Autoline This Week Episode Archives



Show 2024

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 7/28 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 7/31 @ 10:30am ET

“Lightening the Load”

Marco Palmieri, President, Novelis North America; Alisa Priddle, Motor Trend; Richard Truett, Automotive News. Topic: Aluminum components.

You’ve been drinking from its cans for years. More recently, you’ve probably sent an email or answered a phone from one of the computing/telematics companies it supplies. And soon, if not already, you may be driving an aluminum-bodied car or truck brought to you, in part, by Novelis.

On this week’s show, John McElroy welcomes Novelis president of North America Marco Palmieri to the Autoline studios to talk about its expansion into automotive and where the company goes from here. Also on the panel are Alisa Priddle of Motor Trend and Richard Truett from Automotive News.

Show 2023

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 7/21 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 7/24 @ 10:30am ET

“Autos & IPs”

Dr. Christal Sheppard, Director, Midwest Region, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office; Pete Bigelow, Car & Driver; Jennifer Dukarski, Butzel Long. Topic: Intellectual Property.

In the past, whenever the initials IP came up in conversations about cars, you were sure to be talking about the instrument panel. But nowadays with the global software explosion in auto technology, the new IP talk focuses on Intellectual Properties. On this week’s Autoline John McElroy is joined by Dr. Christal Sheppard, the Director of the Midwest Region for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, as well as Pete Bigelow from Car & Driver & I.P. lawyer Jennifer Dukarski from Butzel Long to discuss Intellectual Properties in today’s auto industry.

Show 2022

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 7/7 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 7/10 @ 10:30am ET

“A Life In Design”

Ed Welburn, VP, Global Design, General Motors. Topic: Ed Welburn, GM.

John McElroy and GM Global Design Chief Ed Welburn discuss his career in cars and corporate America as he prepares to retire after 44 years at General Motors.

Show 2021

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 6/30 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 7/3 @ 10:30am ET

“The History of GM Design”

Ed Welburn, VP, Global Design, General Motors; John Cafaro, Exec. Director, Global Chevrolet; Helen Emsley, Exec Director Global GMC Design & User Experience. Topic: GM design.

The General Motors Design Dome is 51 this year, just 12 months after celebrating a long-awaited makeover. On this week’s Autoline, John McElroy & GM Global Design Chief Ed Welburn broadcast from this historic architecture surrounded by some of the classics that had their start in that very building. Joining John and Mr. Welburn to discuss the arc of GM design over the years are John Cafaro, the Executive Director, Global Chevrolet Design and Helen Emsley, Executive Director, Global GMC Design & User Experience.

Show 2020

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 6/23 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 6/26 @ 10:30am ET

“Analyzing the Chinese Auto Market”

Michael Dunne, Dunne Automotive; James Chao, Managing Director, IHS Automotive Asia-Pacific; Bill Russo, Managing Director, Gao Feng Greater China. Topic: Chinese auto industry.

Three Asian automotive experts including Michael Dunne of Dunne Automotive, James Chao of IHS Automotive Asia-Pacific & Bill Russo from GaoFeng Greater China, join John McElroy on the floor of the Beijing Auto Show to discuss the, up to now, booming Chinese automotive market and where it goes from here.

Show 2019

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 6/2 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 6/5 @ 10:30am ET

“Designing for the Chinese Auto Market”

Peter Horbury, EVP, Design, Geely; Ken Parkinson, VP of Design, GM Shanghai; James Hope, Executive Director Corporate Design, Chery. Topic: Chinese car design.

Three top automotive designers including Peter Horbury from Geely, Ken Parkinson of GM Shanghai and Chery Automobile’s James Hope, join John McElroy on the floor of the Beijing Auto Show to discuss the challenges of creating cars for the Chinese automotive market.

Show 2018

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 5/26 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 5/29 @ 10:30am ET

“Car Wars”

John Murphy, Senior Auto Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Joann Muller, Forbes; Greg Gardner, Detroit Free Press. Topic: Auto industry outlook.

Every great ride has to end sometime: whether it’s at the amusement park or the retail world. For instance, most auto analysts predict the U.S. car market will soon slow down; everyone, seemingly, other than John Murphy of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In fact, Mr. Murphy is so stoked he’s doubling down per his data which says the good times for the auto industry will continue to roll into the 2020s.

Joining host John McElroy to discuss John Murphy’s antithetical view of the auto economy is Joann Muller from Forbes.com and Greg Gardner from the Detroit Free Press.

