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2004 Archives

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  • December 18, 2004
    • Dr. Mitchell Robin - Cognitive Interference and Cell Phone Use
    • Frank Giovinazzi, Webmaster, American International Automobile Dealers Association - The Second Coming of Diesel Cars
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "Saucisson et Nombre Plates"
    • John Russell and Sharon Sudal, Senior Correspondents - The Ten Best Cars They Tested in 2004
    • Melissa Silberman, Principal, Automotive High School, Brooklyn, NY - Mercedes Benz Support
  • December 11, 2004
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Many Deaths in Vehicle-Animal Collisions are Avoidable
    • Frank Giovinazzi, Webmaster, American International Automobile Dealers Association - The Old Car Manual Project
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "'Tis the Season of Happiness"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Nissan Pathfinder
    • Kevin A. Wilson, Executive Director, AutoWeek - "Back to the Origins"
  • December 4, 2004
    • Douglas Love, Senior Communications Counsel, Consumer Reports - Reliability Survey
    • Frank Giovinazzi, Web Editor, AIDIA - Update: Hydrogen Fuel Research and Honda and Power Plug Announcements
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "The Rover's Ying Yang"
    • John Russell and Sharon Sudal, Senior Correspondents - "Donors Beware"
    • Kevin A. Wilson, Executive Editor, AutoWeek - "Not A Bad Idea, At All - An Earth-Friendly Option for Drywallers"
  • November 27, 2004
    • David Champion, Director, Auto Test, Consumer Reports - "Survey Predicts Reliability Problems with European Luxury Models"
    • Frank Giovinazzi, Webmaster, American International Automobile Dealers Association - "California's Hybrid Law May be Barred from Going into Effect"
    • John Russell and Sharon Sudal, Senior Correspondents - The 2005 Buick LaCrosse and Pontiac G6
    • Douglas Love, Senior Communications Counsel - Extended Family, Wagons and Car-Based SUVs
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "Promises, Promises" - Brussels' CO2 Emissions Fight
    • New York City Councilman Eric Gioia
  • November 20, 2004
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - New Dynamic Tests of Sats and Head Restraints in Cars
    • Frank Giovinazzi, American International Automobile Dealers - Satellite Radio: With or Without Howard, It's All About Cars
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Subaru WRX
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "The Propeller Spins Half Circle"
    • Kevin A. Wilson, Executive Editor, AutoWeek - Opposite Lock - "Thrashing It Out"
  • November 13, 2004
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Electronic Stability Controls
    • John Russell - The 2005 Hummer SUT
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "Tighten Your Own Grub Nuts" - Car Repair Problems in England
    • Kenn Stokes, Toyota Motor Sales USA - Special In-Studio Guest
    • Dr. Allan Finkel, Target Training Systems, Inc. - Special In-Studio Guest
    • Allan Dold, President, Target Training Systems, Inc. - Special In-Studio Guest
  • November 6, 2004
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Vehicles Most Likely to Have Theft Claims
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent, and Sheri Shapiro, Escape Marketing Manager, Ford - New York Commuters to Test Drive America's First SUV Hybrid
    • John Galeotafiore, Director of Testing, Consumer Reports - Automobile Batteries
    • Robert Erskine, London, England - "Purring the Leaves" - the 2004 Jaguar XK8 Convertible
    • Karl Brauer, Editor-In-Chief, Edmunds.com - "Names Chrysler 300 Editors Most Significant Vehicle" for 2005
  • October 30, 2004
    • Michael Quincy, Auto Content Specialist, Consumer Reports - Sports Sedans
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Poles Go on a Used Car Shopping Spree"
    • John Russell and Sharon Sudal - Cadillac's CTS-V
    • Kevin A. Wilson, Executive Editor, AutoWeek - "Opposite Lock-Car Shopping With a Daydream Believer"
  • October 23, 2004
    • Jacques Gordon, Technical Editor, MotorAge Magazine - "To Flush or Not to Flush?"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Mini Convertible
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "The Otto Cycle Runs Out of Puff"
    • New York State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris - Hybrid Vehicles
  • October 16, 2004
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - New Side Impact Crash Test Results
    • Robert Erskine, London, England - Play and Discover: the Volvo 3CC
    • New York State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (Co-Sponsor, Vicarious Liability Bill - 11753)
    • Karl Brauer, Editor-in-Chief, Edmunds.com - Helping Consumers Combat Gasoline Prices
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The 2005 Nissan Pathfinder
  • October 9, 2004
    • David Champion, Senior Director, Auto Test, Consumer Reports - "Exclusive Preview, What's New: 2005 Cars"
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "Eyes on the Road, Not on the Camera"
    • John Russell and Sharon Sudal, Senior Correspondents - Various Capabilities of the New Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Magnum.
