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How Ford’s 2011 Explorer Almost Never Happened

August 31st, 2010 at 10:29am


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Ford recently took the wraps off its all-new 2011 Explorer, and it’s easy to see why they’re excited about it. The new Explorer is much better in every way, a technically sophisticated and dramatically more efficient vehicle with light-years better driving dynamics thrown-in for good measure. But saying all of that, it’s a vehicle that almost didn’t see the light of day.

AAH #69 – Que Sera Serra

August 27th, 2010 at 3:51pm

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This week we invite Joe Serra on the AAH stage to talk dealerships. As a dealer principal, Joe has seen a lot in the past couple of years, and we’ll be asking him how business is and what kinds of cars are moving out of the lots these days. As usual, we’ll review some of the most interesting news of the week including the possibility of VW buying Alfa Romeo. Also, Chris Perry, formerly of Hyundai, is tapped to run Chevrolet marketing, and speaking of Hyundai, John recently got some seat time in the new Equus, so we’ll see what he has to say about that. John McElroy’s in studio with Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, and David Welch from Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

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Driving the World’s Cheapest Car

August 25th, 2010 at 10:15am


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On a recent tour of Germany we stopped in to see what the supplier company Continental is up to. We got to see all kinds of new technology, and we also got a chance to drive some of the vehicles that use it. Craig Cole took a quick spin in the Tata Nano and here’s what it’s like behind the wheel of the world’s cheapest car.

AAH #68 – Woodward Ave. After Hours 2010

August 19th, 2010 at 3:20pm



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This week we bring you a very-special episode of Autoline After Hours from Woodward Avenue, home of the annual Dream Cruise, the biggest one-day automotive event in the world. Joining host John McElroy is the Autoextremist himself, Peter De Lorenzo. Together they check out some of the coolest classic cars on the street as well as some of the hottest performance machines available today . . . plus a whole lot more! Join us for this special two-hour installment of Autoline After Hours broadcasting from historic Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak, Michigan.

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Woodward Ave. After Hours 2010

August 18th, 2010 at 8:00am

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This year’s special Autoline After Hours LIVE from Woodward Avenue will be here before you know it, and you’re invited to be a part of the fun! For this unique event, we’ll divert a little bit from our traditional Autoline After Hours schedule. We’ll be broadcasting LIVE from Balmoral Centre, 32121 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, Michigan on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 from 5:45-8PM ET.

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AAH #67 – The 30-Percent Solution

August 13th, 2010 at 3:44pm



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This week we invite Chris de Boer, head of R&D at Transonic Combustion to join us in the AAH studio. We’ll be asking him if his technology is really the big breakthrough we’ve been waiting for, and how he can get 30% better fuel economy just by changing the fuel injection. As always we’ll get into the big news of the week including GM’s announcement that Big Ed Whitacre will be stepping down as CEO. Plus, Chrysler and GM both posted profits this week, and–can you believe it–the U.S. Department of Transportation found no electronic flaws in Toyotas. John McElroy’s in studio with Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, and Jim Hall from 2953 Analytics.

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Instant Impression – Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

August 12th, 2010 at 11:54am


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Mitsubishi is a company that is going nowhere. But could the Lancer Ralliart finally help the company get back to its roots and become successful again? A look at the bold styling and powertrain under the hood indicates that it might just be headed in the right direction.

Instant Impression – The Overreaching Safety of BMW’s 5 Series GT

August 10th, 2010 at 8:15am


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Welcome to the ridiculous circumstances produced by nanny statery in the luxury car market. While the safety measures in contemporary automobiles are generally a good thing, sometimes it can be downright annoying as we found in the BMW 5 Series GT. Watch what happens when we try to idle the vehicle forward with the door open.

Automakers: Help Us Buy Your Damn Cars!

August 9th, 2010 at 4:59pm


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Here’s some commentary from guest host Murray Feldman of FOX 2 News in Detroit. All he wanted to do was spend some money and support local automakers whose products he liked. All he got was absolutely horrible customer service. How many of you have experienced the same thing?

AAH #66 – Joy to the World

August 6th, 2010 at 12:15pm

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This week we invite Tom Kowaleski into the AAH studio. Tom’s the VP of Corporate Communications at BMW, and we’ll be asking him what’s up with this whole “Joy” thing anyway? And, what will it take for BMW to overtake Lexus in the luxury segment? As always we’ll be tackling the latest news as well including Hyundai’s goal of a 50 MPG fleet average by 2025, GM’s investment into Bright Automotive and July sales numbers. John McElroy’s in studio with Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, and Jeff Green from Bloomberg News.

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