Autoline This Week Episode Archives



Show 1913

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 4/30 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 5/3 @ 10:30am ET

“Charity Begins In the Boardroom”

Pamela Alexander, Ford Fund; Greg Martin, GM Foundation; David Reuter, VP Corporate Communications, Nissan NA. Topic: Auto charity.

When you think cars and charity the first thing that usually comes to mind are dealers sponsoring their local little league teams. But truth be told, auto companies have a long history of helping the world’s less fortunate among other worthy causes, yet don’t get to talk about it very much. On this week’s edition of Autoline we look at some of the philanthropic works courtesy of companies like Ford, GM and Nissan.

Show 1912

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

“Margo Oge: The Queen of Cleaner Cars”

Margo Oge, author, "Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars;" Frank Markus, Motor Trend. Topic: Auto industry & climate change.

After 32 years at the Environmental Protection Agency and countless improvements in air quality, Margo Oge knew it was time to retire. But it seems she retired in title only since she appears to be as busy as ever. Ms. Oge is on several energy-related boards and commissions and recently released a book entitled “Driving The Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars.” This week she joins host John McElroy and Motor Trend’s Frank Markus on Autoline THIS WEEK to talk about her book and time at the EPA.

Show 1911

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 4/16 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/19 @ 10:30am ET

“Designs on the Future”

Joe Dehner, Head of Dodge/Ram Exterior Design, FCA; Paul Snyder, Transportation Design Chair at College for Creative Studies; Darby Barber, Transportation Design Student, College for Creative Studies. Topic: Car design.

Many consider today the golden age of design when it comes to cars. From the fantastic look of the Tesla Model S to Ford’s powerhouse the GT and so much more, today’s car designers have almost a rock star quality about them. Perhaps that’s why the design schools are overflowing with applicants. On this edition of Autoline THIS WEEK John McElroy explores the future of automotive design with Joe Dehner, the head of Dodge/Ram Exterior Design and FCA’s intermediary with education; Paul Snyder, the Transportation Design Chair at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies as well as Darby Barber a student at the same school and former contestant on Tru TV’s reality show “Motor City Masters.”

Show 1910

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 4/9 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/12 @ 10:30am ET

“A Gas that’s Gas”

Gil Castillo, Hyundai, Chris Hennessy, IAV Automotive Engineering, Prof. Levi Thompson, University of Michigan. Topic: Hydrogen vehicles.

Are you still filling your car with gas or charging it with electricity? Well, don’t blink too soon because before you know it hydrogen may be powering your next car. Automakers have had fuel cells under heavy R&D for a number of years. In fact, some OEMs even have these cars in the hands of customers. But how viable is the hydrogen alternative and what will have to happen for you to be driving one soon? Joining John McElroy to ponder a hydrogen future is Gil Castillo from Hyundai; Chris Hennessy from IAV Automotive Engineering and Prof. Levi Thompson from the University of Michigan.

Show 1909

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

“Today’s Retailing”

Rob Kurnick, President, Penske Automotive Group; Doug Fox, President, Ann Arbor Automotive; Kathryn Coleman, Owner, Sellers Auto Group. Topic: Buying a car.

The auto industry is enjoying a tremendous sales boom. It seems almost everyone is buying a new car these days. But there are all sorts of issues facing dealers as they strategize about the future. For instance who will be buying the cars if Millennials aren’t interested and how will ride-sharing businesses effect business? Joining John McElroy to discuss these topics and much more are Rob Kurnick the president of Penske Automotive Group; Doug Fox, the president of Ann Arbor (MI) Automotive; and Katie Coleman, the co-owner of Sellers Auto Group.

Show 1908

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 3/26 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 3/29 @ 10:30am ET

“More Than Just Music”

John Robb, Sr. Manager, Electronic Systems Development, Hyundai Motor Group; Richard Wallace, CAR; Doug Patton, EVP/CTO, DENSO International America. Topic: Infotainment.

Gone are the days of the AM radio blasting out the day’s pop hits from some 50,000 watt giant. Of course today’s cars still have both AM & FM radio but your entertainment options certainly don’t stop there. And let’s not forget about information: not only from your car but also from your phone. Infotainment in the auto is going places we never would’ve dreamed only a few years back. Bringing us up to speed on where we are with today’s version of the car radio – though it’s so much more – are John Robb from the Hyundai Motor Group, Richard Wallace from the Center for Automotive Research and the Chief Technology Officer from DENSO International America Doug Patton. All three experts join host John McElroy on this week’s edition of Autoline THIS WEEK.

Show 1907

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 3/19 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 3/22 @ 10:30am ET

“CPO Spells Used”

Jared Rowe, AutoTrader.com, Todd Fites, Ford Motor Company, Sam Slaughter, Sellers Auto Group. Topic: Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles.

