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Episode 922 – GM Board Approves Opel Plan, Used-Car Prices Drop, Chrysler May Boost Ram Production

June 29th, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:48

To help combat its losses in Europe, GM’s supervisory board approved a new plan to restructure Opel. Prices for used cars are starting to fall because sales of new cars are picking up this year. Chrysler is optimistic about pickup sales going forward and is considering adding a third shift at its Warren Truck Plant. All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week about the candidates for the 2013 North American Car and Truck of the Year award.

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Episode 921 – Fiat Ups Chrysler Holdings, Ford Closes Filipino Factory, EV talk with Sec. Chu

June 28th, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 9:38

Fiat plans to increase its stake in Chrysler by purchasing shares from the UAW healthcare trust fund.  Ford is closing its only plant in the Philippines as part of a restructuring effort in the region. John sits down with the Energy Secretary to talk electric cars. All that and more, plus Andrew Justus drives the new Lexus ES.

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Episode 920 – New Car Prices Drop, Volvo I-See, Ford Engine Impressions

June 27th, 2012 at 11:46am

Runtime: 10:54

Car buyers are paying an average of $500 less on new vehicles compared to a year ago. Volvo has developed a new fuel-saving system for commercial trucks called I-See that harnesses a truck’s kinetic energy to save  fuel. A test drive of Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost-powered Taurus as well as the company’s 1.0-liter three cylinder engine. All that and more, plus a look at John’s trip to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Episode 919 – Japanese Auto Production, Ford F-150 Limited, Ford Taurus Fuel Economy

June 26th, 2012 at 12:01pm

Runtime: 9:07

A strong yen continues to drive auto production out of Japan  as Toyota and Nissan announce planned production cuts. Ford releases the F-150 Limited, the new top o the line truck is set to cost more than the Platinum Edition’s $44k price tag. The Taurus is set to get a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine to help Ford’s large car achieve 32 MPG highway. All that and more, plus a look at the Audi allroad.

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Episode 918 – Yaris Production Moves, GM Expands in Russia, Yamaha Plans Low-Cost Bike

June 25th, 2012 at 12:02pm

Runtime: 9:24

Toyota will shift production of Yarises built in Japan for North America to France, the first time Toyota will export from Europe to North America. General Motors announced it’s boosting production in Russia. Yamaha plans to introduce a new motorcycle in India with a price of just $500. All that and more, plus John McElroy test drives the 2013 Lexus GS 350.

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Episode 917 – Chu Changes Mind on Hydrogen, Volvo Seeks N. America Partner, Ghosn May Retire

June 22nd, 2012 at 12:08pm

Runtime: 8:07

When U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu first took office in 2009 he was not a very big fan of hydrogen fuel cells but things have changed, including the secretary’s stance on hydrogen. Volvo says it’s looking for a partner in North America within the next five to six years to produce vehicles. Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn is considering retirement before the company’s next mid-term review, which is five years away. All that and more, plus we head down to Smyrna, Tennessee to pay a visit to Nissan’s sprawling manufacturing campus in this week’s Autoline This Week preview.

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Episode 916 – Quality Gap Shrinks, Audi Names New U.S. President, 2013 Chevy Malibu

June 21st, 2012 at 11:00am

Runtime: 8:09

The gap in quality among carmakers continues to shrink according to J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Survey. Audi just announced that Scott Keogh will replace Johan de Nysschen as President of the company’s U.S. operations. Chevy just announced the base price for the 2013 Malibu is just over $23,000, which is a small increase over the current Malibu. All that and more, plus a look at the all-new Ford Escape.

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Episode 915 – Ward’s Optimistic Despite Falling SAAR, Lexus LFA Almost Gone, Train of Volvos

June 20th, 2012 at 11:54am

Runtime: 8:19

Ward’s reports despite a falling SAAR last month it is sticking with its sales forecast for the year of 14.5 million units, citing growing employment and consumer confidence. Toyota says their Lexus brand has nine, as in one more than eight, LFAs remaining. Sales of the $375,000 vehicle have almost reached the end of the planned 500 car production run. In autonomous car news, Europe’s SARTRE program to enable follow the leader style road trains on highways recently completed its first public road test. The test featured three Volvo cars following a Volvo truck on a Spanish highway at 53 mph. All that and more, plus You said It!

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Episode 914 – GM Design Shaken not Stirred, Renault to Add Brands, Ford and GM Get Green

June 19th, 2012 at 11:53am

Runtime: 8:15

GM is shaking up its designers in hopes of increasing brand identity. The world’s largest automaker wants to move away from the current regional design scheme and toward one with global brand designers. Renault plans to add two luxury brands to its portfolio in an effort to bolster its sales and image. Ford and GM are touting their own environmental accomplishments. All that and more, plus a look at the Dodge Dart.

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Episode 913 – Lexus Boosts Incentives, U.S. Fights Chinese Car Parts, Test Drive: Acura ILX

June 18th, 2012 at 11:10am

Runtime: 6:39

Lexus is gunning to reclaim the title of No. 1 luxury automaker in the U.S. and is boosting incentives to reach its goal. The Obama Administration is considering filing a World Trade Organization claim against what it sees as Chinese auto part dumping in the United States. Last week Hyundai announced pricing for the hatchback version of the Elantra, now pricing for the coupe is out. All that and more, plus a test drive of the all-new Acura ILX.

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