  • October 2, 2004
    • Douglas Love, Consumer Reports - Evaluation of Small SUVs
    • Tom Chubb, VP of Marketing, Michelin Automotive Industry Divison - Michelin Pax
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - The Tank Busters are Coming
    • Bill Cannon, Editor-In-Chief, Motor Age Magazine, and Mitch Schneider, Contributing Editor - Female Attitudes Toward Dealerships and Independent Repair Shops
    • John Russell and Richard Lentinello, Editor-In-Chief of Hemmings Motor News - Fraud on Muscle Cars
  • September 25, 2004
    • The Best of the Auto Lab
  • September 18, 2004
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "Bumper Mismatch"
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London - "No Longer a Purr from the British Cat"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Hemis
  • September 11, 2004
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "You've Got a Winch? Try Pulling the Other One"
    • Kevin A. Wilson, Executive Editor, AutoWeek - "Opposite Lock Heads Up: Dover's the Place to Be on Oct. 3."
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - "Americans Not Doing Enough to Ensure Safe Driving; Safe Behavoirs Need to Start Before Turning the Key"
    • Dave Gutman, Ford Truck Marketing Manager - 2005 F-Series Super Duty
  • September 4, 2004
    • David Champion, Senior Director, Auto Testing, Consumer Reports - Sports Cars
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "Money and the Laptop Drives the Driver"
    • Sharon Sudal and John Russell, Senior Correspondents - What's New for 2005
  • August 28, 2004
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - New Cash Results: Small SUV From Toyota is 1st to Earn "Double Best Pick" Deignation for Both Front and Side Crashworthiness
    • Robert Erskine, senior European correspondent - "I Don't Know, I Don't Know, I Haven't Got My Goggles"
    • John Russell & Sharon Sudal, Senior Automotive Correspondents - Daimler-Chrysler Concept Cars
  • August 21, 2004
    • Michelle Krebs, New York Times Detroit-based automotive journalist - 2005 Chrysler 300 and 300C - "At the Junction of Main Street, Bling-Bling and Bada-Bing"
    • Robert Erskine, senior European correspondent - "Don't Go Far, The Little Box will Bite You"
    • Bill Cannon, Editor-in-Chief, Motor Age Magazine - "Insurance Company-Owned Shops: An Ethical Quagmire" and "How Important is Auto Repair to Society?"
  • August 14, 2004
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London - "Cut The Racket"
    • John Russell and Sharon Sudal - the Honda Civic Hybrid
    • Karl Brauer, Editor-in-Chief, Edmunds.com - "Top 10 Features for Commuter Cars"
  • August 7, 2004
    • Douglas Love, Senior Communications Counsel, Consumer Reports - "The Most Bang for Your Gasoline Buck"
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Ford's P.A.G. Group has Big G.A.P. in Its Profits"
    • John Russell and Sharon Sudal - the Scion
    • Robert Thurshwell, Ruta Auto Parts
  • July 31, 2004
    • Bill Cannon, Editor-in-Chief, Motor Age Magazine, together with Jordan Weine, Chairman, Gasoline & Automotive Service Dealers Association
    • TOPIC: Should Private Auto Repair Facilities Do Factory Warranty Work?
    • Robert Gordon from London, England - Land Rover Defender Demise?
    • Charlie Vogelheim, Executive Editor, Kelley Blue Book
    • John Russell and Sharon Sudal - the Volkswagen Phaeton W12
  • July 24, 2004
    • Susan Ferguson, Senior Vice President for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "As Safety Standards Rise, So Will The Air Bag Count."