Show 2017

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 5/19 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 5/22 @ 10:30am ET

“Grading CAFE”

Margo Oge, Former EPA Director, Air Quality & Transportation; Joe White, Reuters; Todd Lassa, Automobile. Topic: CAFE.

From now to April 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency is engaged in a Midterm Evaluation of the CAFE standards announced a few years ago. Those Greenhouse Gas Emission rules are set to go into effect by 2025. Joining John McElroy to discuss if those standards will be adopted or changed is Margo Oge, the former EPA director of the office of Transportation and Air Quality along with Joe White from Reuters and Todd Lassa of Automobile.

Show 2016

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 5/12 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 5/15 @ 10:30am ET

“South Carolina Strategies”

Dirk Pieper, President & CEO, Sage Automotive Interiors; Lewis Gossett, Executive Director, South Carolina Manufacturing Alliance; Matt Critell, Program Director, Fisher Middle School. Topic: Manufacturing careers.

Factory work in 2016 is a new universe compared to just 20 years ago. Today’s manufacturing has more in common with Google than it does heavy-duty grease. But despite its clean environment and use of computers, the under 30 crowd just doesn’t seem interested in these jobs and that’s troubling for manufacturers of all types.

So some companies have joined together with states, municipalities and schools to try to attract workers from both Millennials and Generation Z. On this week’s Autoline, John McElroy looks at what one area of South Carolina is doing to bring a younger work force into manufacturing. His panel includes: Dirk Pieper, President & CEO of Sage Automotive Interiors; Lewis Gossett, Executive Director SCMA (South Carolina Manufacturing Alliance); Matt Critell, Program Director, Fisher Middle School.

Show 2015

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 5/5 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 5/8 @ 10:30am ET

“Buying Right”

Steven Kiefer, VP Global Purchasing & Supply Chain, GM; Doron Levin, Fortune; David Welch, Bloomberg. Topic: GM Purchasing.

Steve Kiefer has a big checkbook. As head of Purchasing for General Motors he awards billions of dollars of contracts to suppliers across the globe. But he doesn’t just hand out money. He has to make sure that he’s giving it to the right partners and they deliver high quality products for GM vehicles. Easier said than done. On this week’s show John McElroy’s special guest is Steve Kiefer, the Global VP of GM Purchasing and Supply Chain. Joining John on his panel are David Welch of Bloomberg and Doron Levin from Fortune.

Show 2014

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 4/28 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 5/1 @ 10:30am ET

“An Interior View”

Steve Miller, CEO, IAC Automotive; Jeff Bennett, Wall Street Journal; Tom Murphy, WardsAuto.com. Topic: Car interiors.

Steve Miller is an automotive turnaround specialist. His bona fides date back to the bankruptcies of Chrysler and Delphi with stops at Federal-Mogul and Ford for good measure. Now he presides over the International Automotive Components Group as it moves from a private Wilbur Ross company to a publically traded firm. Mr. Miller joins John McElroy as his special guest for this week’s Autoline discussing the consolidation of the automotive interior business and where he sees it going. Joining the panel are Jeff Bennett of the Wall Street Journal and Tom Murphy from Wards Auto.

Show 2013

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 4/21 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/24 @ 10:30am ET

“Advanced Propulsion Systems”

Dave Johnson, Achates Power, Matthew Riley, Nautilus Engineering and Isak Lofgren, KASI Technologies. Topic: Alternative Powertrains.

When experts are asked what will be powering our cars now and into the future, you hear any number of options ranging from electric to plug-in to hydrogen just to name a few. In reality, there are a number of companies around the world working on just that: three who join us today on Autoline THIS WEEK. Joining John McElroy’s Advanced Propulsion panel to discuss the products they’re working on are Dave Johnson from Achates Power, Matthew Riley from Nautilus Engineering and Isak Lofgren from KASI Technologies of Sweden.

Show 2012

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 4/14 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/17 @ 10:30am ET

“The EV Era”

Salim Morsy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance; Chelsea Sexton, www.chelseasexton.com; John Voelcker, Green Car Reports. Topic: Electric cars.

Electrics were all the rage a few years ago. Nissan, Mitsubishi and Chevrolet – among others – gave consumers their first taste of gas-free driving. But as manufacturers improved the performance of their internal combustion engines, electrics almost went into hibernation. But now, suddenly, they are de rigueur once again. Join John McElroy from the floor of the New York Auto Show as he discusses this electric resurrection with Salim Morsy from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, John Voelcker of High Gear Media and EV enthusiast Chelsea Sexton.

