“Sign O' the Times - Part Two” (#1232)

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  1. PLAYING: Entire Show

  2. Segment 1: John's Intro

  3. Segment 2: NACTOY Mid-Year Review


    • Natalie Neff, AutoWeek
    • Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press
  4. Segment 3: John's Closing Thoughts

  5. EXTRA: Natalie Neff, AutoWeek, Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press



Serendipity can strike with serendipity. Sometimes it occurs in music when the right album comes along at the right time and affects the industry as a whole with both high sales and critical praise. And then again, it can also occur in other industries, sometimes with deleterious effects. Take today's energy crisis for instance. With gasoline roller-coasting around $4 a gallon, automotive manufacturers have suddenly seen the Truck market "tank" this summer. So the OEMs have circled the SUVs so to speak, and have reforged the truck future.

But as we're waiting for that future to take form, new product continues to hit dealer lots around the country. Trucks, SUVs and Crossovers of all types have been released in 2008. On this week's Autoline, John McElroy looks at some of these new vehicles like Ford's "Back to the Future" Flex Crossover, Mercedes’ new GL with its Clean Diesel technology, and Chrysler's Two-Mode Hybrid SUVs to see how they stack up when it comes to perhaps winning some "Best Of" awards later this year.

Joining John to talk trucks are two of his fellow judges from the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards. Natalie Neff is the Road Test Editor for AutoWeek while Mark Phelan is an automotive columnist with the Detroit Free Press.

So if you're looking for a sign of times in the truck world, don't miss this week's Autoline for the best insight around.