Archive for the ‘John’s Journal’ Category

GM EN-V Hints at Future Motoring

November 30th, 2011 at 9:01pm


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GM designed the EN-V concept car for an overpopulated world dominated by mega-cities. But this vision of the future is more than just a concept vehicle, it actually works, as John McElroy recently got a chance to find out.

Ford Hybrid Reliability

November 30th, 2011 at 4:38pm


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Cutting-edge technology is often a craps shoot. It tends to over-promise and under-deliver. Reliability of this technology can also be questionable when it first comes out. Thankfully for Ford and its hybrid vehicles this hasn’t been the case.

Pony Car Showdown – V-8 Engines

November 30th, 2011 at 11:37am


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A while back we compared the power-to-weight ratios of entry-level V-6 ponycars. We pitted the Chevrolet Camaro against its local rivals, the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang PLUS an overseas upstart, the Genesis Coupe. Today, it’s time to step up to the V-8-powered models.

Test Drive – Saab 9-4X

November 29th, 2011 at 11:20am


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We’ll have to wait and see if Saab truly gets back on its feet again. It’ll take months for everything to get sorted out. But in the meantime we were able to enjoy one of the company’s latest models, though it’s possible we may never get that chance again.

RoAb #106 – Black Friday Steals and Deals

November 25th, 2011 at 9:00am

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Coming up on RoundAbout . . . with the holidays OFFICIALLY in full swing it’s our job to help you find the perfect gifts for the important people in your life.  We’ve dug up the ultimate Black Friday steals and deals and they’re coming your way, right after this . . .

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Featuring: Jeffrey Ross, Steven J. Ewing, Michelle Naranjo, Eric Trytko, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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Test Drive – 2011 Buick Regal Turbo

November 23rd, 2011 at 9:45am


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Buick’s new Regal is a fun-loving family sedan. With an available manual transmission and even a turbocharged engine it delivers miles — and smiles per gallon. But is it worth the price? Click play to find out.

OL #6 – What Happens at SEMA Stays at SEMA

November 21st, 2011 at 5:50pm

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This month host Michelle Naranjo is in Sin City for the annual SEMA show, and she’s invited some of the big players to come on and talk. First off is John Krafcik from Hyundai who will talk about their presence at SEMA and their new turbo version of the Veloster. Also Margaret Brooks from Chevrolet will join us to talk about the Sonics, Cruzes and Camaros we’re seeing at the show.

Open Line is LIVE on the first Tuesday of every month at 8PM ET/5PM PT with co-hosts Michelle Naranjo of Autobytel, Chelsea Sexton, an alternative fuels advocate and lover of all things automotive, and Aaron Bragman, an automotive analyst for IHS Global Insight.

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RoAb #105 – Hang Some Gold Chains on that Gordito!

November 20th, 2011 at 10:57pm

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Coming up on RoundAbout . . . auto-show mania!  Find out what went down in L.A. this week PLUS Chrisitaan Conover is back in the house, so to speak, bringing us another engrossing LIE OF THE BEHOLDER.  What trickery and deceit does he have up his ruffled shirt sleeves this week?  There’s only one way to find out . . .

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Featuring: Dalibor Dimovski, Christiaan Conover, Michelle NaranjoJosh Lewis, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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AAH #127 – A Peek Inside the Petersen

November 18th, 2011 at 4:44pm

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This week we’re in a very different time zone. Since John McElroy and the crew are in Los Angeles for the LA Auto Show, they’ve decided to pay a visit to the famous Petersen Automotive Museum and meet the collection’s curator, Leslie Kendall. They’ll also talk to John Clinard, formerly of Ford West Coast Communications, but perhaps more well known for the event he helped create in California: Cars and Coffee. We’ll learn a whole lot about that, find out what’s new at the Petersen and much more on this week’s show.

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LIVE Coverage of the 2011 LA Auto Show

November 16th, 2011 at 9:47pm


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John McElroy reports LIVE from the floor of the 2011 LA Auto Show to bring you all the latest announcements and reveals. We start off with the Cadillac XTS talking to the president of GM North America, get a look at the new Mazda CX-5, see Infiniti’s entry into the crossover segment, check out the new Ford Escape and a whole lot more!

Guests include:
Mark Reuss, GM President, North America
John Krafcik, CEO, Hyundai Motor America
Jim O’Sullivan, President and CEO, Mazda NAO
Ben Poole, VP, Infiniti
Anthony Foulk, Product Mgr., Audi
Derrick Kuzak, VP, Global Product Dev., Ford Motor Co.