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Episode 981 – Tire Prices Expected to Drop, Bosch Bullish on Stop/Start, Audi Q3

September 28th, 2012 at 11:40am

Runtime: 8:50

Tire prices are expected to drop in the U.S. after a tariff placed on Chinese tire makers expired earlier in the week. Bosch predicts that half of all new cars in the U.S. will be equipped with stop/start technology within four years. John takes a look at the Audi Q3 with Audi of America’s President, Scott Keogh. All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week with Don Butler the Vice President of Marketing at Cadillac.

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Episode 980 – Chrysler & CAW Reach Deal, Jaguar F-Type, RAM HD Pick-Ups Revealed

September 27th, 2012 at 12:03pm

Runtime: 7:54

The Canadian Auto Workers reached a new labor agreement with Chrysler. Jaguar unveiled an all-new two-seat convertible called the F-Type in Paris today. Hot on the heels of its light-duty 1500 model, RAM truck just revealed its latest crop of HD pickups. All that and more, plus we take a look at the new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.

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Episode 979 – Tesla Lowers Forecast, VW/Fiat Spar Over Alfa, CA Approves Autonomous Cars

September 26th, 2012 at 11:40am

Runtime: 7:37

Tesla is lowering its sales forecast for the year by 30 percent because of manufacturing and supplier issues with its Model S. Volkswagen is interested in acquiring Alfa Romeo but Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne will have none of it. California just passed a bill that will allow autonomous cars on its roadways. All that and more, plus guest host Peter De Lorenzo talks about the latest chapter in the ongoing “Fisker Follies” saga.

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Episode 978 – Toyota Pooh-Poohs EVs, Tesla Offers Free Charging, Chrysler Suspends PHEV Testing

September 25th, 2012 at 11:53am

Runtime: 7:01

Toyota doesn’t see much chance of success for EV’s in the short term because of limited range and long recharging times. Tesla just launched a network of solar power charging stations to allow Model S owners to power up for free. Chrysler announced that it is suspending testing for its plug-in hybrid program. All that and more, plus John answers your questions and comments in “You Said It!”

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Episode 977 – Here Comes Super-SAAR, GM Spot Welds Aluminum, First Drive of CODA EV

September 24th, 2012 at 11:42am

Runtime: 11:32

Ward’s predicts September sales will hit the best SAAR in three years. GM figures out how to shed pounds by spot welding aluminum. John McElroy takes his first drive of the CODA electric car and gives his initial impressions. All that and more, plus a report from KPMG about using the cloud to improve the automotive supply chain.

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Episode 976 – LEAF Batteries Degrade in Heat, EV Subsidies to Cost Billions, 2013 Audi S3

September 21st, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 10:58

A new study says batteries in the Nissan LEAF degrade faster in hot climates. The Congressional Budget Office says that federal subsidies for manufacturing and purchasing EVs will cost taxpayers around $7.5 billion through 2019. Audi revealed the 2013 S3 which gets a walloping 300 horsepower from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week about whether using ethanol in gasoline hurts our food supply.

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Episode 975 – Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen, Passat Passes Past Record, VW’s Wonderful Ad

September 20th, 2012 at 12:10pm

Runtime: 10:01

Transmission maker ZF is rockin’ and rollin’ as demand for its gearboxes booms. The Volkswagen Passat has passed its previous sales record, which was set in 2001. Prices for red-hot rare-earth metals are finally starting to cool off. All that and more, plus a first drive of the 2013 Ford Fusion and a look at one of the best ads to come out in years.

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Episode 974 – McLaren Unveils New Supercar, 2013 Aston Martin DB9, BMW Develops New Engines

September 19th, 2012 at 11:30am

Runtime: 7:32

McLaren is showing off a new supercar called the P1 before its formal debut in Paris next week. Aston Martin just revealed the new 2013 DB9, which will be available in November. BMW is developing a new lineup of engines that will come in three-, four- and six-cylinder sizes as well as gasoline and diesel configurations. All that and more, plus guest host Peter De Lorenzo shares his thoughts on why the 2013 Fusion defines the new Ford.

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Episode 973 – Ford and CAW Reach Deal, European Sales Slide, Intake Valve Lift Control

September 18th, 2012 at 12:15pm

Runtime: 8:20

Ford and the Canadian Auto Workers Union have reached a tentative agreement for a new labor contract. Vehicle registrations in Europe dropped 8.5 percent in August versus the same month in 2011. GM’s 2.5-liter EcoTec four-cylinder engine features the company’s new Intake Valve Lift Control system. All that and more, plus a look at which vehicles are flying off dealer lots the fastest.

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Episode 972 – CAW Targets Ford, Treasury Won’t Sell GM Stake, BMW Shows Off Paris Reveals

September 17th, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 8:36

The Canadian Auto Workers chose Ford as its strike target as it tries to negotiate a new contract before it expires tonight. General Motors is pushing the U.S. Treasury Department to sell its stake in the company but it won’t because GM’s stock price isn’t high enough. BMW is showing off more of the vehicles it will reveal at the Paris Motor Show. All that and more, plus a look at the all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL.

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