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Inside the Mopar ’11 Charger

August 31st, 2011 at 9:47am


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Last year Mopar came out with the first ever car branded as a Mopar in the history of the brand. Called the Mopar ’10, it was a heavily modified Dodge Challenger, and it instantly sold out. So now Mopar is coming out with the Mopar ’11, a modified Dodge Charger. We asked Pietro Gorlier, the CEO of Mopar, to take us through the car and show us what it has.

Anne Doyle on Female Leadership

August 30th, 2011 at 10:05am


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It’s no secret the auto industry is a man’s world. It’s been that way since it emerged more than a century ago. Anne Doyle, former Ford Motor Company communications executive and author of “Powering Up: How America’s Women Achievers Become Leaders,” sounds off on this issue and shows how one supplier company is working to change the situation.

Test Drive – BMW 550i

August 29th, 2011 at 9:01am


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Some things live on only in stories your grandpa tells you through his raspy, cigar-smoke saturated voice. Like pin-up girls on office calendars or fullsize, V-8 powered cars with manual transmissions. While one of the previous would create a “hostile work environment” today, you can still find the other if you look in the right places, and luckily this is one of those places.

AAH #116 – Goatees and Fancy Scarves

August 26th, 2011 at 3:00pm

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This week we’re asking: why did Jack Roush hire a chief designer? And, we think we’ve got the perfect man to answer that question: Roush’s new head of design, D. Mark Trostle, a man with an impressive performance car pedigree. He’s designed such cars as the Buick GNX and Chevy SSR as well as the renowned Speed33 Roadster — so what’s going down at Roush? In addition, we’ll be discussing the news as usual. Is Toyota playing it too safe with the Camry’s new styling? Is the Cadillac Ciel concept a hint at the brand’s upcoming flagship sedan? Why are Ford and Toyota teaming up on hybrid development? To discuss all of this and more, John McElroy is joined in studio by the one and only Autoextremist, Peter De Lorenzo.

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2012 Cadillac SRX Updates

August 25th, 2011 at 11:34am


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GM’s resurrection of Cadillac is movin’ right along. The brand is firing on all cylinders right now, and dreams of bigger opportunities. With the latest on one of its most popular products, here’s Autoline Daily Correspondent Andrew Justus.

RoAb #94 – The ‘Hall in the Family’ Episode

August 21st, 2011 at 3:18pm

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Coming up on RoundAbout, find out what GIANT tech company is chasing after automakers, pressuring them to use its software.  Talk about a trifecta of FAIL.  Three car magazines from three different countries are stuck in a very embarrassing situation.  And we take a look back at the 1980s with a clever TV commercial from Dodge.  Enjoy all of this great taste with fewer calories PLUS we’ll get to a Dream-Cruise themed installment of VERSUS.  So get in, sit down, shut up and hold on, RoundAbout is coming at you!  Our special guests this week are none other than Jim Hall and his evil twin-brother Bob, plus Alex Kierstein from Hooniverse.com.

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Featuring: Jim Hall, Bob Hall, Alex Kierstein, Steven J. Ewing, Michelle Naranjo, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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AAH #115 – Woodward Ave. After Hours 2011

August 19th, 2011 at 1:54pm

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This week “Autoline After Hours” goes retro from the site of the world’s largest one-day automotive event, The Woodward Dream Cruise. Crowds and cars will be populating the sidewalks and parking lots as many of the 40,000 classics get Woodward Avenue warmed up for the big day.

Join John McElroy and Peter De Lorenzo along with special guests such as:
-Detroit News Auto Critic Scott Burgess
-The “men who know too much” Jim Hall and his twin brother Bob Hall
-Executives from Mopar and Bosch

See the some fabulous classics and new customs like:
-1953 Clean Diesel Corvette
-Fatchance 2.0 Chrysler 300
-Mopar Challenger Drag Pak
-JK8 Independence Jeep
-Plus, all the Woodward cruisers!

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Your Car’s Next Speakers May be Made Out of Paper

August 18th, 2011 at 9:31am


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In Taiwan, the Industrial Technology Research Institute is working on all kinds of really cool technology. Recently John McElroy was invited to visit ITRI’s laboratories and here are three new technologies he saw there that are directly related to the auto industry.

Jim Hall on CAFE and Speculators

August 16th, 2011 at 10:15am


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Speculators caused the stock market crash in October of 1929, which ultimately lead to the Great Depression. As a true, red-blooded American Jim hall ain’t no fan of folks trying to fix the price of things 10 years or better down the road. When in comes to CAFE this is exactly what droves of folks are doing right now. Mr. Hall gives those speculators a piece of his mind.

RoAb #93 – The ‘Adam Carolla is Basically Dead’ Episode

August 14th, 2011 at 12:25pm

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Coming up on Roundabout, a man gets a DUI while driving around on his cooler. Mr. Bean practices some slapstick comedy with his McLaren F1 and a tree. And a tour bus only a Portland, Oregon native could love. This week RoundelTable’s Christiaan Conover guest hosts and invites his colleague Josh Lewis from RawAutos.com. All this and much, much more this week on RoundAbout.

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Play RoundAbout Episode 93

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Featuring: Christiaan Conover, Josh Lewis, Steven J. Ewing, Michelle Naranjo and Ben Sanders

Show notes and video after the jump!

RoundAbout records LIVE on Fridays at 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT. Visit RoundAboutShow.com and click Watch Live to watch our webcast and look in on all the antics. 

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