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AAH #5 – Perfect Apologists

April 30th, 2009 at 11:54pm


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Well, here it is folks, the one you’ll either love, hate or love to hate. John McElroy and “After Hours” regulars Peter De Lorenzo of AutoExtremist.com and gonzo PR ace Jason Vines are joined by Robert Farago, Publisher of The Truth About Cars, to discuss the automotive week that was. Chrysler’s Bankruptcy is announced by the President of the United States and Pontiac is no more. Robert Farago and the After Hours crew debate the merits of saving the Detroit automakers. Plus, we answer a few of your questions in our new “Rapid Fire” segment.

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Goodbye Pontiac: Answering Your Questions and Comments

April 27th, 2009 at 5:19pm

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John McElroy and Jeff Gilbert of WWJ Newsradio 950 answer some of the questions and comments that have been flooding into Twitter since GM announced Pontiac would be no more. They discuss why Pontiac was targeted, if the G8 could be revived as a Chevy and what this means for the Pontiac heritage.

AAH #4 – “The Humpback Compromise”

April 24th, 2009 at 2:00am


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John McElroy and “After Hours” regulars Peter De Lorenzo, of AutoExtremist.com and gonzo PR ace Jason Vines are joined by Editor-in-Chief Matt Delorenzo of Road & Track to discuss the automotive week that was. Does the finally unveiled Panamera betray its Porsche roots? Chrysler is getting prepped for a bankruptcy next week and GM announces a 9-week shut down this summer. The Shanghai auto show was a dud. Is the era of the spectacular auto show a thing of the past? Plus, we rate the Toyota brands.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Ford’s Ponycar Turns 45 Today

April 17th, 2009 at 2:13pm

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A TIP OF THE HAT

The Ford Mustang turns 45 today.  Around the world, fans of this iconic car are no doubt celebrating the occasion.  Weighing in on the topic, Hyundai made a classy move and released a short video to commemorate the anniversary.  Check it out.

AAH #3 – “Death of Two Giants”

April 17th, 2009 at 1:26am


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John McElroy and “After Hours” regulars Peter De Lorenzo, of AutoExtremist.com and gonzo PR ace Jason Vines are joined by auto journalist and Twitter pioneer Michael Banovsky of vLane.com to discuss the automotive week that was. Fiat’s Sergio Marchione threatens to walk away from a Chrysler deal if the unions don’t fall in line. Would a GM by any other name sell … better? The IIHS rears its ugly head once again to proclaim small cars are death traps. Plus, we rate the Chrysler brands.

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AAH #2: “Broomin’ the Board”

April 11th, 2009 at 10:25am


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John McElroy and “After Hours” regulars Peter De Lorenzo, of AutoExtremist.com and gonzo PR ace Jason Vines are joined by renowned Automotive Consultant Maryann Keller to discuss the automotive week that was. Segway teams up with GM for Project PUMA; is it just an electric “rickshaw” or a way to show GM is hip and advanced despite all the bad press of late? A round-up of the New York Auto Show. Should GM’s board be subject to a clean sweep? Plus, we rate the Ford brands.

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AUTOLINE INTERVIEW: Jim O’Sullivan, President and CEO, Mazda North America

April 6th, 2009 at 4:01pm

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A CHAT WITH MAZDA’S LEADER

Last week a group of North American journalists were invited out to test drive the redesigned 2010 Mazda3.  The company had a variety of executives on hand to answer questions both about the new product and where the company’s headed.  Here’s a quick one-on-one interview we conducted with the company’s head honcho, Jim O’Sullivan.

AAH #1: “Automotive Socialism”

April 4th, 2009 at 8:44am

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In our first official episode of “Autoline After Hours,” regulars Peter De Lorenzo of AutoExtremist.com and PR veteran Jason Vines join John McElroy in studio. John Neff of Autoblog Skypes in from Cleveland, OH. This time the group tackles the momentous week that was. General Motors Chairman & CEO Rick Wagoner gets fired by the President of the United States. Designer Peter Horbury leaves Ford to work at Volvo. Plus, the group rates the GM brands.

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