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Episode 704 – Chinese Car Exports Soar, Incentive War Looming, Fiat 500 Gucci Edition

August 17th, 2011 at 11:30am

Runtime: 7:27

Chinese car exports jumped 50% in the first half of the year to just over 376,000 vehicles but they’re selling for nearly $2,000 less than they were two years ago. Toyota and Honda are expected to unleash an incentive war in the U.S. to recapture lost market share once dealers get enough inventory. Fiat plans to introduce a limited-edition model of the Fiat 500 – the Gucci edition. All that and more, plus John answers your questions and comments in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 703 – Vehicle Population Explosion, Two Chevrolet Milestones, 365 Days of A

August 16th, 2011 at 11:05am

Runtime: 7:27

The global vehicle population hit 1 billion units, an impressive figure.  Chevrolet is celebrating two important milestones this year: its 100th anniversary and the 100 millionth small-block V-8, which debuted in 1955.  Saab is circling the drain. Unless it can pay suppliers some $620,000 TODAY, Sweden’s Debt Enforcement Agency will come banging on the door.  All that and more, plus an interview with a man that’s made it his mission to drive a vintage car as his only transportation for an entire year.

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Episode 702 – UAW Fights Two-Tier Wages, China Slowing Faster than Expected, R&D Spending

August 15th, 2011 at 11:41am

Runtime: 7:20

The UAW is urging its colleagues to vote “no” on continuing the two-tier payment plan. The car market in China is cooling off faster than expected with one analyst expecting sales to grow just 1 percent this year. Heavy-truck sales in the U.S. and Canada were up over 30 percent last month. All that and more, plus we take a look at which car company spends the most amount of money on research and development.

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Episode 701 – Auto Sales Forecast, GM Battery Source, Goodyear Full of Air

August 12th, 2011 at 11:55am

Runtime: 7:33

As expected IHS Automotive downgraded their 2011 sales forecast for the auto industry, the question now is how will automakers respond?  GM will be sourcing its batteries for future EV’s from A123 Systems.  Goodyear is researching tires that can inflate themselves while rolling along the road.  All that and more, plus Peter De Lorenzo spreads his wisdom on management at Chrysler.

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Episode 700 – Wimpy Economy, Hapless Honda, Leadership at Lear

August 11th, 2011 at 11:55am

Runtime: 7:56

Many auto analysts are a bit weary, and rightfully so given the threat of another economic downturn.  Honda, long the darling of Consumer Reports has come under the gun as its model line loses favor with the reviewers at CR.  Chrysler is back to partnering with Kettering University for engineering students, after eliminating the program during bankruptcy.  All that and more, plus You Said It!

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Episode 699 – China Up… India Down, GM Slashes Platforms, ESC Really Works

August 10th, 2011 at 11:41am

Runtime: 7:12

China’s “soft” sales numbers are suddenly looking a lot better in July, while India’s sales dipped for the first time in two years. GM plans to slash the number of platforms it builds in half. And, it works, it really works! Electronic Stability Control reduces deaths and accidents in the real world. All that and more, plus a Taiwanese company may just have an EV breakthrough that combines batteries with super capacitors.

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Episode 698 – Market Woes = Profit Warning, Shockingly Fast Toyota, HD Gets CAFE Treatment

August 9th, 2011 at 11:36am

Runtime: 6:41

As market woes continue, expect automakers to lower expectations — especially the Japanese companies. Toyota plans to smash the EV lap time at Nurburgring hoping it will stir up more excitement for green technologies. The Obama Administration turns its focus toward reducing emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. All that and more, plus we put the new eAssist technology in the Buick LaCrosse to the test!

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Episode 697 – Stock Market Woes, Lincoln’s Revival, Maybach in Holding Pattern

August 8th, 2011 at 11:35am

Runtime: 8:00

The stock market is hurting big time but for the automakers times have been great in 2011, worldwide sales in the first half hit 39 million units even despite the disaster in Japan.  Lincoln looks like it’s just about to break through, and with new designs from Ford’s luxury division, styling will play a big part.  The world’s cheapest car, the Tata Nano, is sliding, rather plummeting, in sales.  To the tune of 50 percent!  Putting a dent the company’s profits.  All that and more, plus Ford’s head of vehicle electrification, Nancy Gioia shares a lesson that helped her career at Ford!

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Episode 696 – GM Back to #1 in Sales, VW Fights CAFE, Chevy Spark Coming to America

August 5th, 2011 at 11:10am

Runtime: 7:15

General Motors is back to being No. 1 in global car-sales for the first six months of the year, knocking Toyota from the top spot. Volkswagen is crying foul on the Obama administration’s proposed CAFE rules saying they favor large vehicles and pretty much ignore diesels. Chevy confirmed it will sell its small hatchback, the Spark, in the U.S. All that and more, plus a look at the fantastic paintings of one automotive artist and how he puts so much realism into his work.

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Episode 695 – Sergio’s Succession Plan, Aston Martin Pinching Pennies, Rental-Car Rebate

August 4th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:28

In a speech he gave at the Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne announced he plans to stick around until at least 2015 . . . and maybe longer.  Aston Martin is feeling the squeeze.  Without the backing of a major, volume brand it doesn’t have the resources to compete with other high-end automakers.  Budget Rent A Car has come up with an interesting way to save drivers money.  All that and more, plus a look at Chrysler’s new SRT8 lineup.

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