    • Victor Principe, Hostos Community College, CUNY - "Automotive Training for Women Drivers"
    • Kevin A. Wilson, Executive Editor, AutoWeek Magazine - "Opposite Lock, A Multi-Generation View Of Race Cars Through The Years"
    • Cory Ratner, AAMCO Freeport
  • July 17, 2004
    • Jeff Sabatini, New York Times - "Cheap Date: The Last New Car Under $10,000"
    • John Russell - The GMC Sierra Hybrid: "It's a solid truck with a twist"
    • Robert Erskine - "Europe, the Toughest Auto Market" and "Land Rover to Replace the Legendary Defender SUV"
  • July 10, 2004
    • David Champion, Auto Test, Senior Director, Consumer Reports: "Small Sedans and Hatchbacks"
    • Robert Erskine, London, England: "Trilby Moustaches and Racing Cars"
    • John Russell and Sharon Sudal being joined by Steve Schultz, creator of the Real U Guides
  • July 3, 2004
    • Bob Cannon, Editor-in-Chief, Motor Age Magazine - Licensing Auto Mechanics
    • Robert Erskine, London - Charge More for the Mini Zipper Roof
    • John Russell and Sharon Sudal - the 2005 Nissan Altima
  • June 26, 2004
    • Bill Sharfman - 2005 Mercedes-Benz E320CDI: "Love That Diesel Driver"
    • Robert Erskine, London - "Renault's Ambitions for X-90 Keep Growing"
    • Kevin A. Wilson, Executive Editor, AutoWeek - "Flinty-Eyed Players at GM"
    • John Russell and Sharon Sudal - The Audi A6
  • June 19, 2004
    • Douglas Love, Consumer Reports - A TRUCK FOR ALL REASONS
    • Robert Erskine, European Correspondent - RENAULT VIN ROUGE-BUT IS IT OK FOR ALL PALATES?
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - CHRYSLER CROSSFIRE
    • Bob Hegbloom, Dodge Truck Marketing - DODGE RAM TRUCKS
  • June 12, 2004
    • Bruce Bendell - New York state liability laws
    • Bill Cannon, Editor-in-Chief, Motorage Magazine - Why Not to Shop Auto Repairs
    • Robert Erskine, London conferenced with Mark McGowan, Driver of the Production GT at Nardo, Italy
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent, and MaryAlice Ritzmann, Supervisor, Classic Communcations for the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center - 50th Anniversay of the 300SL
  • June 5, 2004
    • Chris Theodore:"Sounds of hooves and thunder bear down on 10th annual Carlisle All-Ford Nationals"
    • John Russell and Sharon Sudal, AutoLab Correspondents: "Greenwich Concurs d'Ellegence"
    • Robert Erskine, Sr. European Correspondent: "Designed by a Greek, Produced by Japan, Manufactured in Europe"
    • Douglas Love, Consumer reports: "Luxury Sedans Flawed Gems"
  • May 29, 2004
    • Karl Brauer, Editor-in-Chief of Edmunds.Com - Mobility Awareness Issues in Vehicles
    • Robert Erskine, London England - Smart's Roadster
    • John Russell, Auto Lab Correspondent, and Sharon Sudal - New Cars: the Subaru Outback
    • Kevin A. Wilson, Executive Editor, AutoWeek - "Road Running In The Land Of The High Sky"
  • May 22, 2004
    • Interviews:
    • Rob Gentle, Associate Director of Consumer Reports Auto Price Service ... Best Steps to Saving Big on Finance Rates
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Autolab Correspondent from London England ... "True Brit with Stronger Pulse Returns"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent and Bruce Winnerstrom, Chairman of the Greenwich Concours D'Elegance
  • May 15, 2004
    • Bill Cannon, Motor Age Magazine:21st Century Auto Repairs
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Autolab Correspondent from London England ... "New Alphanumerically Badgeing of European Vehicles in the United States"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent ... SEMA Comes to Atlantic City
  • May 8, 2004
    • Bill Cannon, Editor-in-Chief, Motor Age Magazine - 21st Century Auto Repairs
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Autolab Correspondent from London England - Sauerkraut and Sushi - Daimler Chrysler's Asian strategy
    • Robert Straniere, New York State Assemblyman - Paper jam stalls car renewals
    • John Russell - E 320 CDI Diesel Engine
  • May 1, 2004
    • David Crosby, Ferry Boulevard Sunoco - What Went Wrong With Connecticut's Inspection Program?
