Open Line Returns!

May 24th, 2011 at 6:01pm


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In two short weeks, everyone’s favorite automotive call-in show will return to the airwaves of the Internet with host Michelle Naranjo back at the helm. But — we’re making some improvements to the show, see what surprises we have in store by hitting that play button!

Calling all Co-Hosts!

February 22nd, 2011 at 2:59pm

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The Open Line show, the most unique automotive show out there, is having an open call!

We are planning another unique, groundbreaking format. This time, it’s going to be a single global open forum in the Open Line format, that spans 24 hours and travels from country to country, time zone to time zone, engaging the brightest and most enthusiastic automotive minds in the world in one single topic: What should power the car of the future?

To power this call, we are going to need co-hosts around the world who will partner with hostess Michelle Naranjo on this journey.

What are the qualities and requirements to be a co-host for this event?

  • Be a knowledgeable automotive enthusiast
  • Be able to engage an open-ended bevvy of callers in a focused automotive discussion
  • Be observant to the trends in the discussion and questions in the chat room
  • Be outgoing, gregarious but a generous listener
  • Be able to compile a report on the hosted session of what the general consensus sounded like
  • Be anywhere in the world with a phone, internet connection or Skype access
  • Be active in social media or in automotive forums

If you think that you meet these requirements, please click here to submit your information and tell us why you think you would be a good candidate for a co-host.

A date is still pending for this event, and it will be determined in part by the availability and abundance of co-hosts. If you don’t think you’re right for the job, pass it on to your nearest auto-obsessed friend. He or she may just be the one we need!

~Michelle Naranjo, MissMotorMouth.com

Open Line Talks with Big Rig Driver “Trucker Desiree”

November 3rd, 2010 at 11:51am

Few of us in the automotive space really know what the life of a professional truck driver is like. Most people probably have the perception that it’s a job where you’re your own boss, set your own schedule and rake in the dough. On Open Line this week we talked with the blogger “Trucker Desiree” who tells a considerably different tale. Listen in and you’ll learn just how rough life on the open road can be.

Open Line is LIVE every Monday at 8PM ET / 5PM PT and is hosted by Michelle Naranjo of MissMotorMouth.com

Check out our next discussion right here on Mar. 21, 2011. Phone: 1-218-936-6581 and PIN: 60127

OnStar’s Chris Preuss Talks Cell Phone Bans, Chevy Volt Controversy

October 12th, 2010 at 11:03am

OnStar’s president, Chris Preuss, joined the Open Line crew to take callers’ questions about in-car connectivity. Preuss offered his take on Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s proposal to ban all cell phones from cars. The former GM PR man also had a unique perspective to share on the latest Chevy Volt controversy.

Open Line is LIVE every Monday at 8PM ET / 5PM PT and is hosted by Michelle Naranjo of MissMotorMouth.com and Dave Foley (AKA Miradart)

Check out our next discussion right here on Nov. 1, 2010. Phone: 1-218-936-6581 and PIN: 5383

OnStar’s Chris Preuss Takes Your Questions on Open Line

October 11th, 2010 at 1:10pm

Join us for Open Line tonight when our guest will be the president of OnStar, Chris Preuss. He’ll be joining in the conversation to take your questions about OnStar and other in-car connectivity issues. Check out the discussion right here at 8PM ET / 5PM PT on Oct. 11, 2010. Phone: 1-218-936-6581 and PIN: 26410

What You Missed on Open Line

September 20th, 2010 at 10:43am

If you weren’t a part of our most recent “Open Line” discussion on anything and everything automotive, Michelle Naranjo of MissMotorMouth.com has a taste of what you missed! And, don’t forget to check out the next discussion right here at 8PM ET / 5PM PT on Oct. 4, 2010. Phone: 1-218-936-6581 and PIN: 29156

What You Missed on Open Line

September 13th, 2010 at 10:02am

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If you weren’t a part of Monday’s great “Open Line” discussion on anything and everything automotive, Michelle Naranjo of MissMotorMouth.com has a taste of what you missed! And, don’t forget to check out the next discussion right here at 8PM ET / 5PM PT on September 13, 2010. Phone: 1-218-936-6581 and PIN: 2619

Last week’s Open Line show took a turn for the “even more interesting” than usual! As the callers suggested potential cars for one of the regulars, the discussion took a moved toward the actual state of car buying needs in North America and how regional variations could dictate which models are sold in certain areas. Public transportation, or lack thereof, came in as a huge determining factor, and it was probably the first time that hybrids and EVs were discussed on the show in a positive and considerate light.

