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Episode 611 – Obama’s Oily Intervention, Buick-Badged Ampera, Kia Naimo Concept

March 31st, 2011 at 11:34am

Runtime 7:38

Yesterday President Obama called for the United States to reduce its dependence on oil – a goal every president since Nixon has stated – we’ll see how it goes this time around.  Buick is working on a rebadged version of the Opel Ampera.  Chevrolet teases the upcoming 2013 Malibu.  All that and more, plus we take a look at a technology called near-field communication that supplier company Visteon has found a variety of automotive uses for.

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Episode 610 – Supply Chain Cracks?, Saab Stops Production, UAW Wants Jobs Over Wages

March 30th, 2011 at 11:45am

Runtime 6:50

One economist says automakers may have consolidated their suppliers too much and may need to rethink how they structure their supply chain due to the disaster in Japan. Saab had to halt production in Sweden because some suppliers stopped shipping parts because they were worried about getting paid. A top UAW official says the union would be open to accepting more lower-wage positions as long as automakers keep jobs in the U.S. All that and more, plus John answers your questions about electric vehicles, Hyundai and much more in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 609 – Production Delays, Chrysler Gets Vehicles Back, No Crosscabriolet for Canada

March 29th, 2011 at 12:02pm

Runtime 8:31

The news coming out of Japan isn’t getting any better.  Deutsche Bank says production will not return to normal until October!  Chrysler got back some 700 vehicles that were being held hostage by car-hauling company Allied Holdings.  Nissan of Canada has turned down the Murano Crosscabriolet and this drop-top crossover will not be offered in the country.  All that and more, plus John sits down with author and former Ford executive Anne Doyle to talk about enemies in the workplace.

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Episode 608 – Did Ghosn Hide Evidence?, Japan Disruptions Will Be Significant, MG Built by SAIC

March 28th, 2011 at 12:09pm

Reports coming out of France say that Carlos Ghosn may have withheld evidence from police involving Renault’s espionage case. IHS Automotive analyst Michael Robinet says the disruptions in the auto industry caused by the earthquake in Japan will be significant once parts shortages hit North America. The Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation is hard at work reviving the MG brand and yesterday it debuted the new MG3. All that and more, plus a look at Daimler’s new heavy-truck brand that was developed for the Indian market.

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Runtime 8:14

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Episode 607 – Parts Shortages Spreading, Volvo’s Outrageous EV Lease Price, VW to Buy Navistar?

March 25th, 2011 at 11:36am

IHS Automotive projects global vehicle production could drop 30 percent this year due to parts shortages because of the disaster in Japan. Volvo will charge more than $2,100 per month for its C30 electric vehicle and the company says it will still lose money on them! An analyst in Europe says Volkswagen should buy Navistar, the American company that makes big diesels and heavy trucks. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit with GM’s president of North America, Mark Reuss.

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Runtime 7:32

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Episode 606 – Japanese Production Delays, Detroit’s Comeback, UAW Recruiting Activist Army

March 24th, 2011 at 12:22pm

Toyota, Nissan, Honda and many other companies are facing production disruptions around the world because of the disastrous situation in Japan.  Detroit’s automakers are roaring back to life, hiring workers and engineers, and expanding their operations.  The UAW is recruiting an activist army from countries around the world.  All that and more, plus John shares some of his thoughts on Hyundai’s luxury car, the Equus.

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Runtime 8:12

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Episode 605 – UAW Criticizes Mulally’s Bonus, China Develops GPS, GM & Chrysler Sue Car-Hauler

March 23rd, 2011 at 11:34am

Bob King, the president of the UAW, is calling Alan Mulally out on his recent stock bonus of nearly $57 million. China is going to make its own GPS available for civilian use, to challenge the U.S. monopoly in satellite navigation. General Motors and Chrysler are suing car hauling companies for holding on to their vehicles and not giving them back. All that and more, plus John responds to your comments about Audi, Nissan and much more in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Runtime 7:28

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Episode 604 – Japanese Production Delays, Fisker Karma Kick-Off, Attorneys Target Toyota

March 22nd, 2011 at 12:00pm

Japanese manufacturers have further delayed production with Toyota extending its shutdown until Saturday and Honda until Sunday.  Fisker officially started production of the Karma plug-in hybrid at its plant in Finland.  Just when you thought it was over for Toyota . . .  it’s not.  Plaintiff attorneys are challenging NASA’s findings and demanding to look at the company’s computer source code.  All that and more, plus a look at McLaren’s racing simulator.

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Runtime 9:03

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Episode 603 – Dealers End Discounts, Big 3 Prefer Bonuses Over Pay Raises, Ghosn’s Job Safe

March 21st, 2011 at 12:02pm

Runtime 7:49

As supplies of vehicles dwindle due to the earthquake in Japan, dealers are expected to end all discounts and sales incentives. GM, Ford and Chrysler want to give workers bonuses based on quality and profits, rather than just give them pay raises. France’s Industry Minister, says he does not want to “destabilize Renault any further” when asked if Carlos Ghosn should step down as CEO. All that and more, plus a look at the new Audi A6 which has been extensively updated for 2012.

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Episode 602 – Ford Ceremony at Michigan Assembly, Nissan Tests for Radioactivity, 2012 Nissan NV

March 18th, 2011 at 12:17pm

Runtime 8:39

Ford held a ceremony at its Michigan Assembly Plant to kick-off production of the 2012 Focus but the big news is Ford will build the electric and hybrid versions of the C-MAX at the same plant. Nissan is monitoring all of its vehicles built in Japan for possible radioactive contamination due to the disaster in the country. JD Power released its annual Vehicle Dependability Study and for the first time ever Lincoln topped the list. All that and more, plus a look at Nissan’s new commercial vans.

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