Rolls-Royce Dawn is More than a Roofless Wraith – Frankfurt Motor Show 2015

September 15th, 2015 at 7:30am

Giles Taylor is the Director of Design for Rolls-Royce. He talks with John McElroy about the brand’s new convertible, Dawn. At first blush the car may seem like a topless version of the Wraith, but Taylor says, not so; the Dawn was always conceived as a standalone model with its own attitude. Pointing to the back seat, he notes that the convertible doesn’t skimp on space, sending a message that passengers in the back seat are just as important as those in the front.

Bridgestone Developing Sustainable, High-Tech Tires – Frankfurt Motor Show 2015

September 15th, 2015 at 7:00am

Michael Martini is the President of OE Operations for Bridgestone Americas. He talks with John McElroy about the some of the most innovative tech you never thought would come to the tires on your car. Martini discusses how tires are getting greener and the goal Bridgestone has set for 100% sustainable tires. He also discusses developing technology that will allow tires to detect the types of surfaces the car is driving on.

2016 MINI Clubman Grows Up, Keeps the Split Doors – Frankfurt Motor Show 2015

September 15th, 2015 at 6:11am

Daniel Schmidt is the Product Manager for the New MINI Clubman. He talks with John McElroy about MINI’s top-of-range vehicle and how it’s evolving its design language as the brand matures. Clubman keeps its split rear doors, making it the only six-door car in the segment, but the doors have learned a few new tricks as Schmidt demonstrates. He also tells McElroy when the car will go on sale an what it will be expected to cost.

2016 BMW X1 Takes on “Authentic” Proportions – Frankfurt Motor Show 2015

September 15th, 2015 at 5:04am

Stephan Mueller is the X1 Product Manager for BMW. He talks with John McElroy about the next generation of its X1 compact crossover vehicle, which is poised to pounce on the hottest segment in the market today. Mueller says the new X1 was redesigned with more “authentic” proportions in mind, and it now slots in more seamlessly with the rest of the BMW family of X vehicles.

Coming Soon: Autoline on the Road from the Frankfurt Motor Show

September 13th, 2015 at 12:00pm

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Join John McElroy as he tours the floor of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show! Autoline will be bringing you up-to-the-minute coverage of the latest reveals and biggest automotive newsmakers on September 15 & 16!

Keep checking back throughout the day as we update Autoline.tv with the most recent interviews and vehicle previews hot off the show floor. Just a few of the personalities scheduled to appear:

Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce
Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti
Sangyup Lee, Bentley
Thomas Brient, Renault
Stephan Mueller, BMW
Darren Day, Bentley
Filip Brabec, Audi
Joe Eberhardt, Jaguar Land Rover

Ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show Coverage
September 15-16, 2015
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AAH #302 – Forecasting the Hits for Frankfurt

September 11th, 2015 at 11:08am

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- IAA Cars in Frankfurt: Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Dawn, Honda Project 2&4, Audi e-tron quattro, and more!
- 2016 Toyota Prius
- Labor Front: What’s going on between the UAW and the Big 3?

All that and much more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Todd Lassa, Automobile; Stephanie Brinley, IHS Automotive

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AAH #301 – A Fake City for Tomorrow’s Cars

September 4th, 2015 at 4:30pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- BMW’s DriveNow: Will only the rich buy cars?
- The Tesla Trifecta: X, 3, S
- Sales: Should OEMs just build trucks?

SPECIAL GUEST: Peter Sweatman, Director, Mobility Transportation, MCity

All that and much more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Doron Levin, SiriusXM

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Seat Time: 2015 RAM ProMaster City Tradesman SLT Cargo Van

September 2nd, 2015 at 9:00am

2015 Ram ProMaster City Tradesman SLT

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Reviewer: Chip Drake
Manufacturer: FCA
Make: RAM
Model: ProMaster City Tradesman SLT Cargo Van
Type: Cargo Van
Competitors: Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200, Mercedes-Benz Metris
Price: Base — $25,655 + Options; Total Price (as driven) — $28,805
Made in: Bursa, Turkey
Drivetrain: 2.4-Liter Tigershark Multiair Engine; 9-Speed FWD Automatic Transmission
EPA Ratings: City 21/Highway 29/ Combined 24

Final Impression:
2015 Ram ProMaster City SLT interiorBack in the ‘70s, reviewing automakers’ van offerings must’ve been an embarrassment of riches. Everyone had one or two and they were about as popular as Bill Murray’s lounge singer character on Saturday Night Live. In fact, you can almost imagine “Nick Cargo” at some truck stop with his trusty piano player belting out yet another song to the Star Wars theme; “Van Wars, give me those Van Wars, those people versus payload wars…” or something like that. Everyone had a van, and then just as fast, it seemed most of the automakers didn’t.

But these days it looks like the van is back! From Ford to Nissan to GM everybody seems to be offering both a cargo and passenger version; In fact, some even offering a couple different sizes.

Take the folks at FCA for instance. They didn’t have a North American version until recently when it took a couple of solid Fiat platforms and reengineered them for this market. The smaller of the two – the Fiat Doblo – became the RAM ProMaster City. The Tradesman SLT is your classic Cargo Van; a two-seater with almost 132 cubic feet of cargo volume with the cargo width at 60.4 inches, the length at 87.2 with a Payload of almost 1,900 pounds.

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