AAH #28 – Robinette, Gentille Robinette!

October 9th, 2009 at 9:44am


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Another After Hours is here and what a week it’s been! John McElroy is joined in studio this week by Peter De Lorenzo the Autoextremist, David Welch from BusinessWeek and guest panelist Michael Robinet who heads up vehicle forecasting for CSM Worldwide. Chrysler produces an unexpected management shake-up. Meanwhile, General Motors’ Mark LaNeve–our guest on AAH #12–gets an expected change of careers. Saturn may not be dead yet, and Peter wonders what Hyundai could do with its dealer network. All that plus we get to your questions in Rapid Fire!

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ROAD TEST – 2010 Kia Forte

October 7th, 2009 at 5:44pm


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The quality product coming out of Hyundai and Kia these days is starting to get really good. With Kia’s the latest offering, the Forte, the Korean company takes dead aim at the Honda Civic. So, how does it do? Will your next compact be a Kia? Watch and find out.

INSTANT IMPRESSION – BMW 750i Seats

October 5th, 2009 at 2:47pm


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After checking out the doors of the BMW 7-Series in our last Instant Impression, let’s climb inside and check out the seats. This flagship has chairs worthy of a luxurious home theatre. See what makes them so special.

AAH #27 – Lost Planet

October 2nd, 2009 at 11:08am


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It’s another edition of After Hours and the crew’s all back to mourn the loss of a “different kind of car company.” Peter De Lorenzo the Autoextremist is in the house once again, and he joins David Welch from BusinessWeek and John McElroy. The gang also welcomes guest panelist Erich Merkle, the President of Autoconomy, who comes bearing his automotive analysis. September sales fall through the floor. The Tokyo Motor Show gets boycotted by all non-Japanese automakers. The Toyota floor mat debacle calls into question the issues of personal responsibility and driver education. All that plus we get to your Saturn memories in Rapid Fire!

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ROAD TEST: Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

October 1st, 2009 at 11:40am


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The fine folks at Ford’s in-house high-performance division – the Special Vehicle Team – have created a MONSTER. With rugged aftermarket hardware, the new 2010 Raptor F-150 is a beast when the pavement ends. It can tackle off-road trails that would destroy lesser pickups, but how does it drive on the street? McElroy gives his thoughts on this testosterone-charged truck after testing one for a week.

INSTANT IMPRESSION – BMW 750i Doors

October 1st, 2009 at 9:39am


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The new BMW 7-Series is oozing with thoughtful touches and unexpected features, and that’s just the doors on this flagship sedan. What makes this BMW’s doors so special? Let’s take a look.

GM Product Chief explains why the company kept the GMC brand

October 1st, 2009 at 7:00am


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One of the major controversies of General Motors’ bankruptcy-induced restructuring has been the fact that the company decided to keep GMC while axing more beloved brands like Pontiac and Saturn. In this clip Tom Stephens, the Vice Chairman of Global Product Development, explains why GMC lives on.