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AAH #155 – ATS … the Movies

June 29th, 2012 at 5:19pm



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When Richard Hollingshead invented the drive-in theatre he knew he was combining two passions that would go great together. And, while drive-ins may not be as popular as they once were, cars and movies just keep cruising on and on. As you’ve probably guessed by now, that’s the subject of this week’s show. We’ll talk about the classics like “Vanishing Point” as well as films you might not associate with cars like “Body Heat.” Plus, we’ll get into some non-Hollywood topics such as Cadillac’s struggle to take on BMW with the ATS. To discuss all this and much more, Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, is joined by Todd Lassa from Motor Trend and Jim Hall from 2953 Analytics.

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Watch the 2012 AAH Automotive Draft!

June 28th, 2012 at 10:56am

It’s that time again! Join us as top auto journalists pick their fantasy corporate teams in the second-annual Autoline After Hours Automotive Draft. Who would you choose for CEO? Chief Designer? Marketing and PR? Find out who our experts put on their list on July 12th, 2012 at 6PM ET LIVE at Autoline.tv

Introducing the Next Big Car Company: New America Motors

June 26th, 2012 at 8:00pm

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Join John McElroy, Jim Hall, Michelle Krebs, Drew Winter and David Welch as they assemble their automotive super teams in the second-annual Autoline After Hours Automotive Draft. What corporate team has the vision to build “new cars for a new America”? You can only find out at one place: right here LIVE at 6PM ET Thursday, July 12, 2012.

2013 Acura ILX – Instant Impression

June 26th, 2012 at 9:37am

Acura is getting back into the small luxury segment with its brand-new ILX. It needs an entry-level car to pull its sales out of the doldrums. But are buyers really going to go for a gussied-up Honda Civic? John McElroy recently put the car through its paces.

AAH #154 – Fifteen and Counting…

June 22nd, 2012 at 12:20pm

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Celebrate 15 years of Autoline on this week’s edition of After Hours! We’re having a party to commemorate our anniversary and you’re invited alongside some of our illustrious guests including: Mustafa Mohatarem, General Motors’ Chief Economist; Mark Fields, the President, Americas of Ford; and author Margery Krevsky with a couple of her “Sirens of Chrome.” We’ll be talking about some of the changes we’ve seen in the industry over the last decade and a half, and we’ll take a look back at some of the notable interviews we’ve conducted over time. Have a listen or sit down and watch this very special edition of Autoline After Hours!

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2012 BMW 528i – Instant Impression

June 20th, 2012 at 8:00pm

The BMW 528i is at the forefront of the “modern” luxury movement that’s sweeping the auto industry. Premium brands keep downsizing their engines and cramming more gears in their transmissions to get better fuel economy without sacrificing performance. The new 5 Series comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic, but has BMW gone too far? John McElroy shares a few of his thoughts.

2012 Subaru Legacy – Test Drive

June 20th, 2012 at 7:00am

Autoline Daily correspondent Craig Cole takes a look at the 2012 Subaru Legacy. Watch and find out how he thinks the mid-size sedan stacks up against the competition.

RoAb #133 – Stay Reich

June 18th, 2012 at 7:00pm

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A driver’s education instructor in New Zealand fails a girl before she even starts the car. We’ll show you the ins and outs of driving in Lebanon of all places. And we have a terrific new guest joining us in the studio. Find out who it is, next!

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Featuring: Scott Burgess, Michelle Naranjo, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

With additional research and assistance from: Mark Malonzo

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2013 Cadillac XTS – First Look

June 18th, 2012 at 10:19am

Cadillac’s latest model is the XTS, a front-wheel-drive large sedan with tons of room inside and a massive trunk. These are traditional Detroit virtues that have fallen out of favor the last couple decades. However, the company claims it’s still fun to drive. Is that really the case or is it just marketing mumbo-jumbo? Click “play” to find out.

RoAb #132 – Grand Hall Leisure

June 11th, 2012 at 2:19pm

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Grab a poncho or at least cut a head hole in a garbage bag because the brothers Hall are this week’s guests on RoAb. The automotive experts and genetic duplicates put on a Gallagher-style performance that leaves no one unscathed. The duet compete in a number of RoAb games including THE PRICE IS CORRECT and A CAR BY ANY OTHER NAME, plus they share design tips and answer viewer-submitted questions.

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Featuring: Jim Hall, Bob Hall, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

With additional research and assistance from: Mark Malonzo

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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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