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Autoline This Week is the first stop for auto executives, insiders and consumers looking for the latest automotive news. Each week John McElroy, one of the deans of the Detroit automotive press corp, brings his expertise and analysis to the issues and interviews driving the automotive world. He moderates a panel of automotive journalists as they discuss the week’s news and interview top industry newsmakers

Autoline This Week is the first stop for auto executives, insiders and consumers looking for the latest automotive news. Each week John McElroy, one of the deans of the Detroit automotive press corp, brings his expertise and analysis to the issues and interviews driving the automotive world. He moderates a panel of automotive journalists as they discuss the week’s news and interview top industry newsmakers
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Autoline This Week is the first stop for auto executives, insiders and consumers looking for the latest automotive news. Each week John McElroy, one of the deans of the Detroit automotive press corp, brings his expertise and analysis to the issues and interviews driving the automotive world. He moderates a panel of automotive journalists as they discuss the week’s news and interview top industry newsmakers

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Autoline This Week #2332: Contracts and Corruption at the UAW

11/21/2019
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The UAW says that it’s fighting for jobs and social justice against the Detroit based automakers. At the same time, federal investigators are uncovering a culture of corruption at the union that goes to the very top. On Autoline This Week, three experts on the situation discuss the details and look ahead to what the likely outcome will be.

Duration:00:28:01

Autoline This Week #2331: The Growing Importance of Fleet Sales

11/14/2019
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Fleet sales used to be scorned by many automakers. It was unprofitable and not a sexy part of the business. Today it’s just the opposite. Fleet sales are profitable and are up strong, while retail sales are down. This week’s show is all about how and why it changed.

Duration:00:27:49

Autoline This Week #2330: The Business Case for Mobility Services

11/7/2019
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Automakers are rushing into a new business opportunity called mobility services. It involves ride hailing, ride sharing, electric scooters and e-bikes. It could even involve passenger drones. But so far no one is making any money on this. So the question is: is there a business case for mobility services?

Duration:00:27:42

Autoline This Week #2329: Car Dealers Prepare For A Changing World

10/24/2019
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Import tariffs, electric cars, and over-the-air updates are just some of the issues that could disrupt the automotive retail business. Yet transportation in the United States is still built around the automobile. On this week’s show, Charlie Gilchrist, the chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, talks about how car dealers will adapt to a changing world.

Duration:00:27:43

Autoline This Week #2328: Rebuilding Acura As a Performance Brand

10/17/2019
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Acura has been around for 30 years but it’s hard to define exactly what the brand stands for. Moreover, Acura only has four volume selling vehicles in its showrooms. This week’s show is all about how Acura is rebuilding itself to become a true performance brand and where it plans to expand its model lineup.

Duration:00:27:44

Autoline This Week #2327: Promises and Pitfalls of the USMCA Trade Agreement

10/10/2019
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The USMCA, the trade agreement that was negotiated to replace NAFTA, was supposed to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. But will it? Right now, the trade pact is stuck in Congress and could be stuck there for some time. On Autoline This Week, three trade experts discuss how it will impact the auto industry if and when it’s enacted.

Duration:00:27:43

Autoline This Week #2326: Roadblocks and Detours to EV Adoption

10/3/2019
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Government regulations around the world are mandating that automakers build electric vehicles. And they’re doing it. The only problem is, no one knows how to make a profit on EVs. Moreover, they don’t know how to recycle the batteries. On this week’s show, we get into all that and the issues that are hindering EV adoption.

Duration:00:27:44

Autoline This Week #2325: Automotive Data, Monetization and Cyber Security

9/26/2019
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Though most people don’t realize it, modern cars generate a tremendous amount of data. That data is very valuable from a variety of standpoints and it has to be protected from cyber thieves. On Autoline This Week, we discuss the current state of affairs and where its headed in the future.

Duration:00:27:46

Autoline This Week #2324: When Will Autonomous Cars Finally Get Here?

9/19/2019
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Just a couple of years ago, automakers were talking as if autonomous cars were right around the corner. Today they all seem to be backing away from that. Why? What happened? And what’s it going to take to put autonomous vehicles on track? On Autoline This Week, two executives from tech companies dive into the issue.

Duration:00:27:45

Autoline This Week #2323: MBS Debrief: A Recap of Top Automotive Issues

8/29/2019
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The Management Briefing Seminars represent one of the most important conferences in the global automotive industry. On Autoline This Week, three panelists talk about the top issues that came out of this year’s conference: Trump tariffs, industry restructuring, road blocks to electrification, reinventing the work place and a world of new opportunities.

