Episode 500 – Car Sales Fall in Europe, F1 Heads to Russia, New F-150 Engines

October 15th, 2010 at 12:24pm

Runtime 9:36

Car sales continue to decline in Europe, falling over 9 percent last month. Formula 1 is headed to Russia and the country must pay $40 million a year for the rights to host the event. A look at Ford’s new engines for the 2011 F-150. All that and more, plus Autoline Daily hit two important milestones, our two-year anniversary and episode number 500 and to celebrate we’ll show you some of the hilarious, unaired clips from the past two years.

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This is Autoline Daily for Friday, October 15, 2010, and a very special day it is. We’re celebrating two important milestones: our two-year anniversary and episode number 500. Hard to believe, I know. Oh, that looks good. Ben, this cake had better be chocolate!

To commemorate the occasion we’ve put together a very-special feature later in the show, so stick around, you do not want to miss it. And with that, here are today’s top stories.

TOYOTA PREDICTS IMPROVED SAAR
Sales in the American market look like they’re picking up. Bloomberg reports that Don Esmond, the head of sales for Toyota in North America, says it looks like the annualized rate of sales could hit 12.2 million units in October. That’s up from last month’s seasonally adjusted annualized rate, or what they call the SAAR, which came in at 11.7 million units, according to Ward’s. When you couple this news with our report yesterday that heavy truck sales in the U.S. are up strong, it’s a good sign that the economy is starting to recover.

CAR SALES FALL IN EUROPE
But while sales in the American market look like they might be picking up, in Europe they’re going in the other direction. According to Bloomberg, registrations for new vehicles fell over 9 percent in September, compared to last year. Even so, sales hit 1.2 million units. Overall, sales are down nearly 4 percent in 2010, totaling 10.6 million vehicles. Demand in Europe has declined since governments ended or cut subsidies for new cars.

F1 HEADS TO RUSSIA
Formula 1 is headed to Russia. Bloomberg reports that F1 chief honcho supremo Bernie Ecclestone came to an agreement to bring the racing series to the country in 2014 after meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and other business leaders. The deal runs through 2020. The plan is to build a track in Sochi where the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held. It’s estimated it will cost $200 million to build the track and Russia must pay a yearly fee of $40 million for the rights to host the event. Bravo Bernie, another successful shakedown!

LEULIETTE LEAVES DURA
Tim Leuliette, the CEO of the supplier company Dura, was pushed out yesterday in a management shakeup. He also left the venture capital firm called Patriarch Partners where he was managing director. Patriarch also owns Dura. It’s likely that Leuliette clashed with the founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners, Lynn Tilton, who was overheard in public earlier this year saying she really didn’t think that Tim liked reporting to her. Our Autoline After Hours viewers will remember the great show we had with Tim about a year ago. We’ll have to see if we can get him back on the show to find out what happened.

NEW F-150 ENGINES
2011 is a banner year for the Ford F-150. As we’ve reported, the company is offering four brand-new engines in the best-selling pickup – two V-6s and two V-8s. Ford invited Autoline Daily out to its Michigan Proving Ground near Romeo, Michigan to put them to the test. We’ll have a full report on our driving impressions of the lineup in the coming days so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, the company was happy to announce some BIG numbers at the event. When equipped with the base 3.7-liter V-6, the F-150 is expected to deliver 16 miles per gallon in the city and up to 23 on the highway. The 360-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 should sticker at 15/21, while the HUGE 6.2 is expected to get 12 MPGs around town and 17 on the open road. The top-of-the-line EcoBoost V-6 has not been rated yet. All of these scores are pending EPA certification so they could change in the coming weeks. But still, Ford seems to be delivering on its promise of best-in-class fuel economy.

GM UPS VOLT PRODUCTION
GM could have another hit on its hands. According to the Detroit News, the company is planning to boost production of the Chevy Volt to meet consumer demand. It will build 10,000 to 15,000 copies of the extended-range electric next year, some 5,000 more than previously announced. That number could swell to 60,000 a year by twenty-twelve. That’s a big step-up from its initial estimate of 45,000. Production of the Volt starts on November 10.

Coming up next, a look back at some of the hilarious, unaired clips from the past two years. Stick around, it’s funny stuff!

You know, we’ve come a long way over the past two years and 500 episodes. Over that time we’ve done our best to bring you the latest news and the best analysis in the business, but nobody’s perfect. To celebrate the occasion I thought we’d share a few of the bloopers we’ve collected. So, here are a few of my flubs, stumbles and Freudian slips from the past two years – all rated “G,” of course. Roll ‘em!

You know, we can’t do a bloopers reel without a nod to our guest hosts. I can’t be here every single day, and when I’m not, we call-in reinforcements. Our guest anchors always do a fantastic job filling-in for me and we’re thankful for their time. They’ve earned a special place in my heart, and in this bloopers reel.

Of course, there are guest hosts, and then there’s Jim Hall.

Again, I want to thank ALL of our guest anchors for helping us when I’m out of the office. If it weren’t for you guys Autoline Daily wouldn’t get finished every day. And of course I owe a thank you, to YOU, our loyal listeners! Here’s to the next 500 episodes.

And that’s it for today’s top news in the global automotive industry. As always, thank you for watching, we’ll see you next week.

