Archive for the ‘John’s Journal’ Category

INSTANT IMPRESSION – Subaru Legacy PZEV

November 25th, 2009 at 9:12am


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We’ve said it again and again: whatever “they” tell you, the gasoline engine is not dead yet. Engineers are constantly finding ways to make it more efficient and less harmful to the environment. Case in point is this Subaru Legacy PZEV, which you’ll find has the exact same emissions as an electric vehicle.

Auto-Parking the Lincoln MKT

November 24th, 2009 at 9:09am


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Vehicles that boast self-parking technology are nothing new. Now, a car that can actually do it reliably and easily? That’s another story. But, in the 2010 Lincoln MKT that’s exactly what you get, even if it is a hair-raising experience to let go of the wheel and let the giant CUV do its thing.

INSTANT IMPRESSION – Inside the 2010 Acura ZDX

November 23rd, 2009 at 11:13am


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The expressive, bold design theme continues as we go inside the 2010 Acura ZDX. Swoopy, yet aggressive, styling abounds making for a crossover with a powerful presence. However, it suffers in the backseat due to its proclivity for coupe-like styling.

INSTANT IMPRESSION – Acura ZDX Design

November 20th, 2009 at 3:59pm


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With the 2010 Acura ZDX comes another crossover inspired by the pioneering design of the BMW X6. It’s a big, meaty CUV with lines that make it look like a coupe. As you’ll see, there are some drawbacks to that decision.

AAH #33 – Aded Up

November 20th, 2009 at 1:31pm

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Another After Hours and we’ve got two fresh faces in the Autoline studio: David Kiley of ICON Creative and Jean Halliday of Ad Age. They join John McElroy and Peter De Lorenzo this week to discuss the news of the week, especially as it relates to marketing. Brilliance Auto in China eyes abandoned Saturn stores. GM posts a huge loss while the other domestics are on the upswing. Chrysler looks for a new ad agency. All that and we answer your questions in Rapid Fire and have a special announcement about our next episode.

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INSTANT IMPRESSION – Driving the Porsche Panamera S

November 19th, 2009 at 12:04pm


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Yes, it has a spacious interior and a luxurious stance, but in the end, the 2010 Porsche Panamera is, well, a Porsche! So how does it drive?

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November 17th, 2009 at 11:59am


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AAH #32 – From Mustangs to Minivans

November 13th, 2009 at 1:59pm


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Well, here we are again with, frankly, a calmer news week behind us. And in this episode we bring you a very special guest: the great Hal Sperlich, certainly one of the most famous product planners in the auto industry. Hal was the former president of Chrysler, but beyond that he is the father of the Mustang, Fiesta, K-car and the Minivan. Clearly, the man has got some good stories to tell, and he does, but we also get him to lend his perspective on the latest automotive turmoil. On hand for the discussion are John McElroy, Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, and David Welch of BusinessWeek.

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INSTANT IMPRESSION – Porsche Panamera Interior

November 10th, 2009 at 10:03am


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The back seat of the Porsche Panamera is roomy and plush to be sure, but any true Porsche aficionado is only going to want to sit in one spot, and that’s behind the wheel. What, then, are you treated to as the driver of this more than $100,000 luxury sedan? Honestly, the review is mixed.

RAW NOTES: Chrysler’s 8-Hour Press Conference

November 9th, 2009 at 3:04pm

Chrysler's executive team gathered for a massive media briefing on the future of the company.

Chrysler's executive team gathered for a massive media briefing on the company's future.

Chrysler recently held an 8-hour press conference to brief the media, analysts, suppliers and dealers on its 5-year plan. The following report comes from the raw notes I took during this conference, which contains more information and specifics than the three-ring binder that Chrysler handed out. Specific highlights of note: plans for the Viper, selling semi trucks under the Ram brand, and full Product Plans through 2014.

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