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2013 Honda Accord – First Look

September 30th, 2012 at 12:00pm

It’s not everyday automakers rework their bread-and-butter midsize sedans. But the embargo on driving impressions has lifted off the 2013 Honda Accord. Autoline honcho John McElroy shares a few of his thoughts on this popular sedan and how he thinks it stacks up to the competition.

2013 John Cooper Works MINI Countryman Walk Around

September 28th, 2012 at 8:00pm

Surprisingly for a niche brand MINI is always coming out with another special model. One of its latest introductions is the performance version of the Countryman, the John Cooper Works edition.

AAH # 167 – Another Night NOT in Paris

September 28th, 2012 at 2:29pm

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While the rest of the Autoline crew is hard at work in Paris, we lucky stiffs get to observe from afar. With the Autoextremist leading the charge, we’ll take a look at the most important reveals from the 2012 Paris Motor Show so far. The Maserati Levante, Porsche’s new Panamera wagon concept, the Opel Adam, Jaguar F-Type and VW Golf are all on the docket. Plus, we’ll discuss the rough week had by EV makers like Fisker and Tesla. Joining Peter De Lorenzo to talk about all these topics and much more are Gary Vasilash from Automotive Design & Production and Jim Hall, majordomo of 2953 Analytics.

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Autoline LIVE from the 2012 Paris Motor Show

September 27th, 2012 at 4:44pm

Join John McElroy for a personal tour of the Mondial de l’Automobile, better known in North America as the Paris Motor Show. Guests include Johan de Nysschen, the man who has been challenged to transform Infiniti into a competitive global brand. John also talks to Jim O’Sullivan and gets a peek at the brand new Mazda6, including a version we won’t see in the U.S. Plus a look at some of the coolest French concept and production cars to debut at the show. What is the best looking concept at this year’s exhibition? McElroy gives you his answer. All that and way, way more.

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2013 RAM 1500 Design Walk Around

September 26th, 2012 at 8:00pm

Chrysler is bringing a slew of innovative features to market with the 2013 RAM 1500 including air suspension and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Of course it doesn’t hurt that all of this advanced hardware is wrapped in a stylish body. Here’s a closer look at this truck’s design.

Special Webcast: LIVE from the 2012 Paris Motor Show

September 25th, 2012 at 2:46pm

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John McElroy is LIVE Thursday from the Mondial de l’Automobile, better known in North America as the Paris Motor Show, bringing you coverage direct from the floor of the show! Belt up and get a driver’s-seat tour of one of the world’s most important auto shows. Join us Thursday morning to experience some of newest product being revealed and the people who are making it happen. Scheduled guests include:

Johan de Nysschen, Infiniti
Jim O’Sullivan, Mazda
Scott Keogh, Audi
Detlev von Platen, Porsche
Jonathan Browning, Volkswagen
And More!

So, jump in the chat room or sit back, and get ready to see Paris with an All-Access Pass courtesy of Autoline!

Thursday, September 27th
10AM ET / 14:00 GMT Live Show Begins

RoAb #143 – Emissions Pie

September 24th, 2012 at 6:57pm

Think that organic hamburger is better for you and the environment? Think again! One so-called “disadvantaged” 15-year-old girl is driving to school in a rare car that you will not believe. And our panelists put their car-spotting skills to the test in another installment of Enhance!

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Featuring: Aaron Bragman, Michelle Naranjo, 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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2013 Nissan Sentra – First Look

September 24th, 2012 at 7:00am

After the midsize sedan chunk of the market, the C-segment is the most competitive in the automotive world. It seems like every manufacturer offers a stellar compact car these days. Nissan’s latest salvo into the heart of this market is its completely overhauled Sentra for 2013.

Dr. McElroy’s Prescription on How to Save Opel

September 22nd, 2012 at 12:00pm

Opel is in BIG trouble. The German automaker’s woes are a major drag on GM’s financial performance, but it doesn’t have to be that way. “Dr.” John McElroy has a prescription to cure the problem, and no, it’s NOT more cowbell.

AAH #166 – Keep on Truckin’, Ram Truckin’

September 21st, 2012 at 4:01pm

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The buck stops here, or at least the truck on this week’s episode of Autoline After Hours. Host John McElroy’s special guest is Mike Cairns from Ram. They’ll dive to the deepest depths of Chrysler’s recently refreshed pickup, talking about design, engineering and more. Joining the discussion is Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, as well as Mark Phelan, ace reporter from the Detroit Free Press. Aside from the new Ram 1500, the troupe will also discuss John’s impressions of the all-electric CODA sedan, Peter’s take on Ford’s brand-new Fusion and an advertising masterpiece, the latest Volkswagen commercial. All that and much, much more.

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