First Drive 2012 Ford Focus

We had the chance to head out to Los Angeles to drive the new 2012 Ford Focus in this hills and canyons of Malibu and the surrounding area.  Ford is looking to completely take over the c-segment section of the market from Honda, Toyota and others.  Chevy and Hyundai have new competitors in this market as well with the new Cruze and the Elantra which should keep everyone on their toes.

Have a look at our first impressions of the Focus and some pictures as well.  Provided the Snowmageden coming later in the week doesn’t postpone it, we shoud be getting a chance to drive the Elantra later in this week as well, should make for a nice back to back comparison.

 

 

Autoline After Hours from Washington D.C.

In the final installment of our mobile AAH series, we go straight into the belly of the beast: Washington D.C. And, for this special edition John McElroy has gathered a group of newcomers and old friends alike. He’s joined by USA Today Columnist Jayne O’Donnell, Kimatni Rawlins from Automotive Rhythms and our pal from the Wall Street Journal, Columnist Joe White. We’ll be asking this trio about what’s been going on in the automotive world and get their unique Beltway perspective.

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Autoline Detroit LIVE At The Washington D.C. Auto Show

The Auto Show in the nations capital has become an important event in the last few years as automakers show off new products and new ideas in front of the law makers and lobiests who influence and make the rules and laws that effect the industry.

Some of the people who will be on the show today include:

MARK REUSS

President, North America

General Motors

 

SUE CISCHKE

Group VP, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering

Ford Motor Co.

 

JONATHAN BROWNING

President & CEO

VW of America

 

There will be others as well.  There will be a chat room for the show as well.  The show kicks off at NOON EST, and will run till 2:30-3PM.

 

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Imola 200 Revival

Perhaps you’ve heard the stories about the legenday Imola 200.  It was a non-championship race for a few years that drew the elite of motorcycle road racing and saw a wide variety of of machinery from Grand Prix two strokes to big bore Superbikes of the day.

The Paul Smart replica Ducati, takes it’s cues from the bike in this race.  It was the first taste the Europeans would have of the man we call King Kenny, and the Spanish called “The Alien”

This past fall, many of the racers and their bikes were brought back to the track to have some fun, and let everyone remember what it was like “back in the day”.

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Toll HRT Shows Off 2011 Car

The Factory Holden team showed off it’s new car today with Garth Tander and their new driver, 2010 Australian V8 Champion James Courtney, who moves over from the Dick Johnson Jim Beam Ford team.

The first laps in the cars will be later in the week as the series has an official test secession at the Eastern Creek track.

After the jump you can see more pictures of the car, including two from the reveal.

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RoAb #68 – The ‘Not Your Father’s…’ Episode

This week peer inside the wonderful world of progress.  Behold fantastic innovations from the future.  This is definitely not your father’s episode of RoundAbout.  Find out what a certain septuagenarian converted his mobility scooter into.  Hint: it’s pretty hot.  Learn about one California city that’s taking advantage of advanced social-networking services to deter intoxicated motoring.  What kind of artistic masterpiece did one Michigan woman create out of dryer lint?  We’ll cover these burning issues plus many more.  And don’t miss out on the latter-half of the program when we sit down with Heather Heughens (that’s pronounced hyoo-ins) and Scott Vandekerckhove (you’re on your own with this one), both of Event Services International, to talk about Dodge’s Hemi Highway Tour, a 40-day, 8,000-mile trek across the United States.  Join us for all of this, and a whole lot more, on this week’s installment of RoundAbout, #68, the “Not Your Father’s . . .” episode.


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Autoline After Hours with Designer Camilo Pardo

This week we continue to make good use of our LiveU backpack as we go on location to the studios of designer Camilo Pardo who created the Ford GT. We’ll be asking him what it was like to design the GT and what he thinks of car design these days. We’ll be sure to talk about what we saw at the Detroit auto show and do a bit of a wrap-up as well. John McElroy is joined in Camilo’s studio by the one and only AutoExtremist, Peter De Lorenzo.

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Autoline Detroit Live At The Detroit Auto Show Day 2

It’s day two of the North American International Auto Show and all of the big debuts are done.  What is everyone’s reaction to all the news?  You can find out as John McElroy talks the the leading journalists, industry analysts and executives to see who’s hit it out of the park and who’s swung and missed.

Once again Autoline Detroit is live on the show floor from 12PM EST till 2:30PM, and with the LiveU system able to walk around and show you things you may have missed or not seen yet.  Join in on the conversation and let your opinion be heard in the chat area.

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Autoline Detroit LIVE At The Detroit Auto Show

Just as we did with the L.A. Auto Show, we want to bring you one of the shows that will have the who’s who of the auto industry on it today and tomorrow.  John McElroy will have many of the top executives from the auto industry, along with many well know journalists and industry analysts.

The Show will run for 12PM EST till around 2:30-3PM EST.  Just like at the L.A. show they will have the LiveU system which will enable them to walk around the show and show off many of the cars that will be debuting.  There is also a chat component, so if you want to see what everyone is saying and participate you can join in on the conversation.

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Autoline After Hours with Bob Lutz

What a way to kick off the new year. If there was ever an Autoline After Hours you wanted–nay–needed to catch LIVE and uncensored, this one is it. That’s because our guest is the one, the original, the top gun of automotive executives, Bob Lutz. This man has never been one to mince words, but now he’s ready to rip American business practices to shreds. This is going to be one very good conversation. John McElroy is joined in studio by the incomparable AutoExtremist, Peter De Lorenzo.

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