Anne Doyle is a former executive at the Ford Motor Company and the author of the book “Powering Up.” She’s got great advice for anyone trying to guide their career through all the pitfalls you can encounter in a large corporation. She came into our studios to share some of that advice.
Daimler is launching a new truck brand that, for the time being, is exclusive to India. Called BharatBenz, it’s tailor made to the needs of this developing market. But why is the company doing this? It already has four other truck lines in its portfolio. Watch to find out.
The Equus is an experiment for Hyundai. It’s not trying to drastically increase its sales by introducing it, nor is it shooting to rake in boatloads of money. Really what the company is doing with the Equus is testing the waters. It’s trying to change people’s perceptions of the Hyundai brand. Does this thing have what it takes to go after the luxury heavyweights? After some time behind the wheel McElroy has his verdict. Click play for details.
On this week’s RoundAbout we take a look at the clever way GM is recycling leftover Chevy Volt parts. We also uncover how they actually tow cars in mother Russia – it’s not pretty – and we debate the merits of the world’s ugliest Pontiac Grand Prix . . . if it has any. So stick around for all that and more on RoundAbout! Alex Villani of GM Inside News and Charles Krome of Autotropolis fame are this week’s special guests. Plus, our old friend Zach Bowman sits in and tries to keep the language as clean as possible.
(Archived Video AND Photos from the Lingenfelter Collection after the jump below)
Does your IRA stink? Are they going to tax your pension? Maybe it’s time to invest in classic cars … or maybe not. That’s one of the questions we’ll put to our special guest this week. Ken Lingenfelter is the owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering as well as the Lingenfelter Collection, an assortment of Corvettes, muscle cars and exotics. Of course, you can be sure we’ll get into the latest news including Bob King’s accusation that Alan Mulally’s raise is “morally wrong” and what the near future holds for automakers in crisis-stricken Japan. John McElroy is also joined in studio by the Autoextremist, Peter De Lorenzo, as well as auto journalist Jim McCraw. Be sure to check out Jim’s great photos from the Lingenfelter Collection after the jump!
Audi’s cooked up a brand-new A6 for the 2012 model year. Its middle-range offering on the sedan-side of its menu is positioned neatly between the Kobe beef tenderloin A8 and the hamburger A4. This Porterhouse of a car is as sleek and stylish as it is loaded with technology. In markets outside North America the company is offering it with a mind-blowing array of engine and transmission combinations. Which ones are making their way to the U.S. and which ones are getting left behind in Germany? Click play to learn about that and a whole lot more.
Unless you listen to RoundAbout you’re doing it wrong, which is convenient, because that’s our theme this week. Up for discussion is an array of stories including a man that was definitely doing it wrong when he got jacked up on drugs and went speeding off to save his girlfriend from aliens. No, we’re not making this up. The panel also takes a look at what could be the world’s ugliest Jaguar, EVER, plus we debut a brand-new segment called Design Hall. Everything expert and automotive entertainer Jim Hall of 2953 Analytics sounds off on a controversial design trend that’s been sweeping the industry the last few years. All in all, if you don’t listen to RoundAbout #75, the “You’re Doing it Wrong” episode you will, in fact, not be doing it right.
This week it’s time for that big, important talk about journalistic ethics. One of tonight’s guests is Scott Burgess, former auto critic for The Detroit News. Scott decided he needed to resign this week when the newspaper asked him to soften his review of the Chrysler 200 at the request of an advertiser. We’ll be asking Scott what happened and whether he might go back to the paper now that they have reversed their changes. There are a lot of sticky issues when it comes to reviewing cars and covering the industry as a journalist, and we’ll be discussing them all. Should reporters accept free trips from automakers to cover their vehicles? How do you keep your criticism unbiased when the subject is also an advertiser? John is also joined in studio by the Autoextremist, Peter De Lorenzo, as well as fellow journalist Sharon Terlep who covers the auto industry for The Wall Street Journal.
It’s not easy reinventing an automotive icon. If you go too retro with the design people will call it a rip off. If you don’t go far enough the car won’t look right. Recently we caught up with Roberto Giolito, the head of Fiat and Abarth design. He’s the man responsible for the appearance of the new 500. Here he talks about how the company was able to deliver a modern version of this legendary car.
By today’s standards the Mazda5 is a mini minivan. Compared to the segment’s heavy hitters – the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and Dodge Grand Caravan – it’s absolutely tiny. Those compact dimensions are a liability when it’s time to haul sheets of plywood or a gaggle of kids to soccer practice, but they pay off handsomely in other areas, namely the fun-to-drive, fuel-economy and parkability departments. Here are a few of McElroy’s thoughts on the updated 2012 version of this compact people mover.