Show 2011

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 4/7 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/10 @ 10:30am ET

“Cadillac Changing Course”

Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac; John Stoll, Wall Street Journal; Dave Sullivan, AutoPacific. Topic: Cadillac.

Once not too long ago it was king of the luxury hill. But having lost that title to the Germans years back, Cadillac has sputtered on every end. By the time the product was fixed much of the customer base had defected. But now Cadillac has turned to the luxury brands’ Mr. Fix It, Johan de Nysschen. Responsible for transforming Audi into the U.S. sales powerhouse it is today and was on his way to attempting the same for Infiniti before Cadillac came calling.

On this week’s show, Mr. de Nysschen talks about his strategy for Cadillac to regain the luster, and more importantly, sales it has lost since 2000. Joining John McElroy on his panel are John Stoll of the Wall Street Journal and AutoPacific analyst David Sullivan.

Show 2010

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 3/31 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/3 @ 10:30am ET

“Protecting Industrial Secrets”

Bryson Bort, CEO, Grimm; Dr. Anuja Sonalker, VP, Engineering & Operations, TowerSec Automotive Cyber Security; BG Michael A. Stone, Assistant Adjutant General, Installations, Michigan National Guard. Topic: Cybersecurity.

Personal phones and computers aren’t the only items that need protection. Hackers are at work everywhere. We saw recently how they controlled a car driving down the road. And despite layers of protection, even the U.S. military is worried about its platforms. Cybersecurity has become the clarion call of the times.

From the site of the National Defense Industrial Association Conference join John McElroy for an in-depth look at what members of the NDIA are doing about Cybersecurity. Today’s guests include Bryson Bort, CEO of Grimm, a cyber research and development company; Dr. Anuja Sonalker, VP, Engineering & Operations, TowerSec Automotive Cyber Security; and BG Michael A. Stone, Assistant Adjutant General for Installations, Michigan National Guard.

Show 2009

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 3/24 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 3/27 @ 10:30am ET

“VW Diesels: In Search of Solutions”

Todd Turner, Car Concepts; Jason Vines, Independent PR Consultant & Author; Lisa Whalen, Frost & Sullivan. Topic: VW Cheating Scandal.

Ever since the gas cap dropped on VW and its diesel shenanigans last fall, it seems that the company has been stuck in first gear. Not only has there been no resolution so far, but no one seems to know what’s going on. In addition, the company hasn’t engaged the media very effectively and its customers are still trying to figure out what’s up. Joining John to discuss where the company goes from here and what it needs to do now are Todd Turner, auto analyst from Car Concepts; Jason Vines, Independent PR consultant and author; and Lisa Whalen, auto analyst with Frost & Sullivan.

Show 2008

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 3/17 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 3/20 @ 10:30am ET

“The Secrets of Silicon Valley”

Ken Washington, VP, Research & Advanced Engineering, Ford; Frankie James, Managing Director, GM Advanced Technology Silicon Valley Office; Arwed Niestroj, CEO, MBUSA Research and Development North America. Topic: Silicon Valley.

Apple, Intel and Facebook are there. So are electric and autonomy leaders Google and Tesla. But in addition to these tech giants, today’s Silicon Valley in Northern California also contain a lab or office from nearly every major automaker as well. Joining John McElroy from the floor of CES 2016 in Las Vegas to talk about why they’re attracted to Silicon Valley are top executives from three different major car companies including: Ken Washington, VP, Research & Advanced Engineering, Ford; Frankie James, the Managing Director of General Motors’ Advanced Technology Silicon Valley Office; and Arwed Niestroj, the CEO for MBUSA Research and Development North America.

Show 2007

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 2/18 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Monday, 2/22 @ 10:30am ET

“Karma Comes Back Around”

Jim Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer, Karma Automotive; Joe White, Reuters; Dave Guilford, Automotive News. Topic: Karma Automotive.

Back in 2011 when the original Fisker Karma was released, seeing it on the road was breathtaking. The vehicle turned heads with its beautiful designs so there was never a problem with looks. The issues for this electric/hybrid car were technical. From breaking down during a Consumer Reports drive to actual customer cars catching fire, it proved too much for the startup automaker and it filed for bankruptcy in November 2013. However, its new Chinese owners believe they have worked out all the problems and are ready to re-commence production of the car. And the man chosen to run Karma Automotive is no stranger to Detroit. Jim Taylor, who formerly ran Cadillac, will now be responsible for selling the Karma 2.0 to the world. Joining John McElroy to talk to Jim about Karma, Cadillac and more will be Joe White for Reuters and Dave Guilford from Automotive News.

