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Episode 568 – 2010 Chrysler Earnings, Daimler Celebrates 125 Years, 2011 Lincoln MKX

January 31st, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime 9:37

Chrysler reported its earnings for 2010 and while the numbers are not great, they do show progress. Daimler is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and will give employees a €1,000 bonus. Starting tomorrow, Renault will introduce its own line of tires specifically designed for its older vehicles. All that and more, plus a tour of the new Lincoln MKX with chief engineer Elaine Bannon.

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Episode 567 – Ford Posts Net Profit in 2010, Volkswagen XL1 Concept, 2011 Chrysler 300

January 28th, 2011 at 12:09pm

Runtime 9:37

Ford just reported a full-year net income of $6.6 billion for 2010, the company’s highest net income in more than a decade. Chrysler wants its dealers to avoid haggling over the price of the Fiat 500 with customers. Volkswagen showed off a futuristic two-seat concept called the XL1 this week at the Qatar Motor Show. All that and more, plus a design tour of the 2011 Chrysler 300.

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Episode 566 – Parts Shortage Spreads, Volvo to Cut Lineup, Tesla Recycling Batteries

January 27th, 2011 at 11:15am

Runtime 8:03

Earlier this week we reported that Ford is facing a parts shortage and now other automakers are feeling the squeeze, too.  Volvo plans to drastically cut its lineup in the U.S.  Tesla announced it’s launched a battery-recycling program in Europe with a Belgian company called Umicore.  All that and more, plus guest host Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, takes a stab at responding to your questions and comments in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 565 – Car-to-Car Communication, Another Toyota Recall, Pagani Huayra

January 26th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:29

A group of eight automakers are getting together to work on car-to-car communications. Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles worldwide to replace faulty parts including defective fuel systems. Italian sports-car builder Pagani revealed its latest creation and this thing is crazy looking! All that and more, plus guest host Peter De Lorenzo shares his thoughts on GM CEO Dan Akerson and his latest moves to put his “stamp” on the company.

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Episode 564 – Where’s the Profit in China? The Biggest Assembly Plants, Uh-Oh Parts Shortages

January 25th, 2011 at 12:11pm

Runtime 7:54

GM’s selling more cars in China than in the United States, but guess where most the profit comes from. Speaking of “most” where do the most vehicles get built in North America? We have the answer. Ford is closing a plant due to a supply shortage, and you can expect to see it happen again. All that and more, plus we get some track time in the Dodge Challenger 392.

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Episode 563 – First Fiat-Chrysler Rebadge, Who’s the Biggest Automaker? 2011 Jeep Compass

January 24th, 2011 at 12:04pm

Runtime 8:18

Fiat gets its first rebadged Chrysler Group product. We reveal the top three biggest automakers in the world. Money for advanced vehicle technology gets tangled up in government bureaucracy. All that and more, plus we hit the trail in the new and improved 2011 Jeep Compass.

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Episode 562 – Raw Material Prices Rise, Mazda Bets on Diesels, Mitsubishi Cuts Lineup

January 21st, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:31

The price for raw materials used to make cars keeps going up which means the prices that we pay for new cars and trucks will continue to rise. The head of Mazda’s North American operations says the company will focus on diesels instead of hybrids. Mitsubishi plans to phase out all of the vehicles it currently builds in North America. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit with Jim Farley, the group vice president of global marketing, sales and service at Ford.

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Episode 561 – GM Management Shuffle, UAW Targets Toyota, Chrysler’s Hydraulic Hybrid

January 20th, 2011 at 12:10pm

Runtime 9:51

GM CEO Dan Akerson is really putting his stamp on the company by shuffling some of its top-level executives.  It looks like the UAW is targeting Toyota first as it aims to organize foreign transplants in the U.S.  Chrysler, in partnership with the EPA, is developing hydraulic hybrid technology with the goal of using it in large passenger cars and other light-duty vehicles.  All that and more, plus John answers your questions and responds to your comments in another installment of “You Said It!”

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Episode 560 – Chrysler Announces Hybrid Plans, Mazda MINAGI, Dana Settles Case with Toyota

January 19th, 2011 at 12:50pm

Runtime 11:30

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the company is going to offer hybrid versions of the 300 and a minivan by 2013. Mazda will show off a compact crossover concept called the MINAGI at this year’s Geneva Motor Show that highlights how the company plans to evolve its vehicles in the future. Auto supplier Dana will pay Toyota $25 million for Tacoma frames it supplied to the company that rusted out. All that and more, plus guest host Jim Hall shares his favorite reveals from last week’s Detroit Auto Show.

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Episode 559 – 2011 Looks Good for OEMs, Toyota Halts Production in Japan, Front-Wheel-Drive Falcon?

January 18th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime 6:10

The last few years have been tough on OEMs, but the Center for Automotive Research predicts sales will improve significantly in 2011.  Toyota halted production in Japan, but not for any of the reasons you might think.  Ford is rumored to be developing a front-wheel-drive replacement for the Falcon it sells in Australia.  All that and more, plus guest host Murray Feldman from Fox 2 News, Detroit, shares some of his thoughts on a potential problem the Big Three face going forward as the price of oil climbs.

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