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Episode 794 – Hyundai’s New Chief Designer, Biodiesel Incentives Set to Expire, Car Sales Grow

December 23rd, 2011 at 11:30am

Runtime: 8:38

Hyundai just named Christopher Chapman as its Chief Designer in the U.S. He’ll be responsible for new vehicle and concept designs. Biodiesel incentives are set to expire at the end of the year in the U.S. Edmunds predicts that car sales will end up at 12.8 million units in the U.S. this year. All that and more, plus a look at the brand new Buick Verano.

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Episode 793 – LaHood Against Hands-Free Ban, Montezemolo for PM? GM Stopping Noisy Brakes

December 22nd, 2011 at 11:10am

Runtime: 7:11

The National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended that all mobile phones be banned in cars, even hands-free phones. But in a startling outbreak of common sense, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he does not support the ban.  Rumors are swirling around Italy that Luca di Montezemolo might run for prime minister.  GM engineers are working to eradicate noisy brakes.  All that and more, plus a look at the new Volkswagen Golf R.

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Episode 792 – Audi A1 Quattro, Tesla Model S Specs, Mercedes and Honda Begin Exports From China

December 21st, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:34

Audi will introduce an all-wheel-drive, limited-edition version of the A1 which goes on sale next year, but not in the U.S. Pricing and a few technical details on the Tesla Model S have finally been released. Mercedes just started exporting the E-Class out of China and Honda is exporting Fits built in China to Canada. All that and more, plus John answers your questions and comments in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 791 – Former UAW Officers Doing Time, True Car Inflames Dealers, Audi and Skoda Share

December 20th, 2011 at 11:30am

Runtime: 8:01

Two former UAW officers were just sentenced to prison for extortion.  A company called True Car is infuriating dealers because the method it uses to turn leads into sales is killing profits.  The next-generation Audi A3 is going to share some pretty significant parts with Skodas . . . and tens of other vehicles!  All that and more, plus a look at how Lexus is getting the word out about its brand-new GS sedan.

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Episode 790 – Saab Files for Bankruptcy, Chevy Sonic RS, Car Sales Remain Strong

December 19th, 2011 at 11:11am

Runtime: 7:44

Well, as we’ve been predicting for over a year, Saab is filing for bankruptcy and will likely liquidate its assets. Chevy will debut an RS version of the Sonic at the Detroit Auto Show next month. Car sales this month in the U.S. could reach 1.23 million units, which is a 15 percent gain from November. All that and more, plus a look at the all-new Hyundai Accent.

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Episode 789 – And the Nominees Are…, New Management Hires, Google Awarded Autonomous Patent

December 16th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:30

The finalists for the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards were announced. Former DaimlerChrysler CEO Tom LaSorda will join Fisker and Mercedes-Benz USA announced its replacement for former CEO, Ernst Lieb. Google was granted a patent for a vehicle that can switch from being human driven to autonomously operated. All that and more, plus Mark Fields, the head of Ford in the Americas, explains how Ford is reacting to all the negative publicity it’s been hit with regarding MyFord touch and its dual-clutch transmissions.

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Episode 788 – Opel on the Rocks, Marchionne Expects Big Profits in 2012, Farewell Cologne V-6

December 15th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 6:55

Opel has been struggling for some time now, but it looks like the situation will get worse before it gets better.  Sergio Marchionne says he expects Fiat and Chrysler to post a $3 billion operating profit in 2012.  Tomorrow, the final Cologne V-6 will be installed in the last Ford Ranger pickup.  All that and more, plus guest host Christie Schweinsberg from WardsAuto fills us in on the winners of their annual 10 Best Engines List.

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Episode 787 – China Imposes Tariff, NTSB Wants Cell Phone Ban, Chrysler Revives the Viper

December 14th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 6:39

In response to the U.S. placing tariffs on Chinese-made tires, China will impose tariffs on imported cars from the U.S with engines larger than 2.5-liters. The National Traffic Safety Board is calling for a nationwide ban on cell phone use and other electronic devices while driving. It’s back! Chrysler announced it will reopen its Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit to produce the next generation SRT Viper. All that and more, plus guest host Michelle Krebs from Edmunds.com shares her picks for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.

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Episode 786 – Nissan Pulls Plug on Battery Plant, Cischke Retires from Ford, Dodge Dart Interior

December 13th, 2011 at 12:15pm

Runtime: 6:46

In yet another sign that electric cars might not catch on as fast as some automakers expected, Nissan is stopping construction of a battery plant in Portugal.  Long-time industry executive Sue Cischke is retiring from the Ford Motor Company, where she was group vice president for sustainability, environment and safety engineering.  Last week Chrysler taunted us with a few teaser shots of Dodge’s latest compact car, the Dart. Now it’s hinting at what’s going on inside.  All that and more, plus John answers your questions and responds to your comments.  That’s right; it’s time for another “You Said It!”

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Episode 785 – GM Denies Battery Swap, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, Battle Over E-15

December 12th, 2011 at 11:49am

Runtime: 7:29

Last week we reported that GM was going to switch battery suppliers for the Chevy Volt. But GM tells Autoline Daily that is not the case at all. BMW is following Mercedes-Benz and Audi into the four-door coupe market with the 6 Series Gran Coupe. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are renewing efforts to block the use of E-15, or gasoline with 15 percent ethanol. All that and more, plus a look at the all-new Buick Regal GS.

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