Episode 911 – BMW i8 Pricing Revealed, A-Class AMG, Euro NCAP Requires Autonomous Braking

June 14th, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 8:07

BMW just announced the price of its futuristic-looking hybrid, the i8, and man, it ain’t cheap!  Who says big things don’t come in small packages?  Mercedes-Benz and the folks at AMG are hard at work developing the performance version of the company’s new A-Class and it is going to be unimaginably powerful.  In its effort to cut traffic deaths in half by 2020, Euro NCAP will add autonomous emergency braking tests to its crash ratings in 2014.  All that and more, plus John proposes a brand-new racing series where the only rule is there are no rules.

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Episode 910 – Euro Exec’s Worried, New Mercedes-Benz GLK, 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Pricing

June 13th, 2012 at 11:40am

Runtime: 7:58

Automotive executives in Europe are worried about a stagnant economy and slumping car sales. Mercedes-Benz introduced a refreshed version of its GLK sport-utility vehicle. Hyundai just announced the starting price of the 2013 Elantra GT. All that and more, plus John answers your questions and comments in “You Said It!”

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Episode 909 – UAW Targets Nissan, Chinese Cars Add Up, Renault Launches Car Sharing Program

June 12th, 2012 at 11:40am

Runtime: 6:19

The UAW in its latest attempt to unionize a foreign owned auto plant is targeting Nissan’s U.S. factories. Reports are rolling in about legions of unsold cars in China, with factories and dealers reporting different numbers and extra inventory making up the difference. GM and DOW recently earned grants from the DOE for their work in die-casting and carbon fiber respectively. All that and more, plus a look at the Infiniti EX 35.

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Episode 908 – Turbos Charge Ahead, VW Considers Navistar Stake, Viper GTS-R Track Test

June 11th, 2012 at 11:40am

Runtime: 9:39

BorgWarner, one of the largest supplier of turbochargers, says 80 percent of all passenger vehicles in the U.S. will have a turbo by 2020. Volkswagen is discussing whether to take a stake in commercial truck-maker Navistar to help it compete with Daimler in North America. The 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R racecar just completed its first on-track test. All that and more, plus a look at the all new 2013 Scion FR-S.

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Episode 907 – Volt Gets a Jolt, Opel Astra Sedan, Test Drive: BMW 5 Series

June 8th, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 7:43

General Motors announced it boosted the range of the 2013 Chevy Volt. Opel just showed off the sedan version of the Astra, which will make its world premiere this August at the Moscow Auto Salon. Dany Bahar, the CEO of Lotus, was fired because of some sort of improprieties with his conduct. All that and more, plus a look at the new BMW 5 Series.

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Episode 906 – GM & Ford Feud Over Tow Ratings, Inventory in China Grows, Jaguar XF Gets the Axe

June 7th, 2012 at 11:30am

Runtime: 7:46

Ford and GM are in a dispute over tow-ratings for pickup trucks. Car dealers in China are complaining about growing inventory levels that are hurting their profits. Jaguar designers recently “deconstructed” a model of its XF sedan by destroying it with axes. All that and more, plus we take a look at the new Scion iQ.

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Episode 905 – Big Three Move South, Fiat Wants Carmakers to Cut Capacity, Fit EV = High MPGe

June 6th, 2012 at 12:06pm

Runtime: 8:09

The Big Three are making a break for the border. GM, Ford and Chrysler close plants in Canada in favor of cheaper U.S. labor. The head of Fiat/Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, is urging European carmakers to tackle overcapacity issues but the Germans say “nein!” The Honda Fit EV earned the highest efficiency rating of any electric vehicle by the U.S. EPA, Fit indeed. All that and more, plus John answers your questions in “You Said It!”

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Episode 903 – You Don’t Mess with the Johan, Roewe E50, Ferrari GTO Sets Record

June 4th, 2012 at 12:06pm

Runtime: 8:32

Audi’s North American CEO, Johan De Nysschen, has resigned from his post. Chinese automaker SAIC announced it will offer its first electric vehicle for sale this October, the Roewe E50. A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold last month in a private transaction for $35 million, a new record. All that and more, plus we take a deep dive into last month’s car sales.

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Episode 902 – Perception is Reality, Mid-size Cars On the Rise, VW Amarok to Canada?

June 1st, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:15

A new report from ALG says Ford and Hyundai have had the best improvement in perceived quality during the last five years. Analysts at Ford predict the next crop of midsize sedans due to flood the market in a year or so are going to eat into small-car sales. Volkswagen is considering selling its small pickup, the Amarok, in Canada. All that and more, plus Autoline Daily correspondent Craig Cole test drives the Infiniti G37.

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