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Most all of us know how autonomous cars are progressing and that many of us already drive vehicles with autonomous elements in them already. But what about autonomous plane travel? This week’s panel features a discussion on how autonomous travel drones are not too far away. On the panel are: Bob Lutz, Former Vice Chair of General Motors; Robin Lineberger, Deloitte; Jon Rimenelli, Detroit Aircraft Company
This is Part 2 of a look at Mobility Services taped onsite in Traverse City, MI. This panel features Carla Bailo of The Ohio State University; Kristin Welch, SPLT; Melissa Cefkin with Nissan Research.
On location in Traverse City, MI, this is Part 1 of two separate segments on mobility and what is coming sooner rather than later. Joining John McElroy on this panel are Larry Dominique, the CEO of PSA North America; analyst Michael Robinet from IHS Markit; and John Waraniak with SEMA.
What’s going on with your local auto show? Is it still viable or is the steam running out on this 100 year old tradition as the baby boomers find less need for autos in retirement and the younger generations seem more wedded to the concept of mobility? You may be surprised by what the experts say.

Joining John McElroy for this roundtable is Rick Deneau, the Head of Product Communications for FCA; Steve Bruyn is with Foresight Research and Stephanie Brinley is an auto analyst with IHS Automotive.
Ford, like its competitors, is facing the future straight on. And perhaps the biggest question to answer is what will be powering its cars: hybrids, fuel cells, electrics or the good old I.C.E.? The man on Ford’s frontline of propulsion systems is Robert Fascetti. Today he joins John McElroy and his panel to discuss Ford’s future driving options.
The new cars, trucks and SUVs that we’re all buying are not only filled with new technology, they are also filled with data. Data that some companies will pay dearly for such as where we go and what we listen to. But how can automakers monetize that data? They have enough to do just designing and engineering the vehicles.

On today’s show, John McElroy and his panel explore how to turn that data into gold with John McFarland from General Motors, Ben Hoffman the CEO of supplier Movimento and Joe Vitale, the Global Automotive Leader from Deloitte.
You might know Dearborn, Michigan as the home of the Ford Motor Company. But what you may not know is that Henry Ford wanted to make the city the model suburb for the rest of America. Join John McElroy as he welcomes author and historian Heather Barrow as she highlights the Ford philosophy as it moved from the factory floor to mass suburbanization.
It burst onto the scene at the NY Auto Show, with a stunt worthy of Hollywood itself. And in fact, the Dodge Demon has teamed up with the Fast & Furious film franchise. So what’s all the hoopla about? Join John McElroy and the man responsible for this 840 horsepower muscle car coming up on Autoline THIS WEEK.
If you look back 8 or 9 years, the state of Michigan was an absolute mess. As two of its largest tax payers – GM & Chrysler -- declared bankruptcy, there was a legitimate fear that many tangential companies would also fall, putting the layoff totals in numbers not seen since the 1930s. But of course that did not happen. And in fact, Michigan’s automotive recovery couldn’t have been stronger. So what happened and how did the state avoid the worst? Joining John McElroy on this edition of Autoline THIS WEEK are representatives from three organizations who had a front seat to everything that happened.
Automakers may have their logo on cars and trucks, but more than any time in history, what they produce is a team effort. And much of that team consists of Tier One Suppliers. Joining John McElroy to discuss the relationship of Suppliers and the OEMs are Lon Offenbacher, President & CEO, Inteva Products along with Rainer Jueckstock, Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of the Board, Federal-Mogul.
Before the Great Recession, General Motors had its hand in a lot of different powertrains. But once it slimmed down it had lost a lot of those options. But 2017 is certainly a new day. Now there are diesels, hybrids, electrics and let’s not forget the good old internal combustion engine in both the car and truck lineup. On today’s show John McElroy and his panel get the inside scoop on GM engines from Dan Nicholson, the vice president of Propulsion Systems.
From the floor of the New York International Auto Show, John McElroy interviews three Wall Street analysts whose job it is to keep an eye on what’s going on with the automotive landscape. We’ll see where they think the industry is headed and how soon autonomous vehicles may be driving off dealer lots.
As the consumer appetite grows for more luxury vehicles, automakers are trying to differentiate themselves from the competition. One addition that’s been successful is turning the car into a rolling concert hall with the help of high-end audio systems. On this week’s show, representatives from HARMAN Audio and Lincoln Motor Company discuss why this option seems to be working for the buyers of today’s upscale autos, and how the two companies work together to pump out the jams.


