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Episode 681 – Honda’s Zero Landfill Policy, China’s Massive H1 Sales, Ford’s Greener Image

July 15th, 2011 at 12:04pm

Runtime: 9:06

The amount of waste created by manufacturing a vehicle at Honda has plummeted. Sales may be slowing in China, but the first half of the year was still a staggering success. Ford is aiming for a greener image in Germany. All that and more, plus, a preview of this week’s Autoline with the President of Bosch in America.

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Episode 680 – GM and VW Butt Heads, Krafcik Knows Best for Hyundai, Quality Time

July 14th, 2011 at 12:09pm

Runtime: 8:48

GM is all in a tizzy because it says Volkswagen has been spreading the speculation that Opel is up for sale and that it’s hurting GM.  Hyundai’s home office in Korea wasn’t very happy with the new Sonata, saying it was too radical.  But that didn’t matter to consumers as sales increased 30 percent over the old model.  Instead of measuring things gone wrong, Strategic Vision is measuring things gone right and overall ownership experience.  Their unique system shakes up the rankings compared to more traditional schemes used by J.D. Power and Consumer Reports.  All that and more. Plus, a look at Ford’s vehicle to vehicle communication technology.

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Episode 679 – Carmakers Fret 56.2 MPG Standard, UAW Eyes VW, Toyota Consolidating for Efficiency

July 13th, 2011 at 12:09pm

Runtime: 8:40

Car makers and the UAW are in agreement, but not on wages or benefits yet, their new found common ground is that the Obama Administrations proposed 56.2 MPG CAFE target will hurt jobs.  Speaking of the UAW, the union is in talks with Volkswagen about union representation at the company’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Toyota is merging its two subsidiaries, Toyota Auto Body and Kanto Auto Works to gain efficiencies for the company, which is hurting from the strong Yen.  All that and more, plus John talks about young people going for imports and the UAW in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 678 – Chinese Car Sales, Peugeot Diesel Hybrid, Chevy Cruze Diesel Coming Soon

July 12th, 2011 at 12:08pm

Runtime: 9:53

While Chinese car sales have slumped lately due to the expiration of government incentives, luxury car sales are booming in the People’s Republic.  Peugeot is the first automaker to announce a diesel hybrid vehicle with their 508 RXH earning 70 MPG in European testing.  Speaking of diesels, sources at GM have said the Cruze will offer an oil-burning engine in 2013 and that it will rival the Prius for fuel economy!  All that and more, plus Seamus McElroy test drives the redesigned Hyundai Accent.

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Episode 677 – UAW Eyes VW Plant, CAFE Rules Eased for Trucks, Young Drivers Prefer Foreign

July 11th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime 8:43

The UAW has its sights set on organizing the new VW plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the AP says some workers at the plant have actually reached out to the union.  The new CAFE rules proposed by the Obama administration will not be as harsh for light trucks as originally thought.  Trucar.com says young buyers prefer foreign nameplates, with Scion, Mitsubishi and Mazda leading the demographic.  Jeep was the top domestic brand but it came in 12th place!  All that and more, plus we preview this week’s Autoline Detroit featuring Volkswagen’s head of design, Walter de’Silva.

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Episode 676 – BMW 6 Series Coupe, New Iveco Daily, 2012 Range Rover Evoque

July 1st, 2011 at 11:49am

Runtime 8:23

BMW just introduced the new 6 Series Coupe which is slightly larger and offers three engine choices. Fiat’s commercial vehicle brand, Iveco, revealed an updated version of the Daily which goes on sale in September. Land Rover released some important figures on the new 2012 Range Rover Evoque which gets impressive fuel economy thanks to lightweight construction and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. All that and more, plus a preview of this week’s Autoline about why hybrids represent a very small slice of the total automotive market.

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