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Audi Q8 Concept: Very Near Production – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 11:09am

Most concept cars are just exercises in design, but Audi’s new Q8 Concept is very close to what we’ll see in production. While there are bits and pieces that won’t make it past the concept stage, like a lack of any door handles, the hard lines have already been set. And Audi believes the Q8 will be a hit with its customers. The Q7 beat the company’s expectations last year and it believes the Q8 is a more emotional, coupe-like version of the Q7. It also features a number of interesting technologies, so check out the entire video to see what Audi has coming down the line.

All-New Traverse Keeps Its Core Values – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 10:13am

The Chevrolet Traverse is coming off its best year in sales and now the company is introducing an all-new model. The team at Chevy listened to their customers to make sure the SUV kept its core values, like seating for seven, but it also gets a host of new safety and convenience features. On top of that the Traverse has been completely restyled. The folks from Chevy say it looks more rugged and mature, but you’ll also notice it ties in with its big brother, the Tahoe. Watch the whole video to get even more details on the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.

Lucid Motors, Lucid Thinking – CES 2017

January 6th, 2017 at 12:52pm

Derek Jenkins had a successful design career with Audi, Volkswagen and Mazda. But then Lucid Motors tapped him on the shoulder to come up with a bold new design for an all-electric sports sedan. He talks about how liberating it is to be presented with a clean slate, and how he took advantage of Lucid’s advanced electric propulsion system to create a remarkably large interior.

From Tesla to Lucid – CES 2017

January 6th, 2017 at 12:28pm

Peter Rawlinson was the chief engineer who developed the Tesla Model S. Now he’s taken on another clean-sheet design to develop the 1,000 hp electric luxury car for Lucid Motors. In the following interview he explains the different approach he took on coming up with his latest design, versus how he did the Model S.

Faraday Future Pushes the Performance Envelope – CES 2017

January 6th, 2017 at 11:55am

Last year’s CES was Faraday Future’s coming out party. This year the company is showing the model it wants to hit the market with first, the FF91. It’s a full-size SUV that rides on Faraday Future’s modular architecture, which houses the market’s largest battery pack at 130kWh. John McElroy takes some time to talk with Pete Savagian, the company’s VP of Propulsion Engineering to find out what makes this car go. And go it does.

Ford Takes Another Step Closer To Autonomy – CES 2017

January 5th, 2017 at 9:08pm

Ford’s latest iteration of its Level 4 Fusion mounts the LIDARs on the A pillars and incorporates 6 cameras into what looks like a roof rack. But it’s not about coming up with a cleaner installation. It’s about coming up with a better autonomous car.

Chrysler’s Portal Knows Your Name – CES 2017

January 5th, 2017 at 7:40pm

Chrysler’s Portal Concept Car is more than a design exercise. It’s a demonstration test bed for interactive technology where the vehicle recognizes you and adopts to your needs and wants. Plus, it demonstrates an amazing audio system where each occupant can listen to their own music selections or take a phone call that no one else can hear.

Developing the Hack-Proof Autonomous Car – CES 2017

January 5th, 2017 at 4:14pm

Is it possible to make a hack-proof autonomous car? Renesas Electronics is working on it. At the same time, it’s developed processors that provide multiple levels of redundancy, yet the whole system runs on very low power.

AAH #360 – A Very Merry AAH

December 23rd, 2016 at 11:47am

Audio-only version:

01:40 - The 2016 Year in Review
07:30 - PHONE CALL: GM Lordstown plant?
18:20 -Presents & Coal” begins!
30:52 - Doctor Data
34:30 - More “Presents & Coal”!
47:02 - PHONE CALL: Presents & Coal for Bob & Bob
48:25 - More “Presents & Coal”!
1:01:06 - PHONE CALL
: GM vs. Ford truck commercials

Tis the season for the annual “Presents & Coal” show, when Santa’s AAH elves bestow gifts on those in the automotive world who were nice, and hand out chunks of coal to those who were naughty.

And some of our recipients are:
FCA, GM, Honda, Lincoln, BMW, Germany, America and many more…

PANEL: John McElroy,; Gary Vasilash, AD&P; Mark Phelan, The Detroit Free Press, Todd Lassa, Automobile

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AAH #359 – Pacifica Goes Electric

December 15th, 2016 at 2:30pm

Audio-only version:

When Bob Dylan “went electric” at the Newport Folk Festival he literally rocked the music world; At the time, not in a good way.  Earlier this year Chrysler debuted its new Pacifica minivan to rave reviews. Five months later they followed up with a vehicle that no one was asking for in the form of the first plugin hybrid minivan. Join host Gary Vasilash as he talks to the men behind this powertrain, and then hear what his auto reporter panel has to say about the new Pacifica Plugin Hybrid.

01:25 - Kevin Mets, Chief Engineer, Pacifica Hybrid
13:09 - John Gibson, Global Chief Engineer, Electrified Powertrains, FCA

26:10 – PANEL DISCUSSION: Gary Vasilash, AD&P; Jean Jennings,; Anton Wahlman, Seeking Alpha; Alisa Priddle, Motor Trend

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