Episode 622 – Toyota’s Production Woes, Sonic’s Z-Spec Accessories, Ford Plans Big Growth in China

April 15th, 2011 at 12:05pm

Runtime 7:12

Toyota will run at 50 percent capacity at all of its plants in Japan for nearly a month starting in May due to supply shortages. Chevy just announced a lineup of aftermarket parts for the Sonic called Z-Spec accessories. Ford plans to introduce 15 new vehicles and double the size of its dealer network in China by 2015. All that and more, plus guest host Murray Feldman from Fox 2 News, Detroit shares his thoughts on whether or not the growth in the auto industry is too much, too soon.

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Episode 621 – EV Infrastructure Concerns, Chrysler Partners with Magneti Marelli, VW Sprinter

April 14th, 2011 at 11:45am

Runtime 5:27

Experts are saying the adoption of EVs may be derailed by the high cost of building the infrastructure to support them.  Chrysler announced an agreement with parts supplier Magneti Marelli and Shell Lubricants that will allow its dealers to service competitors’ vehicles.  Volkswagen is introducing a new commercial van for the UK market.  All that and more, plus guest host Christie Schweinsberg fills us in on the 2011 Ward’s Auto Interiors Conference.

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Episode 620 – Shipments By Rail Delayed, Chrysler Develops CNG Cars, Lexus LF-Gh Concept

April 13th, 2011 at 11:45am

Runtime 8:28

Detroit automakers are having trouble delivering new vehicles by rail due to a shortage of freight cars and delays are taking anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Chrysler is developing compressed natural gas vehicles that could go on sale by 2017 in the U.S. Lexus revealed its LF-Gh hybrid concept before its debut at the New York Auto show next week. All that and more, plus guest host Rod Meloni from WDIV Local 4 News, Detroit answers your questions and comments in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 619 – Resignations at Renault, Daimler and Bosch Team Up, 2013 Malibu Pulled Ahead

April 12th, 2011 at 11:30am

Runtime 6:31

Big news in the Renault espionage scandal.  A number of executives are resigning from the company.  Daimler and Bosch have teamed up to produce electric motors for Mercedes-Benz and smart.  GM has pulled the 2013 Chevy Malibu ahead by several months and it’s expected to go on sale early next year.  All that and more, plus guest host Rod Meloni of WDIV Local 4 News, Detroit shares a few of his thoughts on Chrysler’s resurgence.

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Episode 618 – Antonov Will Buy Saab, Shortage of Engineers, Ford Turns Carpet into Plastic

April 11th, 2011 at 11:33am

Runtime 5:36

A company owned by Russian billionaire Vladimir Antonov will purchase Saab assets from Spyker and then lease it back to the company. New fuel economy mandates are spurring automakers and suppliers to develop more fuel efficient powertrains and as a result they are hiring hundreds of engineers. Ford is using a nylon-based resin that’s made from 100 percent recycled carpeting to make plastic cam-covers for some of its engines. All that and more, plus guest host Scott Burgess from the Detroit News, explains why he resigned and went back to the newspaper.

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Episode 617 – U.S. Tops China in Car Sales, Honda to Make Up Lost Production, Jag and Jeep Diesels

April 8th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:05

Car sales in the U.S. and China are neck and neck, but America squeezes out a win — for now. John Mendel reports that Honda will make up for production lost during the Japanese crisis. Jaguar and Jeep both seem to be digging diesels. All that and more, plus maybe cell phones aren’t quite as bad as we thought.

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Episode 616 – It’s Pri-Us vs. Them, Ssangyong’s Ssuper Sshowing, Tank Anxiety

April 7th, 2011 at 11:55am

Runtime 7:59

Toyota has sold its 1,000,000th Prius, but is that really impressive? Returning from the brink of collapse, Ssangyong makes an impressive showing at the Seoul Motor Show. GM announces the number of miles Volt drivers are going between fill-ups. All that and more, plus a closer look at the BMW ActiveE.

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Episode 615 – Saab Stops Production, Toyota & Microsoft Team Up, Prices Rise in India

April 6th, 2011 at 11:45am

Runtime 8:38

Saab stopped production again because of another dispute with suppliers over payments. Toyota and Microsoft will team up to develop smart grid technology to use electricity more efficiently and harness power from renewable sources. Yesterday we reported Ford was raising prices because of the rising cost of raw materials, now automakers in India are doing the same. All that and more, plus John responds to your questions and comments in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 614 – Toyota Dodges Another Bullet, Ford Hikes Prices, Door Tags for Bad Drivers

April 5th, 2011 at 11:30am

Runtime 8:38

Toyota just dodged another bullet.  Plaintiff attorneys who are suing the company over unintended acceleration tried to get people in foreign countries to join their lawsuit, but the judge overseeing the case dismissed them.  Ford is raising prices across the board because of the surging cost of raw materials.  One website has a great way to get back at drivers that don’t park properly.  All that and more, plus a look at Kia’s sporty new SX lineup.

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Episode 613 – Toyota Wins Lawsuit, Raikkonen to Race for Kyle Busch, March Sales Results

April 4th, 2011 at 11:50am

Runtime 7:34

Toyota wins its first lawsuit over unintended acceleration but the company still faces many more on this issue. Former Formula One champion, Kimi Raikkonen will race a limited schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch’s team. A software development company is introducing an app for first responders that lets them know where it’s safe to cut with the Jaws of Life. All that and more, plus a look at the sales results for March in the U.S. market.

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