport minister of the Czech Republic had his driver’s license revoked. Ford is unveiling a new technology called “TracKey” on the 2012 Boss 302 Mustang.  All that and more, plus Peter De Lorenzo shares his in-depth analysis of GM’s decision to jump back into Indy racing.

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Episode 518 – GM Lookin’ Good, Raw Materials Raise Car Prices, Lincoln’s Next CUV

November 10th, 2010 at 12:20pm

Runtime 8:14

General Motors posted its third-quarter earnings this morning and reported a net income of nearly $2 billion. Renault predicts that rising raw-material prices could add up to $1,000 to the cost of a new car by 2015. Ford is expected to build a new Lincoln sport-utility vehicle, that’s still under development, at its plant in Louisville, Kentucky. All that and more, plus John answers your questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 517 – China’s Best-Selling Cars, Toyota’s Sales Tumble, GM Fires Mr. Goodwrench

November 9th, 2010 at 11:46am

Runtime 7:01

We keep reporting on how car sales are booming in China, but which cars are Chinese consumers buying?  Toyota’s sales have taken a tumble in China, Europe and the U.S., and now they’re dropping in Canada, too.  GM announced it will phase out the Mr. Goodwrench brand starting in February.  All that and more, plus John takes us on a tour of the interior of the luxurious new Jaguar XJ.

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Episode 516 – Chrysler 3Q Earnings, GM Back in IndyCar, China’s Pollution Problem

November 8th, 2010 at 12:09pm

Runtime 6:49

Chrysler reported its third-quarter earnings and posted a $239 million operating profit. General Motors will field a Chevrolet-branded twin-turbo V-6 engine for the 2012 IndyCar season. A report by China’s ministry for environmental protection says about a third of the 113 cities in the study failed air-quality tests due to the influx of cars sold in the country. All that and more, plus guest host Christie Schweinsberg from WardsAuto.com shares her thoughts on all the EV bashing that’s taking place on the internet.

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Episode 515 – Toyota See-Saws, The Ultimate Driving Hybrid, What’s With BYD?

November 5th, 2010 at 12:10pm

Runtime 7:35

Over the last 6 months Toyota racked up $3.6 billion in profits. BMW announced it will build a sports car with plug-in hybrid technology based on its Vision EfficientDynamics. Chinese automaker BYD is delaying EV sales in China because it says the infrastructure isn’t sufficient yet. All that and more, plus a look at the Mid-Term Election results and how that will affect the auto industry.

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Episode 514 – U.S. October Sales, Ford vs. South Korea, Cadillac CTS Coupe

November 4th, 2010 at 12:01pm

Runtime 7:04

The numbers are finally in for October sales in the American market and we’ll take a look at who the winners are. Ford launched a media campaign to help increase car exports to South Korea from the U.S. Panasonic announced it will invest $30 million in Tesla to take a two percent stake in the company. All that and more, plus a look at the Cadillac CTS Coupe.

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Episode 513 – Aston Remains Independent, GM Doesn’t Have To Pay Taxes, SEMA Show Highlights

November 3rd, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:53

Aston Martin says it won’t look for another automaker to partner up with and will remain independent. General Motors will not have to pay taxes on the next $45 billion in net profits that it reports thanks to a special exemption. A look at some of the highlights from the SEMA show that’s underway in Las Vegas this week. All that and more, plus John answers your questions in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 512 – Researchers Develop New Aluminum Alloy, Eight-Wheeled EV, Volkswagen’s Self-Parking Car

November 2nd, 2010 at 12:30pm

Runtime 8:21

Researchers in the U.S., Australia and Russia have developed a new type of aluminum alloy that’s as strong as steel.  The Canadian Auto Workers’ union is advising the Canadian government to hold on to its shares in GM.  The Ford Racing Performance Group is bringing its R2 rally kit to the U.S. so anyone can transform their Fiesta into a rally racer.  All that and more, plus we take a look at Volkswagen’s advanced self-parking car.

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Episode 511 – Global Car Sales Improve, Nissan New Mobility CONCEPT, Chevy Volt Test Drive

November 1st, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 9:21

Global sales are up nearly 16 percent compared to last year and automakers are on track to sell about 74 million vehicles before the year is over. Nissan showed off a two-seat electric car this morning, which it calls the New Mobility CONCEPT. Ford is set to show off a specially tuned undercover-version of its new Police Interceptor at the SEMA show. All that and more, plus John test drives the Chevy Volt.

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