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Hydrogen fuel cell cars are not going mainstream anytime soon. But they make a lot of sense in other parts of the transportation sector, such as with semi-trucks, trains and ships. Wall Street is also waking up to the possibilities and investors are sniffing out investment opportunities. Bryan Pivovar, a Senior Research Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Lab, talks about the progress being made in hydrogen production and fuel cell development.
When the auto industry shut down last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic it lost a lot of production. Even now, car dealers are running on bare-bone levels of inventory. But Chevrolet is using new digital tools to let customers peer into its pipeline and discover the delivery date for the exact vehicle they want. It’s also engaging customers online with experts who can answer their questions, including technical ones about electric cars. Steve Hill, the head of Chevrolet, talks about how they’re using these digital tools to boost market share.
Elaine Buckberg, the Chief Economist at General Motors, provides her economic outlook, the need for more stimulus, why the stock market is so strong, and why pickups are selling so well.
Ford and Nissan are going through the largest new product launches in the history of their respective companies. Mark LaNeve is the Head of Sales for Ford, and Allyson Witherspoon is the Chief Marketing Officer for Nissan U.S. They talk about the importance of bringing all of these new products to market and new ways they’re going to make the world aware of them.
Automakers are going through a historic transition on multiple fronts. They have to develop a lineup of electric cars. They have to learn all about mobility services and data monetization. And they have to learn how to deal with a changing retail infrastructure. This show is all about what the industry will look like at the end of the decade.
To develop connected and autonomous cars and provide smart mobility doesn’t require a lot of natural resources. It requires a lot of brain power. The right kind of brain power, organized and working in the proper direction. These trends play to Canada’s strengths, as we discuss in today’s show.
Today’s cars are the safest they’ve ever been, but they could be even safer. Part of the problem is the cost of new safety technology, part of it is because new regulations take too long to put in place. David Harkey, the president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, talks about ways to cut the cost of safety technology and how to get it to the market faster.
Toyota used the COVID-19 pandemic to learn what it was not doing well, what it is doing well and how it can do better coming out of this. Jack Hollis, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations at Toyota, takes us through the company’s strategy.
Electric pickups are getting big headlines and a lot of media coverage. In just a couple of years there will be at last 9 of them hitting the market. But these pickups are priced and configured in a way that will only appeal to a small segment of truck buyers. Industry veteran Warren Browne explains that these EVs are going to face.
Dana is one of the leading automotive suppliers in the world for drivetrain systems. And it is powertrain agnostic. So whether automakers want to use internal combustion engines, hybrids, batteries or fuel cells, it doesn’t matter. Dana’s plan is to have whatever kind of powertrain they need. Bob Pyle, President of Light Vehicle Systems, takes us inside their strategy.
Canada has an excellent education system that is developing the talent needed to develop leading edge processes to recycle EV batteries, to provide smart mobility and play a leadership role in the auto industry’s transition to a new world of moving people and goods.
Hyundai is not just a car company. It’s a multi-industry conglomerate that plans to leverage its technology across all those industries. Jose Munoz, COO of Hyundai Motor Company, talks about where this technology will take it, including passenger drones.
Only three car companies have been able to boost sales during the pandemic, and Volvo is one of them. Anders Gustafsson, the President and CEO of Volvo Car USA, talks about how they had the right product at the right place, as well as the success of their subscription service, and their move into electrification.
Mazda is a relatively small car company that can stand toe-to-toe with the biggest automakers. So far this year it’s doing better than any other automaker in the American market, and is picking up market share. Jeff Guyton, President, Mazda North America explains how and what they’re doing.
Just a few years ago, the Chinese economy and auto industry were booming. Foreign automakers and suppliers rushed in with massive investments. Today things do not look as promising. Michael Dunne, Founder of ZoZo Go, talks about the changes and the pitfalls ahead.
Automotive startups have discovered a new way to raise a lot of money fast. They’re called reverse mergers, which involve what are called blank check companies, also known as SPACs, or Special Purpose Acquisition Companies. If you have not heard of reverse mergers, you’re going to. They’re the hottest topic in the investment community.
Volkswagen used to dominate the import segment in the American market. Today, it’s one of the smaller automakers in America. But the company is betting big on electric vehicles, and Scott Keogh, the CEO of Volkswagen of America, sees them as the key way to build market share back up again.
Because Subaru is so successful in the American market, most people don’t realize it’s actually quite a small car company. But it has the highest brand loyalty and resale value of any automaker. On this show, Tom Doll, the President and CEO of Subaru of America, talks about how they plan to keep their momentum going.
The Jeep brand grew exponentially over the last decade, mainly because it hasn’t faced much competition. That’s why Ford is bringing back the Bronco. One model is aimed right at the Jeep Wrangler, the other is aimed at the Jeep Compass. Today’s show is all about how Ford is bringing back the Bronco brand.
Automotive Lease Guide helps automakers figure out what a car will be worth in three years. That helps automakers figure out what they can charge for lease payments. It’s what they call residual values. But how do you figure out residual values? And what can car companies do to improve them? Those are the topics on this show.
Car dealers just went through the greatest economic shock that they’ve ever experienced. But right now, there are signs that the auto business is starting to recover. Even so, it’s not going to back to normal. Sandy Schwartz, CEO of Cox Automotive, says this is a teaching moment for car dealers to learn new ways to do business.
The U.S. auto industry employs nearly a million people and generates nearly one trillion dollars for the U.S. economy. The faster the auto industry gets back on its feet, the faster the U.S. economy recovers. U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, Julie Fream, CEO of the Original Equipment Supplier Association, Steve Finlay of WardsAuto and John McElroy of Autoline.tv discuss what the industry needs.
The U.S. auto industry employs nearly a million people and generates nearly one trillion dollars for the U.S. economy. The faster the auto industry gets back on its feet, the faster the U.S. economy recovers. U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, Julie Fream, CEO of the Original Equipment Supplier Association, Steve Finlay of WardsAuto and John McElroy of Autoline.tv discuss what the industry needs.
The U.S. auto industry employs nearly a million people and generates nearly one trillion dollars for the U.S. economy. The faster the auto industry gets back on its feet, the faster the U.S. economy recovers. U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, Julie Fream, CEO of the Original Equipment Supplier Association, Steve Finlay of WardsAuto and John McElroy of Autoline.tv discuss what the industry needs.
Traditional automakers work at a much slower clock-speed than Silicon Valley. In many respects, they have to. Automobiles are very complicated pieces of machinery and can have a big impact on public safety. Even so, automakers want to speed up their clock-speed. Today’s show is about how they’re doing that.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Autoline
Podcast Status
Hiatus/Finished
Started
Mar 25th, 2007
Latest Episode
Jan 27th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
653
Avg. Episode Length
25 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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