It’s not just urban planners who are looking at the layout of the city of tomorrow. It’s also companies like Ford. On today’s show, two futurists from the Ford Motor Company are joined by a University of Michigan engineer to explain how they are working together to make sure the transportation fits the future urban landscape.

When it comes to alternative powertrains, over the last few years most automakers have been concentrating on electrics or hybrids. But the question is what happened to fuel cells? Early on it seemed like hydrogen was going to be the fuel that most cars would feature. This week our expert panel discusses if fuel cells are still a viable alternative.

Each year automakers continue to introduce several new products containing new materials, processes and technologies. But will the lack of skilled talent and manufacturing constraints slow new cars and trucks getting to dealer lots? On today’s show John McElroy talks with two OEM executives and an auto expert on where we go from here.
The new administration in Washington, D.C. means lots of changes; and some of those changes impact consumers. On today’s show the CEO of the American Financial Services Association talks to our panel about how President Trump will affect the car industry especially the loan process.
As the number of electronics continue to grow on cars one of the biggest concerns is cyber security: how to keep a car safe from hackers. This week three experts discuss the latest in protecting a vehicle’s software including: Karl Heimer from Autoimmune, General Motors’ Jeffrey Massimilla and SSA Thomas Winterhalter, FBI Cyber Division.
Just because you don’t see any Chinese automakers in America doesn’t mean they aren’t here competing. In fact, they’re already here in a big way. Chinese auto expert Michael Dunne joins host John McElroy with panelists Michelle Krebs from Autotrader and Reuters’ Joe White to discuss where they are and where they aren’t…just yet.
It’s almost like the film classic Godzilla versus Mothra only this time car shows are the antagonists. On one hand is CES, the largest convention in the city of conventions, Las Vegas, Nevada; On the other there’s the long-running champ from Detroit, the North American International Auto Show. With CES fast becoming a destination for car companies to show their latest, and NAIAS – the first auto show of the year -- only days afterward, something has to give. This week a debate on what should happen with the 2017 Chairman of NAIAS, and three attendees with different views.
It used to be that the CES convention in Las Vegas was a big electronics show. But since the automakers started coming a few years back it’s looking more and more like a car & technology show. Join host John McElroy from the floor of CES 2017 with his guests from the cutting edge software firm Mobileye, luxury electric carmaker Lucid Motors as well as the futurist from Mercedes-Benz.
It may be hard to believe but the historic Willys Jeep wasn’t created by an automaker but rather an independent manufacturer, that today goes by the name of AM General. As the only full-scale contract assembly facility in the U.S., the company currently produces everything from the military’s HUMVEE to the Mercedes-Benz R Class Crossover. Joining host John McElroy and his panel in studio to discuss his company and what it creates today is Chief Executive Officer Andy Hove.
Recently, the massive automotive supplier Johnson Controls decided to get out of seating so it created an independent, publically traded company called Adient. On this week’s show, its new CEO Bruce McDonald joins John McElroy and his panel to talk about where he will take the leader in automotive seating.
The old days of buying a car are quickly fading. Times are changing for dealerships and manufacturers alike, driven partly by Gen X but mostly by Millennials. On this week’s show John McElroy talks to two different automakers about how they are changing their approach to servicing your car in hopes of attracting new customers. In addition, he’s also joined by the head of a new website that, if you can believe it, allows you to buy your car online without ever having to go to the dealer.


There’s a new administration taking over in Washington in January that has many wondering about what happens to the economy. And obviously the automakers are wondering as well. Join the chief economists from General Motors and Ford as well as the senior economist from the Original Equipment Manufacturers Association as they try to read the economic and business tea leaves for 2017.
At the end of 2016 the WardsAuto.com editors took their analysis of the more than 60 new vehicles released during the year and determined which had the 10 Best Engines. Join host John McElroy as three of those editors, Drew Winter, Tom Murphy & Bob Gritzinger, reveal their winners for 2017.
Three North American Car & Truck of the Year jurors join host John McElroy to analyze the three finalists for Truck of the Year as well as their predictions for Car and Utility of the Year.
As we sit on the edge of the electronic transformation of the car, into the fray steps Jay Rogers, a man who is pioneering a new way to make cars. As the founder of Local Motors, his vision is to print cars, yes, that’s p-r-i-n-t cars, with the help of today’s technology. And, in fact, he’s already doing it! Mr. Rogers joins, John McElroy and Gary Vasilash from Automotive Design & Production from the site of the LA Auto Show to talk about Local Motors.

