Ford SMARTT Appointments Attracting New Customers – NADA Convention 2015

January 23rd, 2015 at 2:55pm

David Ziegler is Ford’s Manager of the Customer Service Division, Technology and Innovation. He talks with John McElroy about how Ford’s SMARTT Appointments initiative has actually been creating new customers for the company. He also talks about new SMARTT innovations the company is rolling out to improve the customer experience.

Audi on Robotic Telepresence, Virtual Reality and More – NADA Convention 2015

January 23rd, 2015 at 2:14pm

Mark Del Rosso is the Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer of Audi of America. He talks with John McElroy about its robotic telepresence technology being used by service techs, virtual reality in dealerships and more at the 2015 NADA Convention.

Coming Soon: Autoline on the Road from the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention

January 22nd, 2015 at 3:12pm


Join John McElroy from the floor of the 2015 National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in San Francisco! Autoline is bringing you interviews with the biggest automotive newsmakers and influencers. Learn how OEMs and dealers are working together to “move the metal” through new technologies and practices.

Keep checking back as we update with the most recent interviews and hot off the convention floor. Just a few of the personalities already scheduled to appear:

Audi EVP & COO Mark Del Rosso
Ford Technology & Innovation Mgr. Customer Service Division Dave Ziegler
FCA Sr. VP, U.S. Sales Reid Bigland
American Honda EVP, Sales John Mendel
GM U.S. Sales & Service Steve Hill
Penske Automotive Group President Robert Kurnick

Ongoing NADA Convention Coverage

Full Coverage of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

January 19th, 2015 at 5:04pm

Catch up with our full roster of Detroit Auto Show coverage! With first looks ranging from Chevrolet‘s Volt and Bolt to Ford‘s stunning GT supercar to Nissan‘s serious diesel truck offering in the form of the Titan, there’s something for everybody.

Click the Play button above to watch all of Autoline’s coverage in one convenient spot. Or, jump to an individual interview below.

General Motors Executive Chief Engineer, Electrification Pam Fletcher
Jaguar Land Rover North America Director of Group Sales Ops. Andy Goss
VWoA President & CEO Michael Horn
Toyota Division Group VP & General Manager Bill Fay
Buick/GMC Vice President Duncan Aldred
Acura Chief Engineer & Large Project Leader, Acura NSX Ted Klaus
Lincoln Director, Product Development Scott Tobin
Lexus Group Vice President & General Manager Jeff Bracken
BMW Project Manager 6 Series/7 Series Kate Alini
Audi of America Director of Product Management Filip Brabec
Alfa Romeo North America Director Richard Cox
Nissan NA Sr. VP of Sales & Marketing and Operations Fred Diaz
Ram Truck President & CEO Bob Hegbloom
GAC Engineering President & CTO Dr. Xiangdong Huang
TI Automotive Chairman & CEO Bill Kozyra
Ford Group VP of Global Product Dev. Raj Nair
Productions Plus President Hedy Popson
Saint-Gobain VP of Sales Marketing & Projects Stephane Garcia

TI Automotive Pumps Performance into Dodge Viper – Detroit Auto Show 2015

January 19th, 2015 at 4:06pm

Under the hood of every Dodge Viper is a TI Automotive fuel pump, and soon that technology will be making its way from the street to the race track. CEO & Chairman Bill Kozyra explains that TI is partnering with Dodge for its Viper racing series and tells John McElroy when that debut will happen. He also offers a supplier’s perspective on the trends of the Detroit auto show and gives his outlook for 2015.

Big and Boutique, Productions Plus Brings the Show to Auto Show – Detroit Auto Show 2015

January 19th, 2015 at 3:17pm

Where do the car companies get all of those beautiful women and handsome men you see at the auto show, and how do they know so much? The secret is having a talent agency like Productions Plus. In fact, President Hedy Popson says her company has a unique advantage over its competitors because while it is very big and capable, it also tailors its services to each client in a boutique fashion.

BMW in Detroit: 6 x 3 = Luxury, Luxury, Luxury – Detroit Auto Show 2015

January 19th, 2015 at 1:51pm

Kate Alini, BMW North America’s Product Manager for the 6 Series, talks to John McElroy at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit about new changes to its 6 Series debuting at the show. The German brand is showing off a trio of models including a convertible, an M and a Gran Coupe decked out in bespoke styling from its Individual program.

2016 Nissan Titan is an All-American Diesel Hauler – Detroit Auto Show 2015

January 19th, 2015 at 11:08am

They designed it in La Jolla, California. It was engineered in Detroit, Michigan. Testing happened in Phoenix, Arizona. They will build it in Canton, Mississippi. And it all started in Nashville, Tennessee. Nissan calls it “The American Titan” and it’s pretty clear to see why. Fred Diaz, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Operations for Nissan North America, says the truck was conceived from the ground up with bold styling cues and a V8 diesel to be a vehicle any trucker in American would be proud to own.

2016 Lincoln MKX Goes “Hide-Tech” for a Seamless Luxury Experience – Detroit Auto Show 2015

January 16th, 2015 at 2:22pm

The Lincoln MKX is all-new for the 2016 model year. And though it’s clad in curvaceous styling and has new features like 22-way adjustable seats and adaptive steering, one of the nicest touches is completely hidden from view and Lincoln wants it that way. Scott Tobin, Director of Lincoln Product Development, tells John McElroy what they’ve covered up and why they did it.

Autoline Supplier Symposium 2015 – Day Two

January 15th, 2015 at 10:56pm

Join John McElroy as he moderates panels organized by OESA, SAA and AWAF.

Guests Include:
Julie Martin, VP Sales, Hella Corporate Center USA
Margaret Baxter, SVP Operations and International Affairs, OESA
John Erwin, VP Purchasing, SRG Global
Michelle Krebs, President SAA and Senior Analyst/Writer, AutoTrader
Jeff Schuster, SVP America’s Region and Global Vehicle, LMC Automotive
Tom Libby, Manager, Loyalty Solutions and Industry Analysis, IHS
Sherry Muir Irwin, President, AWAF and Partner, The Hunter Group
Ted Duclos, President, Freudenberg-NOK
Catherine Koch, President, K-Tec Systems