Episode 725 – VW Makes Huge Investment, Sonic Hits 40 MPG, Car Sculptures Made from Scrap

September 16th, 2011 at 11:40am

Runtime: 6:55

Volkswagen just announced a five-year investment plan totaling more than $86 billion. The money will be spent on product development for its nine brands, plant upgrades and R&D. The Chevy Sonic with the Ecotec 1.4-liter turbo will get 40 MPG on the highway. A German company has created a number of car replicas out of scrap metal and junk car-parts. They are for sale but plan on spending some big bucks. All that and more, plus guest host Peter De Lorenzo shares his thoughts on a controversial car he’s been driving lately. You might be surprised.

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Episode 724 – Audi’s Massive Frankfurt Build, Toyota Cuts Camry Costs, Best Chevy EVER

September 15th, 2011 at 12:11pm

Runtime: 7:55

With a cool time-lapse video, Audi shows how it built its massive display pavilion at the Frankfurt Motor Show.  By reusing old robots and other equipment from the shuttered NUMMI plant in California, Toyota has been able to keep the cost of the 2012 Camry down, cutting an average of $550 off the sticker price.  Chevrolet asked fans to vote for the best Chevy of all time.  Well, the people have spoken and the results are in!  All that and more, plus Peter De Lorenzo sounds off on what he thinks is one of the most beautiful vehicles coming out in 2012.

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Episode 723 – More Frankfurt Reveals, Redesigned Mustang in 2014, Toyota Resumes Production

September 14th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 7:40

More reveals from the Frankfurt Motor Show. We take a look at two-seat EV concepts unveiled by Opel and Audi. Ford’s Chief Creative Officer, J Mays, says the company plans to introduce a redesigned version of the Mustang in 2014. Toyota’s North American production has fully resumed. All that and more, plus guest host, Peter De Lorenzo, shares his thoughts on Porsche’s 7th generation 911.

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Episode 722 – Ford Pushing Small-Car Performance, Volvo You Concept, Stylish Seat IBL

September 13th, 2011 at 11:35am

Runtime: 8:02

Ford is pushing small-car performance with three different reveals in Frankfurt, including the 2012 Focus ST, the race-ready ST-R and the Fiesta ST.  STay tuned for more.  Volvo unwrapped a luxurious and technology-laden concept called the You, which is an evolution of its Concept-Universe that debuted at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier in the year.  Spanish automaker SEAT, part of the Volkswagen empire, showed off a swanky design study called the IBL.  All that and more plus a look at hybrid reliability.

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Episode 721 – Suzuki Wants to End VW Alliance, Camaro ZL1, BMW Patents Twin-turbo V-6

September 12th, 2011 at 12:02pm

Runtime: 8:03

Suzuki is seeking to end its alliance with Volkswagen after the German automaker accused it of breaking the terms of the partnership by purchasing engines from Fiat. GM released power numbers for the Chevy Camaro ZL1. The ponycar delivers 580 horsepower from its 6.2-liter supercharged V-8. BMW patented a design for a twin-turbocharged V-6. All that and more, plus guest host Rod Meloni from WDIV Local 4 News, Detroit, explains why he doesn’t believe we will see a strike from the UAW.

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Episode 720 – Court Rejects Saab, Subaru Can’t Build in China, New Cars Launched in India

September 9th, 2011 at 12:07pm

Runtime: 8:07

A Swedish court rejected Saab’s request to be protected from creditors over liquidity concerns. Subaru can’t build cars in China because it’s partly owned by Toyota. Toyota already has two joint ventures in China, the maximum the government will allow. Mahindra, Renault and Toyota launch new vehicles in India. All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week, with master car spy photographer, Jim Dunne.

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Episode 719 – End of the Line for Saab? Toyota Denies Thailand Exports, Transit Connect Hits NYC

September 8th, 2011 at 11:38am

Runtime: 5:22

The situation is looking increasingly hopeless for Saab as the company files for protection from its creditors.  Toyota is denying a report it will export cars built in Thailand to Japan.  Ford’s versatile Transit Connect just made its big debut in New York City.  Some 400 of them will be hitting the streets as taxis.  All that and more, plus guest host Murray Feldman shares some insight on the UAW/Big Three contract negotiations.

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Episode 718 – Chevy’s Sales Booming, Mercedes Expands Line-up, More Frankfurt Reveals

September 7th, 2011 at 11:42am

Runtime: 7:36

Chevrolet sold nearly 2.2 million vehicles worldwide the first half of the year. Mercedes-Benz plans to expand its line-up to better compete with its German rivals BMW and Audi. Hyundai, Jaguar and Skoda revealed new cars before they debut in Frankfurt next week. All that and more, plus John answers your questions and comments in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 717 – Low Inventory = Disappointing Sales, Lutz Back at GM, Volkswagen NILS Concept

September 6th, 2011 at 12:07pm

Runtime: 8:21

Good news about vehicle sales in the U.S. market.  It appears last month’s lower-than-expected figures ARE NOT due to a lack of demand, instead because automakers are short on inventory.  Bob Lutz is one happy guy.  GM just announced he’ll be an adviser to the company’s top management.  Volkswagen is set to reveal a new concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show called the NILS.  All that and more, plus John chats with Colleen Haley of Yazaki and asks her for some insight that has helped in her career.

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Episode 716 – August Sales Up in U.S., 2012 Honda Pilot, Audi EV Concept

September 2nd, 2011 at 11:50am

Runtime: 7:56

Despite talk of a double-dip recession, sagging employment numbers and the impact of a major hurricane, car sales in August look pretty good in the U.S. Honda revealed the 2012 Pilot which gets a minor facelift and slightly better fuel economy. Audi plans to reveal an all-electric concept at this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show. All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week, all about the latest trends in collecting classic cars.

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