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    How GM Can Repay All the Taxpayer Money - Autoline with John McElroy

    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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    Don't Be Duped by the EV Hype - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    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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    Toyota's Hybrids Could Be Banned from the American Market

    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 on Autoblog with John McElroy - 2010 Chevy Camaro Edition!

    2010 CHEVY CAMARO: DRIVING IMPRESSIONS I'm sure there are a lot of Autobloggers out there who know the specifications of the new Camaro far better than I do. But numbers on paper don't mean much until you experience them through the seat of your pants. So here are my driving impressions of the new ...

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    Why I Still Support Those Boneheads at the Big Three - Autoline with John McElroy

    What a week it was. Or maybe I should say, I can't believe how weak it was. The CEOs of the Big Three and the president of the UAW showed up in Washington last Tuesday to plead their case for a bailout. But by Thursday they had managed to turn most the country against them. Even their most ardent ...

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    GM Is On Its Last Legs - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    There is only one number that really matters in today's financial report from General Motors: how much cash it has in the kitty. And the answer is, not enough. GM is now burning through its cash reserves at a rate that will run short before Christmas. Every month GM spends $13 billion to pay all ...

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    What if GM Collapses? - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    Anyone watching the auto industry these days is acutely aware that General Motors is hurtling towards disaster. It's burning through cash reserves at a rate that will put it in Chapter 11 sometime next year, no matter how much management says "that's not an option." It's still being crushed by ...

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    The Down Side to Lithium Batteries - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    Uh-oh. In the pell-mell race to develop lithium-ion batteries for plug-ins, EV's and hybrids, has any automaker taken a hard look at where all that lithium is going to come from? Guess what? Not only are global lithium supplies pretty tight, prices are about to skyrocket. Today, the United States ...

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    How Many Brands Are Too Many? - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    With gas prices soaring and SUV sales sinking, General Motors just put its HUMMER brand under "strategic review." That's generally the term used when a company is getting ready to dump a brand. And that begs the question, how many brands does a car company really need? There are a number of ...

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    The Big Three Collapse - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    Ooof! May sales were like a punch in the stomach, especially to the Detroit Three. It's been nearly three decades since we've seen their sales collapse so dramatically. Last month the annualized sales rate of the American market, including all automakers, fell to only 14.2 million units. That ...

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    First-Hand Look at Ford's Eco-Boost Technology - Autoline with John McElroy

    I just spent a day at Ford's proving grounds driving a number of vehicles that use Eco-boost technology, which is the centerpiece of the company's strategy to improve fuel economy. I wish I could tell you more about my driving impressions of these Fords, but all that information is embargoed for ...

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    Why Use Batteries If Flywheels Will Do? - Autoline with John McElroy

    Formula One could be on to something big. Next year all teams will be allowed to capture the energy that their cars produce under braking, and then re-use that energy at opportune moments, like passing on a straight. It's really a hybrid system, but they don't call it that. They call it a Kinetic ...

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    Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy: Driving the Dodge Challenger SRT-8

    Click for more Dodge Challenger SRT-8 pics from John McElroy's driveA couple of weeks back I wrote a bit about the new Dodge Challenger SRT-8. But to honor the embargo that the Public Relations people put on driving impressions, I had to hold the best stuff until now. And man, was it worth the ...

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    R.I.P. Dodge Viper - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    A few blogs back I wrote about how Chrysler is going to combine its three brands and start eliminating overlapping models. The idea is to have Dodge concentrate on trucks and work-utilities, with Chrysler exclusively selling cars, and Jeep offering only SUV-based Jeeps. It's a bold plan, but a ...

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    The Moneyed Tycoons of the UAW - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    John McElroy is host of the TV program "Autoline Detroit". Every week he'll bring his unique insights as an auto industry insider to Autoblog readers. I gotta believe Karl Marx is spinning in his grave. Can you imagine the captains of capitalism handing tens of billions of dollars over to labor? ...


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