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Episode 962 – Ford Focus No. 1 in World, New Fiat Panda 4×4, Gas Prices Skyrocket in Italy

August 31st, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 8:32

The Ford Focus is the world’s best-selling car in the first six months of the year. Fiat will unveil a new 4×4 version of the Panda at the Paris Auto Show. A gallon of unleaded gasoline now costs about $9.50 a gallon in some regions of Italy! All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week, where we take you inside Bob Lutz’s garage.

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Episode 961 – GM’s Brain Drain, Nissan Russia-Ready Almera, Audi Space Frame Getting Scrapped?

August 30th, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 8:44

It looks like GM is suffering a brain drain in its R&D department. The latest senior leader to depart the company is Chris Borroni-Bird. Nissan just introduced the all-new Almera at the Moscow International Autosalon. This large sedan is specifically designed to handle Russia’s rough roads. Audi could be scrapping its all-aluminum space frame. The next-generation A8 may ride on a completely different platform. All that and more, plus a look at the Land Rover LR4.

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Episode 960 – EVs: The Economic Lemon, 2014 Mazda6, GM Plans to Expand in Russia

August 29th, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 9:16

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the company is guaranteed to lose money on every zero-emission vehicle it makes. Mazda just revealed the all-new 2014 Mazda6 at the Moscow Auto Show. The head of General Motors’ International Operations says the company plans to invest $1 billion in Russia over the next five years. All that and more, plus John responds to your questions and comments in “You Said It!”

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Episode 959 – Lincoln Heads to China, Mexican Manufacturing Boom, CAW and Big Three Face Off

August 28th, 2012 at 11:39am

Runtime: 6:58

Ford is taking its troubled luxury brand to China. Lincoln vehicles will be sold in this red-hot market starting in the second-half of 2014. Vehicle manufacturing in Mexico is expected to grow by 1 million units over the next three years. The Canadian Auto Workers Union and the Detroit Three are facing off in their latest round of contract negotiations. All that and more, plus a look at a new electric-motor technology.

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Episode 958 – Hyundai-Kia Accused of Dumping, Capacity Maxed Out, Presidential Candidates Banned

August 27th, 2012 at 11:30am

Runtime: 7:17

The French government is accusing Hyundai and Kia of dumping cars in the French market. Car plants in the second quarter of the year hit 100 percent capacity utilization in North America. General Motors and Chrysler have banned President Obama and Mitt Romney from visiting their plants until after the election. All that and more, plus John shares his idea of how GM can save Opel.

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Episode 957 – Euro Regs Go Too Far, BYD’s Compact Comes When Called, Camaro’s Weighty Issue

August 24th, 2012 at 12:03pm

Runtime: 10:50

European automakers say the 2020 emissions target will add a hefty increase to the price of cars — we’ll tell you how much. BYD has a car that comes when it’s called — for only $10,000! Camaro’s chief engineer explains away the criticisms of the sports car’s weight problem. All that and more, plus Seamus McElroy has an overview of the new Ram 1500!

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Episode 956 – Nissan Champions Testing, How to Beat a Crash Test, First Look Toyota Auris

August 23rd, 2012 at 11:56am

Runtime: 7:55

Nissan hires the top car tester away from Consumer Reports. Engineers explain what has to be done to meet the new small off-set crash test devised by IIHS. We get a first look at the Toyota Auris, set to debut in Paris next month. All that and more, plus John responds to your questions and comments in this week’s edition of You Said It!

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Episode 955 – Free-Trade Warning, Zipcar Expanding Services, ‘Round-the-Clock Building

August 22nd, 2012 at 12:01pm

Runtime: 8:17

A recently published study indicates a free-trade agreement with Japan would be very harmful to the automotive industry in the United States.  Vehicle-sharing company Zipcar just announced plans to expand its business by offering vans for rent in select markets across North America.  Land Rover cannot keep up with demand for the hot-selling Evoque.  All that and more, plus guest host Michelle Krebs from Edmunds.com shares some analysis on automotive advertising during the Olympic Games.

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Episode 954 – Chinese Executives Prefer Minivans, VW Opens New U.S. Test Center, 2013 Accord

August 21st, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:05

One of the most popular vehicles among executives in China is the Buick GL8 minivan. Volkswagen just opened a new product-development and emissions-test laboratory in California. Honda kicked off production of the redesigned 2013 Accord at its plant in Marysville, Ohio. All that and more, plus guest host Todd Lassa from Motor Trend shares some interesting analysis on whether the American love affair with cars is fading.

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Episode 953 – E15 Challenge Rejected, Mulsanne Concept, Ranger Owners Switch Brands

August 20th, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 7:11

A federal appeals court rejected challenges to prevent the increase of ethanol in gasoline. Bentley just previewed its latest automobile at the Pebble Beach Concours, the Mulsanne Convertible Concept. Many Ford Ranger owners are switching to other brands including Chevrolet, Toyota and Nissan. All that and more, plus guest host David Kiley of AOL Autos shares a few of his thoughts on the car business.

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