Experts are saying the adoption of EVs may be derailed by the high cost of building the infrastructure to support them. Chrysler announced an agreement with parts supplier Magneti Marelli and Shell Lubricants that will allow its dealers to service competitors' vehicles. Volkswagen is introducing a new commercial van for the UK market. All that and more, plus guest host Christie Schweinsberg fills us in on the 2011 Ward's Auto Interiors Conference.
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.
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.
Lexus LF-Gh Concept - Autoline Daily 620
Detroit automakers are having trouble delivering new vehicles by rail due
to a shortage of freight cars and delays are taking anywhere from a few
days to a few weeks. Chrysler is developing compressed natural gas vehicles
that could go on sale by 2017 in the U.S. Lexus revealed its LF-Gh hybrid
concept before its debut at the New York Auto show next week. All that and
more, plus guest host Rod Meloni from WDIV Local 4 News, Detroit answers
your questions and comments in the "You Said It!" segment.
2012 Cadillac Escalade Test Drive & Luxury SUV Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/cadillac/escalade/2012/ The 2012 Cadillac Escalade
might be on the higher end of the price scale for an SUV. However the
Escalade wasn't made for ordinary soccer moms and trips to the grocery
store, Cadillac's premium SUV was built for those looking for luxurious
comfort. It's not uncommon to see rap stars, movie stars, diplomats, and
other famous high profile people stepping out of an Escalade. The 2012
Cadillac Escalade exudes style and sophistication, and is also packed full
of the latest and greatest technology as well as a very powerful engine.
The base price for this SUV is $63,170 with the top of the line Platinum
Edition AWD moving off dealer lots starting at $82,495.
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade is powered by a powerful 6.2 liter V-8 engine
that produces 403 horsepower and 417 lb-ft. of
torque. The Escalade's transmission is a 6-speed automatic that is very
responsive and great for towing. The Escalade also comes with either a RWD
or AWD drivetrain. Fuel economy for the 4x2 model is 14 MPG in the city and
18 MPG on the highway thanks to Active Fuel Management which essentially
turns the Escalade V-8 into a 4-cylinder engine at low operating loads. The
suspension features Magnetic Ride Control Shocks that sense changes in the
road and make adjustments every few milliseconds. This technology allows
the shocks to dampen almost instantaneously providing a comfortable ride.
The Escalade has always been known to have the latest and greatest
technology available from Cadillac. Some great features found on the 2012
model include: Blind Zone Alert, Touch-Screen Navigation, Bose surround
sound, and more. There is DVD entertainment for the rear passengers.
Leather seating and surfaces along with high end wood trim pieces are
prevalent in the 2012 Cadillac Escalade. And now the Escalade also features
cool LED headlights and taillights.
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Watch the 2015 Cadillac Escalade debut again at the Miami International Auto Show
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The brand new 2015 Cadillac Escalde rolled onto
the Miami International Auto Show stage wearing a big attitude and even
bigger 22 inch wheels. The brand king of the Luxury SUV's is more
luxurious, more fuel efficient and more in your face. The 2015 Cadillac
Escalade features a new 6.2L engine, new LED headlights and an easy to fold
down rear and middle seats for a cavernous interior. In another accurate,
fun, and informative TFLcar preview, check out the 2015 Escalade from the
Miami International Auto Show.
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Now YOU Drive the Nissan GT-R: POV & On-Board Commentary
Now you get to drive the Nissan GT-R, the unruly upstart from the Far East
that is giving the tradition performance royalty a run for their money.
Love it or hate it, there is no doubt that the GT-R can hold its own.
Listen to the Supercars Personified staff comment on handling, seating
position and then some on this Beast from the East. Note, the roads were
wet so, this limited what we could test. Nonetheless, we were impressed.
So what do you guys think about the 2012 Nissan GT-R? Is it all
engineering with little soul as some would say? Or is it far more than just
a technical exercise? Leave your comments below.
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2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV
Platinum. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior
of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting
unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the
details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A
thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall
appreciation of the vehicle.
2012 Navigator vs. Escalade
In a clash of the titans, Peter Bleakney puts the 2012 Lincoln Navigator up
against the Cadillac Escalade.
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POV test drive: 2014 Nissan GTR review (140 mph pulls! 680 whp)
http://www.POVtestdrive.com - What is it like to drive the 2014 Nissan GTR?
This beautiful 2014 Nissan GTR is owned by MLB 2013 Rookie of the Year
"José Fernández" of the Miami Marlins. Watch a unique POV test drive
review taking the 2014 Nissan GTR to 140 miles per hour across a causeway
in Tampa Bay and see what it is like to push the limit and be famous!
Note: Special guest and Major League Baseball player José Fernández
appears in the video but is NOT driving the car during the 140 MPH POV test
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