Episode 767 – 2012 Mercedes ML63 AMG, Daihatsu Reveals Concepts, Volt Under Investigation

November 14th, 2011 at 12:36pm

Runtime: 8:51

Mercedes unveiled the new ML63 AMG before it debuts later this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Daihatsu also revealed three quirky-looking concepts before they debut at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show. The Chevy Volt is under investigation after one NHTSA used in a side-impact crash test caught on fire three weeks after the test. All that and more, plus a look at the new Volvo S60 R-Design.

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Episode 766 – China OEMs Adopt Mao Strategy, More Tokyo Concepts, Car Dealer Issues

November 11th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 9:28

Chinese automakers are borrowing a military strategy from Mao Tse-tung called “Encircling the City from the Countryside.” Honda and Mitsubishi revealed several vehicles they will show at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. Audi will no longer offer manual transmissions on its S4 and S5 models in Europe. All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week about issues facing car dealers in the U.S.

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Episode 765 – 2013 Cadillac XTS, Suzuki Regina Concept, Holden and Sharing

November 10th, 2011 at 12:45pm

Runtime: 8:48

Cadillac is teasing us with a shot of the production version of its XTS sedan, which will formally debut next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.  Suzuki previewed a new small-car concept that supposedly gets up to 75 miles per U.S. gallon.  Ford officially began production of its 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine in Germany.  All that and more, plus we drive the 2012 Toyota Camry.

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Episode 764 – Disappointing Q3 Results from GM, Volvo Offers Power Boost, Next-Gen Pivo

November 9th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:51

General Motors reported somewhat disappointing third-quarter earnings this morning. Even though the company sold more vehicles than it did a year ago, its profits fell 12 percent. Volvo will offer an aftermarket ECU upgrade for select models that will boost horsepower and torque. Nissan is showing off the third generation of its Pivo concept car. All that and more, plus John answers your questions and comments in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 763 – Toyota’s Troubling Numbers, GM Management Changes, Ferrari Sales Are Red Hot

November 8th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 7:34

Toyota’s quarterly profit plummeted 72 percent to about $1 billion.  General Motors is changing the leadership of its European operations.  Ferrari is having a phenomenal year. It’s already sold 5,165 cars and its revenue is up 19 percent.  All that and more, plus a look at one of the latest safety systems being developed by supplier company Continental.

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Episode 762 – Chrysler Contract Appealed, Taxes in Japan Under Scrutiny, GM May Kill Saab Sale

November 7th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 7:54

Chrysler’s skilled-trade workers are appealing the new UAW contract because union leadership overrode their votes after rejecting it. Japanese automakers, unions and dealers are all concerned that high car taxes and the strength of the Yen could destroy the industry in the country. General Motors may void the deal to sell Saab because it’s worried it could hurt its business in China and elsewhere. All that and more, plus a look at the updates Ford has made to its MyFord Touch infotainment system.

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Episode 761 – Subcompact Sales to Double, China’s Overcapacity Concerns, Car Theft Drops

November 4th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:25

Kia expects subcompact sales in the U.S. to double by 2015. Car production in China is expected to top 30 million units by 2015, which will far exceed market demand. The overall car theft rate in the U.S. in 2009 dropped over 20 percent compared to 2008. All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week with the Vice President of Chevrolet marketing, Chris Perry.

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Episode 760 – Infiniti Relocates to Hong Kong, Cruze on Pace to Beat Cobalt, 2013 VW CC

November 3rd, 2011 at 12:05pm

Runtime: 8:08

In a surprising bit of news, Nissan is relocating Infiniti’s headquarters to Hong Kong. The Chevy Cruze is already on pace to pass the Cobalt’s best-ever sales year. Volkswagen is showing off the new CC before it debuts later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. All that and more, plus guest host Peter De Lorenzo shares more memories of his favorite Chevy cars.

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Episode 759 – Q4 May Beat Expectations, Toyota’s Leg Up, Remembering Bill Mitchell

November 2nd, 2011 at 12:25pm

Runtime: 8:19

October sales numbers reveal that the fourth quarter may end up better than we thought. Toyota gets in the robot game with an exo-skeleton that assists in walking. Leaf sales are beating the Volt by a wide margin. All that and more, plus Peter De Lorenzo reflects on GM stylist Bill Mitchell.

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Episode 758 – The Diesels Are Coming! Investment Advice, Save the Whales? No, Save the Scrap!

November 1st, 2011 at 11:30am

Runtime: 9:03

Lars Ulrich, the head of diesel marketing for Bosch in North America, says diesel sales will hit a critical mass sometime in the middle of this decade.  Analysts at Morgan Stanley suggest buying Ford and Peugeot bonds because they are safe investments that pay better than government securities.  All that and more, plus John test drives a vehicle that could be the last of its breed.

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