AAH #140 – In Search of Josef Ganz

March 9th, 2012 at 12:04pm

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Get ready for a fascinating episode of Autoline After Hours. We’ll talk to a man who claims Hitler stole the idea for the Volkswagen Beetle from a Jewish engineer. Paul Schilperoord is the author of “The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz” and we’ll ask him about the facts behind this obscure bit of history. Of course we’ll have a few other items on our agenda including a discussion of electric cars: do they have a promising future or are they already a sales flop? Plus we’ll get into the intriguing blank sheet design of the Mazda CX-5, which John McElroy drove around Laguna Seca last week. Joining John in studio to discuss these burning topics and a whole lot more are Peter De Lorenzo the AutoExtremist and David Kiley from AOL Autos and the author of “Getting the Bugs Out.”

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3 Comments to “AAH #140 – In Search of Josef Ganz”

  1. Matt Says:

    Sorry to hear about the dog John. That’s horrible. As far as Volts, I’ve seen more than I’ve ever seen in my area Twin Cities, MN. So apparently its selling in MN. Obviously I know its very niche’. Its about the market and the market will decide about EVs or other kinds of transportation. Like you said it will be decades to make a dent. Can’t do it over night and I hate that the government is just throwing money at something they don’t know about but I guess that isn’t new. Great show as usual!

  2. david sprowl Says:

    A quick look back at the top ten selling cars in NA, with the notable exception of trucks, all of the cars on the list have a selling price of less than 25K. For 40K there are a lot of great entry level luxury models. The mere cost of the car out strips any $$ savings one can get from the purchase. That is the reason why electrics don’t sell.

  3. Matt B Says:

    R.I.P. Ike. You will be missed……