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AAH #344 – The Supercharger Goes Electric

August 26th, 2016 at 12:36pm

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01:24 – SPECIAL GUEST: Matti Vint, Powertrain R&D, Valeo North America
37:21 – Genesis G90 and Kia Cadenza
44:49 – Tesla’s Bigger Battery: A Faster Way to Bankruptcy?
50:56 – Delphi & Mobileye: Maybe Sergio Was Right About Autonomy Being a Commodity
Automakers keep downsizing their engines to meet fuel economy and emissions standards. But smaller engines need some sort of boost to provide the power that drivers need and want. That’s why turbocharging and supercharging have become so popular. Now comes the next step, electric boost. E-turbos and e-superchargers are about to hit the market, and we have an experimental Lincoln MKZ with an e-supercharger in the studio.
PANEL: John McElroy,; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; David Zoia,; David Welch, Bloomberg

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Shoot Your Car, Win $5,000 – Woodward Ave. 2016

August 19th, 2016 at 4:49pm

Champion Auto Parts is running a contest for those with classic cars or current ones. All you have to do is upload a picture of your “baby” to enter. Laura Soave is the head of Marketing for Federal-Mogul and explains the “King Of The Road” contest that they’re running.

Racing in the Streets, With the Cops Smiling On – Woodward Ave. 2016

August 19th, 2016 at 4:18pm

David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan live an enthusiast’s dream. They’re the hosts of Roadkill, a show that seems to be about working on any kind of car as long as it’s about making it go faster. They’re also the hosts of Roadkill Nights a street racing event on Woodward Avenue (yes it’s legal) in Pontiac, Michigan. What did it take to make street racing legal? They explain.

FCA’s Kuniskis Lights ‘Em Up – Woodward Ave. 2016

August 19th, 2016 at 3:42pm

Most car companies would run away from racing in the streets. At the Woodward Dream Cruise, Dodge is embracing it. They’re not crazy. There’s a sound business plan behind all the madness. Tim Kuniskis, who heads up all passenger car brands for FCA US, explains their street racing strategy, and then lights ‘em up to show he’s not just some talking head.

“Uncle Richie” Wants a SuperBee – Woodward Ave. 2016

August 19th, 2016 at 3:18pm

Richard Rawlings is the consummate car nut. With his own television program Fast N’ Loud he’s also quite the media personality. So when he states that the Woodward Dream Cruise is the event that all other automotive events should be benchmarked, that’s saying something. He also lets it slip that he’s on the lookout for a couple of cars that really mean something to him: a Dodge Superbee and a ’34 Ford.

Old Names, New Faces. Dodge Brings Back Two Historic Nameplates – Woodward Ave. 2016

August 19th, 2016 at 2:46pm

Dodge excels at developing specialty models from existing car lines. Meet the Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona, two iconic names from the brand’s historic racing heritage. Mark Trostle, the head of design for Dodge and SRT, takes us through the how and why they chose the colors and graphics that set these cars apart.

Scat Packs, Hellcats And A Bunch of Beautiful Colors – Woodward Ave. 2016

August 19th, 2016 at 1:35pm

Dodge teamed up with paint supplier Axalta to bring back four classic colors for the Scat Pack and Hellcat versions of the Dodge Charger and Challenger. It took teamwork, technology and inspiration to bring us Plum Crazy, Go Man Go, Redline and B5 Blue. Here’s how it all came together, and why.

AAH #343 – The First Camaro Ever and The Teenager Who Found It

August 19th, 2016 at 10:00am

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2:55 – The First Camaro
34:48 – The new Luxury brand Genesis
58:20 – Ford’s move into autonomy
01:04:47 – Bonus Footage! Magna Interns ask questions

SPECIAL GUEST: Logan Lawson, Owner, Camaro #1

What’s better than being Number 1? How about finding and owning Number 1, especially when it’s the very first Chevrolet Camaro. Join John McElroy for the fascinating story of how a teenager from Kansas tracked down and documented the historic car which he now owns. Also on our panel is Mark Gessler from the Historic Vehicle Association. Joining John McElroy of, asking questions and providing insight, is Henry Payne from the Detroit News.

