Episode 868 – NADA Fights CAFE Rules, RIP Chevy Avalanche, Mustang May Go Global

April 13th, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:23

The National Auto Dealers Association just released a study that says millions of new-car buyers could be priced out of the market because of the new fuel-economy mandates. General Motors announced it will discontinue the Chevy Avalanche after the 2013 model year. Word on the street is the next-generation Ford Mustang will meet EU pedestrian crash standards, which could open the door to global markets. All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week about the Chevrolet Volt and how it’s become a political punching bag.

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Episode 866 – Government Rakes in Auto Taxes, Ford Plugged In, New Mercedes-Benz G-Class

April 11th, 2012 at 11:50am

Runtime: 6:53

A new study from the Center for Automotive Research says that the federal and state governments in the U.S. collected $135 billion in tax revenues from the auto industry in 2010. Ford is going to use a reality show on the internet to market its electric vehicles. Mercedes-Benz has updated its iconic G-Class. All that and more, plus John responds to your questions and comments in “You Said It!”

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Episode 865 – British Car Sales Beat the Odds, F1 Circus, Hybrid Buyers Shun Second Helpings

April 10th, 2012 at 11:50am

Runtime: 9:06

While most of Europe is in an automotive meltdown, it looks like somebody forgot to tell the British there’s a financial crisis going on.  Sales of new vehicles in the UK have gone up for the last three months!  The private owner that holds the majority of Formula One stock, CVC Capital Partners, wants to issue an IPO to raise $2 billion.  Hybrid buyers are not returning for second helpings.  The loyalty rate for gasoline-electric vehicles is very low.  All that and more, plus a review of the new Fiat 500 Abarth.

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Episode 864 – Full-Size Segment Heats Up, Chrysler Teases Beijing Reveals, Mazda Struggling

April 9th, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 9:57

The full-size car segment is starting to heat up in the American market. Chrysler will unveil two new concept vehicles at the Beijing Auto Show in two weeks. Mazda is struggling financially, which is why the financial community wants to see the company dump some of its non-core assets. All that and more, plus John talks to Jessica LaFond from Chrysler about a program the company uses to develop future management.

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Episode 863 – Ford & PSA’s Diesel Divorce, NissanConnect, Father of the Porsche 911 Passes Away

April 6th, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 10:33

Ford and Peugeot-Citroen are ending their partnership for building larger diesel engines. Nissan just announced a new automotive communication system called NissanConnect that will debut on the 2013 Altima. Ferdinand A. Porsche, designer of the iconic 911 sportscar and grandson of company founder Ferdinand Porsche, has passed away. All that and more, plus John McElroy has the latest reveals from the New York Auto Show.

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Episode 862 – More New York Auto Show News, Volvo’s Big Adventure, GM Truck Offensive

April 5th, 2012 at 12:30pm

Runtime: 9:19

Volvo is planning on spending some $11 billion over the next five years to introduce new products and build more plants in China.  GM is mounting something of a truck offensive, and the newly introduced Colorado midsize pickup is expected to be offered in the U.S.  Production of the Mazda6 is moving back home to Japan as the company pulls out of the facility in Flat Rock, Michigan that it shares with Ford.  All that and more, plus John McElroy shares the latest from the 2012 New York Auto Show.

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Episode 861 – Fisker May Abandon GM Plant, Flying Car Completes 1st Flight, 2014 Chevy Impala

April 4th, 2012 at 12:26pm

Runtime: 9:29

Fisker is looking at alternative sites to build its new model, the Atlantic, after loans from the U.S. Department of Energy fell through. Massachusetts-based Terrafugia just completed its first successful test flight of a flying car called the Transition Street-Legal Airplane. Chevy unveiled the 2014 Impala in New York yesterday. All that and more, plus John McElroy brings you the latest reveals from the New York Auto Show.

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Episode 860 – 2013 Lincoln MKZ Revealed, EPA “Drunk” With Power, Toyota Ridin’ the Gravy Train

April 3rd, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 7:07

Lincoln reveals its future with the introduction of the 2013 MKZ at the New York Auto Show. The U.S. EPA is pushing ahead with plans to introduce E15 fuel despite protests from automakers. If a report from CLSA turns out to be true, Toyota will be ridin’ the gravy train very soon. All that and more, plus guest host Michelle Krebs from Edmunds.com talks about March sales in the American market.

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Episode 859 – Fiat May Expand in Canada, BMW i8 Concept Spyder, First Drive: Lincoln MKS

April 2nd, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 9:35

Fiat is considering expanding its line-up in Canada to include the Panda and Punto. BMW revealed its third future mobility concept, called the i8 Spyder. Lincoln just introduced the redesigned version of the MKS and we’ve got our first impressions of the new model. All that and more, plus a look at the updated 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

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