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RoAb #127 – What the Gluck?

April 30th, 2012 at 4:17pm

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Ford’s subsidiary in Spain has come up with a unique way to set its certified-used-car program apart from the competition. It’s really giving them a leg . . . and a nose up! One clever company has figured out how to convert light-duty trucks into tanks with a relatively simple add-on. Find out what the RoundAbout panelists have been driving lately as they go IN THE GARAGE.

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Featuring: Jeff Glucker, Eric Trytko, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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AAH #147 – Beijing Boats

April 27th, 2012 at 11:12am

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Let’s take a moment to stop and think about who the auto industry really should be targeting. In an age when Facebook seems to be more important to 16-year-olds than cruising on a Saturday night, could Gen Y actually spell the death of the automobile as we know it? After all, how critical is car design to a generation that cares very little about automobile culture? Now, spin the globe and take a close look at China — the vehicle manufacturers sure are. There’s no mistaking the fact that this burgeoning market is critically important to every automaker. But, at what point do the car companies start to lose their focus as they work to cater to the every need of the Chinese consumer? We’ll tackle these issues and much more in this week’s edition of AAH. Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, is in the driver’s seat tonight, and he’s joined by Gary Vasilash from Automotive Design & Production and Frank Markus from Motor Trend.

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Hall vs. Hall – Best Car to Live in?

April 25th, 2012 at 7:01am

In this edition of Hall vs. Hall, the brothers aim their encyclopedic knowledge at this pressing issue: what is the best car to live in? Surely the Econoline fits the bill … or does it? Find out!

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RoAb #126 – Converting to Christiaanity

April 23rd, 2012 at 5:20pm

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What do you do when faced with a traffic citation? Use science! Find out how one proud geek did it. Also, get a look at the bleeding edge of tractor trailer technology. This concept looks like it should be making the jump to hyperspace, not hauling canned goods. Plus, this week’s honored guests face off in a shiny, happy, green BATTLE TO THE DEATH. For all that and more, apply within.

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Featuring: Colin Bird, Christiaan Conover, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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AAH #146 – Tin Whiskers? Ha!

April 20th, 2012 at 11:16am

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This week host John McElroy is joined in the AAH studio by his partner in crime, Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist. Their special guest is Art Spinella from CNW Marketing Research. He always has fascinating insight about vehicles and what’s going on in the car market. Some of the topics up for discussion include the redesign of two American icons, the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford Mustang and the real cause of unintended acceleration.

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RoAb #125 – Runs Good, Dumps Better

April 16th, 2012 at 3:00pm

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This week the RoAb crew takes a look at a number of depression-era inventions designed to let your pet dog ride in the car by riding outside it! Learn what they are, next. Find out which teenage pop star totally blinged out his range-extended whip and the panelists play another spirited round of THE PRICE IS CORRECT.

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

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AAH #145 – Mao More than Ever

April 13th, 2012 at 9:52am

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What good is design these days? If fuel efficiency is our master, shouldn’t the wind tunnel have final say over every car’s silhouette? We’d wager that this week’s special guest disagrees with that statement. David Rand was GM’s Executive Director of Global Advanced Design, and he’s most-recently back from a stint as Brand Director for Design at Changan Automobile Co. in China. We’ll ask him why design that stands out from the crowd is important. And, of course, we’ll have to take a moment to mark the passing of Ferdinand Porsche who designed the Porsche 901, which became the 911. To talk about all this and a whole lot more, John McElroy is joined in studio by Peter De Lorenzo the Autoextremist and analyst extraordinaire, Jim Hall of 2953 Analytics.

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RoAb #124 – Lean, Finely Textured Cadillac

April 9th, 2012 at 7:04pm

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Do your political leanings dictate what you drive? Find out next. An exciting new product makes road trips a lot easier for people with overactive bladders PLUS the RoAb crew highlights last week’s BIG reveals from the 2012 New York Auto Show.

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Featuring: Dave Sullivan, Alex Villani, Josh Lewis, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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AAH #144 – It’s Cool to be at Katz’s

April 6th, 2012 at 10:27am

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All of the biggest car news this week was in the city that doesn’t sleep and so were we! For the first time ever, Autoline After Hours comes to you from New York City, and it’s courtesy of our good friends and Katz’s famous delicatessen. We’re broadcasting from their historical eatery, and we’re ready to gab about all the latest automotive issues. John McElroy will be joined by AAH alum Jason Vines as well as naming expert Nina Beckhardt from, where else, The Naming Group.

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RoAb #123 – External Combustion Pizza Plug

April 2nd, 2012 at 5:22pm

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One company has developed a fanny pack for cars, and you have to see it to believe it! A big smash-up in Ontario, Canada combines two of our favorite things. Find out what they are, next. And this week’s panelists including the indefatigable Jim Hall of 2953 Analytics, play another exciting round of “A Car By Any Other Name.” For all this fun and more, just hit play.”

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Featuring: Jim Hall, Eric Trytko, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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