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AAH #114 – In Search of Studio X

August 12th, 2011 at 4:24pm

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This week we peer into the future of automotive design with the Vice President of Global Design for GM, Ed Welburn. We’ll be finding out more about the upcoming Cadillac XTS and ATS cars. And as the push for massive CAFE increases looms, we’ll get Ed’s take: does aero-optimization destroy expressive styling? We’ll also find out how GM studios around the globe compete to design vehicles the company has in the pipeline. We’ll also discuss John’s sneak peek at future Lincoln product and get into details of the brand’s turnaround plan. John McElroy is joined in studio by the one and only Autoextremist, Peter De Lorenzo.

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The Ford Model A as a Daily Driver

August 11th, 2011 at 4:15pm


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Jonathan Klinger’s coworkers thought he was bluffing when he said he wanted to drive a Ford Model A every day for a year — including winter … in northern Michigan. But he followed through, and he’s been doing it in a project he calls “365 Days of A,” documenting his progress on a blog of the same name. RoundAbout host Craig Cole went for a walkaround of the Model A that Jonathan’s been driving for nearly a year.

John McElroy on the Autoblog Podcast

August 10th, 2011 at 2:39pm

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Our own John McElroy guest starred on the Autoblog podcast this week. Among the topics discussed: Pagani Huayra makes its U.S. Debut; General Motors back on top as world’s largest carmaker; Will the confirmed Cadillac XTS and ATS help maintain momentum?

Find out how to subscribe to the podcast and much more at Autoblog.

OL #3 – Bring Back the El Camino!

August 9th, 2011 at 9:00am

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This week, Chelsea and Michelle are joined by a real GM insider. We ask him about the idea of a $25,000 luxury car and he explains the Buick brand’s position on the eAssist technology and what that means for consumer education. We also ask about what GM knows about marketing fuel efficiency versus selling hybrids and if the buying public cares as much about what powers a car as the enthusiasts do. Questions from callers include everything from praise for Buick to category comparisons to pleas for the return of the El Camino. We also discuss what will be next for Buick. Nick Richards is the Buick Communications Group Manager and has previously been at PowerTrain, OnStar, Hummer and Volt. Michelle Naranjo, editor of Autobytel.com is live in studio in Detroit while Chelsea Sexton of chelseasexton.com holds down the fort in California.

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RoAb #92 – The ‘It All Comes Down to the Smart Fortwo’ Episode

August 7th, 2011 at 7:38pm

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Coming up on Roundabout, Bugatti plans to launch a sexy new four-door sedan.  Nissan Brazil asks drivers what kind of ponies they have under their hoods, and a pair of men that rescued a woman from her burning truck a few years ago are now suing her.  Find out why, as we get to the bottom of these mysteries and many more this week on RoundAbout.

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Featuring: Jeffrey Ross, Michelle Naranjo, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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AAH #113 – A Primer on Painting

August 5th, 2011 at 3:10pm

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This week it’s time to don your beret and painting smock because our guest is an artist with a penchant for classic cars. David Snyder specializes in recreating automotive tableaus — dealerships, car shows, parking lots — in such meticulous detail that he even matches the original car paint exactly. We’ll be learning what he does to make his paintings so realistic. Of course you can also count on a heated discussion of the news of the week including all the latest from the MBS conference in Traverse City, Michigan. Sergio Marchionne is warning about China; Bob King is aiming to organize suppliers; John DeCicco says battery electric vehicles are barely better than turbo diesels in reducing emissions. But, perhaps the biggest news: Wall Street is melting down today. Could the auto companies feel the brunt of the decline? John McElroy is joined in studio by the one and only Autoextremist, Peter De Lorenzo.

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The Ah-ha Moment: Nancy Gioia, Ford; Colleen Haley, Yazaki; Anne Doyle, “Powering Up”

August 4th, 2011 at 2:05pm

John McElroy talks to three women about the skills necessary to succeed in a male-dominated industry.

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Anne Doyle, Author, “Powering Up.”

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Removing a Door Ding Using ScratchPro

August 2nd, 2011 at 3:59pm


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We’re trying a new scratch-removal kit called ScratchPro that claims to erase unsightly door dings with the power of diamonds. RoundAbout host Craig Cole tries out the color-coded three-stage system on his producer’s Pontiac G8.

Update from MBS 2011

August 2nd, 2011 at 12:44pm


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John McElroy reports in from the floor of the Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, one of the biggest automotive conferences in the world. John has all the latest buzz from the top auto executives.

RoAb #91 – The ‘Bonaboutique’ Episode

August 1st, 2011 at 4:22pm

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Coming up on Roundabout, does the world need ANOTHER crossover?  Find out which automaker is rumored to be basing one off a B-segment car.  Dearly departed actor Jimmy Stewart teaches driver’s ed, and we interview a VERY special guest later in the show, a man who’s spending an entire year driving a vintage car as his only transportation in a project called “365 Days Of A.”  Take a seat, get yourself comfortable and enjoy all of this wholesome goodness, only on RoundAbout!

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Featuring: Jonathan Klinger, Colin Bird, Michelle Naranjo, Eric Trytko, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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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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