Dodge & Designs - Autoline Detroit 1516
You'd think being in charge of design for an automaker would be a big enough job, but not for Ralph Gilles. As the designer of the iconic 2005 Chrysler 300, he was promoted to oversee design for all 5 of the company's brands. But in addition, when CEO Sergio Marchionne started handing out second assignments, Gilles was tagged to run the Dodge brand as well. On this week's Autoline he not only discusses the demands of both jobs but also Chrysler's rapid renaissance with both product and sales. Host John McElroy is joined by Natalie Neff from AutoWeek and Jeff Gilbert from CBS Radio Detroit-WWJ 950.
Smart Fortwo ED - Test Drive
You already know the two big players in the EV marketplace. Both Nissan and Chevrolet have come out, both guns blazing, with purpose-built electric cars. Smart is taking a safer and perhaps, uh, smarter route by adapting its small Fortwo model into an EV, or as they call it: ED. So, can they stand up to the rest of the electric competition or will they be out-SmartED? Let's see.
Lexus Tips its Hand on Future Styling - Autoline Daily 626
Fiat will take a controlling stake in Chrysler sooner than expected, with the company paying $1.27 billion in order to Boost its stake. Scion unveiled a rear-wheel drive sports coupe concept in New York called the FR-S which will be the inspiration for a new model coming out next year. In order to get people to come check out the new A7 at the New York Show, Audi made a paper replica of the car. All that and more plus guest host Murray Feldman from Fox 2 News, Detroit wonders when or if the American taxpayer will ever make money or break even on their investments in automakers.
New Beetle Could Sell Well in Global Markets - Autoline Daily 623
Toyota, Nissan and Honda now have all their plants in Japan up and running but only at half capacity. Nissan revealed a race car that's powered by the same EV technology as the LEAF, called the LEAF NISMO RC. Mazda announced that its crossover concept, the MINAGI, which debuted at this year's Geneva Motor Show, will be called the CX-5 when it goes on sale next year. All that and more, plus a look at the redesigned Beetle that Volkswagen just unveiled at the auto shows in both Shanghai and New York.