Episode 558 – Lancia Flavia = Chrysler 200, Prius Goes Plural, 2012 Mercedes SLK Roadster

January 17th, 2011 at 12:10pm

Runtime 8:36

Lancia is expected to reveal a rebadged version of the Chrysler 200 at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Toyota is polling people about what it should call its Prius family of hybrids. Mercedes just released photos of its new 2012 SLK Roadster that will go on sale later in the year. All that and more, plus a look at the updated Jeep Wrangler.

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Episode 557 – Rare-Earth Free Electric Motor, Audi #1 Luxury Brand, More Safety Regulations

January 14th, 2011 at 12:17pm

Runtime 9:13

Toyota may be on the verge of a breakthrough developing electric motors that do not need rare-earth materials, in an effort to sidestep China’s stranglehold on the market. Audi is now the top automotive luxury-brand in the world, thanks to sales in China. The U.S. Department of Transportation issued new rules aimed at preventing occupants from being ejected from a vehicle during a rollover. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit about TechShop, a place where anyone can create just about anything they want.

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Episode 556 – Profit Sharing for the UAW, Ford Wins More Awards, Toyota’s Advanced Batteries

January 13th, 2011 at 12:07pm

Runtime 6:49

UAW workers could be headed for some pretty good profit-sharing checks this year.  Ford is really on a roll,  topping several categories in the Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards.  Toyota is hard at work developing several different battery technologies for use in EVs, including one called magnesium sulfur.  All that and more, plus John responds to your questions and comments in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 555 – MINI Paceman Concept, 2012 Hyundai Veloster, Honda Civic Concept

January 12th, 2011 at 11:02am

Runtime 5:08

A decade ago MINI relaunched the brand in the North American market and to celebrate the occasion the company showed its MINI Paceman concept at the Detroit Auto Show. Hyundai’s new three-door coupe, the Veloster, makes its world debut in Detroit. A look at the concept version of the Honda Civic. All that and much more in this special edition from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Episode 554 – Car and Truck of the Year, VW’s NMS Gets a Name, Toyota Shows Off Prius Family

January 11th, 2011 at 9:00am

Runtime 4:52

The big car and truck of the year awards are finally announced. Volkswagen’s “New Midsize Sedan” gets an official name and a reveal. Toyota shows off its Prius family. All that and much more in this special edition from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Episode 553 – Porsche 918 Spyder Race Car, Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car, Kia Optima Turbo

January 10th, 2011 at 7:00am

Runtime 8:19

We’ve got a special update about some of the new vehicles debuting at this week’s Detroit auto show. Porsche returns to the event for the first time in four years and plans to show a racing version of the 918 Spyder. Speaking of race cars, Cadillac will debut the racing version of the CTS-V Coupe. Chevy will show its replacement for the Aveo called the Sonic. All that and more, plus a look at the new Kia Optima Turbo.

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Episode 552 – France Investigates China, GM Licenses Battery Tech, Mopar at the Detroit Auto Show

January 7th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:19

The French government is directing its intelligence agencies to investigate the role that China may have played in stealing EV secrets from Renault. GM and the Argonne National Laboratory have signed an agreement that will allow the automaker to use Argonne’s cathode technology to make lithium-ion batteries. Chrysler’s Mopar division will showcase all kinds of tricked-out vehicles and aftermarket goodies at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit about the finalists for the North American Car of the Year award.

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Episode 551 – Renault Managers Leak Secrets, Toyota Wins Arbitration, 2012 Buick Verano

January 6th, 2011 at 12:10pm

Runtime 8:18

Renault suspended three of its managers for leaking secrets about the company’s electric-car technology.  Finally some good news for Toyota; it won an arbitration case against its former attorney, Dimitrios Biller.  Buick just revealed its new compact sedan called the Verano.  All that and more, plus John responds to your questions and comments in “You Said It!”

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Episode 550 – King Says Union Deserves Its Share, Toyota Entune, 2010 December Sales

January 5th, 2011 at 12:03pm

Runtime 8:05

Bob King says union workers deserve to share in the increases in profitability that GM, Ford and Chrysler are enjoying right now. Toyota showcased its infotainment system that will compete with the Ford SYNC at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Hyundai released a teaser shot of its new Veloster which will likely debut at the Detroit Auto Show next week. All that and more, plus we’ll tell you who the winners and losers were in last month’s sales war.

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Episode 549 – Consumer Reports Rips MyFord Touch, UAW Organizing Drive, Seven Deadly Insurers

January 4th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime 9:01

Consumer Reports just dropped a bombshell in Ford’s lap, ripping its MyFord and MyLincoln Touch infotainment systems that are available on the 2011 Edge and MKX crossovers.  UAW president Bob King says he thinks the union can organize at least one foreign transplant this year.  Toyota has been sued by seven different insurance companies that are attempting to recover money for accidents they blame on sudden acceleration.  All that and more, plus we take a peek at the advanced crash-test dummies GM uses.

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