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    Why Saturn Failed - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    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

    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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    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 After Hours with John McElroy, Peter DeLorenzo, David Welch and David E. Davis, Jr.

    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

    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 tells ...

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    The Clunkers Program Exceeded Everyone's Expectations

    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?

    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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    Ford Says Series Hybrids (Chevy Volt) Are a Mistake - Autoline with John McElroy

    The Ford Motor Company is not going to chase GM and do a plug-in series hybrid like the Volt. In fact, the Blue Oval thinks that approach is a mistake. Instead, Ford is taking a three-pronged attack to developing hybrid and electric vehicles, with one technology building upon the other. And by ...

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    GM Don't Need No Culture Change - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    If I have to read another article about how GM needs to change its culture, I think I'll puke. It seems that every analyst and pundit in the business feels the need to write an article about GM's need for culture change. They wring their hands about how this is going to take years or even ...

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    Autoline After Hours with John McElroy, Jason Vines, and Peter DeLorenzo

    In this week's episode of Autoline After Hours, John McElroy, newly minted Christian publishing mogul Jason Vines and Peter "The Autoextremist" DeLorenzo gather for another unusually frank discussion about the motoring industry's ups and downs. You can even join in by submitting questions to the ...

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    Hybrids Stumble While Diesels Surge - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    The new-car sales figures for June must be a cause for concern for fans of hybrids. But at the same time they're very encouraging for diesel proponents. You don't want to read too much into one month's sales numbers, but the numbers do tell a story. Ever since gasoline prices tumbled from their ...

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    Ford Transit Connect: Case Study in Overregulation - Autoline with John McElroy

    The Ford Transit Connect is a cool little van unlike anything else on the American market. In fact, I think it has the capability of becoming something of a cult car. But it's also a shining example of why the auto industry faces too much regulation. Even though the Transit Connect is already ...

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    Autoline After Hours: Honda's John Mendel joins McElroy, De Lorenzo and Vines

    Today's unscripted, live episode of Autoline After Hours starts in just a few minutes. You can watch and participate after the jump where host and Autoblog contributor John McElroy are joined by regulars Peter De Lorenzo and Jason Vines. The guest spot will be filled tonight by John Mendel of ...

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    Boom Times Coming in the Used Car Market - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    The future looks so bright for the used car market that I'm almost tempted to try and get into that business myself. Even though car dealers are going through tough times trying to sell new vehicles, they are going to more than make up for that on their used car lots. The reason I'm so bullish ...

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    Plenty of Life Left in the Piston Engine - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    There are all kinds of ways to boost the fuel efficiency of a vehicle. Hybrids are becoming more and more popular. Clean diesels seemed poised to make major inroads in the market. And even though they're a ways down the road, hydrogen fuel cells sure look promising. But the problem with these ...

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    Autoline After Hours: TTAC's Robert Farago joins McElroy, De Lorenzo and Vines

    If you haven't caught an episode of Autoline After Hours, this is the show to watch. Joining AAH's host and Autoblog contributor John McElroy is Autoextremist's own Peter De Lorenzo and former Chrysler PR man Jason Vines. For an additional bit of flavor, The Truth About Cars' founder and editor, ...

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    They're After Your Freedom - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    You've undoubtedly read the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's report and seen the videos it released when the organization pitted sub-compacts against mid-size sedans (if not, one is posted below the fold). They really went after the safety of small cars, trying to scare consumers away from ...

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    It's a Fuel Problem, Not a Fuel Economy Problem - Autoline with John McElroy

    Every single day, the United States ships $600,000,000 out of the country. That's what it costs us to pay for the oil we buy from other countries at $50 a barrel. It is the single biggest cause of our massive trade deficit. The U.S. uses roughly 20 million barrels of oil every single day, and ...

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    Autoline After Hours with John McElroy, Jason Vines, Peter De Lorenzo and... us!

    John McElroy and the good people at Autoline Detroit have decided to make their weekly Autoline After Hours internet show a weekly series. Last week we hosted their first episode on Autoblog, and this week it returns with John McElroy as host, regular guests Jason Vines and Peter De Lorenzo, and ...

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    Why Obama Axed Wagoner - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

    Rick Wagoner is no longer CEO of General Motors for two reasons. First, he failed to come up with a plan that satisfied the government that GM would be viable going forward. Two, President Obama needed political cover before he poured more money into the auto industry, a move which is strongly ...


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