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AAH #163 – Toyota’s All-American

August 31st, 2012 at 3:39pm

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Toyotas are bland, right? That’s the wrap. And for a long time it’s been hard to disagree, but the new Toyota Avalon shows that this company really can turn out compelling cars. So, we asked the Chief Engineer of the Avalon, Randy Stephens, to park one in our studio while we talked to him about this, the first Toyota passenger car to be designed, engineered and manufactured in the U.S. In addition, you know that we’ll get into the biggest news of the week including the continued “brain drain” at GM. John McElroy will also have some driving impressions to share of the Cadillac XTS. Joining John in studio is his After Hours cohort Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist!

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL – First Look

August 28th, 2012 at 8:01am

Mercedes-Benz knows a thing or two about luxury, and the folks in Stuttgart have just revealed their latest creation, the redesigned GL. Join Autoline and take a quick peek at this redesigned top-shelf SUV.

RoAb #139 – Hall-a-buloo

August 27th, 2012 at 3:55pm


Legendary automotive icons Jim and Bob Hall face off on this week’s episode of RoundAbout. This ambiguously twin duo battles in a no-holds-barred war of wits and wizardry. They compete in brand-new segments as well as some time-tested games. Which one wins this impromptu “Hall vs. Hall”? Hit “Play” now!

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

With additional research and assistance from: Mark Malonzo

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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GM’s Heritage Needs Proper Home

August 26th, 2012 at 8:01am

Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, shares his thoughts on why General Motors needs a museum to properly showcase the company’s heritage.

AAH #162 – Camaro ZL-Wow!

August 24th, 2012 at 5:00pm

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On this week’s episode of Autoline After Hours we welcome Al Oppenheiser, Chief Engineer of the Chevrolet Camaro. He has a shiny new ZL1 convertible to pull into the studio and we have a lot to ask him about that hot new car. Plus, we get into Peter De Lorenzo’s latest rants and John offers his styling critique on the 2013 Honda Accord. All that and much, much more!

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2012 Audi S5 – Test Drive

August 24th, 2012 at 8:01am

Watch and find out what Autoline Daily correspondent Craig Cole thinks of the 2012 Audi S5.

2013 Lexus ES – Instant Impression

August 22nd, 2012 at 8:01am

BMW overtook Lexus in the luxury sales race last year but you can bet the Japanese brand is gunning for the No. 1 position. To retake that crown, it’s launching a cavalcade of new and refreshed product. One of the latest to hit the road is its second best-selling model. Andrew Justus has more . . .

RoAb #138 – The Rossman Returneth

August 20th, 2012 at 3:19pm


RoundAbout’s original-recipe Jeffrey Ross is back. He’s got a new baby and a brand-new job! America is known for its automobiles, but are we as car crazy as we think? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just introduced a rigorous new crash test and one of our panelists sounds off.

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Featuring: Eric Trytko, Jeffrey Ross, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

With additional research and assistance from: Mark Malonzo

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.

Get this week’s full show notes at RoundAboutShow.com

Experiencing the 24 Hours of Le Mans

August 20th, 2012 at 8:01am

Did you fail French class in high school? Are you out of vacation time? Is a flight to Europe in the summertime just too expensive? Well, no more excuses because now you can get an insider’s look at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. John McElroy attended the world-famous endurance race and here’s a taste of what he saw.

2013 Audi allroad

August 18th, 2012 at 8:01am

The Audi allroad is returning to the U.S. for the first time since 2005. The all-new model is now on the same platform as the A4. Watch and find out Autoline Daily correspondent Isaac Bouchard’s take on the new allroad.