Show 2006

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 2/11 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/14 @ 10:30am ET

“Driving Matters”

Robert Davis, SVP, Mazda USA Operations, Mazda NA; Dutch Mandel, Autoweek; Todd Lassa, Automobile. Topic: Mazda.

Driving has always mattered at Mazda. From its iconic “Zoom-Zoom” tagline to classic cars like the Miata to its involvement with motorsports, this small Japanese company remains a favorite of automotive enthusiasts around the world. Joining John McElroy on this special edition of Autoline is the Senior Vice President of Mazda’s North American Operations, Robert Davis. Rounding out the panel are Todd Lassa from Automobile and Dutch Mandel of Autoweek.

Show 2005

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 2/4 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/7 @ 10:30am ET

“The Economy Through Automaker Eyes”

Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist, GM; Emily Kolinski Morris, Chief Economist, Ford; Charles Chesbrough, Sr. Principal Economist, IHS Automotive. Topic: Auto Economic Outlook.

Back in the day, General Motors was so big there was a famous quote that went: if GM sneezes, America catches cold. Even though its stranglehold on the economy is not as great as it once was, GM and the rest of today’s auto manufacturers still play a significant economic role. That’s why it’s important to see how the car companies make their internal predictions. Joining John McElroy on this week’s Autoline to talk economy is Mustafa Mohatarem, the chief economist for GM, Emily Kolinski Morris, Ford’s chief economist as well as Charles Chesbrough, the Senior Principal Economist for IHS Automotive.

Show 2004

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 1/28 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/31 @ 10:30am ET

“The New Communicators”

Tony Cervone, SVP, Global Communications, General Motors; Chris Hosford, Executive Director, Corporate Communications, Hyundai Motor America; Stuart Schorr, VP Communications & Public Affairs, Jaguar Land Rover North America. Topic: Corporate Communications.

Automakers are mammoth organizations with campuses, plants and offices across the globe. So you can imagine with so many divisions and employees, it’s tough to speak with one voice. And for the most part that voice is Corporate Communications. Whether it’s talking to the automotive press, crafting a vehicle campaign or dealing with a crisis, this is the company voice. Joining John McElroy on this very special edition of Autoline to discuss OEM Communications, where it is today and how it’s changed over the last few decades are: Tony Cervone, the SVP of Global Communications for GM, Chris Hosford, the Director of Corporate Communications for Hyundai Motor America and Stuart Schorr, the VP of Communications and Public Affairs for Jaguar Land Rover North America.

Show 2003

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 1/21 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/24 @ 10:30am ET

“Ward’s Best Engines”

Tom Murphy, Wards Auto; Bob Gritzinger, Wards Auto; Drew Winter, Wards Auto. Topic: Ward’s 10 Best Engines.

If you’re one of those car folks who just can’t get enough of numbers like horsepower, pound feet of torque and zero to 60 times, then this is the show for you. It’s our annual Autoline where some of the Ward’s Auto editors join John McElroy to discuss the winners of its Best Engines competition. Tune in to see who made the cut for 2016.

Show 2002

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 1/14 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/17 @ 10:30am ET

“Truck of the Year”

Mike Austin, Autoblog; Jeff Gilbert, CBS Detroit; Ron Sessions, AutoWeb.com. Topic: Truck of the Year.

The competition is as tough as some of the trucks themselves. The vehicles up for North American Truck of the Year include: the Nissan Titan XD, the Volvo XC90 and the Honda Pilot. On this edition of Autoline THIS WEEK, John McElroy is joined by fellow NACTOY jurors Mike Austin of Autoblog.com, Jeff Gilbert from CBS Detroit and Ron Sessions of AutoWeb.com.

Show 2001

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 1/7 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/10 @ 10:30am ET

“Car of the Year”

Kirk Bell, Motor Authority; Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press; Mike Austin, Autoblog. Topic: Car of the Year finalists.

Will it be the Honda Civic? Maybe the Chevrolet Malibu? Or possibly the Mazda MX-5 Miata? Yes, it’s that time of year again to highlight the possible winner of the North American Car of the Year. Joining John McElroy to discuss these cars and more are fellow NACTOY jurors Kirk Bell from Motor Authority, Mark Phelan from the Detroit Free Press and Mike Austin from Autoblog.


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