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Episode 632 – Q1 Earnings Impressive, EcoBoost Popular in F-150, Mazda Creates New Position

April 29th, 2011 at 12:12pm

Runtime 9:13

More first-quarter earnings are in. We’ll take a look at the financial numbers for Daimler, Kia and BorgWarner. Ford says demand for its EcoBoost engine in the F-150 is stronger than expected. Mazda North America announced that Robert Davis is being promoted to senior vice president of the company’s newly created U.S. Operations Group. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit with Joel Ewanick, the head of global marketing at General Motors.

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Episode 631 – Hyundai Surges Past Honda, Uncle Sam Downsizing Vehicles, Gas-Tax Hike?

April 28th, 2011 at 11:31am

Runtime 8:23

Wow!  Hyundai just surged past Honda in global sales in the first quarter.  The federal government is downsizing . . . the vehicles in its fleet, that is.  Six U.S. Senators – three Democrats and three Republicans – are working on a debt-reduction plan that includes a gas-tax increase!  All that and more, plus a look at the power-to-weight ratios of some popular b-segment cars.

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Episode 630 – Volkswagen’s Q1 Earnings, Audi R18 TDI, Opel Astra GTC

April 27th, 2011 at 11:50am

Runtime 7:43

Volkswagen’s first-quarter numbers are in and they are a record for the German automaker. Audi just completed its first public test of its latest diesel-powered racecar, the R18 TDI, at Le Mans over the weekend. General Motors released a couple images of its next-generation Opel Astra GTC which is set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. All that and more, plus John responds to your questions and comments about hydraulic hybrids, Lexus design and more in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 629 – Ford’s Impressive Profits, India Rising, Volt and LEAF Ace IIHS Crash Tests

April 26th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime 9:03

Ford is back on track.  It just posted impressive profits for the first quarter of 2011.  Analysts are predicting the automotive industry in India will surpass those in Brazil, Russia and Europe by 2015.  The Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF just aced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s rigorous crash tests.  All that and more, plus a look at a safer way to refuel racecars.

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Episode 628 – Toyota Won’t Meet Production Goals, Japanese Co.’s Downgraded, 5 Minute Recharge

April 25th, 2011 at 11:44am

Runtime 7:27

Toyota says production won’t return to normal until December and doesn’t expect to meet its full-year global production goal of 7.7 million units. Six Japanese companies had their outlooks downgraded to negative from stable by the Standard and Poor’s Rating Service. Chinese automaker SAIC wants to export cars to the U.S. and other markets because the market in China is slowing down. All that and more, plus a look at a new type of electric car that can be recharged in less than five minutes.

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Episode 627 – Self-Healing Cars, No Need for Public EV Chargers? Beemers Get ABS

April 22nd, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime 9:26

Inexpensive polymers may soon make paint scratches a thing of the past. The usage of public EV charging stations in France calls their worth into question. BMW will be the first manufacturer to equip all motorcycles with anti-lock brakes. All that and more plus a drive in the smart ED and a wrap up of the New York International Auto Show.

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Episode 626 – Fiat’s Fast Track, A7 Origami from Audi, Scion FR-S Concept

April 21st, 2011 at 11:35am

Runtime 5:25

Fiat will take a controlling stake in Chrysler sooner than expected, with the company paying $1.27 billion in order to boost its stake. Scion unveiled a rear-wheel drive sports coupe concept in New York called the FR-S which will be the inspiration for a new model coming out next year. In order to get people to come check out the new A7 at the New York Show, Audi made a paper replica of the car. All that and more plus guest host Murray Feldman from Fox 2 News, Detroit wonders when or if the American taxpayer will ever make money or break even on their investments in automakers.

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Episode 625 – UAW’s New Strategy, Dramatic Mercedes A-Class, Hyundai Combines Sync and OnStar

April 20th, 2011 at 12:21pm

Runtime 8:14

UAW takes a new negotiating tact by targeting the domestics for an early labor agreement. Mercedes takes the wraps off a dramatic new A-Class concept. Hyundai’s new technology combines the functionality of Sync and OnStar. All that and more, plus John responds to your comments in this week’s “You Said It!”

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Episode 624 – New Chevy Malibu, Volvo’s Stunning Concept, BMW’s ActiveE

April 19th, 2011 at 12:17pm

Runtime 7:36

New York and Shanghai fight it out this week for auto show supremacy. Volvo reveals its stunning Universe concept in China. What will you have to pay to get your hands on BMW’s all-electric ActiveE? All that and more, plus Chevrolet officially takes the wraps off its new Malibu in a global reveal.

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Episode 623 – Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, Mazda CX-5, New Beetle Unveiled

April 18th, 2011 at 12:04pm

Runtime 8:00

Toyota, Nissan and Honda now have all their plants in Japan up and running but only at half capacity. Nissan revealed a race car that’s powered by the same EV technology as the LEAF, called the LEAF NISMO RC. Mazda announced that its crossover concept, the MINAGI, which debuted at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, will be called the CX-5 when it goes on sale next year. All that and more, plus a look at the redesigned Beetle that Volkswagen just unveiled at the auto shows in both Shanghai and New York.

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