Episode 643 – Supply Shortages Hit U.S., Saab Finds New Investor, Toyota & VW Ban Tobacco

May 16th, 2011 at 11:25am

Runtime 8:02

Major automotive retailers in the U.S. are running out of inventory because of production disruptions in Japan due to the earthquake. Saab says it now has another last minute deal with Chinese automaker, Pangda which will reportedly pay $92 million for 24 percent of Saab. Toyota and Volkswagen have banned tobacco use at two of their plants in the U.S. All that and more, plus a look at a website Johnson Controls just launched that’s designed to educate consumers about the benefits of hybrid cars.

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Episode 642 – Saab’s in Trouble, Race Car Drivers Swap Rides, Diesel Sales Will Grow in U.S.

May 13th, 2011 at 11:50am

Runtime 8:41

Chinese automaker Hawtai says its deal with Saab fell through due to “economic realities,” not because it couldn’t get the proper permits from the Chinese government. NASCAR’s Tony Stewart and F1′s Lewis Hamilton are going to trade cars in a demonstration run at Watkins Glen. The head of Bosch’s North and South American operations predicts diesel powered cars and trucks will make up 10 percent of all new car sales in the U.S. by 2015. All that and more plus, we find out why it’s taking so long for the EPA to get the hydraulic hybrid it developed to the marketplace.

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Episode 641 – Chrysler Hiring, Big Trucks = Big Sales, End of the Line for Saab

May 12th, 2011 at 12:03pm

Runtime 8:23

Earlier this week GM announced it will be hiring 4,200 workers at its plants in the U.S., and now Bloomberg reports that Chrysler may add 3,000 more jobs, too.  And in another indication the American economy is clawing its way back, the big-truck segment had its best sales month of the year in April.  The saga at Saab is going from bad to worse.  The Swedish automaker thought it had a deal with Chinese car company Hawtai, but the deal collapsed this morning.  All that and more, plus John thinks it’s time to raise the speed limit in a BIG way.

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Episode 640 – Toyota’s Profit Drops, Autonomous Cars in AZ?, EPA’s Hydraulic Hybrid

May 11th, 2011 at 11:32am

Runtime 8:39

Toyota reported its net profit fell by 77 percent in its fourth quarter due to the earthquake in Japan and the strong value of the yen. The first hydrogen fueling station in the U.S. fed directly from an existing hydrogen pipeline opened yesterday. Google is lobbying the state of Arizona for it to become the first place in the world to allow autonomous cars to drive legally on streets. All that and more, plus a look at the EPA’s hydraulic hybrid technology which could help cut the cost of making hybrid vehicles.

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Episode 639 – U.S. Automakers Dumping in China?, Dandelion Rubber, R.I.P. Bob Stempel

May 10th, 2011 at 11:25am

Runtime 7:45

China’s Ministry of Commerce is accusing the United States of dumping cars in China.  Ford is teaming up with The Ohio State University to figure out how to use dandelions as a sustainable resource for rubber.  Bob Stempel, the former Chairman and CEO of General Motors, passed away last weekend.  All that and more, plus John shares his take on the Buick Regal Turbo.

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Episode 638 – Ford Wants To Cut UAW Pay, Inventory Drops in U.S., China Denies Incentives for Volt

May 9th, 2011 at 11:45am

Runtime 7:40

Ford is paying U.S. line workers $8 an hour more than the foreign transplants and says it needs to close that gap if it’s going to continue investing in the United States. Low inventory levels of new cars in the U.S. is pushing prices of used cars up by as much as $3,000. The Chevy Volt may not qualify for incentives under China’s New Energy Vehicle Development Plan because it’s not built in the country. All that and more, plus John shares his thoughts about the new Acura TL.

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Episode 637 – GM’s Stock Drops, New Tax on Miles Driven Proposed, Jaguar to Build C-X75

May 6th, 2011 at 11:40am

Runtime 8:57

Despite tripling its net profit, GM’s stock dropped yesterday because Wall Street wasn’t impressed with its operating profit. The Obama administration is looking at a new road tax based on vehicle miles driven, or VMT, to help raise money to fix our roads. Jaguar is going to build the C-X75 concept it unveiled at the Paris Auto Show last year. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline Detroit with Tim Manganello, the chairman and CEO of BorgWarner.

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Episode 636 – GM’s Fantastic Q1, Feds Target “Conflict Minerals,” U.S. Fuel Usage Drops

May 5th, 2011 at 11:50am

Runtime 8:49

General Motors absolutely blew through analysts’ expectations for the first quarter.  New federal regulations are requiring suppliers to disclose their use of minerals that come from war-torn countries in Africa.  Demand for diesel fuel and gasoline has been falling in the U.S. for more than a month.  All that and more, plus John responds to your questions and comments in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 635 – April Sales, Incentive Spending Declines, Nissan Wins NYC Taxi Competition

May 4th, 2011 at 11:31am

Runtime 6:28

April sales numbers are in and they’re up over 13 percent compared to a year ago, coming in at over 1.1 million new vehicles sold. Even though sales were up last month, automakers were able to increase them with reduced incentives which were at there lowest levels since 2005. New York City announced that Nissan won its “Taxi of Tomorrow” competition with a modified version of its NV200 commercial van. All that and more, plus guest host David Welch from Bloomberg/BusinessWeek shares his thoughts on Toyota’s recent decline.

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Episode 634 – Saab’s Salvation, Audi Cranking-Up Production, Four-Cylinder Cadillacs

May 3rd, 2011 at 11:53am

Runtime 8:01

Saab is saved . . . again.  The Swedish automaker just received a €30 million loan plus an even bigger investment from Chinese car company Hawtai Motor Group.  Audi is adding shifts and boosting production to keep up with brisk demand for its vehicles.  Cadillac is expected to introduce turbocharged four-cylinder engines on its upcoming ATS and XTS models.  All that and more, plus a look at Delphi’s plug-less EV charging system.

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