Audi unveils the S5 coupe, S5 Sportback, and Q5 crossover. It’s the first wave of an all-out product assault for 2017. Audi needs these new vehicles tot keep customers coming into its showrooms as it fights off a flurry of negative headlines over its diesel and gasoline emissions cheating.
The gaping hole in Volkswagen’s line up has always been the lack of a 3-row SUV in the U.S. market. The all-new Atlas is all about plugging that gap. Designed specifically for American car buyers, the Atlas will play a critical role in determining whether or not VW can claw its way back after its diesel disaster.
The dawn of the autonomous age could transform the automotive industry, and the state of Michigan wants to be at the forefront of this development. It’s building the test tracks and infrastructure to ensure that companies in Michigan are leaders in developing autonomous cars. Kevin Kerrigan is with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and he details the steps the state is taking.
The B-Segment for CUVs is the hottest in the US market. But Ford has a gaping hole in it’s line-up because it doesn’t have one…until now, that is. Cristina Aquino from Ford gives a quick snapshot of what the new EcoSport is all about.
SPECIAL GUEST: Bob Lutz, Chairman, VLF Automotive; CEO, Lutz Communications
PANEL:John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, AD&P; Frank Markus, Motor Trend
NEWS TOPICS: 01:30 - VLF Destino 37:37 – Doctor Data 39:55 – Lutz’s autonomous predictions 48:20 – Phone call: Lutz for President 2016! 52:15 – What does Uber do to car ownership? 54:31 – Lutz on Tesla & AutoPilot 57:12 – Opinions on the Chevy Bolt and EVs 1:03:21 – Viewer questions answered
SPECIAL GUEST: Paul Spadafora, Chief Engineer, GMC Acadia
PANEL:John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, AD&P; Joann Muller, Forbes.com
NEWS TOPICS: 01:13 – Rightsizing the 2017 GMC Acadia 29:50 – Doctor Data 39:10 – Maybe VW should leave the U.S. and concentrate on China? 44:37 – Tesla earns some money (finally) 51:00 – Consumer Reports Findings 54:31 – Pickups fall short in IIHS headlight testing
SPECIAL GUEST: Tim Jackson, EVP of Technology, Tenneco
PANEL:John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, AD&P; Joni Gray, Autobytel
NEWS TOPICS: 01:36 – Latest technology from Tenneco 31:58 – Tesla cars will be fully autonomous? 39:40 – Apple bailing out of car program 46:13 – Doctor Data 49:00 – Geely launching a new brand 53:08 – How successful are startup brands?
NEWS TOPICS: 01:35 – Acura NSX 41:38 – Doctor Data 45:40 – Can Nissan revive Mitsubishi in the U.S.? 51:07 – Ford ends production in Australia 53:42 – German Bundesrat passes ban on ICEs by 2030 1:01:30 – Why did FCA pile on incentives for RAM trucks?
SPECIAL GUEST: Ted Klaus, Chief Engineer, Acura NSX
VEHICLE IN STUDIO: Acura NSX
PANEL:John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, AD&P; Joe DeMatio, Road & Track
NEWS TOPICS: 01:32 – 48 volt, mild hybrid 25:05 – Phone call: racing 26:39 – Phone call: Elio 28:07 – Paris Show: sans importance? 34:32 – Doctor Data 37:06 – UX: Going beyond the “Glass Slab.” 44:24 – Prius Prime: Bad Time for Prime? 44:46 – Prius Prime walk-around 52:20 – September Sales: How soon before everyone drives a truck? 1:00:25 – Phone call: Ram vs. Silverado 1:07:30 – BONUS FOOTAGE: Post-show
I.C.E. mpgs keep improving; EV batteries are lasting longer; And even fuel cells are still in the mix. If all this is true, then why are companies like Delphi banking on something called a 48-volt, mild hybrid as the next big thing to power your car? Well one reason could be because experts see sales of over 12-million of these mild hybrids in consumer cars by 2025. But why guess at all this when we can hear it straight from a modern day Oracle of Delphi in the AFTER HOURS studio.
SPECIAL GUEST: Mary Gustanski, Vice President, Engineering, Delphi
PANEL:Gary Vasilash, AD&P; Christie Schweinsberg, WardsAuto.com; Joe Szczesny, The Oakland Press