Episode 951 – Cadillac ELR, Next-Gen Kia Sorento, F1 Car “Sings” National Anthem

August 16th, 2012 at 12:08pm

Runtime: 8:41

Don Butler, the vice president of marketing for Cadillac tells Autoline when its plug-in electric vehicle, the ELR, will become available. Kia released details on the new Sorento before it officially debuts at the Paris Motor Show. Red Bull Racing took one of its Formula One cars to New York City to “sing” the U.S. national anthem. All that and more, plus a look at Meritor Wabco’s next-generation electronic stability control system for large trucks which has a feature that makes competing systems look primitive by comparison.

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Episode 950 – Canadian Labor Most Expensive, Ethanol Keeps Gas Prices Down, Posawatz to Fisker

August 15th, 2012 at 12:07pm

Runtime: 8:21

The CAW enters negotiations today and Ford says Canadian labor is the most expensive in the industry. Dr. Candace Wheeler, a technical fellow at General Motors, says ethanol has kept gas prices lower than they would be otherwise. Fisker just hired the recently-retired Tony Posawatz to be its new CEO. All that and more, plus You Said It!

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Episode 949 – IIHS Debuts New Test, BMW Stop… Start, Less Alternative-More Fuel

August 14th, 2012 at 12:11pm

Runtime: 10:32

The IIHS just found a new way to destroy cars. The organization recently developed a test to simulate crashing into a tree, with numerous models failing with flying colors. BMW is allowing its dealers to reprogram its Stop-Start system so owners will not have to disable it each time the car is started. John talks with Candice Wheeler, a Technical Fellow at GM R&D about alternative fuels that are less alternative and more fuel. All that and more, plus a look at Chrysler’s quality testing.

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Episode 948 – Who’s Number One?, Delta Wing to Indy Lights?, Young Buyers Spurn Cars

August 13th, 2012 at 11:35am

Runtime: 9:17

VW has publicly bragged that it will be the biggest car company in the world by 2018 but one automotive analyst believes it’s going to come up short. A new study shows that young people aren’t buying cars like they used to. The Indy Lights series, which is the farm system for the IndyCar Series, is going to get a new race car and it could be the Delta Wing. All that and more, plus a look at the fastest MINI ever built.

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Episode 947 – Dan Akerson At It Again, Korean Auto Workers Strike, Frito-Lay’s EV Fleet

August 10th, 2012 at 12:03pm

Runtime: 9:11

GM CEO Dan Akerson is taking GM employees down a peg. The former naval officer criticized employees for leaks to the media, and the company’s products for not being competitive. Auto workers in South Korea are striking for higher pay and an end to night shifts which the workers say are dangerous. Frito-Lay, the snack foods division of PepsiCo, is increasing it’s fleet of EV delivery trucks. The fleet is now the nation’s largest. All that and more, plus we pump up some tires.

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Episode 946 – Renault Looks to Africa, Ford Expands in China, CNG Powered Ram 2500

August 9th, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 6:58

Renault is making a big push into Africa in hopes of boosting sales. Right now it’s building the largest assembly plant on the continent. Ford’s commercial vehicle partner, Jiangling Motors will take a stake in the Taiyuan Changan Heavy Truck Company, allowing the Dearborn automaker to expand into China’s heavy-duty truck market. Chrysler is set to introduce a CNG version of the Ram 2500 HD pickup truck later this month. All that and more, plus guest host Peter De Lorenzo sounds off on a group of governors joining forces to “save” the auto industry.

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Episode 945 – New Accord Born Stale, Toyota to Sell Fuel-Cell Cars, Miniature Mini Olympian

August 8th, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 11:08

Official pictures of the new Honda Accord are out and the images are more of the same.  Despite what the automaker might say, it’s yawn-tastic. Toyota says it will sell fuel-cell cars in the U.S. in  2015, though the cars will likely only be sold in certain areas where the infrastructure exists to fuel them. BMW’s Mini brand is earning some cute points and making a stir in track and field events at the Olympics. All that and more, plus an update from John at MBS.

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Episode 944 – Spyker v. GM, MBS Update, Chrysler Uconnect Possibly Going Global

August 7th, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 8:30

Spyker and GM are facing off in court. The small Dutch automaker alleges GM wrongfully forced it to take Saab into bankruptcy. John has some updates from the MBS conference in Traverse City, Michigan. Chrysler may share its popular Uconnect infotainment system with cars on the Fiat side of the Chrysler-Fiat conglomerate by adapting the software to specific regions around the globe. All that and more plus a quick look at the Hyundai Elantra GT.

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Episode 942 – Toyota Passes GM for No.1?, Hot Cars at GM Design, Where is Studio ‘X’?

August 3rd, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 7:56

With all the 2Q numbers in Toyota sold more than a million more units than it did last year when Japan was ravaged by natural disasters. The company also may have passed GM again to take the sales crown.  In our tour of the GM Design Center we saw a lot of great cars, including one with an interesting history. The Nürburgring gets a bail out to stave off bankruptcy.  All that and more, plus we ask Ed Welburn where GM’s super secret Studio X is located.

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Episode 941 – GM Reports Weak Earnings, July Car Sales Lukewarm, Manuals Make Comeback

August 2nd, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 9:18

General Motors reported its second-quarter earnings, and it was a fairly weak performance. Car sales in the U.S. were up slightly last month, but they show the market is slowing down. Vehicles equipped with manual transmissions have accounted for 7 percent of sales so far this year, up from around 4 percent last year. All that and more, plus a look at the 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible.

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