Episode 992 – BMW Let’s You Skip Payments, New Brand for VW? New Explorer Targets Luxury Buyers

October 15th, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 8:40

BMW must be worried about its market share; lessees can now skip payments on certain models. Could Volkswagen be cooking up a new brand to satisfy low-cost hunger pangs? The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is aimed squarely at the luxury market. All that and more, plus an inside look at the engineering of the just-unveiled Jaguar F-TYPE.

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Episode 990 – VW May Shelve Luxo SUVs, F1 and Done, Should Chrysler Buy Fiat?

October 11th, 2012 at 11:55am

Runtime: 7:58

As the situation in Europe continues to go from bad to worse, Volkswagen may put its ultra-luxury SUVs on hold. Fox and Turner Sports have inked a deal that may have greater ramifications on racing coverage. And, John McElroy weighs in on whether Chrysler should buy Fiat to save the company. All that and more, plus correspondent Andrew Justus has some first drive impressions of the new BMW M5!

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Episode 989 – Full Autonomy in 5 Years? Honda Offers Free Gas, Is Your Airbag Fake?

October 10th, 2012 at 12:04pm

Runtime: 8:27

Could autonomous vehicles be in consumers’ hands as soon as five years? One company thinks so. Honda customers now have a new incentive to buy a CNG Civic — free gas! NHTSA uncovers airbags that either don’t work or deploy shrapnel. Is yours faulty? All that and more, plus John McElroy responds to your questions and comments in this week’s edition of You Said It!

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Episode 988 – Are You Waku Doki? Fuel Ac-Cell-eration, Toyota is Smashing

October 9th, 2012 at 11:40am

Runtime: 7:04

Toyota’s chairman says he won’t approve any new models that are not waku waku doki doki. What does that mean? Find out. Four major companies agree to accelerate the pace of fuel cell development and infrastructure. Toyota makes good on damaged cars in recent protests. All that and more, plus Andrew Justus has Autoline’s first look at Ford’s new dedicated hybrid, the C-MAX.

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Episode 987 – CA Emissions Cave to Price Pressure, Overpriced Ethanol, 2014 Kia Forte

October 8th, 2012 at 11:59am

Runtime: 8:37

California temporarily lowered its emission standards for gasoline because prices skyrocketed in the Golden State. E85 must be priced 20% below gasoline or motorists have no financial incentive to use it. We take our first look at what will become the new 2014 Kia Forte sedan. All that and more, plus we take a look at the fashion aspect of the Paris Auto Show.

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Episode 986 – Japanese Sales Plummet in China, Europe’s Woes Continue, Chevy Trax

October 5th, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 9:27

Anti-Japanese sentiment in China is crushing car sales for Japanese automakers. The auto industry in Europe continues to struggle. VW just slashed its European sales forecast for the year and Renault is moving more production out of France. But there is one bright spot in Europe. Sales last month in the UK were up 8 percent. All that and more, plus a look at one of Chevrolet’s most important reveals from the Paris Motor Show, the Trax.

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Episode 985 – Toyota Matrix Bows Out, Traffic Fatalities Rise, Bikes Overtake Cars

October 4th, 2012 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:35

Toyota will no longer sell its Matrix hatchback in the United States. The move will free up capacity to build more Corollas. Traffic deaths in the U.S. have been declining for the past several years but that trend has reversed this year. Things are bad in Europe but in Italy sales of bicycles have actually overtaken cars! All that and more, plus a design walk around of the new 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE.

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Episode 984 – September Sales Strong, Infiniti Wants to Expand in F1, Jeep Heads to India

October 3rd, 2012 at 11:40am

Runtime: 7:40

Car sales in the U.S. continue to grow, hitting nearly 1.2 million units, an increase of 13 percent compared to last year. Infiniti wants to expand its relationship with Red Bull’s Formula One team. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is pushing to sell Jeeps in India. All that and more, plus a look at Opel’s new small car, the Adam.

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Episode 983 – The People’s Employer, French Revolution, Beijing’s “No-Fly Zone”

October 2nd, 2012 at 11:45am

Runtime: 8:04

We bet you didn’t know that Volkswagen has the highest number of employees in the global automotive industry, topping half a million. September light-vehicle sales plummeted in France, making a bad situation even worse. Toyota’s chairman, Fujio Cho was denied permission to land his jet in Beijing as tensions between China and Japan escalate. All that and more, plus John responds to questions and comments in “You Said It!”

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Episode 982 – Nissan Offers LEAF Discounts, Greece Subsidizing F1 Track, Europe’s Capacity Woes

October 1st, 2012 at 11:30am

Runtime: 7:42

Nissan is offering huge discounts for the Leaf in the U.S. in an effort to boost sales. The Greek government is subsidizing the construction of a Formula One race track despite the country’s financial woes. Analysts say Europe needs to take out at least 5 million units of capacity. All that and more, plus we’ll take a look at why the Dodge Charger got to be as good as it is.

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