Archive for the ‘John’s Journal’ Category

AAH #36 – Dunne Got ‘Em

December 18th, 2009 at 12:32pm

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We’re gathered for our last show of the year and we thought it’d be fun to play a game of “I Spy” with the master, Jim Dunne, legendary spy photographer. Over his 45-year career, Jim brought us many of our first glimpses at new product before they ever hit the auto show floor. Now he’s here to share some of his best tales of automotive espionage. Of course we’ve also got to discuss the tumultuous world of green vehicles of late: Chevy Volt – the Dance, Audi’s De Nysschen says the EV “love affair” has to end and Honda is under pressure after the Civic Hybrid doesn’t meet mileage claims. Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, and David Welch from BusinessWeek and Bloomberg News help John McElroy in studio.

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Spy Photo Quiz

December 16th, 2009 at 5:28pm

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Can you name the real cars hidden by the camouflage and facades in these classic pics taken by master spy photographer Jim Dunne, our guest on Autoline After Hours, Thursday, Dec. 17th? Click the jump below to take the quiz and win a prize.

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INSTANT IMPRESSION – Driving the Ford Transit Connect

December 15th, 2009 at 9:38am


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You have to admit, the Ford Transit Connect is a quirky-looking vehicle out on the road, but that’s part of its charm. Inside the vehicle, it’s equally unique with a number of features you won’t find elsewhere. Here’s a quick take on what it’s like to drive the vehicle.

INSTANT IMPRESSION – Ford Transit Connect Stands Out

December 14th, 2009 at 8:05am


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With the introduction of the Transit Connect to the American market, Ford offers a vehicle that is unlike anything else on the road today. Eminently practical while remaining compact, the Transit will be the perfect vehicle for a lot of people. Here’s why.

AAH #35 – Anybody Can Make a Car!

December 11th, 2009 at 2:34pm

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The gang is back on home turf after a wild week in Los Angeles, and while the year is winding down, the news certainly is not. And, once again, GM is dominating the headlines as it continues to shuffle its management around with key figures leaving for “personal reasons.” Joining us as a guest panelist to share his years of auto industry expertise is Sandy Munro, a noted expert in design and the president of Munro & Associates. On board once again is Mr. Autoextremist, himself, Peter De Lorenzo and David Welch of BusinessWeek and Bloomberg News.

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INSTANT IMPRESSION – Driving the BMW ActiveHybrid 7

December 10th, 2009 at 11:48am


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Driving the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is not what you’d expect out of a green vehicle. Although it boasts a 17% savings in fuel economy as a “mild” hybrid, it is no less a BMW as it provides V12 performance from a V8 engine.

INSTANT IMPRESSION – BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Styling

December 8th, 2009 at 7:59pm


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Auto manufacturers still struggle with how to identify a vehicle as a hybrid. Do you style it radically differently so that it stands out (See Prius and Insight)? Or do you do as the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 does and take the subtle approach?

AAH #34 – P-NUTs in LA

December 7th, 2009 at 11:29am

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We’ve got our sunglasses ready for this episode as we come to you direct from the floor of the 2009 LA Auto Show, and it’s the true After Hours experience as we start our webcast once the floor has been cleared of journalists and PR reps. For this special edition of AAH we bring you three unique personalities: Mark Vaughn of AutoWeek, Karl Brauer of Edmunds.com and Mark Rechtin from Automotive News.

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Autoline LIVE from the LA Auto Show

December 2nd, 2009 at 11:59am

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If you missed our live webcast from the 2009 LA Auto Show, view them now right here. Our roster of guests featured such notable personalities as Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac’s new general manager, Jim O’Sullivan who has a lot to say about the little Mazda 2, and Sam De La Garza, who explains how the Fiesta is taking advantage of social media.

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COMING UP: Autoline LIVE from LA

December 1st, 2009 at 12:02am

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Join John McElroy for a Special LIVE Webcast from the LA Auto Show! John will be interviewing the latest West Coast newsmakers who will be taking your questions in the chatroom and talking about their new product debuts.

So, get ready to hop online as we discuss all the hottest reveals and biggest announcements as they happen LIVE at the 2009 LA Auto Show. See you there!

Wednesday, December 2nd
2:30PM ET / 11:30AM PT Live Show Begins

Watch the show and join in the chat at:
www.autolinedetroit.tv