Episode 890 – Big Brother is Watching, America’s Economic Engine, Hyundai in Scandinavia

May 15th, 2012 at 11:55am

Runtime: 7:13

Watch out, this year’s annual transportation bill has a section mandating that every car in the U.S. must have a black box – what’s formally known as an event data recorder. The automotive industry is the engine driving America’s economic recovery. Hyundai just inked a deal with a Norwegian battery-recharging company to supply the country with hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. All that and more, plus a walk around the brand new 2013 Nissan Altima.

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Episode 889 – Supplier Survey, Big Truck Sales Up, Continental’s Impressive EPA Numbers

May 14th, 2012 at 12:06pm

Runtime: 8:26

A new supplier survey shows that while they still remain the best, Toyota’s and Honda’s popularity with suppliers is plummeting. Sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks were up big last month in the U.S. and Canada. Bentley’s new Continental GT V-8 is a lot less damaging to your wallet and the environment. All that and more, plus consulting firm KPMG explains what’s driving mergers and acquisitions in the auto industry.

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Episode 888 – ZF 7-Speed Manual, Magna to Build New Infiniti, Hyundai’s Monkey Business

May 11th, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:41

We have more information on that 7-speed manual transmission ZF supplies to Porsche for the new 911 – the world’s first 7-speed manual for a passenger car. Magna Steyr will build a new compact model for Infiniti starting in 2014. To show off the durability of its new i30, Hyundai parked the car in the middle of a safari park to let a pack of baboons have fun with the car. All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week about some of the tricks to make the interiors of cars look as good as they can.

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Episode 887 – Blindsided by Justice, EU Fuel Economy Tomfoolery, Cup Holder Mount

May 10th, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 7:22

The woman that took Honda to small-claims court over the fuel economy of her Civic Hybrid is in the news again. The difference between official EU fuel-economy numbers and what drivers get in the real world is growing. A company called Bracketron has developed a clever way of mounting smartphones and tablets in a vehicle. All that and more, plus John McElroy test drives the Mercedes-Benz CL-550.

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Episode 886 – Toyota Posts Lukewarm Results, Adam Opel Adam, Audi Outsells BMW in April

May 9th, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 7:25

Toyota announced its financial earnings for its fiscal year and it didn’t do all that well, but the company is very bullish for this year. Opel revealed that the name of its new small car will be the Adam, the same name as the company’s founder. Audi outsold its luxury rival BMW on a global basis in April. All that and more, plus John McElroy responds to your questions and comments in “You Said It!”

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Episode 884 – Judge Dismisses Toyota Suits, Camaro ZL1 By the Numbers, Global Car Sales Mixed

May 7th, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:40

A judge dismissed class-action claims in Florida and New York that unintended acceleration problems hurt the resale value of their Toyotas. Chevy engineers ran an 11.93-second, 116-MPH quarter-mile with a showroom-stock Camaro ZL-1 with an automatic. We’ve got car sales from around the globe and the results are mixed. All that and more, plus a clever new design for an electric motor that could get around China’s chokehold on those all important rare-earth metals.

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Episode 883 – Ford Squashes Counterfeit F-150, Aluminum Wiring Saves Weight, Bravo BMW

May 4th, 2012 at 12:02pm

Runtime: 10:22

Remember JAC’s blatant F-150 rip off? Turns out that Ford does a bang-up job protecting intellectual property. Delphi’s aluminum wiring solution can save a ton of weight over the copper alternative — find out how much. BMW’s first-quarter results are very impressive and we’ll have the breakdown. All that and more, plus Craig Cole has Autoline’s first look at the Scion FR-S!

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Episode 882 – GM Q1 Disappoints, Volvo Big Rig Sets Speed Record, Renault Sees a Lada Potential

May 3rd, 2012 at 12:05pm

Runtime: 8:49

It looks like GM is still the world’s biggest automaker, but VW is nipping at its heels with massively more revenue to show for it. Volvo’s hybrid semi-truck sets a world speed record. Renault-Nissan will take a majority stake in AvtoVAZ in order to polish up the Lada brand. All that and more, plus John McElroy responds to your questions and comments in this week’s edition of You Said It!

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Episode 881 – Orders Start for Focus ST, Aptera Zapped Back to Life, Tires Get Smarter

May 2nd, 2012 at 12:12pm

Runtime: 8:02

After what seems like an eternity, Ford is taking orders for the hotly anticipated Focus ST, but at what price? The Aptera we thought was dead in the ground is being “zapped” back to life by a Chinese company. German scientists are developing smart tires that can change their tread to match driving conditions. All that and more, plus a full report on April car sales.

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Episode 880 – Battle of the Plugs, Workers Declare War, R&D = Reduction and Dismissal

May 1st, 2012 at 12:06pm

Runtime: 9:27

Automakers and other organizations are fighting a battle that’s reminiscent of the clash between Westinghouse and Edison.  There’s lots of labor strife going on in the automotive world today.  GM is laying off a huge number of workers at its tech center in Warren, Michigan.  All that and more, plus a test drive of the 2012 Toyota Yaris.

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