AD #1165 – Opel and PSA Merge? Diesels Cost Owners Less, Kia Cadenza’s New Window Coating

June 28th, 2013 at 11:49am

Runtime: 8:15

According to a report, the Peugeot family has agreed to sell its stake in the company to aid a merger. A new study finds that diesels have a lower total cost of ownership than gasoline vehicles in the U.S. To help with visibility, Kia treats some of the windows on the Cadenza with a hydrophobic coating. All that and more, plus which is the best technology to boost an engine while downsizing it?

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AD #1164 – Renault-Nissan Alliance Pays Off, Soon-to-be Taxi of Today, All-New Mazda3

June 27th, 2013 at 11:51am

Runtime: 6:45

Due to a few key factors, the alliance between Renault and Nissan saved more than half the amount it did in 2011. Nissan’s head of commercial vehicles for North America gives us the latest on the company’s effort to upgrade New York City’s fleet of more than 13,000 taxis. Mazda pulls the wraps off the all-new version of its best-selling compact car. All that and more, plus the Autoextremist, Peter De Lorenzo shares his thoughts on Acura’s new “Made for Mankind” tagline.

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AD #1163 – NAFTA Sales Strong, Toyota Joins Robot Club, Nissan LEAF Goes Fast & Furious

June 26th, 2013 at 11:50am

Runtime: 8:32

Car sales are running strong in both Mexico and Canada this year. Toyota joins Honda and GM in the robot club. Nissan’s performance brand now offers upgrades for its LEAF electric car. All that and more, plus host John McElroy responds to some of your comments and questions in this week’s edition of You Said It!

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AD #1162 – CEO’s Compensation, Chevy’s New Leader? Honda Odyssey Gets Refreshed

June 25th, 2013 at 12:01pm

Runtime: 7:51

When compared to Toyota’s CEO, it looks like all the major CEO’s are overpaid. Rumors swirl that there will be a new man in charge of Chevy’s global operations by the end of this week. Honda pulls back the wraps on a refreshed version of its Odyssey minivan. All that and more, plus how Bosch is jumping on the autonomous bandwagon.

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AD #1161 – Acura Goes BIG, Car Sales Set to Surge, GM Executive Jumps Ship

June 24th, 2013 at 11:37am

Runtime: 6:47

Acura aims the biggest ad campaign in its history at women… and chooses a perplexing tagline. June car sales are expected to surge to the highest level in years. One of GM’s most prominent executives jumps ship after 27 years with the company. All that and more, plus another edition of the Autoline Garage in which we explore the consequences of an absent spare tire.

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AD #1160 – Corvette Posts Track Times, 2014 Buick LaCrosse, Nissan’s New Electric Race Car

June 21st, 2013 at 11:59am

Runtime: 8:37

The all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray proves it’s a real performer after posting its lap times from the Virgina International Raceway. Buick takes its all-new LaCrosse around the country showing off the improvements with the second generation car. Nissan will field a new car in next year’s 24 Hour’s of Le Mans… well sort of. All that and more, plus a look at how China cornered the market on rare-earth metals.

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AD #1159 – Renault’s All-New Koleos SUV, 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, Dodge Won’t Go Away

June 20th, 2013 at 12:01pm

Runtime: 10:55

Renault introduces the all-new version of its Koleos SUV at the Buenos Aires Motor Show. Honda will assemble its second hybrid in the U.S., the all-new 2014 Accord Hybrid. Host John McElroy shares his insight into the rumors that the Chrysler Group will get rid of the Dodge brand. All that and more, plus in this week’s chapter of Design Handbook, Jim Hall looks at one archetype that has remained the same for more than a century.

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AD #1158 – Chrysler Blinks Before NHTSA, China Production Ramps Up, GM 4.3L Gets EPA #’s

June 19th, 2013 at 11:59am

Runtime: 8:50

After originally refusing NHTSA’s recall request, Chrysler is now caving and will inspect the affected Jeep models. Both GM and Ford ramp up production in China. GM’s all-new 4.3 liter V6 gets its EPA estimates for the company’s full-size pickups. All that and more, plus host John McElroy responds to some of your questions and comments in this week’s edition of You Said It!

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AD #1157 – Fiat 500e Sold Out, Mercedes’ Car-to-X Technology, SRT’s First Ad Campaign

June 18th, 2013 at 11:48am

Runtime: 9:28

Sergio Marchionne said Chrysler would lose $10,000 on every Fiat 500e, but was that just marketing to help sell the little electric? Mercedes-Benz announces it will be the first automaker to offer cars that can communicate with traffic infrastructure and other vehicles. After years of making performance versions of Chrysler vehicles, SRT gets its first-ever advertising campaign. All that and more, plus in the first edition of Autoline Garage we take a look at headlight design.

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AD #1156 – Bosch Powers Fiat 500e, Ford to Simplify SYNC, All-New BMW 4 Series Coupe

June 17th, 2013 at 11:49am

Runtime: 8:37

Automakers rarely want to admit that suppliers often do a lot of their work, and that’s the case for Fiat and its 500e. Future generations of SYNC and MyFord Touch will incorporate two classic features to make them easier to use. BMW pulls the wraps off its all-new 4 Series Coupe. All that and more, plus what makes Detroit Electric’s SP:01 sports car tick?

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