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AD #1549 – January Sales Breakdown, Toyota’s Profit Soars, Renault Introduc

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Autoline This Week #1802: The Top Truck? North American Truck of the Year 2

It’s award time again and Autoline has the scoop on the biggest prize for automakers each year: the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. Joining NACTOY founding member John McElroy on this week’s truck panel are fellow jurors Jack Nerad from Kelly Blue Book and Chris Paukert of


Autoline This Week #1801: The Top Car? North American Car of the Year 2014

It’s award time again and Autoline has the scoop on the biggest prize for automakers each year: the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. Joining NACTOY founding member John McElroy on the car panel are fellow jurors Larry Webster from Road and Track along with Matt DeLorenzo of Kelly Blue Book.


Autoline This Week #1739: Autoline Executive of the Year

This week Autoline unveils its first annual Automotive Executive of the Year award. Joining John McElroy to sort through the short list that his expert panel has winnowed down over the three month process is Dave Cole, former CEO of the Center for Automotive Research; Neil De Koker of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association; and Edward Lapham, retired columnist from Automotive News.


Autoline This Week #1738: Residual Values: What Your Car Is Worth And Why

Automotive Leasing Guide, or ALG as it’s known in the industry, is a very powerful force in the automotive world and it doesn’t even make cars. It’s the automotive website that sets the residual values of cars and trucks. In other words through its mountains of data the company tells automakers what its cars are worth. Executive Vice President of TrueCar Larry Dominique joins host John McElroy along with panelists Joe White of the Wall Street Journal and Craig Trudell of Bloomberg to...


Autoline This Week #1737: Opening to the East: The Booming Chinese Auto Ind

Join John McElroy for his first broadcast from behind the Great Wall of China as he talks to automotive executives and experts at the Global Automotive Forum in Wuhan, China on Autoline This Week.


Autoline This Week #1736: Any volunteers: The UAW in Tennessee

The United Auto Workers haven’t had much success unionizing plants from foreign automakers. But VW’s new Chattanooga, Tennessee plant may prove to be different. Join host John McElroy along with his panel labor lawyer Gary Klotz, union analyst Robert Chiaravalli and Sean McAlinden from the Center for Automotive Research as they discuss whether or not the volunteer state of Tennessee may lead to its first success with a foreign automaker.


Autoline This Week #1735: Inside the Connected Car

It used to be that you took your car from place to place. Nowadays it may be the other way around. Vehicles are so loaded with technology that in some cases they are driving themselves. But that’s not the only story behind today’s connected car. Join John McElroy along with Richard Wallace from CAR, TomTom’s Nick Cohn and Steven Surhigh from Compuware to discuss what makes a car connected on Autoline This Week.


Autoline This Week #1734: Automotive Lightweighting: Steel Slims Down

In the ongoing effort to reduce weight in their cars, automakers look at every opportunity to lose a pound here, a pound there. Some have even taken to using aluminum and carbon fiber in the body which has left the steel industry wondering how to remain relevant in these days of lightweighting. On this week’s Autoline, John McElroy is joined by experts Ron Krupitzer from SMDI, Terry Cullum from the Auto/Steel partnership and GM’s Lou Hector to talk about taking everything but the strength...


Autoline This Week #1729: Propane Conversion

As the price of petroleum and diesel keeps creeping higher, companies with fleet vehicles are looking for ways to save money. One way more and more of them are turning to is propane or as the Europeans call it autogas. Joining John McElroy’s panel to discuss converting their fleets to autogas is Abe Stephenson from the Dish Network, Denis Gallagher from Student Transportation of America and Edgar Benning of the Flint, Michigan Mass Transit Authority.


Autoline This Week #1728: Cars and Personalities

Why are men attracted to a certain style of car? Why do women buy the type of car they do? And what about teenagers? Are there circumstances that drive what you buy or is it something unique inside each individual person? The latter is what the personality gurus at Myers-Briggs think and the folks at Ford are ready to run an experiment to test this theory. On this week’s Autoline we examine if people buy cars based on their personalities. Joining John McElroy are Lori Costew from Ford...


