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AAH #243 – The Secret, Illegal Race that Nobody Knows About

May 23rd, 2014 at 12:48am

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Dodge & SRT: Hell(cat) Yes!
- Hyundai’s Fuel Cell Tucson Hits the Streets of SoCal
- GM Recalls Continue to Pile Up as a New PR Chief Steps In

SPECIAL GUEST: Cory Welles, Producer/Director, “32 Hours, 7 Minutes”
- The filmmaker discusses her documentary about breaking a record time for traveling across the United States

All that and more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Todd Lassa, Automobile; and Elliot Wilhelm, Detroit Film Theatre Director.

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Seat Time: 2014 Ford Escape SE

May 20th, 2014 at 8:00am

2014 Ford Escape

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.

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Make: Ford
Model: Escape SE
Type: 5-door CUV
Competitors: Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, Jeep Cherokee, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, VW Tiguan
Price: Base: $25,550; As tested: $30,570
Made in: Louisville, KY
Drivetrain: 1.6L GTDI EcoBoost w/ 6-speed selectshift automatic transmission FWD
EPA Ratings: 23 city/ 32 highway/ 26 combined

Read on for Chip Drake‘s final impressions of this vehicle

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Seat Time: 2014 Cadillac CTS

May 18th, 2014 at 3:13pm

2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport

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.

Manufacturer: General Motors
Make: Cadillac
Model: CTS
Type: 4-door Sedan
Competitors: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS
Price: Base = $46,105. As Tested = $66,830
Made in: Lansing, MI
Drivetrain: 3.6L V6 321hp w/ 8-speed automatic
EPA Ratings: 18 city/ 29 highway/ 22 combined

Read on for Seamus McElroy‘s final impressions of this vehicle

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AAH #242 – Corvettes, Composites and Checkered Flags

May 16th, 2014 at 6:19pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Talking Golf (the German version, not Scottish)
- BMW Makes More Fiber; GM More Batteries: Why?
- What Have Car and Driver and the Detroit Free Press Been Driving?

SPECIAL GUEST: Jim Campbell, U.S. VP, Performance Vehicles & Motorsports, GM
- Mr. Campbell has a Corvette C7.R in tow. What technologies and tricks will it pass on to future production vehicles?

All that and more with Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press; and Jeff Sabatini, Car and Driver

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AAH #241 – Motor Racing is Such a Drag

May 9th, 2014 at 7:13pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles reveals its five-year plan
- GM Rehires one of the best PR gurus of all time
- Hybrids vs. SUVs – weren’t massive people haulers supposed to be extinct by now?

SPECIAL GUESTS: Phil & JP Gutierrez, Gutierrez Brothers Racing

All that and more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; and Karl Henkel, The Detroit News

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RAW NOTES: Fiat-Chrysler Five-Year Plan

May 7th, 2014 at 1:00pm

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FIAT-CHRYSLER FIVE-YEAR PLAN

2018 Group Goals
Sales: 7 million vehicles
Revenue: €132 billion, CAGR 9%
EBIT: €9 billion
Net Profit: €5 billion (4.7-5.5)
Capital expenditures: €55 billion (~€9.5 billion/year)

Q1 2014 Results
Sales: 1.1 million +9%
Revenue: €22.1 billion
EBIT: €47 million (versus €607 million, Q1 2013)
NAFTA EBIT: €-117 million
Net Profit: €-319 million

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Seat Time: 2014 Jeep Wrangler Oscar Mike Freedom Edition

May 6th, 2014 at 4:23pm

2014 Jeep Wrangler

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.

Manufacturer: Fiat-Chrysler
Make: Jeep
Model: Wrangler Oscar Mike Freedom Edition
Type: 2-door SUV
Competitors: Toyota FJ Cruiser
Price: Base: $22,395. As tested: $33,165 (including destination charges)
Made in: Toledo, OH
Drivetrain: 3.6L V6 w/ 5-speed automatic, 4X4
EPA Ratings: 17 city/ 21 highway/ 18 combined. Observed 18.5 MPG

Read on for Sean McElroy‘s final impressions of this vehicle

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Seat Time: 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4

May 5th, 2014 at 12:31pm

Maserati Ghibli

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.

Manufacturer: Fiat-Chrysler Group
Make: Maserati
Model: Ghibli S Q4
Type: 4-door sedan
Competitors: Porsche Panamera, BMW M5, Audi RS7
Price: Base: $66,900. As tested: $94,470
Made in: Grugliasco, Torino, Italy
Drivetrain: 3.0 L bi-turbo V-6, w/8 speed automatic, AWD
EPA Ratings: 15 city/25 highway/18 combined. Observed 21.3 mpg

Read on for John McElroy‘s final impressions of this vehicle

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AAH #240 – A $500 Plan to Turbocharge GM Sales

May 2nd, 2014 at 9:21pm

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UP FOR DISCUSSION:
- Toyota moves its U.S. headquarters from California to Texas
- Why can’t Red Bull keep up with Mercedes-Benz in Formula One?

SPECIAL GUEST: Jim Dollinger, Founder, GeneralWatch.com
- Inside his plan to greatly grow GM sales

All that and more with John McElroy, Autoline.tv; Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; and Drew Winter, WardsAuto

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Seat Time: 2014 Toyota Venza XLE

May 2nd, 2014 at 4:26pm

Toyota Venza

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.

Manufacturer: Toyota
Make: Toyota
Model: Venza XLE
Type: Small SUV
Competitors: Honda CR-V, Nissan Murano, Mazda CX-5
Price: Base: $28,810. As tested: $37,790
Made in: Georgetown, KY
Drivetrain: 3.5L V6, 268hp w/6-speed automatic, AWD
EPA Ratings: 18 city/25 highway/21 combined

Read on for Seamus McElroy‘s final impressions of this vehicle

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