Episode 1061 – Chrysler Saves Fiat, California Sticks to EV Mandate, Fisker to get Recharged

January 31st, 2013 at 11:47am

Runtime: 7:38

Fiat reported its 2012 financial earnings, and the results look pretty good, as long as you include Chrysler. Automakers are having a tough time selling EVs but that isn’t stopping California; it is not backing down from its zero emission mandate. Yesterday we reported that Fisker is desperately trying to find a deep-pocket partner and now it looks like the company might have one. All that and more, plus John McElroy has a look into what the 2014 Subaru Forester is all about.

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Episode 1060 – Chrysler Sales Soar… in the U.S., Big Bonus for Ford UAW, Fisker’s Money Troubles

January 30th, 2013 at 11:41am

Runtime: 6:56

Chrysler posted strong financial earnings last year but the company is still too reliant on the U.S. market. Speaking of financial earnings, Ford’s UAW employees are going to reap the benefits of the company’s positive results. Find out how much they’ll receive in profit sharing checks. Fisker just hired a consulting group to help it figure out how to save cash as it looks for a partner or a buyer. All that and more, plus John responds to your questions and comments in “You Said It!”

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Episode 1059 – Ford by the Numbers, Diesel Cruze to Debut, de Nysschen on Q

January 29th, 2013 at 11:47am

Runtime: 7:16

Ford is the first automaker to release its 2012 earnings, and we take a deep dive into the places where they’re winning and losing. At long last we’ll see the clean diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze debut in the U.S. John McElroy asks Johan de Nysschen why Infiniti has changed its naming scheme to focus on the letter Q. All that and we take a look at the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.

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Episode 1058 – Will Fuel Cells Sell? Suppliers Face Capacity Crunch, The Corvette Car Company

January 28th, 2013 at 11:58am

Runtime: 8:10

Three major automakers are teaming up to develop mass-produced fuel cells that will be on the market in a few years. Suppliers are struggling to keep up with demand as the automotive market heats up. Should Corvette break away from the Chevrolet mothership? We asked you in our Autoline Poll, find out how everything panned out. All that and more, plus Isaac Bouchard visits the Skip Barber Racing School to find out what it takes to become an expert driver.

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Episode 1057 – Dodge Dart Struggling, More EV Discounts, The Bi-Annual Styling Change

January 25th, 2013 at 11:42am

Runtime: 7:35

Dodge is chopping production at one of its engine plants as sales of the Dart continue to disappoint. Ford is the next in a line of automakers to offer deep discounts on its electric vehicles. Could a bi-annual styling change become the norm for the industry? All that and more, plus a preview of Autoline This Week with the Lincoln Motor Company’s Matt VanDyke.

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Episode 1056 – Whitacre Wanted Reuss, Peugeot’s Battery-Free Hybrid, BMW & Toyota Partner

January 24th, 2013 at 11:53am

Runtime: 8:51

In a new memoir, GM’s former chairman says he wanted Mark Reuss to succeed him. Peugeot and Bosch announce a battery-free hybrid system that’s lighter and cheaper. BMW and Toyota cement their agreement to collaborate on a host of new projects including a sports car. 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 1055 – Euro Plants Get Axe, 2014 Subaru Forester Demo, Car Navs No Match for Apps

January 23rd, 2013 at 12:01pm

Runtime: 9:25

As Europe continues to slump, more factories are on the chopping block. John McElroy is out testing the 2014 Subaru Forester and he has an impressive demo of the vehicle’s all-wheel drive capabilities. And, maybe automakers should stick to what they’re good at; a new study suggests car nav systems can’t compare to smart phones. All that and more, plus Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, is back with his recipe for maximizing the potential of Corvette. See what his new lineup would look like.

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Episode 1054 – Germans Eye India, New Mercedes Tech, Honda’s First Plug-In Hybrid

January 22nd, 2013 at 11:19am

Runtime: 6:01

After striking out in China, Germany’s luxury carmakers plan on introducing small hatchbacks in India. Mercedes-Benz just introduced new technology that warns drivers when they are driving the wrong way on the road. On sale now is Honda’s 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid, the first of its kind for the company. All that and more, plus fill-in host Peter De Lorenzo gives his thoughts on what GM just doesn’t get about marketing the Corvette.

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Episode 1053 – New Chairman for Toyota, Big Rigs = Big Sales, Lutz’s Version of Karma

January 21st, 2013 at 11:48am

Runtime: 7:31

Toyota will be getting a new chairman later this year to replace current chairman Fujio Cho. Big truck sales in the U.S. last year hit their highest total since 2007. Bob Lutz paired up with a company that is removing the hybrid powertrain from Fisker Karmas and replacing them with Corvette motors. All that and more, plus we’ll show you a company that is working on a low-cost hybrid that doesn’t need any batteries.

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Episode 1052 – Corvette’s Aerodynamic Tricks, GM to Build Rear-Drive Coupe, Honda GEAR

January 18th, 2013 at 11:23am

Runtime: 7:00

Last night on Autoline After Hours we learned about some of the coolest aerodynamic tricks they’re using on the new Corvette. It looks like the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins may be getting some new competition. At yesterday’s Montreal Auto Show Honda pulled the wraps off its concept car called the GEAR. All that and more, plus host John McElroy recently invited four of the editors from Ward’s Auto World on Autoline This Week to talk about where they see engine technology going.

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