Autoline This Week Episode Archives

Show 1814

Internet Premiere
Friday, 4/25 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/27 @ 10:30am ET

“Built in Detroit”

Bob Morris, Author, "Built in Detroit", Henry Payne, The Detroit News, Mark Phelan, The Detroit Free Press. Topic: The UAW.

Historians have long chronicled the rough and tumble world of the United Auto Workers union. But few have seen what it was like from the inside, as author Bob Morris did. His father, Ken Morris, was there during the founding of the UAW and held a leadership position for more than 3 decades. Bob has captured it all in a sizzling book called “Built in Detroit” and he joins host John McElroy on this week’s show along with Henry Payne of The Detroit News and Mark Phelan from the Detroit Free Press.

Show 1813

Internet Premiere
Friday, 4/18 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/20 @ 10:30am ET

“Manufacturing’s New Generation”

Karl Klimek, Square One Education Network, Chris Ciuca, SAE International, Tim Grewe, General Motors and FIRST Robotics. Topic: Manufacturing.

Though manufacturing has been changing the last 25 years many of the workers remained the same. Now as they prepare to retire, how do we get the millennials interested in 21st century factory work? On this week’s Autoline, John McElroy explores that question with Karl Klimek from SquareOne, the SAE’s Chris Ciuca and Tim Grewe from FIRST Robotics.

Show 1812

Internet Premiere
Friday, 4/11 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/13 @ 10:30am ET

“50 Years of Mustang”

Dave Pericak, Chief Engineer, Ford Mustang, Moray Callum, VP of Design, Ford, Steven Ling, Mustang Marketing. Topic: New Ford Mustang.

It was April 14, 1964 the day the world met Mustang. From that historic day in New York to the unveiling of today’s latest pony car, the Mustang has become one of the most beloved automotive icons. On this week’s Autoline, John McElroy welcomes the dream team who brought the 50th anniversary edition to life including: Chief Engineer Dave Pericak; Moray Callum Ford’s VP of Design, and Marketing Manager Steve Ling.

Show 1811

Internet Premiere
Friday, 4/4 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 4/6 @ 10:30am ET

“Who’s Driving Autonomy?”

John Capp, General Motors, Raj Rajkumar, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, Steffen Linkenbach, Continental. Topic: Autonomous cars.

Today people may use Google to search the Internet but someday soon it may be driving their car as well. The search engine giant is also the leader in autonomous vehicle research, though the traditional auto industry is not too far behind. Joining host John McElroy to discuss the future of autonomy on Autoline THIS WEEK is John Capp from General Motors, Steffen Linkenbach from the automotive supplier Continental and Raj Rajkumar from Carnegie Mellon University.

Show 1810

Internet Premiere
Friday, 3/28 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 3/30 @ 10:30am ET

“The Next Big Move for Automotive Mobility”

Jim Sayer, Ph.D., University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Jean-Francois Tremblay, Ernst & Young, Dr. Chris Borroni-Bird, Qualcomm. Topic: Automotive mobility.

The experts keep saying the future is now when it comes to mobility. And though we’re seeing inroads, there’s still a lot going on in R&D. On Autoline THIS WEEK. John McElroy’s panel discusses where mobility is today and where it’s going. He’s joined by Chris Borroni-Bird from Qualcomm, Jean-Francois Tremblay of Ernst & Young and Jim Sayer from UMTRI (University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute).

Show 1809

Internet Premiere
Friday, 3/21 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 3/23 @ 10:30am ET

“Ford’s Aluminum Gamble”

Raj Nair, Group VP, Global Product, Ford, Pete Reyes, Chief Engineer, Ford F-150, Doug Scott, Marketing Manager, Ford F-150. Topic: Aluminum F-150.

Ford dominates the light duty truck market. Its F-150 is and continues to be the top seller so why mess with success by going to an aluminum truck. Join John McElroy on this week’s Autoline along with Raj Nair, Ford’s Group VP for Product Development, the F-150’s Chief Engineer Peter Reyes along with Doug Scott the Marketing Manager for a deep dive on Ford’s aluminum gamble.

Show 1808

Internet Premiere
Friday, 2/21 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/23 @ 10:30am ET

“Leading the Blue Button: Inside OnStar”

Terry Inch, Chief Operating Officer, OnStar, Matt Roush, CBS Detroit Radio, Mike Wayland, Topic: OnStar.

OnStar, General Motor’s telecommunications in-car system, is pushing 20 years old next year. That’s nearly two decades of cutting edge safety, security and a variety of other customer-oriented communications; all driven by the blue button on the rear view mirror. The man charged to lead OnStar into its 19th year and beyond is Terry Inch, the company’s Chief Operating Officer. This week he joins John McElroy, CBS Detroit Radio’s Matt Roush along with Mike Wayland from the website to talk about the next steps for this unique telecommunications network.

