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Episode 901 – Blue-Oval Blues, Charting Chrysler’s Changes, Freightliner Cascadia Evolution

May 31st, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 6:21

Ford is facing a happy problem – it cannot keep up with demand for its vehicles.  Yesterday Chrysler was in the news for announcing the Town & Country minivan is going away, today more product information is out, including plans for another SRT model.  Freightliner just debuted a super efficient new big rig called the Cascadia Evolution.  All that and more, plus John McElroy test drives the 2012 Audi TT-RS.

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Episode 900 – Used-car Prices Fall, Another Chinese Ripoff, Town & Country Dropped in U.S.

May 30th, 2012 at 11:51am

Runtime: 7:59

The National Auto Dealers Association says prices for used compact and midsize cars will drop by as much as 5 percent in June. Another day, another Chinese ripoff. This time it’s Dongfeng copying the Cadillac SRX. Chrysler plans to keep the Dodge version of its popular minivans while discontinuing the Town & Country. All that and more, plus guest host Michelle Krebs from Edmunds.com tells us what to expect for this month’s car sales.

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Episode 899 – Trouble in Lotus Land, Yuan for Jalopies, Nissan Rushin’ to Grab Market Share

May 29th, 2012 at 11:47am

Runtime: 7:16

Dany Bahar, the CEO of Lotus, has been suspended from the company because of an unspecified complaint over his conduct.  To try to boost sales, China will revive a cash-for-clunkers program.  Nissan is looking for serious growth in Russia.  It wants to nearly double its market share in the country by 2016!  All that and more, plus a look at the design of the all-new Dodge Dart.

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Episode 898 – IG Metall Won’t Help UAW, Chrysler Wins Ad Award, First Look: 2013 Cadillac XTS

May 25th, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 10:03

The UAW wants to organize Volkswagen’s plant in Tennessee but it won’t get help from German union IG Metall. One way Nissan is getting a best-in-class 38 MPG highway in the new Altima is by gearing it way down with its CVT. Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad from last year, the one with rapper Eminem, just won the top award in the advertising business. All that and more, plus a look at the all-new Cadillac XTS.

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Episode 897 – BMW’s Swiss Troubles, Escalade Here to Stay, Park Like a Millionaire

May 24th, 2012 at 11:42am

Runtime: 8:28

BMW has been socked with a big fine in Switzerland for blocking vehicle sales to Swiss customers.  The Cadillac Escalade is here to stay and the redesigned 2014 model will ride on the next-generation GM pickup platform.  Parking is notoriously expensive in New York City but this spot takes the cake!  All that and more, plus Isaac Bouchard samples the 2012 BMW M6.

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Episode 896 – Hyundai-Kia #1 By 2020?, Fiat & Mazda Partner on Sports Car, Chinese Exports Grow

May 23rd, 2012 at 11:30am

Runtime: 7:33

A professor at the Center for Automotive Research in Germany predicts that Hyundai-Kia will overtake Volkswagen to become the largest automaker in the world by 2020. Fiat and Mazda just partnered up to jointly develop a sports car based on the next generation MX-5 Miata. General Motors, Daimler, BMW, PSA and Honda are all shipping vehicles out of China. All that and more, plus John responds to your questions and comments in “You Said It!”

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Episode 895 – Ethanol Reduces Gas Prices, Americans Driving Small, Winnebago’s China Syndrome

May 22nd, 2012 at 11:30am

Runtime: 6:47

A study released by two universities indicates ethanol production in the U.S. significantly reduced gasoline prices last year.  J.D. Power says American consumers are finally warming up to small cars, but could there be other factors at work?  A private-equity firm is looking to take over recreational-vehicle maker Winnebago in order to make Chinese cars.  All that and more, plus John McElroy takes a peek at the Toyota Prius c.

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Episode 894 – UAW Losing Money, GM Skips the Super Bowl, Toyota to Focus on Styling

May 21st, 2012 at 11:50am

Runtime: 8:14

In a surprisingly frank admission, the United Auto Workers Union says it is losing money and has been for years. General Motors will skip advertising during next year’s Super Bowl because it’s too expensive. Toyota says it will make design a central part of its comeback plan to regain sales. All that and more, plus Autoline Daily correspondent Isaac Bouchard takes a look at the new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

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Episode 893 – Chevy SS, C-MAX Undercuts Prius v, Lexus Ends HS250h Production

May 18th, 2012 at 11:51am

Runtime: 8:37

Chevy is bringing back a rear-wheel-drive, V-8-powered sedan in the U.S. for the first time in 17 years. Ford is pricing its new C-MAX hybrid around 26 grand, undercutting the Prius v by about $500. Lexus stopped production of the HS250h hybrid because of poor sales. All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week with Dr. Walther Kiep, the longest serving member of Volkswagen’s supervisory board.

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Episode 892 – ESC for Trucks and Buses, Watch the Fords Go By! Ketchup and Currywurst

May 17th, 2012 at 12:11pm

Runtime: 8:42

NHTSA is proposing that all large commercial vehicles, coaches and other buses be equipped with electronic stability control systems, just like cars. It’s estimated over the next three years Ford will come out with more new models faster than anyone else. Everybody knows Volkswagen makes cars, but did you know they’re also in the food business? All that and more, plus John McElroy sounds off on some internet nonsense.

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