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Today! TU Automotive Detroit 2016

June 8th, 2016 at 9:00am

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Today! Join John McElroy as he visits TU Automotive Detroit 2016! Autoline is bringing you ongoing coverage of the latest in telematics discussion and technology.

Keep checking Autoline.tv as we post the latest automaker interviews, hot off the show floor. Personalities already scheduled to appear:

Dr. Mark Rosekind with NHTSA
Marques McCammon with Wind River
LaVern Sula with Argus Cyber Security N.A.
Sam Schwartz with Gridlock Sam
Gail Gottehrer with Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
Felipe Munoz with AccuWeather

Ongoing TU Automotive Detroit Coverage
June 8th & 9th, 2016
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Seat Time: The Sissy Truck I Came To Love

June 7th, 2016 at 10:15am

2017 Honda Ridgeline

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: John McElroy
Manufacturer: Honda
Make: Honda
Model: 2017 Ridgeline

Final Impression:

2017 Honda Ridgeline

What an amazing truck… unlike any other in the market. That’s due to two things: unit-body construction and an independent rear suspension.

By using a unit-body Honda got away from the jiggly ride you get with a body on frame construction. Hard-core truckers love that jiggle, and will probably look at this as a sissy truck. But Honda’s approach could well bring in new buyers to the truck segment, especially women. The Ridgeline rides far more smoothly than any other truck on the market, and it’s quieter too. Thanks to its IRS it handles better than all the other trucks.

On a long road trip I averaged 26 miles to the gallon on highway driving. That’s very impressive for an all wheel drive truck.

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But it’s not perfect. The touchscreen can get real smudgy and can be hard to read when the sunlight hits it. It really needs a hood above the screen to shade it.

The adaptive cruise control can be slow to react especially when you want the truck to start accelerating after it’s slowed down. I found I had to set the cruise control 1 mile an hour higher than the speed I wanted or it would not hold the speed I wanted.

Unfortunately, this is not a comfortable truck to drive with the windows down. You get a shuddering inside except at low speeds.

Even so the pluses far outweigh the minuses. It may take a few years before people catch on to how good it is, but I bet that sales pick up as people realize this is a terrific pickup.

2017 Honda Ridgeline

AAH #334 – Car Sales, FCA & Even More About Musk

June 3rd, 2016 at 10:45am

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
-  Which way is FCA going…
-  May sales better or worse than expected
-  Takata airbag update
- Tesla shareholder meeting
 
Join our co-hosts John McElroy from Autoline.tv and Gary Vasilash of Automotive Design & Production along with our guest journalists Alisa Priddle from Motor Trend and David Welch of Bloomberg as they tackle the automotive issues of the week.

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Full Review: 2016 ROUSH F-150

May 27th, 2016 at 5:18pm

This is clearly not your average F-150. ROUSH Performance has done a number of upgrades to this truck. Learn what they are and what it’s like driving a 600-horsepower F-150!

AAH #333 – Google, Gentex, & Transflective Mirrors

May 27th, 2016 at 7:09am

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SPECIAL GUEST: Neil Boehm, VP of Engineering, Gentex

UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- How your car mirror became a technology module
- Toyota & Uber making a mobility move
- Google moves into Suburban Detroit
- Mazda goes Premium with CX-9

All that and much more with hosts John McElroy of Autoline.tv and Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; and journalists Mark Phelan from the Detroit Free Press and Bob Gritzinger of Wards.

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Autoline After Hours #332 – Corvette Racing: Ground Pounding American Thunder

May 20th, 2016 at 11:41am

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SPECIAL GUEST: Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing

Le Mans. Every enthusiast knows this is the cauldron that makes or breaks the best sports cars in the world. Corvette Racing has clawed its way to 8 class wins in 16 years, a storied accomplishment in the history of the 24 hour race. Doug Fehan is the general manager of Corvette Racing and he’s stopping by the Autoline After Hours studio this afternoon. Here’s your opportunity to hear about his plans before he heads to France for this year’s race.

ALSO UP FOR DEBATE:
- Will the public ever trust the scandal-ridden auto industry again?
- Acura NSX: supercar or sissy car?
- Is FCA turning Chrysler into a truck company?
- NACTOY decides to elect its officers for the first time  

All that and much more with host John McElroy of Autoline.tv and Mike Austin with AutoBlog.

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Autoline After Hours #331 – Honda Ridgeline: The Un-Truck, Truck

May 12th, 2016 at 2:51pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION: The growing truck market & the new Honda Ridgeline. Guests include members of the Honda Ridgeline team plus News and Truck Talk on location from San Antonio, TX with our hosts & panel.

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Jeff Conrad, SVP & GM Honda Sales
Kerry McClure, Ridgeline Chief Engineer
Jim Loftus, Ridgeline’s Performance Lead

All that and much more with hosts John McElroy of Autoline.tv and Gary Vasilash from Automotive Design & Production along with special guest panelists auto analyst Joe Phillippi from Auto Trends and auto historian Ken Gross.

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AAH #330 – Don Panoz, DeltaWing, & Le Mans

May 5th, 2016 at 2:45pm

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SPECIAL GUEST: Don Panoz, DeltaWing Technology Group

UP FOR DISCUSSION:- A special talk with Don Panoz: the man who gave the world the nicotine patch and then became the motorsports legend you may never have heard of.

All that and much more with co-hosts John McElroy of Autoline.tv & Gary Vasilash from Automotive Design & Production, with guest panelist Todd Lassa from Automobile.

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Cadillac Tailored to Young Luxury – Beijing 2016

April 25th, 2016 at 4:46pm

Dean Sciole is the Brand Director of Cadillac China. He talks with John McElroy about how Cadillac is tailoring itself to the young luxury buyers of China, who average about 35-years of age. With a luxury buyer that young, you obviously can’t market a Cadillac the same you would in the U.S. Take a moment to find out how Cadillac is tackling the situation.

Ford Takes the Raptor to China – Beijing 2016

April 25th, 2016 at 4:12pm

John Lawler is the Chairman and CEO of Ford of China. He talks with John McElroy about how its performance vehicles are helping to sell everyday vehicles. And, as a bit of a surprise, Ford is bringing the Raptor to China, which will round out its performance lineup in the country.