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AAH #44 – See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me

February 26th, 2010 at 1:37pm

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This week we talk the future of car design with Bob Boniface, Director of Crossover Exterior Design and Global Electric Vehicle Design. Bob was the design director on the Chevy Camaro concept, but most recently his work can be found on the forthcoming Volt. We’ll be getting into a discussion about how and why design decisions are made, plus a discussion of this week’s news including the Toyota hearings and Fritz Henderson’s reappointment at GM. John McElroy’s in studio as usual as well as David Welch of BusinessWeek and Bloomberg and Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist.

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Help Us Choose the Best Moments from Autoline After Hours

February 22nd, 2010 at 12:14pm

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Believe it or not, we’re actually closing in on 50 episodes already of what started out as a grand experiment in live webcasting and honest, no-holds-barred discussion about the auto industry. Here at Autoline we have a lot of favorite moments, ranging from our crazed discussion with TTAC’s Robert Farago to our “evening with Cheddar Cheese” to the first introduction of Big Ed’s jingle-janglin’ spurs. But, we want to know: what are your favorite moments?

Assembled here are the MP3s for all of our episodes so far. Pick your favorites and give us the Episode Number and Timecode In and Out of the most unforgettable moments.

Ex: Peter tells what he thinks of Sen. Shelby – Ep.00 In: 23:12 Out: 23:45

Our team will take those best moments and compile them for Episode 50 where we’ll take a look back at how far we’ve come in one year.

Send your Episode Numbers and Timecodes to bsanders@blueskyproductions.tv and put “AAH Best Moments” in the Subject Line.

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AAH #43 – From Rat Rods to Hot Rods

February 19th, 2010 at 1:19pm

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Tonight we talk hot rods as we invite a special guest on the show, Bob Larivee, Jr., the owner of the traveling AutoRama exhibition. Are baby boomers going to lose their shirts over the investments they’ve made into classic cars? What are the newest trends in customization? Which of today’s cars will be the future collectibles? We’ll be getting into those issues, plus a discussion of this week’s news. John McElroy’s in studio as usual as well as David Welch of BusinessWeek and Bloomberg and Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist.

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AAH #42 – Oh, What a Feeling…

February 12th, 2010 at 10:42am

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It seems like the bad news just doesn’t stop for Toyota these days. Millions of vehicles have been recalled, with perhaps, more to come, tarnishing the auto giant’s record of high-quality workmanship. Now, members of Congress are calling for Akio Toyoda to testify stateside. To discuss the delicate art of Crisis Management on this week’s show, and what Toyota could have done better, we’re summoning an old friend for a deposition before our panel. Jason Vines was at the helm of Ford Public Relations when the Explorer rollover crisis occurred in the 1990s. We’ll ask how a company can effectively defuse a PR bomb and keep the situation from spiraling out of control. John McElroy’s on board as usual as well as David Welch of BusinessWeek and Bloomberg and Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist.

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AAH #41 – Racing Rocks

February 5th, 2010 at 1:02pm

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As the racing season gets ready to begin, the After Hours crew thought it would be appropriate to welcome the new director of Ford North America Motorsports on the show. Jamie Allison has worked for the Ford Motor Co. for 22 years in engineering, marketing, as well as Ford racing, but last month he was named to the top spot. We’ve got a lot of racing questions Jamie can answer, but we can’t ignore all of the Toyota issues that have been in the news, so we’ll definitely be talking about that too! John McElroy leads the discussion and is joined by David Welch of BusinessWeek and Bloomberg as well as Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist.

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Interviews from Washington D.C.

February 2nd, 2010 at 6:12pm

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For the first time ever, Autoline comes to you from the floor of Washington D.C. Auto Show. We have top policy makers, technology experts and journalists talking all about the role the federal government plays in the development of new vehicles and alternative fuels like clean diesel.

Highlights include appearances from Alan Mulally of Ford, Margo Oge of the EPA, Johan de Nysschen of Audi, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., Steve Bartoli of Chrysler and Jake Jones of Daimler AG.

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