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ROAD TEST: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

March 19th, 2009 at 12:06pm

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT FORD’S LATEST HYBRID

The Fusion Hybrid is Ford’s latest green vehicle.  The company has been touting the it’s efficiency, boasting that it tops the Toyota Camry hybrid by eight miles per gallon in the city. Here are some of my thoughts about the car after driving one from the press fleet.

More about the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid in Autoline Daily Episode 104

2010 Volvo XC60 – Design

February 3rd, 2009 at 10:12am

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Volvo redesigned its midsize crossover, the XC60, for 2010. As always, the company focused on making it as safe as possible, but it has also emphasized style like never before. Take a walk around this all-new model with Volvo’s Design Director, Steve Mattin.

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AUTOLINE IN LA: Cars and Coffee

May 9th, 2008 at 7:14pm

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Every Saturday morning car enthusiasts gather at Mazda’s North American headquarters in Irvine California for an event called Cars and Coffee. People come from all around the LA area to show off their rides and check out what other people brought. There are a bunch of different kinds of vehicles on display, from exotics to classics to muscle cars and motorcycles – the variety is really surprising.

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AUTOLINE IN LA: California Collectors

May 8th, 2008 at 5:49pm

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Bruce Meyer and Peter Mullin have two of California’s finest car collections. Meyer’s is full of Americana ranging from hot rods and motorcycles to buttons, pins and photos. He even has Clark Gable’s 1957 Mercedes convertible. The Mullin collection on the other hand is chock-full of rare and exquisite French cars. They’re some of the most beautiful vehicles you’ll ever set your eyes on.

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AUTOLINE IN LA: Zoom Zoom Design

May 7th, 2008 at 5:05pm

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Mazda builds some fun-to-drive cars, but they also know a thing or two about style. Autoline was recently invited out to their design studios in Irvine, California to tape a show for our upcoming series, Autoline in LA. This is truly unprecedented because car companies go to great lengths to keep journalists in the dark about their top-secret work. The media are very rarely invited into these studios, and if they are, cameras are forbidden. Autoline got inside for a first-ever glimpse behind the veil of secrecy at Mazda Design.

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AUTOLINE IN LA: Safecracking

May 6th, 2008 at 2:24pm

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Dick Messer is the curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. He looks after an impressive collection of more than 150 historic cars, trucks and motorcycles. It’s a remarkable museum that’s known all over the world, but there’s more to it than meets the eye because the Petersen has many cars that aren’t publicly displayed. They hide them away in a place they call “The Vault.” After taping one of our programs for Autoline in LA in the museum with the PR chiefs from Honda, Hyundai, Mazda and Toyota, Dick was kind enough to give us a tour. Autoline got a behind-the-scenes look at what’s locked inside, but we can’t show you everything we saw — some of it is top secret.

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LA SNEAK PEEK: Household Hydrogen

May 5th, 2008 at 6:31pm

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While we were in California shooting our upcoming series, Autoline in LA, Honda invited us out to their American Headquarters in Torrance for a sneak peek at some of the hydrogen fuel cell technologies they’ve been working on. Needless to say, there’s some pretty neat stuff coming down the pipeline. Here’s a little taste of what you’ll see when the full show airs later this month.

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