Archive for the ‘John’s Journal’ Category

AAH #30 – Up From Down Under

October 30th, 2009 at 12:22pm


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After a week’s vacation for the entire AAH gang, the guys are eager to get back into the swing of things. Helping them usher in Big Episode 30 is Mark Reuss, GM’s new Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering who is newly back from Australia where he was in charge of Holden’s operations. Peter De Lorenzo the Autoextremist and David Welch from BusinessWeek return as the regulars and are eager to learn where Mark intends to take engineering as part of the new GM. Plus, we get his inside perspective on why the G8 isn’t going to live on in consumers’ hands–at least not yet.

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INSTANT IMPRESSION: Audi S5 Exterior Styling

October 29th, 2009 at 10:01am


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Audi has made a name for itself by creating some of the most stylish vehicles on the road today. The 2010 Audi S5 is no exception. Here is a walkthrough of some of the subtle touches that give this car a contemporary edge.

INSTANT IMPRESSION: Roush 540RH Mustang Interior

October 28th, 2009 at 9:24am


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Roush has identified the new 540RH as a sleeper. The interior and exterior appointments do certainly point in that direction. Modifications are modest to say the least. But would you call something that sounds like this a sleeper? Listen.

INSTANT IMPRESSION – Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon Styling

October 27th, 2009 at 10:40am


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Cadillac created a wagon version of the stunning Cadillac CTS so it could be competitive with other luxury marques like BMW and Mercedes. With this project GM had a challenge: create a wagon version of the vehicle that does justice to the sedan’s beautiful looks, all the while remaining cost competitive.

INSTANT IMPRESSION – Roush 540RH Mustang Engine

October 23rd, 2009 at 9:53am


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For 2010 Roush has come out with its ultimate version of the Ford Mustang. Coincidentally it features the exact same horsepower as the Shelby GT500–the top of the line production version–so how do they compare?

LIVE with Mark Reuss, General Motors VP of Global Vehicle Engineering

October 22nd, 2009 at 10:51am


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Tune into a special “Autoline After Hours” on Thursday, Oct. 29th at 7PM ET for an in-depth discussion with General Motors’ new Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering, Mark Reuss. He’s one of the all-time great car guys and he was previously the chief of Holden in Australia, birthplace of the ever-popular Pontiac G8. So come see us Thursday and have your questions ready for another unscripted, unapproved, unusually frank discussion!

INSTANT IMPRESSION – Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell

October 21st, 2009 at 5:47pm


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This week in the Autoline Garage a Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell dropped by, so we thought, why not take it for a spin and see what driving a hydrogen-powered vehicle is like. You’ll find it’s shockingly silent, but not underpowered in the least–but is it really ready for primetime?

AAH #29 – The Men Who Knew Too Much

October 16th, 2009 at 12:31pm


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It’s that time again, Mr. McElroy’s out and the inmates are here to run the asylum with the Autoextremist leading the charge. Tonight Peter De Lorenzo welcomes Rod Meloni from WDIV in Detroit, Frank Markus of Motor Trend, and the irrepressible Jim Hall from 2953 Analytics. Carlos Ghosn bets the farm on the success of EVs. Ray LaHood declares Detroit bailout money well-spent after a visit to the Motor City. The panelists debate the most significant cars in the first decade of the 21st century. All that plus we get to your questions in Rapid Fire!

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INSTANT IMPRESSION – BMW 750i Under the Hood

October 14th, 2009 at 3:39pm


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Finally, let’s have a look under the hood and see what kind of power plant propels the BMW 7-Series down the highway. The engine’s a beast and the hood itself has the look of a gaping hippopotamus mouth.

Nominate Autoline Daily as Best Business Podcast!

October 12th, 2009 at 12:12pm

Tell the world how much you like your daily dose of up-to-the-minute auto industry news! Nominate Autoline Daily in the Business Category of the 2009 Podcast Awards at http://www.PodcastAwards.com.