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Open Line in Transition

February 7th, 2012 at 2:06pm

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Usually today’s the day you would be seeing a new edition of Open Line. However, we’re doing something a little different going forward. Your favorite automotive call-in show will be leaving the Autoline network and transferred to the care of Host-in-Chief Michelle Naranjo. Since the beginning, Miss MotorMouth has been here to see the show through all its various incarnations from an Autoline After Hours after party to a live weekly call-in show to a monthly podcast. We couldn’t have done it without her and the help of her co-hosts, Chelsea Sexton and Aaron Bragman. Now, Michelle will take it under her wing and be able to give the show the full attention and care it deserves.

The show is on hiatus for now while two-thirds of the hosting team is in Chicago, but you can check back here and as soon as we have news about Open Line’s new home, we’ll tell you where to find it. Thanks to Michelle, her co-hosts and all of the loyal fans who joined us for a serious dose of automotive geekery week after week after week!

Open Line: Car Talk that Talks Back!

January 3rd, 2012 at 6:59pm

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This is “Open Line”, our weekly chat session where you make the rules! Join us every Tuesday at 8PM ET / 5PM PT and call the Phone number and PIN displayed on the screen. You can Skype in too! Just follow the instructions below the chat box.

When calling in, please be sure to mute your computer audio so we don’t get an echo.

Call-in Info:
Phone – 1-712-432-0900
PIN – 911633
During the interview segment you can ask a question by dialing *6


This chat is unmoderated. Please keep it clean so it can stay that way!
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Skype Instructions: call in to the show, toll-free!
1. Download Skype here.
2. Add “FreeConferencing.7124320900″ to your contacts.
3. Call FreeConferencing.7124320900 and when prompted, enter the PIN for tonight’s show followed by the # sign using your keyboard. Or, use the on-screen keypad provided by Skype.

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Thanks to our partners hosting us tonight AllPar.com, GMInsideNews.com and FordInsideNews.com!

OL #7 – LULz with Lutz

December 19th, 2011 at 4:08pm

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It’s the big Open Line Finale of 2011, and boy did we find the right guest to help us go out with a bang! We’ve got the legendary automotive icon that can’t help but speak his mind: Bob Lutz. We’ll have tons to ask him, and we’re sure you will too, but chief among our concerns is the latest news about the Chevrolet Volt. The extended-range EV was developed under his wing, and we’ll be asking him whether the battery fires have been blown out of proportion. Plus, we’ll be asking him about his involvement with Lotus and where that company is going.

Open Line is LIVE on the first Tuesday of every month at 8PM ET/5PM PT with co-hosts Michelle Naranjo of Autobytel, Chelsea Sexton, an alternative fuels advocate and lover of all things automotive, and Aaron Bragman, an automotive analyst for IHS Global Insight.

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OL #6 – What Happens at SEMA Stays at SEMA

November 21st, 2011 at 5:50pm

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This month host Michelle Naranjo is in Sin City for the annual SEMA show, and she’s invited some of the big players to come on and talk. First off is John Krafcik from Hyundai who will talk about their presence at SEMA and their new turbo version of the Veloster. Also Margaret Brooks from Chevrolet will join us to talk about the Sonics, Cruzes and Camaros we’re seeing at the show.

Open Line is LIVE on the first Tuesday of every month at 8PM ET/5PM PT with co-hosts Michelle Naranjo of Autobytel, Chelsea Sexton, an alternative fuels advocate and lover of all things automotive, and Aaron Bragman, an automotive analyst for IHS Global Insight.

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OL #5 – Kids in the Pits

October 12th, 2011 at 11:00am

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We’ve said it over and over here at Autoline: kids just aren’t into cars the way they used to be. They’d rather play with their iPhones than polish a muscle car. So if you can’t get teenagers interested in driving cars, how can you ever hope to get a new generation of kids to be mechanics? That challenge is what this month’s special Open Line guest aims to solve. Pete Raskovic is a 25+ year master technician, race mechanic and automotive educator, and we’ll be asking him what advantages there are to pursuing a career in automotive education.

Open Line is LIVE on the first Tuesday of every month at 8PM ET/5PM PT with co-hosts Michelle Naranjo of Autobytel and Chelsea Sexton, an alternative fuels advocate and lover of all things automotive. This month we were joined by guest co-host Aaron Bragman of IHS Automotive.

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OL #4 – Turning Oil into Salt

September 19th, 2011 at 3:43pm

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Shhh… keep this on the down-low, but this month’s Open Line guest is hush, hush. Jim Woolsey is, for all practical purposes, a “greenie,” but not necessarily for all the reasons you might think. You see, Jim served as the director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and so he knows a thing or two about national security and why we should curb our use of foreign oil. Jim’s committed to doing his part and he’s happy to rub it in Al Qaeda’s face. We’ll ask him what he thinks the threats are and learn how automotive can be part of the solution.

Open Line is LIVE on the first Tuesday of every month at 8PM ET/5PM PT with co-hosts Michelle Naranjo of Autobytel and Chelsea Sexton, an alternative fuels advocate and lover of all things automotive.

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OL #3 – Bring Back the El Camino!

August 9th, 2011 at 9:00am

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This week, Chelsea and Michelle are joined by a real GM insider. We ask him about the idea of a $25,000 luxury car and he explains the Buick brand’s position on the eAssist technology and what that means for consumer education. We also ask about what GM knows about marketing fuel efficiency versus selling hybrids and if the buying public cares as much about what powers a car as the enthusiasts do. Questions from callers include everything from praise for Buick to category comparisons to pleas for the return of the El Camino. We also discuss what will be next for Buick. Nick Richards is the Buick Communications Group Manager and has previously been at PowerTrain, OnStar, Hummer and Volt. Michelle Naranjo, editor of Autobytel.com is live in studio in Detroit while Chelsea Sexton of chelseasexton.com holds down the fort in California.

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OL #2 – Green with Indy

July 14th, 2011 at 5:30pm

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July 5th proved to be a great Open Line as Chelsea and Michelle interviewed Mark Dill, VP of Marketing and PR for the Indianapolis Speedway and took calls and chatted about cars well into the night. We even had our first participant in China! Discussion ranged from new technologies in electric cars to the good ol’ traditional gas guzzler talk.

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OL #1 – Eric Fitch, PurposeEnergy

July 5th, 2011 at 5:00am

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In Open Line’s first podcast episode we talk to Eric Fitch from PurposeEnergy. He creates fuel from, of all things, beer! What other ways can we cleverly repurpose byproducts for energy in a world without a viable EV infrastructure?

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Make Fuel Out of Beer with Open Line

June 7th, 2011 at 7:01am

Tonight’s the big return of Open Line, and we’ve got some great improvements in store for you. First off we would like to introduce you to the show’s new co-host Chelsea Sexton an alternative fuels advocate and lover of all things automotive. Secondly, in addition to our normal, anything goes, car conversation, on the first Tuesday of every month, Michelle Naranjo of Autobytel will also be bringing you a special guest during the second hour of the show. And, of course you’ll have the chance to participate in the conversation and ask them questions. During the guest segment just press *6 to let the hosts know you have a question. This week’s special guest is Eric Fitch, the CEO of PurposeEnergy, a company that specializes in turning beer into fuel. So, join us tonight for Open Line: Car Talk that Talks Back!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
8PM ET/5PM PT

Phone: 712-432-0900
PIN: 911633
To ask a question during the guest segment dial *6