Some only think of Continental as a tire company, but it’s so much more. From interior to safety, to even what it calls Clean Power, Continental is a huge company supplying so much of today’s car. Joining us to talk about the Automotive Group and what it’s doing to prepare for the future is Samir Salman, CEO NAFTA Region of Continental Corporation.
As one of the largest suppliers of automotive seating, Lear Corporation actually makes seats for every manufacturer in the world. On this edition of Autoline THIS WEEK its CEO and Director, Matt Simoncini, discusses the company’s global reach and how he sees things changing in the auto industry in the next few years.
As the auto industry changes, so must everything that it touches, including dealerships. On this edition of Autoline THIS WEEK, NADA Chairman Jeff Carlson joins John McElroy and his panel – Mike Colias of the Wall Street Journal & Gary Vasilash of Automotive Design & Production – to discuss where car dealers are today and how they will adapt to a changing auto industry.
Is Ford still a car company or has it morphed into something else? Mark Fields, its CEO has been saying that today Ford is a mobility company. On this week’s Autoline, John and his panel talk with Mr. Fields about the future of Ford as well as the entire transportation industry.
Enthusiasm, Passion, Innovative and Commitment are the four key words that describe the people that Honda wants in its workforce. So many of today’s youth ignore manufacturing jobs that companies like Honda have reached out to local communities to create programs like the one in central Ohio called EPIC. John McElroy takes his show on the road to Honda’s Development Center in Marysville, Ohio to talk with a variety of educators, students and workers on how to develop an interest in today’s high-tech manufacturing jobs.
Enthusiasm, Passion, Innovative and Commitment are the four key words that describe the people that Honda wants in its workforce. So many of today’s youth ignore manufacturing jobs that companies like Honda have reached out to local communities to create programs like the one in central Ohio called EPIC. John McElroy takes his show on the road to Honda’s Development Center in Marysville, Ohio to talk with a variety of educators, students and workers on how to develop an interest in today’s high-tech manufacturing jobs.
This week’s show talks about the technology that is dominating transportation today and into the near future, and does it with a macro view in language we can all understand. Joining John McElroy on his panel discussing Connectivity, Mobility and Autonomy are: Richard Wallace from the Center for Automotive Research; Lindsay Brooke, Society of Automotive Engineers; and Sam Abuelsamid, Navigant Research.
After a little more than two years on the job, United Auto Workers’ President Dennis Williams joins Autoline THIS WEEK to discuss the UAW, the automakers and how both are surviving in the 21st Century. Joining John McElroy on his panel are Brent Snavely from the Detroit Free Press and Mike Wayland of the Detroit News.
Ask any of the automotive media who they prefer to talk to at an automaker and it’s usually the company CEO. But if you happen to be a supplier to that same automaker the line usually starts at this week’s guest Thomas Lake, the Vice President of North American Purchasing at Honda North America. Joining host John McElroy on his panel are Gary Vasilash of Automotive Design & Production and Joann Muller with Forbes.
It was 8 years ago that the world economy was on a knife’s edge. And it was also the time when some of the world’s largest automakers declared bankruptcy while others stood by holding their proverbial breath.

Now, a decade later it’s a brand new story, or is it? Have the OEMs really cleaned up the poor practices that led to their own knife’s edge or just rearranged the deck chairs?

John McElroy welcomes three observers of the auto industry from Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Center for Automotive Research including Bernard Swiecki, Brett Smith and Dave Andrea, to discuss the car industry’s current health and what the future holds on Autoline THIS WEEK.
Autoline THIS WEEK doesn’t usually have a live audience but then it’s not usually taped in front of the Industrial Designers Society of America conference held recently in Detroit, Michigan.

Joining John McElroy to discuss using “Design as a Change Agent” is Amko Leenarts the Global Director of Interior Design from Ford; Kevin Kerrigan from the Automotive Office of the Michigan Economic Development Authority; and Marc Greuther, the Chief Curator at the Henry Ford.

Check out the Q & A segment here: https://youtu.be/RZZy_v7fcGw
The U.S. EPA just released the TAR, better known as its Technical Assessment Report. This is sort of a scorecard on where the auto industry is with regard to Emission Standards and the 2025 mandate.

