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Episode 691 – Can OEMs Hit CAFE Target?, Fiat-Chrysler Shake-up, Toyota Product Blitz

July 29th, 2011 at 12:15pm

Runtime: 6:38

To hit the proposed CAFE target of 54.5 MPG automakers would have to improve fuel economy at a rate the industry has never achieved in 100 years. Sergio Marchionne announced management changes at Fiat-Chrysler, but one industry expert says he still has too many direct reports. Toyota is readying a product blitz in the U.S. in which it will introduce 20 new models by 2013. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline about which new cars and trucks that have come out this year have a shot at winning the North American Car and Truck of the Year award.

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Episode 690 – European Financial Numbers, UAW Wants a Seat on GM’s Board, Ford Explorer Fuel Economy

July 28th, 2011 at 11:32am

Runtime: 8:27

European automakers are posting exceptionally strong earnings today and we hit some of the highlights.  The UAW wants a seat on GM’s board of directors.  Ford just released some pretty impressive numbers for the Explorer, which is getting an EcoBoost four-cylinder engine for the 2012 model year.  All that and more, plus a look at the brand-new Nissan Versa.

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Episode 689 – Daimler & Nissan Post Earnings, MPG Target Lowered, Renault Frendzy Concept

July 27th, 2011 at 11:47am

Runtime: 7:19

Daimler and Nissan both reported financial earnings. The Obama Administration has agreed to a lower fuel-economy standard but the biggest question is, what are the loopholes? Renault will introduce a small-van concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show called the Frendzy. All that and more, plus John answers your questions and comments in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 688 – Ford and Chrysler Q2 Numbers, Waste-Heat Recovery, Toyota in Hybrid Hot Water

July 26th, 2011 at 11:50am

Runtime: 8:34

Ford and Chrysler both reported second-quarter earnings this morning and the results are somewhat mixed.  An innovative new technology developed in Australia allegedly reduces fuel consumption by 7 percent while slashing engine wear by 96 percent.  Toyota is being accused of patent infringement on its hybrids . . . again.  All that and more, plus another power-to-weight comparison, this time with V-6 ponycars.

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Episode 687 – UAW Labor News, Waste Plastic Converted to Fuel, World’s Largest Diesel

July 25th, 2011 at 11:37am

Runtime: 8:16

Labor issues are in the news today. The UAW would like to represent Volkswagen at its plant in Tennessee and the union begins its contract negotiations with the Detroit Three today. Waste plastic from Chrysler’s Brampton plant in Canada is being converted to fuel. The world’s largest container ship is also home to the world’s biggest diesel engine. It weighs 2300 tons, is 90 feet long and 44 feet high. All that and more, plus a look at the MINI Countryman.

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Episode 686 – Fiat Now Majority Owner in Chrysler, Saab Delays Production, Classic Cars in Cuba

July 22nd, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 9:29

Fiat reached a deal with the Canadian government to buy its stake in Chrysler, which makes the Italian automaker the majority owner in Chrysler. Saab announced that it’s postponing production once more. Some Ford Raptor owners are complaining that they have managed to bend the frames of their trucks, which obviously should not be happening. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline about classic cars in Cuba.

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Episode 685 – UAW Targeting Suppliers, Mexico Booming, Toyota and Tesla Ink $100M Deal

July 21st, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 9:00

We all know the UAW is targeting transplant automakers in the U.S., but Autoline Daily has learned its strategy includes going after suppliers as well.  In a good sign for the entire NAFTA region, sales and production in Mexico posted big gains last month.  Toyota and Tesla just signed a three-year, $100 million deal for batteries and electric motors.  All that and more, plus a look at some advanced new automotive technologies on the not-so-distant horizon.

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Episode 684 – GM Smart-Grid Tech, LEAF Pricing Increased, Convertible Demand Drops

July 20th, 2011 at 12:03pm

Runtime: 9:31

GM and OnStar will launch a pilot program for smart-grid technology for EVs later this year. Nissan announced it’s increasing the price of the LEAF because it now comes standard with a battery warmer, heated steering wheel, and heated seats. Sales of convertibles in the U.S. dropped after the economy crashed a few years ago. All that and more, plus John answers questions about Audi and the UAW in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 683 – Fuel-Economy Fight, Daimler Merging smart and Mercedes, City Safety Success

July 19th, 2011 at 12:01pm

Runtime: 9:37

The White House and automakers are warming up for a big fight over where the next round of fuel-economy standards should be set.  Daimler is merging smart and Mercedes-Benz dealerships.  Is it trying to recreate BMW’s success when it introduced the new MINI?  According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, Volvo’s City Safety system on the XC60 SUV has dramatically reduced insurance claims.  All that and more, plus a look at Hyundai’s updated Genesis sedan.

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Episode 682 – Slow Sales in July, Daimler to Introduce Electric Bikes, 2012 VW Beetle

July 18th, 2011 at 11:46am

Runtime: 8:04

Car sales in the U.S. are slow again in July. It’s estimated that sales will barely top 1 million units because of low inventory at Japanese dealers. Daimler plans to introduce a lineup of electric bicycles as early as next year. The new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is set to go on sale soon with a starting price just under $19,000. All that and more, plus a look at Audi’s all-new flagship sedan, the A8.

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