11/21/2014 | Download File (12.48 MB) - right click to download
Who do you turn to when you need advice? If itís personal, perhaps a friend; if itís spiritual maybe a priest. But when many folks want advice on hardware Ė everything from a dishwasher to a smart phone to a television -- they turn to Consumer Reports: the product watchdog who has been reviewing, comparing and contrasting consumer goods since 1936. On this episode of Autoline THIS WEEK, CRís head of auto testing Jake Fisher joins host John McElroy along with Brent Snavely of the Detroit Free Press and Joe White of the Wall Street Journal to discuss the organizationís latest test results on automotive multimedia devices.
11/14/2014 | Download File (12.51 MB) - right click to download
Factories used to be no place for a kid. In fact, there were some that mightíve even scared the bravest of men. But with todayís super clean 21st century factories some almost resemble a hospital operating room. Thatís only one of the reasons that Michiganís Macomb County Ė just north of Detroit Ė has gone all in to educate young students on the benefits of working with todayís manufacturing. Joining John McElroy to talk about this groundbreaking program is County Executive Mark Hackel, Michael DeVault, Superintendent of Intermediate Schools and Larry Drake from Kuka Systems.
11/7/2014 | Download File (12.49 MB) - right click to download
Maybe itís the snappy new product or the effective marketing campaign, whatever is accounting for Buickís sales growth in 2014 Duncan Aldred is a happy man. Appointed VP of Buick-GMC Sales, Service and Marketing only last February, this former European executive joins John McElroy for his first time on the Autoline panel. Mike Colias from Automotive News and Autotrader.comís Michelle Krebs join in on the questioning.
10/31/2014 | Download File (12.50 MB) - right click to download
What happens when ď60 MinutesĒ shows up at a corporationís door or some crisis occurs that it wasnít ready for? Thatís when they turn to crisis communications experts like Jason Vines, the former automotive PR executive who has experienced more than his share of corporate trauma. So much so that heís written a book, which brings him back to Autoline for the first time in a decade. Joining host John McElroy to discuss Jasonís book is Peter De Lorenzo from the Autoextremist.com and Detroit Free Press columnist Tom Walsh.
10/24/2014 | Download File (12.51 MB) - right click to download
As the auto industry continues to explore new and different ways to power cars and trucks, engineers keep coming back to the good old battery. With the days of GMís EV1 seeming like ancient history even though itís only about 20 years old or so, todayís batteries are light years better. And on todayís panel John McElroy is joined by three experts: Ann Marie Sastry from Sakti3, LGís Prabhakar Patil and Brett Smith from the Center for Automotive Research.
10/17/2014 | Download File (12.50 MB) - right click to download
Where do you buy a car? These days you can do so on the Internet, a big box retailer and even certain OEM stores. But to this day, the tried and true model, and the place where most people still buy their cars, is the local car dealer. And the man currently in charge of Americaís dealers is the NADAís Forrest McConnell. This week he joins host John McElroy along with Steve Finlay from Wards and AutoTrader.comís Michelle Krebs for a look at the latest in todayís retail world.
10/10/2014 | Download File (12.51 MB) - right click to download
The aluminum onslaught has begun. It started years ago with Jaguar but now Ford is making its F-150 truck part of the lightweighting foray as it works to increase the MPGs of its best-seller. But itís not just aluminum and itís not just those two companies making vehicles lighter. Itís a long list of manufacturers as well as suppliers making all kinds of contributions to cars. Joining John McElroy on Autoline THIS WEEK to discuss all aspects of lightweighting are Chuck Evans from Henkel as well as Dura Automotive's Nizar Trigui and Richard Schultz from Ducker Worldwide.
10/3/2014 | Download File (12.48 MB) - right click to download
By all accounts, the Greatest Generation may have won World War II with its blood, sweat and tears, but as author A.J. Baime writes in his new book ďThe Arsenal of Democracy,Ē Ford Motor Company had a little bit to do with it as well. Join host John McElroy, Henry Payne from The Detroit News and Mark Phelan from the Detroit Free Press as they talk about the great automotive contribution to the war effort with Mr. Baime on Autoline THIS WEEK.
9/12/2014 | Download File (12.51 MB) - right click to download
From toys to sporting goods and even some replacements parts for cars, it looks like 3D Printers are tackling more in more in the world of manufacturing. For a look at how this industry is growing, especially within the automotive industry, join host John McElroy with his panel of 3D Printing experts including, David Darbyshire from DASI Solutions, Bruce Bradshaw from 3D manufacturer Stratasys and Brian Levy of Joe Gibbs Racing on Autoline THIS WEEK.
8/29/2014 | Download File (12.49 MB) - right click to download
Auto sales in America have recently been on a tear. In fact, some suggest the SAAR might actually challenge those heady days of 18 million units. Enter AlixPartners whose newest study indicates that U.S. sales may have already peaked. Joining host John McElroy to discuss this topic and more are Mark Wakefield from AlixPartners, Charles Chesbrough from IHS as well as Jeff Schuster from LMC Automotive.