JCI’s MyDemoDrive.com

May 18th, 2011 at 9:38am


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Hybrids, mild hybrids, start/stop systems, extended-range EVs . . . these advanced vehicle powertrains can be very confusing to non auto-enthusiasts. Tier-one parts supplier Johnson Controls is helping everyday consumers sort through these technologies with a new website. MyDemoDrive.com is designed to clearly illustrate the differences between three of these setups, highlighting potential fuel savings on different commutes. Click “play” to find out how it all works.

(Very) Instant Impression – BMW’s Cup “Droppers”

May 17th, 2011 at 12:19pm


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German automakers excel at a laundry list of things. They craft some of the safest and most solidly built vehicles on the road today. Their cars are fast, powerful fun-driving luxury machines, but for all of their virtues they can still fall short in some areas. Arguably the most egregious oversight by the industry has to do with the lowly cup holder. Find out how BMW missed the mark on its awesome new 550i.

RoAb #82 – The ‘Taking a Stand’ Episode

May 15th, 2011 at 4:07pm

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Coming up on RoundAbout . . . some things are worth fighting for.  Plastic is a part of just about every product on the market today, but one guy is fixin’ to use it somewhere it’s never gone before.  An automotive legend is putting his name on some very unlikely vehicles.  And someone’s destroyed their brand-new Chevy Camaro, but made it a whole lot better in the process, find out how on RoundAbout #82, the “Taking a Stand” episode.  Our special guest this week is Chris Sawyer of TheVirtualDriver.com.

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Featuring: Chris Sawyer, Eric Trytko, Michelle Naranjo, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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AAH #102 – Sirens of Chrome

May 13th, 2011 at 11:54am

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This week the AAH studio is transformed into a swinging boutique as we take a look back at the history of auto show models with author Margery Krevsky. Margery wrote the book “Sirens of Chrome,” which details the transformation of models into knowledgeable product specialists. We’ll be getting a look at some vintage outfits from the past 50 years, modeled by contemporary product specialists. These are the dresses that stood alongside cars such as John Lennon’s Flower Power Rolls-Royce, the Ford Sunliner and Pontiac Firebird. Per usual, we’ll also be getting into the news of the week. John McElroy is joined in studio by the Autoextremist, Peter De Lorenzo.

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(Very) Instant Impression – Chevy Volt Switches to Gas Power

May 11th, 2011 at 10:56am


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Here’s a very quick take on one of the most important aspects of the Volt. What happens when the car taps into the reserve gas tank? Autoline correspondent Craig Cole took it for a long-distance drive and was able to record the transition. The result? Well, you’ll just have to see.

Win a Copy of “Sirens of Chrome” by Margery Krevsky!

May 9th, 2011 at 5:56pm

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This week’s Autoline After Hours guest is Margery Krevsky, the author of the book “Sirens of Chrome,” which looks at the long and storied history of models and product specialists in the auto industry. For this edition of AAH, Margery will be accompanied by some of her specialists modeling vintage outfits that were worn alongside cars such as the Ford Sunliner and Pontiac Firebird.

Want to win a copy of Margery’s book? It’s easy. To be eligible to win, just use Twitter to tweet this statement: “@Autoline: I want a copy of ‘Sirens of Chrome’ by @MargeryKrevsky, the #AAH guest this Thurs. 7PM ET: bit.ly/AfterHours” OR post this statement to our Facebook page at Facebook.com/AutolineDetroit: “I want a copy of ‘Sirens of Chrome’ by Margery Krevsky, the guest this Thursday on Autoline After Hours at 7PM ET / 4PM PT at http://bit.ly/AfterHours.”

The deadline is May 12th at 3PM ET / 12PM PT at which time we will draw a name at random to win the book. We’ll announce the winner LIVE on Autoline After Hours, Thursday night at 7PM ET.
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RoAb #81 – The ‘End of Days’ Episode

May 8th, 2011 at 7:59pm

Colonel-Armageddon-AutolineComing up on RoundAbout . . . the apocalypse is nigh!  Rental-car companies are robbing drivers blind when it comes time to fill the tank.  Makeshift workshops are helping Libyan freedom fighters beat Qaddafi.  And speaking of Colonels, find out which industry hot-shot is following in Harland Sanders’ shoes.   If these stories don’t point to automotive Armageddon what does?  Stick around for all this and more on RoundAbout, #81, the “End of Days” episode!

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AAH #101 – Burns, Baby, Burns

May 6th, 2011 at 12:20pm

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This week in the After Hours bunker is Larry Burns the now-retired Vice President of Research and Development for General Motors. During his time at GM, Burns was an unflagging proponent of hydrogen propulsion, and we’re going to ask him if fuel cells will ever catch on. Will we ever see a hydrogen infrastructure in this country? We’ll get into the news of the week too including GM’s whopping big earnings and talk about why hybrid sales are stagnate while the price of gas shoots sky high. John McElroy is joined in studio by the Autoextremist, Peter De Lorenzo as well as Frank Markus from Motor Trend.

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Instant Impression – Kia Optima SX

May 4th, 2011 at 9:01am


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It wasn’t that long ago that you bought a Kia when you couldn’t afford anything else. But, something has changed at the Korean automaker that’s working magic on all of its new product. The new Optima SX is a whopping $30,000! Who thought you’d ever pay that much for a Kia? Even more striking is what you get for that money.

Instant Impression – Chevy Camaro 2SS Convertible

May 3rd, 2011 at 9:02am


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We’ve been hotly anticipating the drop top version of the Camaro. If nothing else, it allows you to trade tank-slit visibility for the ultimate 360-degree, open-air experience. That said, you’ll be paying $43,000 for this car and no one would blame you for expecting a quality product. Unfortunately, if you’re anything like us, you’re bound to be a bit disappointed by the Camaro 2SS Convertible.