AAH #303 – VW’s Emissions Nightmare

September 25th, 2015 at 10:23am

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-What VW did.
-Who knew what and when?
-The casualty list.

SPECIAL GUEST: Brian Bautsch, Lead Safety Engineer, Honda R & D
-How Honda ACEs the safety test.

All that and much more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Henry Payne, The Detroit News; Csaba Csere, Contributing Editor, Car and Driver

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Full Frankfurt Motor Show Coverage

September 16th, 2015 at 11:37am

Catch up with our full roster of Frankfurt Motor Show coverage! With first looks ranging from Audi‘s much-needed Tesla fighter to Bentley‘s luxurious foray into the SUV segment to Renault‘s innovative Mégane, there’s something for everybody.

Click the video above to watch all videos in our Frankfurt Motor Show playlist or click here to browse our individual interviews.

Designing an SUV Interior Worthy of Bentley – Frankfurt Motor Show 2015

September 16th, 2015 at 7:00am

Darren Day is the Head of Interior Design for Bentley. He talks with John McElroy about designing the interior of the Bentley Bentayga SUV. He explains that all Bentley interiors are designed around the iconic winged badge, and the company leaves no detail untouched. Learn what a “charisma control” is and find out why Day jokes that the Bentayga is the world’s most expensive watch winder.

2016 Bentley Bentayga Breaks the SUV Rules – Frankfurt Motor Show 2015

September 16th, 2015 at 7:00am

Sangyup Lee is the Head of Exterior Design and Advanced Design for Bentley Motors. He talks with John McElroy about the styling of the Bentley Bentayga. Lee explains why the vehicle has an unusually long overhang for an SUV, a feature which results in a rear greenhouse that has a faster rake than even the front windshield.

Audi e-tron quattro Slated to Battle Tesla in 2018 – Frankfurt Motor Show 2015

September 16th, 2015 at 3:39am

Filip Brabec is the Director of Product Management for Audi of America. He talks with John McElroy about the Audi e-tron quattro concept, which telegraphs the direction the company will take when its all-electric SUV goes on sale in 2018. Brabec discusses the challenge of reducing the drag coefficient with crossover packaging, and McElroy asks him if the e-tron quattro is the Tesla fighter Audi needs.

2017 Jaguar F-PACE Enters CUV Segment Aggressively Priced – Frankfurt Motor Show 2015

September 15th, 2015 at 3:18pm

Joe Eberhardt is the President and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America. He talks with John McElroy about Jaguar’s long-awaited entrant into the crossover segment. Eberhardt explains what differentiates F-PACE from the competition in a very crowded, if popular, vehicle segment. One of those factors is value, and you may be very surprised how competitively this CUV will be priced when it hits dealer lots.

Magna Solves Industry Problems in Hunt for Talent – Frankfurt Motor Show 2015

September 15th, 2015 at 2:00pm

Swamy Kotagiri is the Chief Technology Officer for Magna International. He talks with John McElroy about Magna’s presence at the Frankfurt Motor Show and the company’s strategy in the hard-fought war for new talent. He explains how students are given real industry problems to solve and are engaged first-hand in the excitement the auto industry has to offer.

2016 Infiniti Q30 Sculpted in Liquid Copper – Frankfurt Motor Show 2015

September 15th, 2015 at 11:34am

Alfonso Albaisa is the Executive Design Director for Infiniti. He talks with John McElroy about the brand’s new Q30 crossover, which features flowing, expressive coupe-like styling all rendered in a color we’ve never seen before. He talks us through the design language of the vehicle and discusses the styling goals Infiniti aimed for in creating this global product.

Michigan’s Frontal Assault to Protect Its Manufacturing Base – Frankfurt Motor Show 2015

September 15th, 2015 at 11:00am

Kevin T. Kerrigan is the Senior Advisor on Automotive Initiatives for the State of Michigan. He talks with John McElroy about what his team is doing to maintain Michigan’s manufacturing advantage and strengthen its position in the global automotive industry. He discusses Michigan’s outreach efforts as well as its new “We run on brainpower” campaign.

2016 Renault Mégane Democratizes Technology and Style – Frankfurt Motor Show 2015

September 15th, 2015 at 9:25am

Thomas Brient is the Head of Global Marketing of C-Segment at Renault. He talks with John McElroy about the new Mégane, which Brient says brings D-segment features to a smaller vehicle class, continuing a trend at Renault. The hatchback features several notable styling touches such as always-on lighting signatures at the front and back of the vehicle. In the rear Renault employs a laser welding technique that allows the seam in the light pipes to disappear almost entirely.