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Episode 879 – Record Car Sales in March, Corvette Heads to Korea, GM Seeks Isuzu Stake

April 30th, 2012 at 11:50am

Runtime: 9:28

Global car sales hit a world record in March with nearly 8.25 million units sold. General Motors will start selling the Chevrolet Corvette in South Korea next month. And speaking of GM, reports out of Japan say the company will take a 10 percent stake in Isuzu, to jointly develop, produce and sell pickup trucks and commercial vehicles. All that and more, plus a look at the all-new Dodge Dart.

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Episode 878 – Q1 Financial Results, Inner Mongolia Attracts Luxury Brands, Escape EPA Numbers

April 27th, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:39

We’ve got the first-quarter financial results for a whole bunch of automakers and the numbers are all over the place. Luxury automakers are starting to expand into Inner Mongolia because of growing wealth in the area. The EPA made if official: the brand-new Ford Escape has the best fuel economy in its segment when equipped with an automatic transmission. All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week with Carla Bailo, the senior vice president of Research and Development for Nissan Americas.

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Episode 877 – Q1 Financial Numbers, Google’s Autonomous Autos, Track N Go for Trucks

April 26th, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:19

Automakers are posting their first-quarter financial numbers and we’ve got the latest from Hyundai and Chrysler.  Internet search giant Google is getting into the auto business . . . or at least trying to.  A prototype product called the “Track N Go” looks like an awesome add-on to four-wheel-drive vehicles.  All that and more, plus John McElroy answers your questions and responds to your comments in our “You Said It!” segment.

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Episode 876 – Toyota’s Beijing Concepts, You Can’t Be Sirius!, Audi Introduces Updated Q5

April 25th, 2012 at 11:20am

Runtime: 6:20

Toyota pulled the wraps off of two concept cars at the Beijing Auto Show. Hyundai will offer a free three-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio with the purchase of any used car at its dealerships in the U.S. Audi just introduced an updated version of the Q5, which goes on sale this summer in Europe. All that and more, plus another entertaining installment of Hall vs. Hall.

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Episode 875 – Lambo Crossover in the Metal, Honda’s Concept Combo, Powertrain Independence for Jag

April 24th, 2012 at 11:30am

Runtime: 8:00

The Lamborghini crossover goes from sketch to reality in Beijing. Honda reveals a duo of concepts that it thinks are “cool” and “smart.” Jaguar and Land Rover move toward powertrain independence with a new 3.0-liter V-6. All that and more, plus a walk around the newly refreshed Ford Flex.

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Episode 874 – Peugeot Premieres in Beijing, Ford Mulls New Brand for China, Scion Kills Two Models

April 23rd, 2012 at 11:55am

Runtime: 7:37

Peugeot unveils a new crossover concept as the Beijing Motor Show gets underway. The Blue Oval considers adding a China-shaped asterisk to its “One Ford” mantra. Scion kills off two of its most iconic nameplates. All that and more, plus Andrew Justus has Autoline’s first look at the new Acura RDX.

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Episode 873 – Honda Appeals Small Claims Case, Mercedes’ Alphabet Soup, Alfa Trademarks 4C in U.S.

April 20th, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 9:22

Honda is going to appeal a small-claims case in California in which the company was hit with a settlement of less than $10,000. Mercedes-Benz is going to tweak the way it names its vehicles to make it less confusing . .  sort of. Alfa Romeo just trademarked the 4C name in the U.S. which is scheduled to go on sale by the end of 2013. All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week about whether performance brands like Porsche and Lamborghini are making a mistake coming out with SUVs.

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Episode 872 – Rage Against F1, Ford Breaks Ground in China, Compression-Ignition Fun

April 19th, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:11

Formula One racing returns to Bahrain this weekend, but opponents of the regime that controls the country vow to wage three days of rage to coincide with the race.  Ford is racing to catch up in China and just announced it will build another assembly plant in the country.  Mercedes-Benz is expected to offer a diesel engine in North America by 2013.  All that and more, plus Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn takes a peek at the company’s amazing collection of classic cars.

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Episode 871 – Audi Plans Mexico Plant, GM Bi-fuel Trucks Ain’t Cheap, Eye-popping Battery Cost

April 18th, 2012 at 12:15pm

Runtime: 9:04

Volkswagen is expected to announce it plans to build an Audi factory in Mexico. GM announced that bi-fuel versions of the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 will cost $11,000 over the price of a conventionally powered truck. Ford CEO Alan Mulally says the battery used in the electric version of the Focus costs between $12,000 and $15,000. All that and more, plus Autoline Daily correspondent Isaac Bouchard takes a look at the all-new 2013 Ford Escape.

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Episode 870 – Natural-Gas News, Honda Recycling Rare-Earth Metals, Ford Focus Electric

April 17th, 2012 at 12:19pm

Runtime: 7:41

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission just approved the first liquefied natural gas export plant in the U.S. in nearly 50 years.  Honda announced it’s teaming up with Japan Metals and Chemicals Company to reuse rare-earth metals from second-hand auto parts.  Autoline Daily Correspondent Isaac Bouchard gives us a first look at the new Ford Focus Electric.  All that and more, plus a rundown of the 2012 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors winners with guest host Christie Schweinsberg.

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