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.
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.
Z-Spec Accessories - Autoline Daily 622
Toyota will run at 50 percent capacity at all of its plants in Japan for
nearly a month starting in May due to supply shortages. Chevy just
announced a lineup of aftermarket parts for the Sonic called Z-Spec
accessories. Ford plans to introduce 15 new vehicles and double the size of
its dealer network in China by 2015. All that and more, plus guest host
Murray Feldman from Fox 2 News, Detroit shares his thoughts on whether or
not the growth in the auto industry is too much, too soon.
Antonov Will Buy Saab Assets - Autoline Daily 618
A company owned by Russian billionaire Vladimir Antonov will purchase Saab
assets from Spyker and then lease it back to the company. New fuel economy
mandates are spurring automakers and suppliers to develop more fuel
efficient powertrains and as a result they are hiring hundreds of
engineers. Ford is using a nylon-based resin that's made from 100 percent
recycled carpeting to make plastic cam-covers for some of its engines. All
that and more, plus guest host Scott Burgess from the Detroit News,
explains why he resigned and went back to the newspaper.