Autoline After Hours Tonight with Nina Beckhardt, The Naming Group

Tonight we welcome Nina Beckhardt, President of The Naming Group, a company that specializes in branding. She’ll be joining us to offer her expertise in how car names are created–what works and what is a total disaster? Of course we’ll also get into the news of the week including Chevy’s decision to dump Campbell-Ewald, it’s advertising agency since 1919. Plus, we’ll talk money: do recent earnings mean the industry has turned the corner? Is GM’s deception that it has paid off all government loans going to backfire? Why has Ford stock plummeted despite the fact that the company beat analysts’ expectations? John McElroy‘s in studio with Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, as well as David Welch from BusinessWeek and Bloomberg News.

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Driven (By Friends Of The Site) 2011 Ford Fiesta

Last week Ford invited a number of journalists out to San Francisco for the introduction, finally of the 2011 Fiesta.  While we didn’t get an invite friends of ours, Michelle Naranjo (aka MissMotorMouth) and Jack Baruth did make the trip.

Here is their video of their driving impressions of Ford’s new B segment car.

RoundAboutShow #32 The “Grab Bag” Episode

Just like Tom Hanks in that movie from the ‘90s, sometimes you never know what you’re going to get.  Whether you’re a prospector panning for gold, a would-be member of high society scratching off a lottery ticket in hopes of winning big or you’re forced into an office gift exchange during the holidays, the outcome of your efforts, or luck, is never certain.  For lack of a better option, this week on RoundAbout we venture into uncharted territory with an unusually eclectic theme in our first-ever “Grab-Bag” episode.  Submitted for discussion this week, a man in the UK gets busted for drunk driving in  something ridiculous.  We find a C3 Chevy Corvette that’s received some unusual chassis work.  Plus we talk about Audi’s sexy new drop-top when we go In The Garage.  All that and more on this week’s installment of RoundAbout, The ‘Grab Bag’ Episode.  Enjoy!

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Featuring: Joel Feder, Jeffrey Ross, Michelle Naranjo, Zach Bowman, Eric Trytko, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

RoundAbout records LIVE on Fridays at 6PM ET/3PM PT. Visit RoundAboutShow.com and click Watch Live to watch our webcast and look in on all the antics.

Autoline After Hours Tonight with Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing Program Mgr

Tonight we welcome Doug Fehan, the man who’s the “heart and soul” of Corvette racing as the GM Racing Program Manager for the American Le Mans Series. He’ll be joining us to discuss what effect the GM Racing team had on the design of the latest Corvette and whether racing on cellulosic ethanol gives the team an advantage. Of course we’ll also get into the news of the week including a study that suggests the negative perception of domestic automakers is starting to change. John McElroy’s in studio with Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, as well as David Welch from BusinessWeek and Bloomberg News.

 

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RoundAboutShow #31 The “Paying Your Dues” Episode

 

We’ve all done it, or rather, had to do it – and some of us more than others.  We may have started our careers scouring burnt pudding off of nursing home kitchen equipment; we may have even been forced to serve time in a half-way house for a little run-in with Johnny Law, either way we’ve all had to pay our dues in one capacity or another.  This week on RoundAbout we invite you to pay up or shut up with a lineup of stories ranging from absurd to astounding.  An English woman flips her driver’s training car on her second time out on the road motorway.  One unfortunate man gets socked with a $200 fine for being the victim of a rear-end collision.  And a group of youngsters has to serve some time for an innocent car-to-car paintball fight that turns tragic, sort of.  We also go all Battlestar Galactica in our Blind Spot story of the week, plus we chat about what we’ve been driving In The Garage

With RoAb-regular Jeffrey Ross out of action (he’s getting married, finally) we invited muscle-car fanatic and blogger Dave Braddock to take his place.  Also making the rounds is the auto mainstremist himself, Eric Trytko, as well as Miss Motor Mouth, played by Michelle Naranjo.  Autoblog writer Zach Bowman, Producer Ben Sanders and host, Craig Cole are also on hand.

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Autoline After Hours Tonight with Walter McManus, University of Michigan

Tonight we welcome Walter McManus, an economist at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and Director of the Automotive Analysis Group. He’ll be joining us to discuss the news as well as talk about CAFE standards and some recent hybrid studies his organization has been performing. John McElroy’s in studio with David Welch from BusinessWeek and Bloomberg News as well as Scott Burgess from the Detroit News who’s filling in while Peter De Lorenzo is on the road.

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RoundAboutShow #30 The “Game Changer” Episode

The group is back for this magical episode, now available at an unbelievable price: free. Isn’t that great? Isn’t that wonderful? In honor of the amazing iPad we bring you the ‘Game Changer’ episode. An aftermarket installer is the first to embed an iPad into the dash of a Toyota Tacoma despite the device’s lack of 3G or GPS. Rooster Teeth sees if a real-life truck can really be driven effectively in third-person view as it would be in a video game. A fully-functional Bugatti Veyron made out of LEGOs not only drives but can retract its hard top and shift gears. All that and more, plus our Blind Spot this week asks what’s more dangerous: a woman driver, an old one or perhaps both, we play another riveting round of Meet Your Roadmates, and we take calls from the RoAb Hotline!

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Autoline After Hours Tonight with Larry Erickson, Transportation Design Chair, CCS

Tonight we hit a milestone. 50 episodes of “unscripted, unapproved, unusually frank discussion” from Autoline After Hours. We, and the auto industry, have come a long way in the last year, and tonight we’ll spend a little time looking back–at the good and the bad. But, we’ll also be looking forward as we welcome our guest, Larry Erickson, the Chair of Transportation Design for the College of Creative Studies in Detroit. You’ll be surprised to learn just how many top car designers have come out of that school, and we’ll be asking Larry where the future of automotive design is going. John McElroy’s in studio with Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, as well as David Welch from BusinessWeek and Bloomberg News.

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