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Carbon Fiber Wheel

December 31st, 2012 at 7:01am

Carbon Revolution is the name of an Australian company that’s figured out how to make wheels out of carbon fiber. Ashley Denmead is the design director of the company and he recently visited the Autoline studios to tell us all about the company’s wheels.

2013 VW Jetta Hybrid

December 30th, 2012 at 7:01am

Volkswagen just released the hybrid version of its Jetta sedan. Watch to find out what’s unique about the hybrid compared to its gas counterpart

2013 Chevy Malibu

December 29th, 2012 at 7:01am

Autoline Daily correspondent Craig Cole gives a look into the all-new 2013 Chevy Malibu. The new model will include advanced features, a high-quality interior and a brand-new lineup of engines.

Continental Emergency Brake Assist

December 28th, 2012 at 7:01pm

Safety regulations for cars are becoming more stringent in the U.S. and it’s the same case in Europe. In the coming years, automakers are unlikely to receive five star ratings from the EuroNCAP, the continent’s rating agency, unless vehicles are equipped with driver assistance systems. That’s why German supplier Continental is developing several different emergency brake assist systems, to help automakers pass the stricter tests.

Public Bicycles in Paris

December 28th, 2012 at 7:01am

Public bicycles are easy way to get around a big city. You just go to a public bicycle stand, pay a modest fee, unlock a bike and ride it wherever you want, then leave it at another public bicycle stand. When we were in Paris recently, here’s what we found.

Mercedes-Benz SL550

December 27th, 2012 at 7:01pm

Autoline Daily correspondent Craig Cole shares his thoughts on one of the most, attractive, iconic vehicles in Mercedes’ line-up, the SL550.

2013 Chevy Traverse

December 27th, 2012 at 7:01pm

Autoline Daily correspondent Craig Cole has all the details about Chevy’s update to its full-size crossover, the Traverse.

VW’s Amazing Success

December 27th, 2012 at 7:01am

Any efficiency expert studying Volkswagen would have a fit. On paper the company looks like a productivity basket case. So how can VW look so uncompetitive from a productivity standpoint, yet be so profitable? Watch to fnd out.

Continental Pedestrian Protection

December 26th, 2012 at 7:01pm

German supplier Continental has made it a goal to virtually eliminate traffic accidents and fatalities by developing technology to help cars avoid accidents. Pedestrian protection is part of that goal and recently we were able to experience several of the company’s systems that it is working on.

First Drive: 2013 Toyota Avalon

December 26th, 2012 at 7:01am

The Toyota Avalon used to be one of the best selling big cars in the American market. But then Toyota seemed to lose interest in the car. So far this year its only sold around 22,000. But with the all-new 2013 models, Toyota is counting on swoopy styling, solid chassis dynamics and impressive fuel economy numbers to build back sales of its flagship sedan.