John McElroy caught up with three experts involved in the emissions process at the Center for Automotive Research’s annual August conference. Joining him on this edition of Autoline THIS WEEK is Mike McCarthy from the California Air Resources Board, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturer’s Mitch Bainwol and Christopher Grundler, the Director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
If there’s an auto company getting more publicity these days than Tesla and its electric powertrain, we’d be surprised. That’s why Autoline has brought together three Tier One Suppliers who have specialized in the good old Internal Combustion Engine (I.C.E.) to talk about what’s going on with that franchise and put the rumors of its demise to rest. Joining host John McElroy will be representatives from AVL, FEV and Ricardo.
Everywhere you turn these days, when the topic of automotive comes up mobility is not far behind. There’s so much expansion in that area alone, OEMs are taking it very seriously. In fact, General Motors has put Julia Steyn as the VP in charge of what it calls Urban Mobility. She joins us on Autoline THIS WEEK along with host John McElroy, Rebecca Lindland of Kelley Blue Book and John Voelcker of Green Car Reports to see what direction GM is going in the field.
You’ve been drinking from its cans for years. More recently, you’ve probably sent an email or answered a phone from one of the computing/telematics companies it supplies. And soon, if not already, you may be driving an aluminum-bodied car or truck brought to you, in part, by Novelis.

On this week’s show, John McElroy welcomes Novelis president of North America Marco Palmieri to the Autoline studios to talk about its expansion into automotive and where the company goes from here. Also on the panel are Alisa Priddle of Motor Trend and Richard Truett from Automotive News.
In the past, whenever the initials IP came up in conversations about cars, you were sure to be talking about the instrument panel. But nowadays with the global software explosion in auto technology, the new IP talk focuses on Intellectual Properties. On this week’s Autoline John McElroy is joined by Dr. Christal Sheppard, the Director of the Midwest Region for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, as well as Pete Bigelow from Car & Driver & I.P. lawyer Jennifer Dukarski from Butzel Long to discuss Intellectual Properties in today’s auto industry.
John McElroy and GM Global Design Chief Ed Welburn discuss his career in cars and corporate America as he prepares to retire after 44 years at General Motors.
The General Motors Design Dome is 51 this year, just 12 months after celebrating a long-awaited makeover. On this week’s Autoline, John McElroy & GM Global Design Chief Ed Welburn broadcast from this historic architecture surrounded by some of the classics that had their start in that very building. Joining John and Mr. Welburn to discuss the arc of GM design over the years are John Cafaro, the Executive Director, Global Chevrolet Design and Helen Emsley, Executive Director, Global GMC Design & User Experience.
Three Asian automotive experts including Michael Dunne of Dunne Automotive, James Chao of IHS Automotive Asia-Pacific & Bill Russo from GaoFeng Greater China, join John McElroy on the floor of the Beijing Auto Show to discuss the, up to now, booming Chinese automotive market and where it goes from here.
Three top automotive designers including Peter Horbury from Geely, Ken Parkinson of GM Shanghai and Chery Automobile’s James Hope, join John McElroy on the floor of the Beijing Auto Show to discuss the challenges of creating cars for the Chinese automotive market.
Every great ride has to end sometime: whether it’s at the amusement park or the retail world. For instance, most auto analysts predict the U.S. car market will soon slow down; everyone, seemingly, other than John Murphy of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In fact, Mr. Murphy is so stoked he’s doubling down per his data which says the good times for the auto industry will continue to roll into the 2020s.

Joining host John McElroy to discuss John Murphy’s antithetical view of the auto economy is Joann Muller from Forbes.com and Greg Gardner from the Detroit Free Press.
From now to April 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency is engaged in a Midterm Evaluation of the CAFE standards announced a few years ago. Those Greenhouse Gas Emission rules are set to go into effect by 2025. Joining John McElroy to discuss if those standards will be adopted or changed is Margo Oge, the former EPA director of the office of Transportation and Air Quality along with Joe White from Reuters and Todd Lassa of Automobile.
Factory work in 2016 is a new universe compared to just 20 years ago. Today’s manufacturing has more in common with Google than it does heavy-duty grease. But despite its clean environment and use of computers, the under 30 crowd just doesn’t seem interested in these jobs and that’s troubling for manufacturers of all types.