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21 Comments to “Episode 500 – Car Sales Fall in Europe, F1 Heads to Russia, New F-150 Engines”

  1. Jeff Taylor Says:

    Congratulations to the entire Autoline team on this important milestone. I’ve enjoyed every episode and look forward to many more.

  2. pedro fernandez Says:

    Congrats to John and staff for the great job that you do every single episode, you are habit forming.

  3. jesse Says:

    Congrats!!Here’s to the next 500!

  4. HtG Says:

    Great work BlueSky crew! This show is my midday news all week long. However, something does make me think Jim Hall is a 24/7 fun fest.

  5. Derek V. Says:

    Great work as always, congratulations on 500. Love the bloopers real – great idea.

  6. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Congratulations on 500 great shows and let me express my appreciation to all the AutoLine gang for presenting all the quality news of the automotive industry.

    And now the review: Glad to see Ford joining Chevrolet in offering best in class gasoline mileage; Chevy has been doing it for years. And as far as SAAR goes (why doesn’t everyone just wait for the final tally; most of the estimates have been abysmal so far).

  7. Salvador G. Says:

    Happy 500 (and 2yrs) JohnMc. Although; I notice there is no bloopers of Mr. AutoExtremist Peter D. …hmmmnn!??

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Congrats, John, on the 500 shows. When your weekly TV show stopped, I was disappointed, but this daily “fix” of auto commentary has been great. Keep up the good work!!

  9. KEVIN MAHER Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 500TH SHOW GUYS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 1,000TH SHOW AND MAYBE BEYOND. AND ALSO HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO AUTOLINE DALY WOW !HARD TO BELIEVE THAT HAS BEEN TWO YEARS ALREADY BOY TIME GOES BY SO FAST. I WATCH AUTOLINE DALY EVERYDAY OR WHENEVER I’M FREE. GREAT REPORTING GREAT STORIES AND A GREAT HOST TOO THANKS JOHN FOR HOSTING . CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERONE WHO WORKS SO HARD EVERYDAY ON THEE AUTOLINE TEAM THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS SHOW SO GREAT

  10. Tony Gray Says:

    Thanks guys…for everything…every weekday.

  11. dcars Says:

    Finely proof that Jim Hall is actually robot! I wonder if he uses a Volt Battery pack with extended range capabilities.
    Thanks for some truly great shows!

  12. M Campbell Says:

    Congratulations on this milestone! How can us viewers help make sure there are many more??

  13. paulstewart Says:

    Congrats John, you are a credit to the reporting of Automotive News !!!

  14. vince bubica Says:

    Dear Autoline,

    I catch your show from Vancouver, Canada, from cabled Detroit PBS. Not always easy to get your show but I’m glad I get it and I always look fwd to it.

    Many Congratulations on a great program and Best Wishes for your continued quality and success.

    Cheers
    VB

  15. kevin Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 500TH SHOW CAN ‘T WAIT UNTILL 1,000TH SHOW AND VERY HAPPY ANNIVVERSARY TO AUTOLINE DALY WHO DO A GREAT JOB EACH AND EVERY WEEK GOOD JOB GUYS KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING YOU TOO JOHN

  16. HyundaiSmoke Says:

    Thanks John for 500 shows, which have been insightful and informative.

    Why is the Volt so controversial now?

    We Knew 3 years ago:
    1. The Volt would have a 25-40 Miles Pure Ev range.

    2. We knew it only had a 9 Gallon Tank, which is ABSURD IN ANY MODERN DAY CAR.

    3. The price was going to be laughably foolish, and unconscionable.

    The only deceptions were:

    1. GMs Marketing “From gas friendly to gas free.”

    2. 230 MPG.

    I think some of it is anti-GM Hateraide.

    I have a problem with GM like most other red blodded Americans, but GM didnt really decieve us; well half way.

  17. HyundaiSmoke Says:

    One thing about reading on Korean cars you find out national security and other info our CORPORATE FASCIST Media doesnt report.

    China plans on building a stealth fighter, and is now practicing on how to take ours down with new advanced top secret Chinese radar tech.

    Too bad our Media is more concerned about Mariah Carey’s Camel toe, and Mrs Mc Mahon’s glorification of sexual depravity in Wrestling during her campaign.

  18. HyundaiSmoke Says:

    The practice=success. The Chinese can now take down our F-22. This was in response to a joint US/Japanese Military Exercise that will involve USS George Washington practicing a raid on disputed islands from Japan and China that will occur next month near the disputed Senkaku islands. The Chinese used a Hongqi-9 Missle.

    The US and Japan wanted to practice to prepare if China were to seize these islands and use them as a launch pad for an invasion of Korea, Japan, Pacific, and if able the Western US.

    -By WWIII Generation (Gen Y)

  19. Nick Stevens Says:

    Congrats and thanks, John, not so much for the news, which we usually get about a day before on the web, but for your commentary, as well as for the comment forum here!

  20. GB Says:

    Formula 1 in Russia, Who would of thunk it? I think the UN needs to get Bernie to negotiate with North Korea. He should be able to negotiate for a street race or a race in the DMZ with seats on either side.

  21. Julius Lambert Says:

    Ford’s 7K# to 10K# medium duty trucks get better fuel milage than the 150/GAS units.Its too bad they cost so much.With a little work the new diesel will get 25mpg HWY/dry.If you have a need for such a truck,Ford is it.Be careful because you’ll be doing 80 in a blink.