Then during our NEWS portion of the show both David Welch from Bloomberg and Seyth Miersma of Motor1 join John & Henry to discuss several topics.

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Coming Soon: Autoline on the Road from Woodward Ave. 2016!

August 18th, 2016 at 1:45pm


Join us tomorrow afternoon as we cruise on down the road to Woodward Ave. for the biggest one-day automotive event in the world! John McElroy will be interviewing some of the biggest enthusiasts in the industry. Here are a few of the personalities already scheduled to appear:

Laura Soave with Federal-Mogul Motorparts
Mark Trostle of Dodge & SRT Design
Richard Rawlings host Fast ‘N Loud
Tim Kuniskis of FCA Passenger Cars
David Freiburger co-host Roadkill
Mike Finnegan co-host Roadkill

Ongoing Woodward Ave. 2016 Coverage

Seat Time – DOUBLE VISION: 2016 Honda Civic EX & Apple CarPlay

August 16th, 2016 at 2:11pm

2016 Honda Civic Sedan

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.

Chip Drake
Vehicle: 2016 Honda Civic EX
Price: $22,875

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A tried and true storytelling vehicle for many a television or movie script has been the doppelganger. Now if you don’t recognize the technique by its Germanic name, chances are you will by this American description: that’s when there is a double of one of the lead characters inserted into the storyline usually for nefarious purposes.

Well recently, I encountered a doppelganger of my own and it all started on a trip to Carmel, California, better known as Clint Eastwood’s backyard.

This hamlet is a good 90-minutes or so from the larger Bay Area airports on some nice driving roads. So to take advantage of them, our friends at Honda loaned me a 2016 Honda Civic EX to drive to the event.

What could be more fun, right? A Civic equipped with Honda’s 2-Liter 4-cylinder 158 horsepower engine and a CVT tackling those great roads I mentioned before. Add to that the car had Honda’s Sensing Package with 6 safety features like Lane Keeping Assist, which gave me even more confidence that it was going to be a pressure-free drive.

But that’s when I experienced the doppelganger.

As I checked out the Civic prior to leaving the airport, I noticed that it didn’t have its own navigation. Since I needed help getting to my destination, I thought that the car might be equipped with Apple CarPlay. Though the monroney didn’t list it, knowing that Civic sales are heavy on millennials, it made sense it would it would be part of the package. I opened the center armrest storage unit, found the USB outlet and plugged in my phone. But much to my surprise nothing happened.


This was a true head scratcher because when I clicked “Settings” on the 7-inch Touchscreen Display, I got a dialogue box telling me that I needed an iPhone to engage CarPlay, which is what was already plugged into the system.

Well, I had to get to my event, so I did the next best thing which was to use my iPhone by itself. The challenge was the directional voice was not coming through the Civic’s audio system, so for the entire journey I was dividing my attention between driving and reviewing the phone’s map.

After finally arriving, I reviewed a video that a Honda Communications representative had sent me in response to my query about the setup of the Civic. It was a simple “How to use Apple CarPlay.” As I watched it a light bulb went off; it wasn’t a problem with my phone, the problem was the Civic’s doppelganger.


Yes, it turns out that the outlet I was plugged into – in the Center Storage bin — was the wrong USB. I should have hooked up in the USB port underneath the Center Stack. Once I plugged my phone in there, Apple CarPlay lit up like Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

And thank goodness it worked because I needed it. Having to leave at 4am on my return trip to the airport, CarPlay took me right there. With turn-by- turn directions on the Touchscreen and Siri doing the audio backup, it was heaven compared to the drive down. In fact you might even call it fun.

So the moral of my story is beware of doppelgangers. Whether you experience them through famous episodes of the original Star Trek (“Mirror, Mirror”) or comedies like Seinfeld (“The Bizzaro Jerry”), remember that it’s not just a TV Series that can create confusing doubles; Sometimes they’re disguised as harmless USB ports as well.