So some companies have joined together with states, municipalities and schools to try to attract workers from both Millennials and Generation Z. On this week’s Autoline, John McElroy looks at what one area of South Carolina is doing to bring a younger work force into manufacturing. His panel includes: Dirk Pieper, President & CEO of Sage Automotive Interiors; Lewis Gossett, Executive Director SCMA (South Carolina Manufacturing Alliance); Matt Critell, Program Director, Fisher Middle School.
Steve Kiefer has a big checkbook. As head of Purchasing for General Motors he awards billions of dollars of contracts to suppliers across the globe. But he doesn’t just hand out money. He has to make sure that he’s giving it to the right partners and they deliver high quality products for GM vehicles. Easier said than done. On this week’s show John McElroy’s special guest is Steve Kiefer, the Global VP of GM Purchasing and Supply Chain. Joining John on his panel are David Welch of Bloomberg and Doron Levin from Fortune.
Steve Miller is an automotive turnaround specialist. His bona fides date back to the bankruptcies of Chrysler and Delphi with stops at Federal-Mogul and Ford for good measure. Now he presides over the International Automotive Components Group as it moves from a private Wilbur Ross company to a publically traded firm. Mr. Miller joins John McElroy as his special guest for this week’s Autoline discussing the consolidation of the automotive interior business and where he sees it going. Joining the panel are Jeff Bennett of the Wall Street Journal and Tom Murphy from Wards Auto.
When experts are asked what will be powering our cars now and into the future, you hear any number of options ranging from electric to plug-in to hydrogen just to name a few. In reality, there are a number of companies around the world working on just that: three who join us today on Autoline THIS WEEK. Joining John McElroy’s Advanced Propulsion panel to discuss the products they’re working on are Dave Johnson from Achates Power, Matthew Riley from Nautilus Engineering and Isak Lofgren from KASI Technologies of Sweden.
Electrics were all the rage a few years ago. Nissan, Mitsubishi and Chevrolet – among others – gave consumers their first taste of gas-free driving. But as manufacturers improved the performance of their internal combustion engines, electrics almost went into hibernation. But now, suddenly, they are de rigueur once again. Join John McElroy from the floor of the New York Auto Show as he discusses this electric resurrection with Salim Morsy from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, John Voelcker of High Gear Media and EV enthusiast Chelsea Sexton.
Once not too long ago it was king of the luxury hill. But having lost that title to the Germans years back, Cadillac has sputtered on every end. By the time the product was fixed much of the customer base had defected. But now Cadillac has turned to the luxury brands’ Mr. Fix It, Johan de Nysschen. Responsible for transforming Audi into the U.S. sales powerhouse it is today and was on his way to attempting the same for Infiniti before Cadillac came calling.

On this week’s show, Mr. de Nysschen talks about his strategy for Cadillac to regain the luster, and more importantly, sales it has lost since 2000. Joining John McElroy on his panel are John Stoll of the Wall Street Journal and AutoPacific analyst David Sullivan.
Personal phones and computers aren’t the only items that need protection. Hackers are at work everywhere. We saw recently how they controlled a car driving down the road. And despite layers of protection, even the U.S. military is worried about its platforms. Cybersecurity has become the clarion call of the times.

From the site of the National Defense Industrial Association Conference join John McElroy for an in-depth look at what members of the NDIA are doing about Cybersecurity. Today’s guests include Bryson Bort, CEO of Grimm, a cyber research and development company; Dr. Anuja Sonalker, VP, Engineering & Operations, TowerSec Automotive Cyber Security; and BG Michael A. Stone, Assistant Adjutant General for Installations, Michigan National Guard.
Apple, Intel and Facebook are there. So are electric and autonomy leaders Google and Tesla. But in addition to these tech giants, today’s Silicon Valley in Northern California also contain a lab or office from nearly every major automaker as well. Joining John McElroy from the floor of CES 2016 in Las Vegas to talk about why they’re attracted to Silicon Valley are top executives from three different major car companies including: Ken Washington, VP, Research & Advanced Engineering, Ford; Frankie James, the Managing Director of General Motors’ Advanced Technology Silicon Valley Office; and Arwed Niestroj, the CEO for MBUSA Research and Development North America.
Ever since the gas cap dropped on VW and its diesel shenanigans last fall, it seems that the company has been stuck in first gear. Not only has there been no resolution so far, but no one seems to know what’s going on. In addition, the company hasn’t engaged the media very effectively and its customers are still trying to figure out what’s up. Joining John to discuss where the company goes from here and what it needs to do now are Todd Turner, auto analyst from Car Concepts; Jason Vines, Independent PR consultant and author; and Lisa Whalen, auto analyst with Frost & Sullivan.