Episode 665 – Sales Forecasts, Turbo McBoosty Pants, Nissan Lafesta Star Power

June 16th, 2011 at 12:11pm

Runtime 7:17

J.D. Power and other analysts are forecasting increased car sales in the coming years, even projecting a return to 16 million annual sales. Supplier company Bosch is answering the auto industry’s call for more turbochargers, partnering with Mahle to build blowers. Buick fans get a surprise as the new Regal GS is rated as having the most horsepower per liter of any engine built by GM. All that and more, plus John investigates the Hyundai Equus’ iPad-based owners’ manual.

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Episode 664 – EV Doubters Question Costs, MPG Standards Costly, Ethanol Subsidy Stays

June 15th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:18

The Boston Consulting Group is wondering aloud whether EVs will be out-shined by advanced internal-combustion engines. The Center for Automotive Research says new fuel-economy standards will make cars more expensive, so much so that over five years the increased cost WILL NOT pay for itself in fuel savings. Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted to keep ethanol subsidies. All that and more, plus John responds to your questions and comments in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 663 – Opel not for Sale?, Hydrogen-Car Funds Cut, GM Invests in Electric Buses

June 14th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:12

Word on the street is that GM CEO Dan Akerson told Opel recently they will not be sold as had been previously thought. Daimler is, however, considering outsourcing its Maybach cars to Aston Martin due to the line’s low sales. The Department of Energy has cut funding for the once-popular hydrogen fuel-cell program, saying it’s too expensive to support along with other alternative-energy programs. All that and more, plus Seamus McElroy evaluates the Prius v.

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Episode 662 – Golden State Mandate, Nissan’s Short Circuit, China’s Flaming Taxis

June 13th, 2011 at 12:02pm

Runtime 8:39

A Plexiglas Pontiac display car from the 1939 world’s fair is slated to hit the RM auction block this summer. China is recalling its electric taxicabs after one burst into flames recently due to faulty wiring and battery leaks. California is proposing targets for EV sales in their state that would mandate 14 percent of new cars be EVs by 2025. All that and more, plus John reports on Hyundai’s fight to be top dog in the fuel economy war.

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Episode 661 – In-Car Apps Must Be Safe, Volvo’s Animal Avoidance Tech, No Grand C-Max in U.S.

June 10th, 2011 at 11:45am

Runtime 8:16

David Strickland, the head of NHTSA, says companies developing in-car applications must not sacrifice safety for entertainment. Volvo is developing technology to avoid crashes with animals that will be ready for market in the next few years. Ford is only going to sell hybrid versions of the C-Max in the American market and it will only sell the two-row version, not the Grand C-Max version with three rows. All that and more, plus find out who John thinks will be the next CEO of Ford in the Race to Replace Mulally.

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Episode 660 – Opel for Sale Again, VW Unions Want 3% Stake in Company, Saab Saga

June 9th, 2011 at 11:52am

Runtime 7:32

GM is again seeking to sell its money-losing Opel Division and this time Volkswagen and Chinese car companies may be interested. Unions at Volkswagen want to buy a 3 percent stake in the company to increase their influence over how the automaker is run. Autoworkers at Maruti-Suzuki in India are striking for longer tea breaks, among other things. All that and more, plus the fourth segment of the Race to Replace Mulally.

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Episode 659 – Land of Many CEOs, Used Car Prices Rise, New Mercedes ML CLass

June 8th, 2011 at 12:10pm

Runtime 7:43

Chrysler shuffles its deck of brand CEOs as Ralph Gilles is appointed CEO of the Street Racing Technology group while Fred Diaz will become CEO at Chrysler de Mexico. Popularity and prices of used cars are on the rise both in the United States and in Spain, helped by shortages of new cars and higher prices. Ford set a goal yesterday to increase its global sales 50 percent by 2015 largely through increased sales in Africa and Asia. All that and more, plus the third installment of the Race to Replace Mulally.

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Episode 658 – Iraq-and-Pinion Steering, Lincoln Assassination, Volvo Culture Clash

June 7th, 2011 at 12:11pm

Runtime 9:51

Chinese automakers are expanding at a rapid pace and one of them is building cars in Iraq of all places.   Geely and Volvo are clashing over the direction the safety-conscious Swedish brand should go.  GM CEO Dan Akerson adds Lincoln to the long list of brands he’s bashed.  All that and more, plus we evaluate BMW’s fast and fun X5 M.

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Episode 657 – Oil Price Gripes, New 1 Series, Piles of Pickups

June 6th, 2011 at 11:40am

Runtime 8:52

A Saudi Prince wants to see lower oil prices to keep Americans and Europeans from seeking alternatives. BMW unveils its all new 1 Series along with its treasure trove of new features. Pickup trucks of all makes and shapes are piling up across the U.S. as sales slow due to gas prices. All that and more, plus a look at how the auto industry and the EPA are training engineers to make more fuel efficient vehicles.

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Episode 656 – U.S. Sells Chrysler Stock, Reuss’s Futuristic Proposal, Mazda & Ford Split

June 3rd, 2011 at 11:45am

Runtime 7:24

The U.S. government sold its remaining Chrysler stock to Fiat and President Obama is going to a Jeep plant in Ohio today to celebrate. GM’s President of North America, Mark Reuss, wants to test the company’s futuristic autonomous electric-vehicle, the EN-V, in Detroit. Mazda is in talks with Ford about selling its stake in their shared assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan where the Mazda6 and the Mustang are built. All that and more, plus a look at some fascinating stories that came out of last month’s new-car sales in the U.S.

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