Episode 1081 – UAW to Organize Nissan Plant? GM Ups Plug-in Production, Happy 75th Toyota

February 28th, 2013 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 8:34

Reports are out that several hundred of Nissan’s factory workers in Smyrna, Tennessee met with the United Auto Workers this week at a local hall. GM is boosting plug-in production as it believes that demand for its extended range electric vehicles is going to grow this year. After 75 years in the automotive business, Toyota marks the milestone with a fully interactive timeline. All that and more, plus we take a look at Visteon’s vision of what cars and the technology they’re equipped with will be like in the year 2020.

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Episode 1080 – Chinese EVs Stuck in Park, Formula E on Fast Track, Velvet is the new Matte

February 27th, 2013 at 11:45am

Runtime: 8:08

In one of the fastest growing markets in the world, EVs are going nowhere fast. Meanwhile, the future for EVs on the racing circuit could be looking bright as Formula E kicks into gear. The automotive equivalent of the “little black dress” is here and the secret is velvet. All that and more, plus John McElroy answers your questions and comments in this week’s edition of You Said It!

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Episode 1079 – Mahoney Finds a New Road, Akerson Buys Stock, GT-R is Finding NISMO

February 26th, 2013 at 11:56am

Runtime: 8:23

In a move that caught most industry observers by surprise, General Motors hired away the top marketing executive from Volkswagen of America. The U.S. Treasury Department is selling off its remaining shares in General Motors. And one of those people who bought stock was GM CEO Dan Akerson. NISMO became Nissan’s exclusive performance and motorsports brand. All that and more, plus John McElroy shows you how the top car companies stack up against each other.

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Episode 1078 – Chery Hires Porsche Designer, VW’s 2012 Earnings, Jeep Cherokee is Back

February 25th, 2013 at 11:44am

Runtime: 8:09

Chinese automaker Chery hired top-level designer Hakan Saracoglu from Porsche. Volkswagen announced its earnings for 2012 and the company posted some jaw-dropping numbers. Jeep is so excited about bringing the Cherokee back that they released pictures before the official introduction at the New York Auto Show in March. All that and more, plus Autoline Daily correspondent Seamus McElroy has our first look into the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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Episode 1077 – Daimler Plays Musical Chairs, Sonata Hybrid Upgraded, XL1 Has XXXL MPGs

February 22nd, 2013 at 11:56am

Runtime: 9:19

Daimler plays executive musical chairs by making some interesting personnel changes. Hyundai is upgrading the Sonata Hybrid for 2013, which is a good thing because the first version didn’t really deliver one main thing you expect from a hybrid. Yesterday Volkswagen officially announced the launch of the most fuel-efficient production vehicle ever made. All that and more, plus on Autoline This Week our guest is former GM CEO, Ed Whitacre and he talks about the mess he found when he got to General Motors.

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Episode 1076 – Connected Car Threat, Audi’s Plug-In Hybrid, VW’s Hot Hatch Diesel

February 21st, 2013 at 11:27am

Runtime: 8:11

The FCC is considering selling off more of the Wi-Fi spectrum in the United States and that has automakers worried. Audi will be pulling the wraps off its version of a plug-in hybrid next month at the Geneva Motor Show. The Golf lineup just got a little bigger with the introduction of Volkswagen’s Golf GTD. The D stands for diesel. All that and more, plus Autoline Daily correspondent Sean McElroy takes a ride in Acura’s replacement for the RL.

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Episode 1075 – Volvo’s Road Sign Info, Sales vs. Registrations, Bentley Goes Flying

February 20th, 2013 at 12:32pm

Runtime: 8:35

Volvo is introducing a number of new safety-related technologies. One of those is what they call Road Sign Information. It has been reported lately that BMW passed Mercedes-Benz as the top luxury sales leader in the American market. But, M-B says otherwise, if you look at one important stat. The all-new Flying Spur from Bentley will make its global debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. All that and more, plus we get to some of your questions and comments in this week’s edition of You Said It!

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Episode 1074 – GM’s 1% Solution, Nissan Builds Research Center, Ford Boosts Chassis Production

February 19th, 2013 at 11:34am

Runtime: 8:39

General Motors announced yesterday that it regained the 1 percent share that it sold to its joint venture partner in China. Today marks the official opening of an advanced research center in Silicon Valley for Renault-Nissan which will specialize in one area of technology. RV sales were up in 2012, and Ford announced it will be increasing chassis production for motorhomes. All that and more, plus we take a look at Federal-Mogul’s new bearing lubricant and the new manufacturing technology used to make it.

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Episode 1073 – More History at Daytona, Ram Ad Voted #1, Fisker May Find a Partner

February 18th, 2013 at 11:32am

Runtime: 6:24

Danica Patrick became the first woman ever to qualify in the pole position for the Daytona 500 yesterday. According to YouTube viewers, Ram’s “God Made A Farmer” was the top ad during this year’s Super Bowl. We’ve reported how EV startup Fisker is desperately trying to find a partner and now it looks like the automaker has found some interest. All that and more, plus Autoline Daily correspondent Sean McElroy takes a look at the almost all-new Kia Sorento.

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Episode 1072 – All-New SEAT Leon SC, Ram 1500 Gets a Diesel, UAW Lacks Salesmanship

February 15th, 2013 at 11:49am

Runtime: 8:50

SEAT, the Spanish automaker owned by Volkswagen, is set to introduce the all-new Leon SC at the Geneva Motor Show next month. In the third quarter, Ram will offer a diesel package in its 1500 pickup. The UAW has been spectacularly unsuccessful in organizing any of the foreign transplants in the US, but could fix that by changing its sales pitch. All that and more, plus we reveal the identity of our Barn Find, the little blue British-made sports car we showed you on Wednesday.

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