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Seat Time: 2014 Subaru Forester

April 17th, 2014 at 8:30am

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Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: Fuji Heavy Industries
Make: Subaru
Model: Forester
Model Range: Mid-Size CUV
Competitors: Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Rogue, VW Tiguan
Trim Levels: 2.5i, 2.0XT
Price Range: Base: $22,820; As Tested: $36,220
Made in: Ota, Gunma, Japan
Drivetrain: 2.5L BOXER 4-cylinder w/ 6spd. manual or CVT. 2.0L direct-injection turbocharged BOXER 4-cylinder w/ CVT
EPA Ratings: 2.5L w/ manual = 22 city/29 highway. 2.5L w/ CVT = 24 city/ 32 highway. 2.0L = 23 city/ 28 highway

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Seat Time: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG

April 16th, 2014 at 11:46am

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: Daimler AG
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: CLA 45 AMG
Model Range: 4-door sedan
Competitors: Cadillac CTS-V, BMW M3, Audi RS3
Trim Levels: CLA 250, CLA 45 AMG
Price Range: Base price: $30,825. Price as tested: $61,590
Made in: Kecskemet, Hungary
Drivetrain: 2.0 l I-4 turbo; 355 hp, 322 lb-ft, 7-speed DCT
EPA Ratings: 23 city/31 highway/26 combined. Observed: 23 mpg.

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Seat Time: 2015 Hyundai Genesis

April 15th, 2014 at 12:29pm

2015 Hyundai Genesis

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: Hyundai
Make: Hyundai
Model: Genesis
Model Range: 4-door sedan
Competitors: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac CTS, Lexus GS (Primary); Lexus ES, BMW 5-Series & Audi A6 (Secondary)
Trim Levels: 3.8L RWD, 3.8L AWD & 5.0L RWD
Price Range: $38,000 (base 3.8L V6 RWD) to $55,000 (5.0L V8 RWD w/ optional Ultimate Package) + 950 freight charges
Made in: Ulsan, South Korea
Drivetrain: 3.8-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 GDI (in both FWD & HTRAC All-wheel drive), 5.0-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 GDI (RWD) with 8-speed electronic automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual shift mode
EPA Ratings: 3.8L V6 RWD — 18 city/29 highway/22 combined; 3.8L V6 AWD — 16 city/25 highway/19 combined; 5.0L V8 RWD — 15 city/23 highway/18 combined

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AAH #237 – Meet Chris Svensson of Ford Design

April 11th, 2014 at 4:15pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Hybrids vs. diesels… or maybe you don’t need either.
- GM adds $1.3 billion charge in Q1, meanwhile invests $449 million to build more Volts
- Land Rover’s augmented reality technology could be a game changer.

SPECIAL GUEST: Chris Svensson, Ford Design Director, The Americas

All that and more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; and Chris Paukert, Autoblog

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Seat Time: 2014 Ford Fiesta Titanium

April 9th, 2014 at 5:11pm

2014 Ford Fiesta

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Make: Ford
Model: Fiesta Titanium
Model Range: 4-door sedan & hatchback
Competitors: Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Sonic
Trim Levels: S, SFE, SE, SE Appearance, Titanium, ST
Price Range: $14,100-$21,400. Price as tested: $20,390
Made in: Cuatitlan, Mexico
Drivetrain: 1.6 L TIVCT; 5-speed manual
EPA Ratings: 27 city/38 highway/31 combined. Observed: 35 mpg.

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AAH #236 – GM’s Defect: What Did Barra Know, and When Did She Know it?

April 4th, 2014 at 3:24pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Mary Barra’s testimony in D.C. — going from bad to worse?
- How did the analysts get March sales forecasts so wrong?
- Chrysler says Ram outsold Silverado, but WardsAuto data disagrees
- Sales overall are up, yet green car numbers continue to plummet

SPECIAL GUEST: Barry Ratzlaff, Executive Director, Hyundai Connected Car & BlueLink

All that and more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; and Mike Austin, Popular Mechanics.

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Seat Time: 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

April 3rd, 2014 at 12:32pm

Volkswagen Tiguan

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: Volkswagen AG
Make: Volkswagen
Model: Tiguan
Model Range: 4-door CUV
Competitors: Ford Escape, Chevy Equinox, Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson
Trim Levels: S, SE, SE w/ Appearance, SEL, R-Line
Price Range: $23,305-$36,880
Made in: Wolfsburg, Germany
Drivetrain: 2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder, 200hp. Mated to 6-speed manual or automatic. Also available in front and all-wheel drive
EPA Ratings: Manual = 18 city/26 highway; Automatic = 21 city/26 highway

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Seat Time: 2014 Ford F-150 XLT 4X4 Super Cab, bi-fuel

April 1st, 2014 at 5:26pm

CNG F-150

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Make: Ford
Model: F-150 XLT 4X4 Super Cab, bi-fuel
Model Range: Regular, Super Cab Super Crew
Competitors: Silverado bi-fuel, Ram CNG
Trim Levels: XL, STX, XLT, FX2/FX4, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Tremor, Limited, SVT Raptor
Price Range: Base bi-fuel $37,075; As tested $40,515
Made in: Kansas City, Missouri
Drivetrain: 3.7 L V-6
EPA Ratings: 16 city/21 highway/18 combined

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AAH #235 – Ralph Gilles Lets the Hellcat Outta the Bag

March 28th, 2014 at 8:11pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Honda Civic is the #1 retail car in California — what happened to the Prius?
- Marco Rubio comes out in support of Tesla with other Republican governors in tow
- Rallye Monte-Carlo ZENN (Zero Emissions No Noise) — will fans attend a race without noise?

SPECIAL GUEST: Ralph Gilles, Chrysler/SRT
- What’s going on with Viper — yanking it from Le Mans, a shut down at the plant?

All that and more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; and Frank Markus, Motor Trend.

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Seat Time: 2015 Chrysler 200

March 21st, 2014 at 4:28pm

2015 Chrysler 200 Limited

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Make: Chrysler
Model: 200
Model Range: 4-door sedan
Competitors: Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima
Trim Levels: LX, Limited, 200S, 200C
Price Range: $22,695 LX; $24,250 Limited; $25,490 200S; $26,990 200C
Made in: Sterling Heights, MI
Drivetrain: 2.4L I-4, 184hp; 3.6L V6, 295hp; 9-speed automatic transmission
EPA Ratings: Not Available

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