AAH #196 – Little Big Block

May 17th, 2013 at 10:40am

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Here at Autoline After Hours we pride ourselves on tracking down the all-important “gurus of go” in the automotive industry. Well, dang if we ain’t lassoed another! Jordan Lee is the Global Chief Engineer and Program Manager for Small Block Engines at GM. But, Mr. Lee might just be upstaged by our other special guest on set: none other than the heart and soul of the Corvette itself, the 6.2L LT1 V-8. Plus, we’ll get into some hot topics this week including the end of the great driving boom as miles driven per capita continues to decline. The new Fiat-Chrysler headquarters could end up in Auburn Hills, MI — surprised? And is Jaguar going too far with its “baddest boy on the block” claim? Joining Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, to discuss all this and more is Gary Vasilash from Automotive Design & Production and Scott Burgess from Motor Trend.

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AAH #195 – True Luxury Cars have Nothing to do with Technology

May 10th, 2013 at 9:13pm

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While the rest of the automotive industry is trying to scrounge up every last sale it can, Ferrari has decided it’s selling too many. On the subject of product, can you tell the difference between the old and new Silverado designs? Has Chevrolet built a vehicle that lacks differentiation? Meanwhile, Jaguar is making it very clear what it is and what it isn’t — we’ll explain what we mean. Onboard to discuss all this and a whole lot more with John McElroy is co-host Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, Jim Hall from 2953 Analytics and Todd Lassa of Automobile.

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AAH #194 – A Billion Cars on the Road Today, a Billion More on the Way

May 3rd, 2013 at 4:33pm

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The idea of hub motors takes conventional car thinking and turns it on its head. Instead of one centrally located motor that drives some or all of the wheels, the motors are the wheels. Protean Electric thinks it has the formula to make EVs work, and this week we’ll talk to the man with the plan, Chairman and CEO Bob Purcell. We’ll be asking Bob when to expect the first vehicle rolling off the line equipped with Protean hub motors. Of course we’ll also get into the hot topics of the week including slowing car sales in the U.S., GM and Chrysler’s sour earnings and more. Joining John McElroy in studio is co-host Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, and Gary Vasilash from Automotive Design & Production.

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