Autoline This Week #1722: The New World of Auto Electronics

As smart phones get smarter and more powerful, more and more people are relying on them to get through the day…in much the same way they have relied on the car. But now the trick is to integrate both. On Autoline This Week John McElroy explores what manufacturers are doing with today’s electronics both in and outside their cars and how they are coming together. Joining him on the panel are Danny Shapiro, from west coast-based chipmaker NVIDIA, the head of Chrysler’s Uconnect Systems,...


Autoline This Week #1721: Improving the Car-Buying Experience

If you’ve ever walked into a retailer like Nordstrom – which is known for its outstanding customer service – and wondered why buying a car couldn’t provide the same type of experience, you’re not alone. In fact, some manufacturers have thought the same thing and are attempting to upgrade the buying experience. On this week’s Autoline, John McElroy is joined by Jeri Ward, Audi’s Director of Customer Experience, Audi dealer Chris Consiglio (of Rochester Hills, MI), along with Customer...


Autoline This Week #1720: Today’s Powertrains: Efficiency and Strength

More than ever before, engines across the world are becoming more efficient with better gas mileage while not sacrificing performance…and we’re not just talking about those small 1 or 2-cylinder jobs either. No we mean the 6-cylinders and even the big boy V-8s as well. But what magic are the manufacturers using to achieve such a hefty cocktail of efficiency and power? On today’s Autoline John McElroy is joined by three experts who drive the engine business at the Detroit Three. Jamie...


Autoline This Week #1719: Rare-Earth Metals

Today’s hybrid and electric cars are famous for their double digit mpgs. They get those great numbers, in part, by a combination of products under the hood that start in the earth’s crust. That’s where 17 chemical elements in the periodic table are found which go into lasers, rare-earth magnets & batteries that help power our 21st century transportation. Joining John McElroy on our Autoline expert panel is Kevin Moore, a Rare-earth metals consultant, Dr. Edward Becker who was GM’s...


Autoline This Week #1718: Lightweighting

Everybody in the auto industry is looking to lose weight these days. With CAFE requirements creeping ever closer, all manufacturers want to improve their miles per gallon average. And the best way to do that is by lightweighting – finding lighter materials that are just as safe to use in production. And since everyone is doing it, John McElroy has put together the perfect panel to touch on the topic. Joining him is Carla Bailo the head of R and D for Nissan Americas, the CEO of CSP Plastics...


Autoline This Week #1717: GM By the Numbers

Though not as big as it once was, General Motors is still a formidable global corporation with offices and factories all over the world and the numbers and financials to match. And the man in charge of making sure all those add up correctly is John McElroy’s special guest on Autoline This Week. Joining GM CFO Dan Ammann is Jeff Bennett from the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg’s Tim Higgins.


Autoline This Week #1716: Today’s UAW: A Struggle for Stability

The United Auto Workers is going through an identity crisis. From the bankruptcies to the VEBA to the loss of over a million members, the UAW is plotting its future path. Will it unionize transplant factories in right-to-work states? Maybe expand beyond automotive and bring in other industries or services? The man with the answers – UAW President Bob King -- makes his first official visit to the Autoline set on this week’s show. Joining John McElroy’s panel are Brent Snavely from the Detroit...


Autoline This Week #1715: The Truth about Autonomy

Regular viewers of Autoline know that few topics get host John McElroy’s attention like autonomous cars. He can’t wait for a Star Wars world here on earth. To get the latest lowdown on what’s going on with the self-driving set, John is joined by three special guests on Autoline This Week. Christian Schumacher runs Continental’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems while Annie Lien - a veteran of the DARPA Challenge - now works for VW’s Electronic Research Lab in California and Gary Silberg...


Autoline This Week #1714: Ram’s New World

2013 has been a pretty good year so far for Chrysler’s Ram brand. It started with its 1500 winning the North American Truck of the Year award before unveiling two new Cargo Vans at the Chicago Auto Show. Fred Diaz picked the right time to be in charge of a brand that’s clearly on the move. Join John McElroy and Ram's Fred Diaz along with panelists Scott Burgess from Motor Trend and Car and Driver’s Tony Swan as they talk trucks on Autoline This Week.


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