Of course, some of the typical discussions also came up: why is the Fiesta not selling as well as expected? What are the highs and lows of buying vintage cars? Why do some people hoard cars? How do the sneak peaks of the new Charger look? When will we really see Fiat in dealerships? How much of the new Saab 9-2 was Spyker design? How is GM to blame for the Volvo XC90s with faulty transmissions in ongoing class action lawsuits?

One of our favorite callers, Jonathan Brown, reported on the CTS-V Coupe event that he attended and he explained why he wouldn’t trade his Corvette or his CTS for the new Coupe.

It was a lively evening of discussion that went into the wee hours, and, as usual, my sidekick Miradart and I both appreciate everyone who participated and are looking forward to this week’s show! Join us right here!

~Michelle Naranjo, MissMotorMouth.com

Open Line for September 13, 2010:
Phone – 1-218-936-6581
PIN – 2619

Thanks to our partners: GMInsideNews.com, AllPar.com and BlueOvalNews.com

What You Missed on Open Line

August 2nd, 2010 at 4:56pm

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If you weren’t a part of Monday’s great “Open Line” discussion on anything and everything automotive, Michelle Naranjo of MissMotorMouth.com has a taste of what you missed! And, don’t forget to check out the next discussion right here at 8PM ET / 5PM PT on August 16, 2010. Phone: 1-218-936-6581 and PIN: 27194

There is never a lack of opinions about cars on Monday nights! On last week’s Open Line Show, the new Explorer got the group’s unflinching analysis, the CTS-V Coupe was heralded by all, and the future of NASCAR was dissected.

Discussions about the actual survival of Suzuki and Mitsubishi came up, and with iffy promotion and a lacking product line, we debated whether it might be the death knell for both. A participant in Germany gave one caller suggestions for a fun rental car while in the country: the BMW 120D was the winner. Where did SVT go and what should Ford do with the badge? Everyone had an idea for that one, of course.

After about 7 hours and a lot of laughter and cars on the phone and in the chat room, the show wrapped up. Should be another great night tonight at 8pm ET. Join us right here!

Special Thanks to our friend Dave Foley, AKA Miradart, for help hosting the show on Monday. Great job!

~Michelle Naranjo, MissMotorMouth.com

Open Line for August 16, 2010:
Phone – 1-218-936-6581
PIN – 27194

Thanks to our partners: GMInsideNews.com, AllPar.com and BlueOvalNews.com

What You Missed on Open Line

July 25th, 2010 at 12:08am

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If you weren’t a part of Monday’s great “Open Line” discussion on anything and everything automotive, Michelle Naranjo of MissMotorMouth.com has a taste of what you missed! And, don’t forget to check out the next discussion right here at 8PM ET / 5PM PT on July 26, 2010. Phone: 1-218-936-6581 and PIN: 4928

In a another rousing episode of Open Line, the opinions ran as wide as the topics! On the usually popular EV front, discussions were about the Tesla prototypes of the RAV4 and the RX plus the 8-year warranty that Chevy is promoting for the Volt. Design and style discussions went from the design of the Nissan Juke, the next Ford Fusion, the Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept, wood trim in high end cars and even onto the Frozen Ice paint care agreement from BMW and which car wax is a favorite.

After about 7 hours and many more topics, the callers and chat room had quite a lot of shared insight and more to think about for tonight’s show at 8pm ET. Join us right here!

Special Thanks to our friend Dave Foley, AKA Miradart, for hosting the show ALL night on Monday. Great job!

~Michelle Naranjo, MissMotorMouth.com

Open Line for July 26, 2010:
Phone – 1-218-936-6581
PIN – 4928

Thanks to our partners: GMInsideNews.com, AllPar.com and BlueOvalNews.com

What You Missed on Open Line

June 28th, 2010 at 10:23am

Open-Line-Mondays

If you weren’t a part of Monday’s great “Open Line” discussion on anything and everything automotive, Michelle Naranjo of MissMotorMouth.com has a taste of what you missed! And, don’t forget to check out the next discussion right here at 8PM ET / 5PM PT on July 19, 2010. Phone: 1-218-936-6581 and PIN: 13694

It was another fun week and even more great automotive discussion on Open Line! Last Monday we had a busy episode starting with small car sales not meeting the OEMs’ expectations–and the astute Open Line crowd was not surprised!

The Chevy Spark was not considered to be a viable sale in the USA, and while we had one former mechanic declare that he has never owned anything over a 3.5L, the rest of the group was in agreement that Americans prefer bigger to smaller when it comes to buying cars.

Our dealer friend, Tom White, Jr. from Wichita, called in, and there was a hot discussion around the feasibility of corporate-owned dealerships and how sales margins would make that nearly impossible for the OEMs.

There was agreement that the new Saab 9-2 designs that are floating around on the internet are likeable and that the new Mercedes tagline, “The Best or Nothing” is only vaguely interesting.

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