Show 1807

Internet Premiere
Friday, 2/14 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/16 @ 10:30am ET

“Working Behind the Great Wall: Westerners in the Chinese Auto Industry”

Jack Perkowski, JFP Holdings, James Hope, Chery Motors, Daniel Kirchert, Infiniti China. Topic: Chinese Auto Industry.

When Autoline took its first trip to China last year, we not only met many members of the fledgling Chinese auto industry, but also several industry veterans who came to this huge country to share their experience. Joining John McElroy on this week’s Autoline are three of those western auto experts including: Jack Perkowski from JFP Holdings; James Hope, Design Director, Chery Motors and Daniel Kirchert, Managing Director, Infiniti China.

Show 1806

Internet Premiere
Friday, 2/7 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/9 @ 10:30am ET

“Driving for Gold: The Auto Industry & the Winter Olympics”

Trudy Hardy, BMW North America, Florian Schattenmann, Ph.D, Dow, Dr. Dae Hee Kwak, University of Michigan. Topic: Automakers and the Olympics.

Every four years the world’s elite athletes gather in one location for the Winter Olympic games which requires a lot of planning and training by both the teams and the athletes. To pull it off they reach out to corporations for help; and it’s not just the monetary kind these days. This week on Autoline John McElroy looks at what the auto industry is doing for some of these teams and what it gets out of it. Joining John are Trudy Hardy, the head of BMW North American marketing, Florian Schattenmann from Dow and Prof. Dae Hee Kwak, sports marketing specialist from the University of Michigan.

Show 1805

Internet Premiere
Friday, 1/31 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 2/2 @ 10:30am ET

“Automakers & Social Media”

Scott Monty, Ford Motor Company, Mary Henige, General Motors, Ed Garsten, Chrysler. Topic: Social Media.

Did you just tweet or post to Facebook before reading this paragraph? That’s what millions of Americans are doing with their phone, tablet or laptop at any second of the day. And that activity is not lost on automakers. All of them have some sort of social media presence. Today on Autoline This Week John McElroy is joined by Mary Henige from GM, Ford’s Scott Monty and Ed Garsten of Chrysler to talk about what their companies are doing in the social media universe.

Show 1804

Internet Premiere
Friday, 1/24 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/26 @ 10:30am ET

“Hawking Honda”

Michael Accavitti, American Honda, Paul Eisenstein, The Detroit Bureau, Michelle Krebs, Topic: Honda.

The last few years haven’t been kind to Honda. With all the strife caused by the tsunami, sales took a huge tumble. But now after some time rebuilding, Honda’s core brands are on the rebound. This week on Autoline, Michael Accavitti, American Honda product and marketing boss, joins host John McElroy, Michelle Krebs from and Paul Eisenstein of the Detroit Bureau to talk Honda and the road back to the top.

Show 1803

Internet Premiere
Friday, 1/17 @ 2:00pm ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/19 @ 10:30am ET

“Ward’s Best Engines 2014”

Drew Winter,, Christie Schweinsberg,, Tom Murphy,, Steve Finlay, Topic: Ward's 10 Best Engines.

For two decades has been choosing what its editors consider the 10 Best Engines of the year. Joining John McElroy to discuss the 20 years of Ten Best Engines as well as this year’s winners are Ward’s editors Drew Winter, Tom Murphy, Christie Schweinsberg & Steve Finlay.

Show 1802

Internet Premiere
Friday, 1/10 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/12 @ 10:30am ET

“The Top Truck? North American Truck of the Year 2014”

Chris Paukert,, Jack Nerad, Kelley Blue Book. Topic: Truck of the Year.

It’s award time again and Autoline has the scoop on the biggest prize for automakers each year: the North American Car & Truck of the Year awards. Joining NACTOY founding member John McElroy on this week’s truck panel are fellow jurors Jack Nerad from Kelly Blue Book and Chris Paukert of

Show 1801

Internet Premiere
Friday, 1/3 @ 11:30am ET
Detroit Public TV
Sunday, 1/5 @ 10:30am ET

“The Top Car? North American Car of the Year 2014”

Larry Webster, Road & Track, Matt DeLorenzo, Kelley Blue Book. Topic: Car of the Year.

It’s award time again and Autoline has the scoop on the biggest prize for automakers each year: the North American Car & Truck of the Year awards. Joining NACTOY founding member John McElroy on the car panel are fellow jurors Larry Webster from Road & Track along with Matt DeLorenzo of Kelly Blue Book.

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