Automakers and dealers would strongly deny that they want to squeeze every last penny out of you that they can, but sometimes actions speak louder than words. Like in a previous Autoline Garage Sean McElroy told you about spare tires disappearing, well did you know on some of these $30,000 to $40,000 vehicles the transmission dipstick is disappearing as well?
Electric cars can pose a problem for pedestrians and especially blind people because they are so quiet. Recently we learned how the engineers working on the Fiat 500e went about coming up with a solution.
Is the golden age of horsepower nearly at an end with new fuel economy standards on the horizon? Not if Dave Leone, Executive Chief Engineer of GM Performance Luxury Vehicles, has anything to say about it. Mr. Leone will be stopping by the studio with a new Cadillac CTS in tow, and we’ll be pressing him for all the fuel-saving secrets used in engineering the new sedan. Plus, we’ll be getting into some hot topics of the moment. Have you seen “Rush” yet? John McElroy has, and we’ll get his impressions. And, we’ll apply some analysis to September sales results. All that and much more as John is joined by co-host Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, and Lindsay Brooke from SAE.
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Daimler recently introduced the new electric version of the smart fortwo. While it still looks the same, underneath, the car is all-new. Here’s Autoline daily correspondent Seamus McElroy with a look at what’s new.
If your vehicle is a couple years old, there’s a good chance that the technology in your center stack feels ancient compared to the phone in your pocket. Pioneer Electronics recently stopped by the Autoline studios to demo its latest aftermarket audio unit, called the AppRadio 3. Plugging in your smart phone allows the capacitive touch screen to access the apps, GPS and data connection on your device. Here’s Ted Cardenas, the vice president of marketing for Pioneer’s car division.
Back in the good-ole-days, changing a car’s air filter meant little more than undoing a wing nut, popping the top cover off the housing and swapping out the filter itself, but that’s no longer the case. Here’s Sean McElroy with how newer filter designs can be real frustrating and cost a lot more money.
Billy Gibbons is one of the most iconic stars in the history of rock and roll. He dropped by the Autoline studios and of course we had to ask him about how he became such an automotive enthusiast. Take a look.