Archive for the ‘John’s Journal’ Category

TECH REPORT: Ford RevoKnuckle

February 24th, 2009 at 12:02pm

As we reported on Autoline Daily, Ford has developed a new kind of front suspension that eliminates torque steer.  Called RevoKnuckle, it looks and works a lot like a conventional MacPherson strut.  The big difference is that it has as a separate ‘carrier’ that holds the bearing, hub and wheel.  While turning, the ‘carrier’ moves rather than having the whole strut pivot, which apparently stops torque steer in its tracks.  Click the link below for more information about this exciting new technology.

RevoKnuckle

DESIGN TIME: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

February 23rd, 2009 at 1:21pm

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A LOOK AT THE 2010 MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS

Mercedes has redesigned the E-Class for 2010.  In this video, the folks responsible for the car’s new look talk about its styling and design features.

More about the 2010 E-Class in Autoline Daily Episode 86

AUDI AUDIO: TT RS Engine Sound

February 23rd, 2009 at 11:38am

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Audi will formally debut its all-new TT RS at the fast-approaching Geneva Motor Show next week.  Ahead of the official unveiling, the company released a few photos of the car and preview sound clip of its turbocharged five-cylinder engine.  Audi says the power plant will produce “. . . well above 300 bhp,” however much that is.

More about the Audi TT RS in Autoline Daily Episode 86.

LIVE: “Auto” Asphyxia – GM & Chrysler’s Fight for Survival

February 19th, 2009 at 1:44pm

LIVE: “AUTO” ASPHYXIA – GM & CHRYSLER’S FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

John McElroy and guests debate whether GM and Chrysler can escape bankruptcy. Tune in to see the first-ever LIVE Autoline Detroit being webcast as it’s taped. Then stay tuned as the discussion gets interactive and we invite your questions and comments.

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GM & Chrysler Viability Plans

February 18th, 2009 at 11:12am


If you want to know the nitty-gritty details of GM’ s and Chrysler’s viability plans, here are copies of the hefty documents they submitted to the U.S. Government. Lots of good information about future product, especially what Chrysler wants from Fiat. And detailed analyses of what’s likely to happen in the automotive market in the next 5 years.

Download GM Viability Plan
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DESIGN TIME: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept

February 12th, 2009 at 12:00pm

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A LOOK AT THE STINGRAY CONCEPT

Take a quick walk around Chevy’s new Corvette Stingray concept with GM’s Vice President of Global Design, Ed Welburn.


Autoline LIVE with Ford Chief Economist

February 6th, 2009 at 11:45am

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LIVE WITH FORD CHIEF ECONOMIST

John McElroy’s LIVE discussion with Ellen Hughes-Cromwick about her forecast for the American economy and outlook on the state of the automotive market.

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2010 Volvo XC60 – City Safety

February 5th, 2009 at 10:55am

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In the field of safety Volvo has led the way since it was founded in the late 1920s, and its leadership continues today.  The redesigned 2010 XC60 crossover has an innovative new feature called City Safety that can help prevent low-speed crashes.  Here’s an in-depth look at this technology.

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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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