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    How GM Can Repay All the Taxpayer Money - Autoline with John McElroy
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    General Motors can be pretty ham-handed when it tries to manipulate public opinion. The latest gaffe involves the company's newest advertising campaign, bragging to the public that it paid off its $8 billion in government loans. Listening to those ads you might be misled into believing that GM had ...

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    Will They Ever Stop Writing Regulations? - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    Every single year, for almost 40 years, politicians and regulators have written piles of laws and regulations to control the automobile. And yet, there's no end in sight. Right now they're working on regulations that will take us out to 2025 and beyond. Will it ever end? Worst of all there is no ...

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    Count the Pounds, Not Just the Ponies - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    Gearheads the world over have always talked in terms of horsepower. The bigger the number, the better we like it. The type of engine and its output are always one of the first statistics covered in any test drive or car review, because we want to know! But our fixation on horsepower is kind of a ...

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    Runaway Toyotas? What About Driver Error? - Autoline with John McElroy
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    No one wants to touch it. Not Toyota, not NHTSA, not any politician. But the issue has to be raised. Driver error is most likely at the root of these sudden unintended acceleration incidents. Unintended acceleration is not a new issue for the auto industry. It's been around for decades and ...

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    Unintended Accleration? Beware of TV Network Fraud - Autoline with John McElroy
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    You've already seen the ABC News piece about a college professor rigging up a Toyota Avalon so he could induce a short circuit that would cause unintended acceleration. It's a frightening demonstration. And as detailed yesterday, it's also bad journalism. We've seen this sort of thing happen ...

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    Don't Be Duped by the EV Hype - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    With all the attention being lavished on electric cars, you'd think the salvation of the planet is nigh at hand. But don't be duped by all the EV hype. It's going to take decades before they catch on – if ever. I'm not anti-EV. Just the opposite. I am completely in favor of pursuing ...

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    GM Could Repay Every Single Penny - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    Even though General Motors surprised everyone when it announced it will repay its government loans by next June, a lot of people are still unhappy. What about the other $50 billion we poured into the company, they demand to know? A lot of politicians and not a few Wall Street analysts say we may ...

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    A Radically New Type of Engine - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    When oil prices shot over $100 a barrel a year ago, I was inundated with press releases from inventors claiming they had an engine that would solve the energy crisis. In most cases, I simply deleted each release and went on with my work. You see, I've seen this all before. The same thing happened ...

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    How to Raise the Gas Tax - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    Raising taxes on gasoline is political suicide in the United States. Any politician foolish enough to propose raising the gas tax would be hounded out of office, or never elected in the first place. We, the American people, will see to that. You see, we don't like taxes of any sort. And we ...

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    Chrysler Considers Getting Back Into Big Rigs - Autoline with John McElroy
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    One of the more intriguing tidbits that dribbled out of Chrysler's grueling 8-hour press conference on Wednesday is that the company is considering getting back into the heavy truck business. They're not talking about heavy duty pick-ups, they're talking about 18-wheelers. Up until the early ...

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    Brazil's E100 Drives Innovative Fuel Injection - Autoline with John McElroy
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    A few weeks ago Rio de Janeiro landed the 2016 Olympics largely thanks to the fact that Brazil is climbing up the rank of nations. It has grown to become the 10th largest economy in the world and a key reason has to do with the country's energy policy. By committing heavily to ethanol, Brazil no ...

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    Autoline After Hours with John McElroy: Demise of Saturn Edition
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    On this week's Autoline After Hours, John McElroy, Peter "Autoextremist" DeLorenzo and BusinessWeek's David Welch are joined by Erich Merkle, President of Autoconomy, to discuss the week that was in the world of automobiles. We suspect a large part of the discussion will center on the imminent ...

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    Why Saturn Failed - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    In the early 1980s General Motors launched a top-secret program to figure out how it could build a small car to successfully compete against the Japanese automakers. It was called the S-car program and the results of this study shocked top management at GM. It conclusively proved General Motors ...

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    Why Car Names Really Matter - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    What's in a name? Does it really matter what you call a car, or will a car sell well as long as it's well designed? As an enthusiast, I always felt that the name of a car never really mattered all that much. I was always more interested in the design and the mechanical aspects of the machine ...

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    Autoline Detroit LIVE with special guest Tom Stephens, GM VC of Global Product Development
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    Join John McElroy and his journalist colleagues for an all-new LIVE webcast discussion with Tom Stephens, GM Vice Chairman of Global Product Development. First, you'll get to see a LIVE taping of Autoline Detroit starting at 10AM EST, then we will hand the mic over to the audience, and Tom Stephens ...

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    Toyota's Hybrids Could Be Banned from the American Market
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    In a shocking development Toyota faces a lawsuit filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission that seeks to ban the import of all hybrids to the American market. Toyota is being sued by Paice LLC for patent infringement on its hybrid system. Before you think this is just a frivolous lawsuit ...

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    Autoline After Hours with John McElroy, Peter DeLorenzo, David Welch and David E. Davis, Jr.
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    In this week's episode of Autoline After Hours, John McElroy, Peter "The Autoextremist" DeLorenzo, and David Welch of BusinessWeek are joined by the dean of automotive journalism, David E. Davis, Jr., for an unusually candid discussion about the issues and events affecting today's auto ...

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    Cash For Clunkers Conspiracy? - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    To hear the government tell it, foreign automakers and compact cars were the big winners in the Cash for Clunkers program. The Department of Transportation makes it look like consumers all wanted small fuel-efficient cars, particularly from the import brands. But an analysis by Edmunds.com tells ...

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    The Clunkers Program Exceeded Everyone's Expectations
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    Despite a lot of skepticism from industry analysts, the "Cash for Clunkers" program exceeded just about everyone's expectations. It brought in new customers, cleaned out a lot of old inventory, and started putting auto workers back to work. A lot of critics, me included, thought this was just a ...

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    Why Are German Automakers Exempt from U.S. CO2 Standards?
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    If you've ever wondered why the American automakers have such a hard time competing in their home market, all you have to do is look at the latest move from the American government. It's going to exempt the worst gas-guzzling European luxury cars from having to meet U.S. CO2 standards. Companies ...

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