Duration:00:27:45

Autoline This Week #2322: Passenger Drones and The Automotive Connection

8/15/2019
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Flying cars have been part of science fiction fantasy for nearly a century but now fantasy is turning into reality. And the auto industry is starting to explore how it can play a role in what could be a brand-new market. Flying cars could be less than a decade away. That’s today’s topic on Autoline This Week.

Duration:00:27:44

Autoline This Week #2321: Ford Transforms Its Product Development Process

8/8/2019
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The Ford Motor Company is completely changing the way it develops new cars and trucks. They call it EPLM or Enterprise Product Line Management. Ford is also using what it calls customer-centric-design. What does it all mean? On Autoline This Week, Jim Baumbick, the VP of Enterprise Product Line Management at Ford, explains what it’s all about and why it could transform the Ford Motor Company.

Duration:00:27:44

Autoline This Week #2320: Automotive Outlook: Few Profits In Sight

8/1/2019
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Automakers and suppliers are investing heavily in electric and autonomous cars as well as mobility services. But AlixPartners says the industry is entering a profit desert because nobody is making money with these technologies…at least not yet. On Autoline This Week, Mark Wakefield explains how the industry will have to handle this transition.

Duration:00:27:43

Autoline This Week #2319: Continental Restructures for A Changing Automotive Industry

7/25/2019
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Continental was founded in 1871 and its corporate structure hasn’t changed a lot since then. Now its reinventing itself to deal with an industry that’s quickly moving into electrification, autonomy and connectivity. On Autoline This Week, Jeff Klei, President of North American operations for Continental, talks about how and why the company is changing. And he also discusses the challenge of getting consumers to accept this new technology.

Duration:00:27:44

Autoline This Week #2318: Car Wars 2019

7/4/2019
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Every year, Bank of America Merrill Lynch comes out with a study they call Car Wars. It looks at all aspects of the automotive industry, especially on the lookout for where problems could arise. John Murphy, the senior automotive analyst with Bank of America, is the main author of the report. And on Autoline This Week, he gives us his outlook for future sales, mergers and acquisitions, electric cars, autonomous cars, import tariffs and labor negotiations.

Duration:00:27:41

Autoline This Week #2317: EV Startups from The Motor City

6/27/2019
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Silicon Valley is world renowned for its startup culture. That’s why so many electric car startups are located in the Bay Area…but not all of them. Now we’re seeing a startup migration to the Motor City. Have you heard of Bollinger Motors, Bordrin or Quadrobot? Learn why they decided to locate in Detroit on Autoline This Week.

Duration:00:27:40

Autoline This Week #2316: Are Human Beings Ready for Automated Vehicles?

6/20/2019
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Automakers are plunging headfirst into developing technology that automates certain driving functions. Ultimately, they want fully autonomous cars. But are human beings ready for this type of technology? And how will drivers make the transition from semi-automated to fully autonomous vehicles? That’s the topic of this week’s show.

Duration:00:27:22

Autoline This Week #2315: Cadillac Resets Its Sights

6/6/2019
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Cadillac came out with a product onslaught in the last decade but it hasn’t gained any ground. It will soon become the point of the spear for General Motors big push on electric cars. In the meantime, it needs to leverage technology like Super Cruise, it new SUVs and its high-performance V-Series to build momentum in the marketplace. On Autoline This Week, Deborah Wahl, Cadillac’s Chief Marketing Officer, talks about their strategy and plans.

Duration:00:27:35

Autoline This Week #2314: Roger Penske: Driven to Succeed

5/30/2019
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Roger Penske is an icon in the automotive industry and he’s this year’s recipient of the SAE Foundation’s Leadership of the Year Award. His businesses touch all aspects of the industry including, trucking, manufacturing, logistics and racing. On Autoline This Week, he discusses what keeps him inspired to be involved in his business at his age. He also discusses the industry’s move into autonomy, electrification and mobility services.

Duration:00:27:41

Autoline This Week #2313: The Automotive Trade War: U.S. v China

5/23/2019
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American automakers invested heavily in China and for years enjoyed great growth. But they taught their Chinese partners a lot and now they’re losing sales to Chinese automakers and profits are declining. “Made in China 2025” is an ambitious Chinese program to globally dominate certain key technologies and industries, including the automotive industry. This has significant implications for the US automotive industry. Michael Dunne, an expert on the Chinese auto industry, and the CEO of a...

Duration:00:27:33