Episode 537 – GM Dumps Aveo Name, New Magnesium-Working Technology, Rolls-Royce Expanding Ghost Line

December 9th, 2010 at 12:08pm

Runtime 8:03

GM is dropping the Aveo name, instead calling its next-generation subcompact the Sonic instead.  Researchers at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia have come up with a new way of joining magnesium to steel and aluminum.  Rolls-Royce is expanding its Ghost lineup to include a long-wheelbase model as well as a coupe and a convertible.  All that and more, plus the Autoextremist, Peter De Lorenzo, sounds off on the UAW.

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Episode 536 – Ward’s Announces 10 Best Engines, Big Three Inventory Surplus, Autozone’s Profits Jump

December 8th, 2010 at 12:05pm

Runtime 7:57

Our friends at Ward’s just announced the winners of their 17th-annual 10-Best Engines competition and there was more turnover this year than ever before. The Big Three have surplus inventory; GM has a 95-day supply of vehicles! Autozone, the largest auto-parts retailer in the U.S., just posted a 20-percent jump in quarterly earnings. All that and more, plus Peter De Lorenzo gives us his opinion on Super Bowl car commercials.

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Episode 535 – Chinese Buyers Shun Green Cars, BMW Is Hiring, Kia Picanto Sketches Released

December 7th, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 7:59

Just like American consumers, Chinese car buyers are shunning green vehicles.  BMW is hiring-back some 1,300 workers this year to speed the development of hybrids, electric cars and advanced engines.  Sketches of Kia’s redesigned Picanto city-car are out it looks good.  All that and more, plus Autoline Daily caught up with Ralph Gilles, CEO of the Dodge brand and Chrysler’s Senior Vice President of Design, to talk about the look of the company’s vehicles.

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Episode 534 – Honda Drops the Element, BYD Cancels EV for China, U.S. Hybrid Sales Weak

December 6th, 2010 at 11:40am

Runtime 9:24

Honda will stop selling the Element in the U.S. because of poor sales. Chinese automaker BYD, which is backed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, has canceled plans to introduce an electric vehicle in China. Hybrid sales in the American market are down 7.6 percent this year compared to last year, even though there are more models to choose from. All that and more, plus a look at how Buick is trying to reach new customers.

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Episode 533 – Back-Up Camera Mandate, China #1 in Profits for Lexus, Z28 Camaro Revived

December 3rd, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:43

The U.S. Transportation Department wants to mandate the use of back-up cameras in all vehicles by 2014. China passes the U.S. as Lexus’ most profitable market. Chevy is reviving the high-performance Z28 Camaro which should go on sale sometime next year. All that and more, plus a look at the 2012 ICONIC AC Roadster.

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Episode 532 – Happy Birthday, Mazda!; Opel Unveils New Antara and Corsa; IIHS Bashes Bumpers

December 2nd, 2010 at 12:22pm

Runtime 7:58

Mazda is celebrating its 90th birthday this year.  Opel will debut its redesigned Antara crossover and Corsa small car at the Bologna Motor Show this week.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is bashing bumpers again and the cost to repair some of the vehicles tested is shocking.  All that and more, plus McElroy’s got the lowdown on November new-vehicle sales in the U.S.

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Episode 531 – GM & Chrysler Hiring Engineers, Toyota Wants to Grow in India, New Audi A6

December 1st, 2010 at 12:00pm

Runtime 9:15

GM and Chrysler announced they are each going to hire 1,000 engineers and technical people. Toyota wants to grow its market share in India to around 10 percent over the next five to seven years. Audi finally revealed its brand-new A6. All that and more, plus John answers your questions about GM and Chrysler in “You Said It!”

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