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Episode 714 – More Frankfurt Reveals, BMW Tests Autonomous Car, Innovative Helmet

August 31st, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:43

Ford, Land Rover and Audi all reveal new concepts and vehicles ahead of their debut at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show. BMW has equipped a 5 Series with autonomous vehicle technology and is testing it out on the highway. A company called Voztec has come up with an innovative helmet to help emergency responders at the scene of a motorcycle crash. All that and more, plus John responds to your questions about Ford, the UAW and EVs in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 713 – Early Frankfurt Reveals, Brazilian Market Cooling Off, Test-Drive Test-Track

August 30th, 2011 at 10:59am

Runtime: 6:53

Peugeot and Fiat are two of the latest automakers to release pictures and information on what they’ll be revealing at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.  Brazil’s auto industry has been red-hot for years, but now it’s running into headwinds.  Anyone looking to purchase a new car might want to go to Naperville, Illinois. The city, along with 11 car dealerships, built a closed track to allow buyers to test-drive cars in a controlled environment.  All that and more, plus a look at Buick’s new IntelliLink infotainment system.

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Episode 712 – Toyota Loyalty Remains High, Porsche Targets Ferrari, Four-cylinder EcoBoost

August 29th, 2011 at 12:09pm

Runtime: 8:43

Toyota owners remain loyal to the brand despite problems of unintended acceleration and production disruptions due to the earthquake in Japan. Porsche’s CEO says the company plans to develop a vehicle to compete with Ferrari. A look at Ford’s four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that’s debuting in the 2012 Edge and Explorer. All that and more, plus John recently got a chance to ride in GM’s EN-V concept car.

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Episode 711 – Volvo Loves You, Mercedes B-Class Revealed, Honda’s Secret Wind Tunnel

August 26th, 2011 at 11:30am

Runtime: 6:28

Volvo is repositioning itself as a brand designed around you. Mercedes offers a peek at the new B-Class ahead of its Frankfurt debut. Honda is the only other automaker in North America to have a wind tunnel, but it decides to keep mum. All that and more, plus a look at Autoline This Week with Cindy Estrada from the UAW.

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Episode 710 – UAW Takes on Mexico, Veloster Pricing, Germans Rake in Chinese Profits

August 25th, 2011 at 11:37am

Runtime: 8:16

You’ve heard about the UAW’s effort to organize a foreign transplant, but did you know its working with unions in Mexico? Hyundai prices its unusual three-door coupe, which it says competes with the likes of Mini and Scion. The German car companies are making a mint in China. All that and more, plus a look at Chevrolet’s latest entry in the infotainment space.

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Episode 709 – Conservative Camry, GM’s “Hot” New Paint Process, Mazda Shoots to the Sky

August 24th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 7:43

Toyota takes a major risk by sticking with “safe” styling on the new Camry. GM has a new painting process that reduces emissions using fire. Mazda’s Skyactiv-G engine improves fuel economy with an incredibly high compression ratio. How’d they do it? All that and more, plus John answers your comments and questions in another edition of “You Said It!”

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Episode 708 – GM Stock Plunges, BYD Gets “Buffeted,” Power-to-Weight: V-8 Ponycars

August 23rd, 2011 at 11:46am

Runtime: 8:22

GM’s stock is taking a beating!  It’s plummeted 34 percent since the IPO.  Warren Buffet’s baby, Chinese automaker BYD, is also taking it on the chin following a disappointing profits report.  Saab is sinking . . . fast.  Its financial situation looks grimmer by the minute as debt collectors come a-knocking.  All that and more, plus another power-to-weight comparison, this time with V-8 ponycars.

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Episode 707 – Flywheel Breakthrough, Adios Dakota, Ford and Toyota Team Up on Hybrids

August 22nd, 2011 at 12:24pm

Runtime: 7:41

Ricardo announces a breakthrough in flywheel technology for hybrid cars that don’t need a battery. We bid farewell to the Dodge Dakota, which ceases production tomorrow. Ford and Toyota team up to develop hybrid trucks. All that and more, plus we look at the latest refresh of the Cadillac SRX.

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Episode 706 – Cadillac Ciel Concept, Infiniti JX Revealed, 2013 Lexus GS 350

August 19th, 2011 at 12:45pm

Runtime: 9:14

There were several reveals from luxury automakers at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Cadillac unveiled a large, four-door convertible concept called the Ciel. Infiniti debuted a seven-passenger, three-row luxury crossover, powered by a V-6 engine matched with a CVT, called the JX. And Lexus showed off the 2013 GS 350 which has a 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood that produces 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. All that and more, plus a little taste, a morsel, of what you missed on last night’s Autoline After Hours, where we broadcasted LIVE from Woodward Avenue.

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Episode 705 – Opel’s Frankfurt Reveals, Rear-Wheel-Drive Kia, Cadillac Converj Confirmed

August 18th, 2011 at 11:50am

Runtime: 7:46

Opel plans to make a big splash at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show with three world-debuts: the Astra GTC, the Zafira Tourer and the Combo.  Here’s a shocker, Kia will start building a rear-wheel-drive car next year.  It’s also developing a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.  GM has given Cadillac’s Converj concept the go-ahead.  In keeping with Caddy’s three-letter nomenclature, the production version will be called the ELR.  All that and more, plus an exclusive look at the new Mopar 11, a heavily modified Dodge Charger.

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