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    Government Wants 60-MPG CAFE - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    Last year, when the federal government set Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards at roughly 35 miles per gallon by 2015, automakers squirmed uncomfortably. Though that should be an achievable target, it won't be easy. It means Americans will have to buy several million more small cars a ...

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    Car Prices Will Climb For Years - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    Have you've been watching car prices lately? They seem to go up every month. Forget everything you've been reading about sales incentives, bargain leases or low-cost financing. They just mask the fact that automakers are quietly bumping up MSRP's every chance they get. In other words, they ...

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    Don't Laugh, The UAW Could Come Roaring Back - Autoline with John McElroy
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    Back when I was a UAW member many moons ago, earning my college tuition by busting my ass in the factories, the union was an incredibly powerful labor organization. With nearly 1.3 million members, it had enormous political clout in Washington, D.C. And thanks to a monopoly on automotive labor, it ...

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    Ethanol Booming, Despite the Drawbacks - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    Just a couple of years ago American-made corn ethanol was vilified in the media. It was blamed for soaring food prices, and for causing food riots in Mexico. The UN even accused the U.S. of depriving the world of food. What a difference a couple of years makes! Today food production is soaring, ...

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    It's Not Easy Designing Dirt Cheap Cars - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    Some of the most famous cars in the history of the auto industry were some of the cheapest ones. The Ford Model T, the Volkswagen Beetle, the Citroen 2CV and the BMC Mini were so successful mainly because they were so affordable. Now the industry is trying to replicate that success by designing ...

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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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    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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