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Episode 1024 – D.O.E. Announces EV Project, 2013 NASCAR Chevy SS, 2014 Mazda6 Diesel

November 30th, 2012 at 11:53am

Runtime: 9:06

The U.S. Department of Energy is set to announce a new project to develop low-cost batteries for electric vehicles. Chevy unveiled its new race car for NASCAR and says it will closely resemble the production car. The 2014 Mazda6 will be the first vehicle in Mazda’s line-up to feature its SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine. All that and more, plus John talks with Lincoln’s John Clinard on why it decided to showcase classic cars from its past at the LA Auto Show.

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Episode 1023 – Fiat 500L Makes U.S. Debut, 2014 Porsche Cayman, All-New 2014 Forte

November 29th, 2012 at 12:06pm

Runtime: 8:10

Fiat unveiled, for the American market, a larger version of the Cinquecento, called the 500L. Porsche pulled the silk off the all-new version of the Cayman that goes on sale next spring. Kia showed off the all-new 2014 Forte that has been upgraded inside and out. All that and more, plus guest host Christie Schweinsberg from WardsAuto tells us what’s coming up for Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition of 2013.

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Episode 1022 – Honda Boosts U.S. Exports, New Ram Commercial Division, Diesel Sales Up

November 28th, 2012 at 12:05pm

Runtime: 8:05

In an effort to move production out of Japan, Honda wants to boost exports from the U.S. Ram Truck is launching a new commercial truck division called Ram Commercial. It will even offer a full-sized van based on the Fiat Ducato. Diesel powered cars are starting to catch on in the American market, up over 25 percent through October this year. All that and more, plus guest host Jim Hall of 2953 Analytics gives his thoughts on the state of electric vehicles.

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Episode 1021 – Sandy’s Silver SAAR Lining, Apple’s Siri Debuts in Chevy, Fisker Hires Ewanick

November 27th, 2012 at 12:01pm

Runtime: 9:02

Amid all of the destruction and chaos caused by Superstorm Sandy, there may be a silver lining for the auto industry. Apple’s digital assistant Siri will be making its automotive debut in a couple of Chevrolet models. The abruptly ousted GM marketing chief, Joel Ewanick, has landed at Fisker, for now. All that and more, plus guest host Peter De Lorenzo has the High-Octane Truth about Volkswagen’s key to success.

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Episode 1020 – MPG Woes Continue for Hyundai-Kia, Aston Taking Bids, GM Unveils SPRINGO EV

November 26th, 2012 at 11:56am

Runtime: 8:39

Hyundai and Kia could be starting to feel the repercussions of misrepresenting fuel economy, but this problem may have deeper implications beyond the Korean automakers. Aston Martin is looking for someone to take a stake in the company. See who’s scrambling to place their bids. General Motors takes the wraps off its new Chinese EV, the Sail SPRINGO EV. All that and more, plus John McElroy talks with Ashley Denmead from Carbon Revolution, a company that has figured out how to make wheels out of carbon fiber.

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Episode 1019 – GM Invests in Buses, Mazda’s 50-Hour Project, Buick Logo Redesign?

November 21st, 2012 at 11:41am

Runtime: 9:08

GM invests in Proterra Inc., a company that makes electric, fast-charging buses. Mazda will be building B-spec race cars, in what it calls the 50-hour project. Could the Buick logo get its first redesign in the last decade? One top executive thinks so. All that and more, plus John talks with Mike Jackson, the CEO of Autonation on Autoline This Week.

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Episode 1018 – GE and Ford Partnership, BMW Plug-In Hybrid, LEAF Gets an Upgrade

November 20th, 2012 at 11:42am

Runtime: 8:14

General Electric announced it will buy 2,000 Ford C-MAX plug-in hybrids for its fleet, see what Ford is willing to do in exchange. BMW will show off a plug-in hybrid at the L.A. Auto Show next week. Nissan released an upgraded version of the LEAF in Tokyo today with changes based on feedback from owners. All that and more, plus John responds to your questions and comments in “You Said It!”

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Episode 1017 – JLR Goes 50:50 With Chery, VW Helps SEAT, Subaru’s Stock Way Up

November 19th, 2012 at 11:26am

Runtime: 7:52

A partnership with Chery will help Jaguar Land Rover cut vehicle costs in China. Spanish carmaker SEAT is struggling to sell cars in China, so its parent company is stepping in to help. Honda and Nissan have cut profit forecasts due to protests over disputed territory, but one Japanese automaker is actually increasing theirs. All that and more, plus we take a look at Volkswagen’s all-new 2013 Jetta Hybrid.

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Episode 1016 – Why Toyota is Suing Mexico, BorgWarner Gets New CEO, Mercedes Ener-G

November 16th, 2012 at 11:47am

Runtime: 8:55

An inside source explains the full story on why Toyota and others are suing Mexico over fuel regulations. The turbocharger and dual clutch manufacturer BorgWarner is getting a new CEO. Mercedes-Benz takes the wraps off a futuristic SUV concept for the LA Auto Show. All that and more, plus on Autoline This Week, Csaba Csere and Jim Hall join John McElroy to discuss which EVs are winners and which are destined for the dustbin of history.

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Episode 1015 – Ford’s First Plug-in Hybrid, Toyota Sues Mexico, BMW Goes For Gold

November 15th, 2012 at 11:47am

Runtime: 7:48

Ford throws their hat into the plug-in hybrid ring with the C-MAX Energi and hopes to land some blows on the Toyota Prius. Toyota is suing the Mexican government, but why the lawsuit was filed may surprise you. BMW is using its resources to build a two-man bobsled for the Olympics, however it’s not for the German team. All that and more, plus we take a look into the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

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