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Episode 784 – GM Swaps Battery Suppliers, EV Stations Outnumber E-85 Stations, Luxgen5 Revealed

December 9th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 9:17

General Motors is going to change battery suppliers. It had been buying batteries from LG Chem, now it will switch to batteries from A123. A new study shows there are now more electric car charging stations in the United States than there are gas stations that sell E-85 fuel. Taiwanese automaker Luxgen revealed its latest car, the Luxgen5. All that and more, plus a look at Hyundai’s funky looking new car, the Veloster.

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Episode 783 – Nissan = Stalin? Renault Details New Scenic Models, Dealers Declare War

December 8th, 2011 at 11:37am

Runtime: 7:47

The Detroit News reports that UAW president Bob King is calling Nissan a human-rights violator, but he offers no specifics. Nissan, of course, says the accusations are baseless.  Renault is releasing details about its facelifted Scenic and Grand Scenic models.  GM and Chrysler dealers who lost their franchises when the two companies went bankrupt want to take their case against the feds all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  All that and more, plus we take the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe for a spin.

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Episode 782 – GM’s PR Disaster, Chinese Prefer Foreign Brands, Dodge Dart Makes Comeback

December 7th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:54

The Chevrolet Volt seems to be getting slammed by everyone right now and it looks like GM has a full-blown public-relations disaster on its hands. Chinese consumers prefer foreign car brands, due to big gaps in quality and reliability with the homegrown ones. Dodge is bringing back the Dart name for its new replacement for the Caliber. All that and more, plus John responds to your questions and comments in the “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 781 – Big Sales for Heavy Trucks, European Van Invasion, Honda’s “Earth Dreams”

December 6th, 2011 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:05

While global car sales have been running at decent rates all year long, sales of heavy trucks are running at record rates, especially in China and North America.  We’re going to see a lot more European vans in the U.S. as Ford, GM and other automakers expand their range of offerings.  Honda announced it plans to deliver best-in-class fuel economy in every vehicle segment within three years thanks to a new suite of technologies it’s calling “Earth Dreams.”  All that and more, plus we take a look at the new Range Rover Evoque.

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Episode 780 – Automakers Boost Production, Aptera Pulls the Plug, VW Plant Wins Green Award

December 5th, 2011 at 11:15am

Runtime: 6:40

Automakers are ramping up their production plans for the first quarter of 2012. EV start-up company Aptera announced it’s closing its doors because the company is out of money. Volkswagen’s new factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee was just rated the greenest auto assembly plant in the world. All that and more, plus a look at the new Volkswagen Beetle.

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Episode 779 – Fewer Teens Getting Licensed, Tata Still Not Cheap Enough, RC Car Hits 100 MPH

December 2nd, 2011 at 12:03pm

Runtime: 7:30

As the auto industry struggles to sell more cars, teens aren’t helping matters because fewer of them are learning to drive. Motorcycle sales are on the increase in India while Tata Nanos languish on dealership lots. This RC car doesn’t come cheap, but for good reason: it can hit 100 miles per hour! All that and more, plus John McElroy’s analysis of November sales results.

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Episode 778 – UAW Shows Korean Solidarity, Putting the “Brakes” on Rust, Audi A1 Sportback

December 1st, 2011 at 11:22am

Runtime: 8:35

While the UAW settles on a transplant to unionize, they’re picketing Hyundai dealerships in the U.S. in support of Korean workers abroad. GM develops a technology that will double the life expectancy of brake rotors by preventing rust. Plus Audi reveals the A1 Sportback, Renault has a new Twingo and Toyota shows off a new fuel cell concept. All that and more, plus Seamus McElroy goes for a spin in MINI’s new Coupe.

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