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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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English


Episodes

Autoline This Week #2410: Coronavirus and The Impact on the Auto Industry

4/2/2020
The coronavirus crisis is wreaking havoc in the automotive industry. It’s never been through anything quite like this before, not even in wartime. What is the outlook for the industry, how can it respond and when can it get back to normal? Though the situation is still in a state of flux, three automotive experts provide their insights as to what may lie ahead for automakers, suppliers and dealers.

Duration:00:27:12

Autoline This Week #2409: How the Heck will we Repair these Newfangled Cars?

3/26/2020
Automakers are equipping cars with ADAS, or advanced driver assistance systems, including radar, sonar and video cameras. This is the technology that can make cars safer with blind spot detection, automated emergency braking and lane keeping. But if your car gets bent up in an accident, who’s going to make sure these sensors are properly aimed and calibrated? In collaboration with I-CAR, the independent collision auto repair association, we have three automotive repair experts weighing in on...

Duration:00:27:38

Autoline This Week #2408: Cracking the Code on How to Sell EVs

3/19/2020
Automakers have to sell electric cars. It’s the law. But so far EVs only account for 1.4 percent of all new car sales. So how can automakers grow the EV segment? Escalent is a research firm that’s identified six different groups of new car buyers and what motivates them to buy a new car. You might be surprised by its findings because “saving the environment” is not high on their list. Instead, automakers need to key in on other attributes, which is the topic of this show’s discussion.

Duration:00:27:47

Autoline This Week #2407: The Electronic Transformation of the Automobile

2/20/2020
For over a century, cars were all about nuts and bolts and stamping and welding. Not anymore. Today, the automobile is going through an electronic metamorphosis that is going to transform the driving experience. How far will it go, how fast will it happen and can the traditional auto industry keep up with the change?

Duration:00:27:42

Autoline This Week #2406: The End of the ICE Age, or is it?

2/6/2020
Some experts say we’re on the verge of a tipping point with electric cars. Other experts say the internal combustion engine will be around until the middle of this century. On Autoline This Week, three reporters from Wards, who intensely cover powertrains and propulsion systems, join us to share what they’ve learned about where the automotive industry is really headed.

Duration:00:27:54

Autoline This Week #2405: Troubles Ahead for The U.S. Tool and Die Industry

1/30/2020
There’s a lot of talk about a U.S. manufacturing renaissance. But to make new cars and trucks you need tools, dies, molds and fixtures. And in the U.S., the tool and die industry is under a lot of stress. What will it take to make this vital industrial sector thrive or can it even survive?

Duration:00:27:54

Autoline This Week #2404: Supplier Insights: Struggles and Opportunities

1/23/2020
Automotive suppliers account for 80% of the parts and components that go into cars. They are also a major source of technological innovation. Right now, they face a lot of financial pressures and economic uncertainty. But if just a few things fall into place, the future could look a lot more optimistic.

Duration:00:27:54

Autoline This Week #2403: The World’s Best Engines and Propulsion Systems

1/16/2020
Every year, the editors from Wards evaluate the newest engines and propulsion systems from the world’s top automakers. Then they pick what they believe is the best of the best, from V8s to battery electrics to fuel cells. On Autoline This Week, they announce which engines made the list and why they were chosen.

Duration:00:27:09

Autoline This Week #2402: North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Award II

1/9/2020
The North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) jury comprises roughly 50 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada. Every year they vote on the best new cars, trucks and utility vehicles that came out in North America. Three of the NACTOY jurors join us on Autoline This Week to discuss the three cars that made it to the finalists list, as well as some of the cars that did not make the list. They also predict which vehicles will win the awards for best car, truck and...

Duration:00:27:40

Autoline This Week #2401: North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Award I

1/2/2020
The North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) jury comprises roughly 50 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada. Every year they vote on the best new cars, trucks and utility vehicles that came out in North America. Three of the NACTOY jurors join us on Autoline This Week to discuss the three cars that made it to the finalists list, as well as some of the cars that did not make the list. They also predict which vehicles will win the awards for best car, truck and...

Duration:00:27:33

Autoline This Week #2334: The End of The Year, The End of a Decade

12/26/2019
A decade ago, the automotive industry was struggling to recover from the worst recession it had seen in decades. The industry went on to recover, reporting record sales and profits. But as this decade winds to a close, there’s fear and uncertainty as to what lies ahead. On Autoline This Week, four automotive journalists discuss what got us here and where we’re going.

Duration:00:27:55

Autoline This Week #2333: Electric Scooters and The Micromobility Revolution

12/19/2019
In the past two years, electric scooters have magically appeared in almost every major city in the world. They became instantly popular, yet brought a host of problems with them. How will cities try and manage these scooters? And what kind of standards will they have to meet? On Autoline This Week, two micro mobility experts discuss the impact these scooters are having.

Duration:00:28:05

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

11/21/2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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