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Thursday
Aug112011

Autoline After Hours Tonight With Ed Welburn, VP of Global Design, GM

This week we peer into the future of automotive styling with the Vice President of Global Design for GMEd Welburn. We'll be finding out more about the upcoming Cadillac XTS and ATS cars. And as the push for massive CAFE increases looms, we'll get Ed's take: does aero-optimization destroy expressive styling? We'll also find out how GM studios around the globe compete to design vehicles the company has in the pipeline. We won't forget the news of the week though: can OEMs shrug off the current market turbulence? We'll also discuss John's sneak peek at future Lincoln product and get into details of the brand's turnaround plan. John McElroy is joined in studio by the one and only AutoextremistPeter De Lorenzo.

 

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Thursday
Jul212011

Autoline After Hours Tonight With Tom Crumm, Author and Duncan Dayton, Highcroft Racing

This week can you say "Double Feature"? Join us for not one but two visionary guests. Our first guest wants to do away with the assembly line as we know it. Tom Crumm, the author of "What's Good for GM?", believes the future of manufacturing lies in the past when small teams built each car from start to finish. Crumm thinks this is a surefire way to rekindle the passion workers once had for their products. Speaking of passion, our next guest has plenty of it. Duncan Dayton is the owner of Highcroft Racing, which is involved in bringing the DeltaWing concept to race at Le Mans in 2012. He says this could be "one of the most significant developments in motor racing in 50 years." John McElroy is joined in studio by the one and only Autoextremist, Peter De Lorenzo.
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Thursday
Jun302011

2011 Autoline After Hours Automotive Draft

Who would make the perfect automotive CEO? What if Alan Mulally was already taken? How about a chief designer -- would you try and lure Ed Welburn away from GM? That's the game we're playing tonight as we perform the first-annual Autoline After Hours Automotive Draft. Just as in fantasy football, we're assembling our top executive teams, and once a coveted executive has been picked, he or she is out of the running. Our team owners for the 2011 Draft are John McElroy from Dymaxion Motors, Peter De Lorenzo from Renzo Motors, Ed Lapham from DeWard Auto Group and Jim Hall from Automobiles Bistango. On site in our War Room will be Scott Burgess from The Detroit News and Mark Phelan from the Detroit Free Press with their play-by-play analysis of the draft picks. Our master of ceremonies will be none other than Frank Markus from Motor Trend. So tune in and get ready for the battle to begin; this is gonna be good!

 

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Thursday
Jun162011

Autoline After Hours Tonight with Peter Robinson, Wheels Magazine

This week while we're enjoying some beers on the set, our special guest will just be having his first cup of coffee. That's because Peter Robinson, contributing editor for Wheels magazine, will be Skyping in all the way from the land down under -- a difference of 14 hours. We'll be asking him about the latest automotive issues in Australia and find out what Aussie-derived platforms we can expect stateside. We'll also get into the news of the week including California's EV mandate that says 5.5% of all vehicles sold must be EVs by 2018. Also, CAR says that reaching the CAFE goal of 62 MPG will cost an additional $4,000 - $9,000. John McElroy is joined in studio by the one and only Autoextremist Peter De Lorenzo.

 

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Thursday
Jun092011

Autoline After Hours Tonight with Francois Castaing, Former VP of Vehicle Engineering, Chrysler

This week we welcome Francois Castaing who was the VP of Vehicle Engineering at Chrysler back when the company was making boatloads of money. We'll ask him about what he's doing these days including his effort to raise money for the Detroit Science Center. As usual we'll be parsing the news of the week including GM's Dan Akerson, and the controversial comments he made about the Lincoln brand. We'll also find out why Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, is lobbying Ford to return to Le Mans. John McElroy is also joined in studio by AAH founding member Jason Vines.

 

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