AAH #270 – Who’s Been Naughty & Who’s Been Nice?

December 19th, 2014 at 5:23pm

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Who was naughty and who was nice in 2014? It’s time for our fourth-annual Presents and Coal awards. Find out who we liked and who gets lumped.

John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Aaron Bragman, Cars.com; Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press.

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December 18th, 2014 at 5:00pm

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AAH #269 – Fiat 500X Marks the Spot

December 12th, 2014 at 8:04am

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Uber: Is It Over?
- NACTOY: Did the Journalistic Crowdsourcing Lead to the Right Finalists?
- NAIAS Mystery: Alfa Romeo Is Having a Press Conference. Even Guangzhou. Where’s Tesla?

SPECIAL GUEST: Matt Davis, Head of Product Marketing, Fiat North America
- Learn all about the Fiat 500X (also in studio) and ask any questions you have about that vehicle or Fiat’s plan for North America

All that and much more with Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Stephanie Brinley, IHS; Chris Paukert, AOL.

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Seat Time: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

December 10th, 2014 at 8:00pm

Cadillac ATS Coupe

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.

Reviewer: Ben Sanders
Manufacturer: General Motors
Make: Cadillac
Model: ATS Coupe
Type: Coupe
Competitors: BMW 428i Coupe, Audi A5, Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe
Price: Base: $44,935. As Tested: $50,100.
Made in: Lansing, Michigan
Drivetrain: 2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cyl.; 6-Speed Automatic; 272 Horsepower; 295 lb.-ft. Torque
EPA Ratings: 21 MPG City, 30 MPG Highway, 24 MPG Combined. 24.5 MPG Observed.

Final Impression:
Cadillac ATS Coupe InteriorIf there was one phrase that kept dancing through my head as I drove GM’s latest coupe it was, “Junior’s First Cadillac.” Of course, at a price tag of $50K that would be Junior Executive, thank you very much, nevertheless this is a not-quite-grown-up car. The rear-wheel drive ATS Coupe equipped with the 2.0L four banger is pleasantly petite and just enough fun without getting you into too much trouble, but it’s unmistakeably a luxury vehicle.

The first thing you notice about the ATS is its more humble stance. As a notchier notchback it forgoes the fastback profile of its bigger (and longer in tooth) brother, the CTS Coupe. Happily, the Kardashian-sized bedonkedonk is out too, and we’re left with contours more akin to an Audi A5. But it doesn’t stop there.

Cadillac ATS Coupe

See, 18-inch wheels are the only size available on the ATS Coupe; those are hardly tiny rims and yet roomy cat throws (designers’ cheeky term for the gaps around the wheel) make them look, well, modest by Cadillac standards. If the CTS aspires to supermodel styling, then the ATS is elegantly subdued.

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AAH #268 – Talking Design with the Motor City Master

December 5th, 2014 at 4:53pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Chevy Colorado is Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year… Trouble in FordLand.
- Are Diesels Doomed in France?

SPECIAL GUEST: Camilo Pardo, Designer
- What does the designer of the legendary Ford GT have to say about a successor rumored for the 2015 Detroit auto show?

All that and much more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Lauren Fix, The Car Coach.

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Full Coverage of the 2014 LA Auto Show

November 24th, 2014 at 10:55am

Catch up with our full roster of LA Auto Show coverage! With first looks ranging from Mazda‘s new subcompact CUV to Ford‘s bold refresh of the Explorer to Audi‘s Prologue concept, which showcases the brand’s new design direction, there’s something for everybody.

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Chrysler Brand President & CEO Al Gardner with the Chrysler 300
BMW NA CEO Ludwig Willisch with the BMW X5 M & X6 M
Mazda NA Design Director Derek Jenkins with the Mazda CX-3
Audi of America President Scott Keogh with the Audi Prologue Concept
Ford Chief Engineer Arie Groeneveld with the Ford Explorer
Honda Sr. VP, Sales & Marketing Jeff Conrad with the Honda HR-V
Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr. Ralf Speth with the Discovery Sport
Instant Impression: 2016 Mazda CX-3

AAH #267 – Inside the Inner Sanctum of Honda’s Racing Factory

November 21st, 2014 at 6:21pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Ford Explorer gets a bolder look.
- Bigger could be better when it comes to Chrysler 300′s grille.
- Audi Prologue Concept previews the brand’s new form language.
- Mazda gets into Subcompact CUV territory with the CX-3.

PLUS: We’ll be coming to you from Honda Performance Development, which is the automaker’s technical operations center for its motorsports program!

SPECIAL GUESTS: Steve Eriksen, VP & COO, HPD; Marc Sours, Sr. Mgr. Commercial & Product Division, HPD; Jason Castillo, Development Engineer, HPD Dyno.

All that and much more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Joni Gray, Autobytel; Aaron Gold, About.com.

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Instant Impression: 2016 Mazda CX-3 – LA Auto Show 2014

November 20th, 2014 at 3:33pm

Here’s a very quick initial impression of Mazda’s new entry into the subcompact CUV space. See what John McElroy thinks about what the Mazda CX-3 brings to the table.

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport is Just the Start – LA Auto Show 2014

November 20th, 2014 at 2:31pm

Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, emphasizes that the Discovery Sport is just the first to debut in a family of future Discovery vehicles. John McElroy asks him what the relatives may look like, we find out more about why JLR calls this a 5+2, and will manufacturing in China mean a JLR volume boom?

2016 Honda HR-V the Perfect “Fit” for Young Buyers? – LA Auto Show 2014

November 19th, 2014 at 8:42pm

It’s no secret that the subcompact CUV is the “in” thing of late. But with the introduction of the HR-V stateside at the LA Auto Show, Honda thinks that by basing the vehicle on its Fit platform it might just have the right recipe to bring in young first-time customers. Here’s a quick look at some of the details of the new model including when to expect it and how much you’ll pay.