In the old days, when you searched for a used car you were at the mercy of your car dealer; sometimes they were quality vehicles while others were worn out lemons. However nowadays with the success of CPOs, or Certified Pre-Owned, the consumer has a lot more going for him or her than the mercy of some manager. Joining John McElroy to discuss the growth of the CPO business is Jared Rowe from AutoTrader.com, Todd Fites from Ford Motor Company and dealer Sam Slaughter from the Sellers Auto Group.

Show 1906

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 2/19 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/22 @ 10:30am ET

“Second at Ford”

Joe Hinrichs, EVP & President, The Americas, Ford, Alisa Priddle, Detroit Free Press, Mike Ramsey, The Wall Street Journal. Topic: Ford in the Americas.

Joe Hinrichs has been with the Ford Motor Company since 2000. Starting out as a plant manager, and gaining experience in a variety of positions throughout the company since then, today he finds himself at Glass House in Dearborn. These days he has worked his way up to executive vice president of the company as well as the man in charge of The Americas for Ford. Though the classic org chart might show any number of executives on the line just below President & CEO Mark Fields, if you quiz analysts and reporters alike, most will tell you Joe Hinrichs is indeed “Second at Ford.” And he is also this week's special guest on Autoline. Joining host John McElroy to discuss the state of Ford today with Joe is Alisa Priddle from the Detroit Free Press and the Wall Street Journal’s Mike Ramsey.

Show 1905

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 1/29 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/1 @ 10:30am ET

“The Economists”

Dr. Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist, General Motors; Emily Kolinski Morris, Chief Economist, Ford; Charles Chesbrough, Senior Principal Economist, IHS Automotive. Topic: 2015 Auto Industry Financial Outlook.

The economy is growing. Automakers are building cars and trucks that customers want. And car sales, in fact, are nearly back to the glory days before the fall as they push 17 million in the U.S. But are things really that great or are we wearing rose-colored glasses? On this week’s Autoline John McElroy is joined by some of the top economists in the auto industry for their perspectives on where we are. His guests include: Dr. Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist, General Motors; Emily Kolinski Morris, Chief Economist, Ford; Charles Chesbrough, Senior Principal Economist, IHS Automotive.

Show 1904

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 1/22 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/25 @ 10:30am ET

“Ward's Top Ten Engines”

Drew Winter, WardsAuto, Tom Murphy, WardsAuto, Christie Schweinsberg, WardsAuto. Topic: Ward's Top Ten Engines.

If you’re interested in horsepower, MPGs and all things under the hood, this week’s Autoline is right up your alley. John is joined by the editors from Ward’s who discuss which powertrains made their Top Ten Engines for 2015. Drew Winter, Tom Murphy, Christie Schweinsberg talk to John McElroy about who made the grade and why.

Show 1903

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 1/15 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/18 @ 10:30am ET

“In Charge at Chrysler”

Al Gardner, President & CEO, Chrysler Brand, Lindsay Brooke, SAE, Mike Wayland, The Detroit News. Topic: Chrysler Brand.

He may be a Brit working for a quasi-Italian company running an All-American brand, but don’t be fooled. Al Gardner has a long history with the Chrysler Corporation. In fact, he started with the company back in 1986 and has worked his way up to where he is now in charge of the Chrysler brand for FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles). Joining Mr. Gardner and John McElroy on today’s Autoline panel is Lindsay Brooke from SAE and The Detroit News’ Mike Wayland.

Show 1902

Internet Premiere
Thursday, 1/8 @ 4:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/11 @ 10:30am ET

“Autoline Executive of the Year”

Neil De Koker, OESA, Dave Cole, AutoHarvest, Ed Lapham, Automotive News (Retired). Topic: The top auto execs of 2014.

Join John McElroy and three members of his blue ribbon panel as they discuss this year’s candidates for Autoline Automotive Executive of the Year. Among this year’s contenders are Akio Toyoda the head of the world’s largest car company, Toyota and his Italian counterpart from Fiat-Chrysler Sergio Marchionne.

Show 1901

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

“A GM Legacy”

Mark Reuss, EVP, Global Product, General Motors, Michelle Krebs, AutoTrader.com, Jeff Bennett, The Wall Street Journal. Topic: GM product.

Mark Reuss has been around General Motors for so much of his life, if cut he probably would bleed GM blue. Not only was his father Lloyd a former GM president, but Mark himself – who has been with the corporation for over 20 years – started as an intern and has now risen to Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain -- in essence the Number 2 position in America’s largest auto company. He joins John McElroy along with his panel on this very special edition of Autoline THIS WEEK.


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