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Instant Impression – Chrysler 200

November 29th, 2010 at 3:26pm

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Chrysler’s Sebring has drawn plenty of fire from the automotive press. Journalists have crucified this humble car for its chintzy interior, unrefined powertrains and inept suspension. Thankfully the company has thoroughly reworked it for 2011, giving it a sleeker design, a vastly updated interior and even a fresh name. But is the new 200 more than just a gussied-up version of the same-old disappointment? Is it more than just lipstick on a pig? Here are a few of McElroy’s thoughts on the car after spending some time in the saddle.

Instant Impression – Dodge Journey

November 23rd, 2010 at 10:09am


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Chrysler is infamous for its cheap, awful interiors, but if the latest refreshes are to be believed, that may be a thing of the past. Take for example the 2011 Dodge Journey, which looks worlds better than anything the old Chrysler would have produced.

AAH #80 – LIVE from L.A.

November 19th, 2010 at 9:11pm

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And now for something completely different. This week John McElroy comes to you from the Pacific time zone in the great city of Los Angeles. Autoline is out west this week covering the L.A. Auto Show, and we’re getting together with some of our left coast colleagues to do an AAH from the land of CARB and some really out-of-control cars. We’ll be joined by Chelsea Sexton, EV enthusiast, Matt DeLorenzo from Road & Track and Charlie Vogelheim of Intellichoice. Of course, the group will be discussing the major news out of this week’s show and much more.

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AAH #79 – Better Than Being on a Cruise Ship

November 12th, 2010 at 12:32pm

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This week’s gonna be fun. Not only are the inmates running the asylum here at the Autoline studios, we’ve got some of your all-time favorite AAH panelists all in the same room. Peter De Lorenzo’s in the driver’s seat while Mr. McElroy is out on business, and he’s invited Frank Markus from Motor Trend, Scott Burgess from The Detroit News and — wait for it — Jim Hall of 2953 Analytics. Tonight we’ll be running through a ton of the news to come out this week including Mercedes’ new 4-cylinder S-Class, the rising costs of raw materials and what it means for vehicle prices, as well as the GM IPO. Hold on tight, because we just might be in for a wild ride tonight!

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AAH #78 – The Good, the Bad and the Vines

November 5th, 2010 at 4:33pm

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We’re back again for another outspoken Autoline After Hours, and it’s feeling like old times as we get ready to dive head first into the latest news and views with none other than AAH founding member Jason Vines. We’ll be talking about the latest car sales for sure and whether or not it bodes well for the auto industry. We’re also going to talk about what effect the election will have on the auto industry, and we’ll discuss the impending GM IPO. Plus, John McElroy will explain why he quit the Automotive Press Association after they invited Steven Rattner to speak. John’s also joined in studio by Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist.

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Saab 9-5 – Instant Impression

November 4th, 2010 at 11:04am


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Whatever happened to Saab? You know, the quirky brand that morphed into a fleet of rebadged GM vehicles? It had all but faded away, but if the new 9-5 is any indication, the car company from Trollhättan, Sweden is back with a vengeance! Let’s take a walk around what, to our eyes, is the best-looking Saab in over 20 years.

Open Line Talks with Big Rig Driver “Trucker Desiree”

November 3rd, 2010 at 11:51am

Few of us in the automotive space really know what the life of a professional truck driver is like. Most people probably have the perception that it’s a job where you’re your own boss, set your own schedule and rake in the dough. On Open Line this week we talked with the blogger “Trucker Desiree” who tells a considerably different tale. Listen in and you’ll learn just how rough life on the open road can be.

Open Line is LIVE every Monday at 8PM ET / 5PM PT and is hosted by Michelle Naranjo of MissMotorMouth.com

Check out our next discussion right here on Mar. 21, 2011. Phone: 1-218-936-6581 and PIN: 60127

Mercedes-Benz E-63 AMG Technology and Features

November 2nd, 2010 at 2:04pm


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Today in the garage, we’ve got the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. Usually boat-sized luxury cars are a snoozefest, but affix that AMG badge to the back and suddenly: magic. Power is a no-brainer, but let’s crawl around and see what else you get for your 100 grand.