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent from London England - "Smart For 2 Convertible"
    • John Russell and Sharon Sudal - Fifty Years of Ferrari at Rockefeller Center
  • April 24, 2004
    • Jake Fisher, Automotive Engineer, Consumer Reports ... Best and Worst Bets in Used Cars
    • John Russell, Senior North American Auto Lab Correspondent ... Hybrid Answer to Higher Gasoline Prices
    • Kevin A. Wilson Executive Editor AUTOWEEK ... Mustangs's 40th Anniversary
  • April 17, 2004
    • Mike Quincy, Data Program Manager, Consumer Reports ... "Consumer Reports Rates Toyota Prius 'Very Good' Overall in Tests of Five Family Cars"
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent ... "It's not in the Sporran It's in the Bagpipes"
    • John Russell, Autolab Correspondant ... How Things Come Around and Go Around - The First Auto Show in 1900 and This Week's Auto Show
  • April 10, 2004
    • Panel Participants ... Review of the New York International Automobile Show
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent ... The Double "D" Death of Daimler on Daimler/Jaguars
    • John Russell, Contributor New York Post and Sharon Sudal ... Reflections on the NYIAS
  • April 3, 2004
    • Rob Gentle, Associate Director, Auto Price Services - Consumer Reports ... Current Pricing System
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent ... Chow Mein and Pasta
    • John Russell, Contributor New York Post ... Rolls Royce Phantom and The Maybach 62
  • March 27, 2004
    • Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports Auto Test Engineer ... Best Picks in Small Sedan Category for 2004
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent ... "Bendy With A Bang"
    • John Russell, Contributor New York Post ... Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
    • Special In-Studio Automotive Expert: Brendan Picarelli....Kew Hill Complete Auto Repair & Bronx Community College
  • March 20, 2004
    • Harold Bendel ... "Auto Megadealers Running out of Gas" from Business Week March 29, 2004
    • John Russell, Contributor New York Post and Auto World Magazine ... Amelia Island Concours Wrap-Up
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent ... "It's In Three-Three Time"
  • March 13, 2004
    • Antonio Benecchi, Automotive Competence Center of Rolan Berger Strategy Consultants ... Outsourcing Automotive Jobs
    • John Russell, Contributor New York Post and Auto World Magazine from Amelia Island, Florida ... Antique Auto Show
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent ... Economist Magazine Article: "The Three F's" for Fiat, Failure
    • Kevin Wilson, Executive Editor, Autoweek Magazine ... Opposite Lock "Invite that Hemi to the Ball"
  • March 6, 2004
    • David Champion, Senior Director, Auto Test Department - Consumer Reports ... The Process Used in Testing Cars
    • John Russell, Contributor New York Post and Auto World Magazine with Sharon Sudal... Land Rover Driving School
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent ... Are There Rattling Camshafts and Worn Oil Pumps from VW?
    • Special Guest:Kenn Stokes, Toyota Motor Sales
  • February 28, 2004
    • Dean Nowicki, Mustang Electrical Team Leader ... Mustang Sound: No Blast From the Past
    • John Russell, Contributor New York Post and Auto World Magazine with ... BMW Z4 and the World of Roadsters
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent ... Big Problem of the Miniscule Particulate Solved by a Small British Company
    • Special In-Studio Guest: Ken Stokes, District Manager, Toyota Motor Sales
  • February 21, 2004
    • Keith Bradsher, Hong Kong Brueau Chief, New York Times and Author of recently puchished updated version of "High and Mighty" ... "Ford Said to be Planning Assembly Plant in China"
    • John Russell, Contributor New York Post and Auto World Magazine with G. Potter King ... "Potter King Kicks Off the Atlantic City Classic Car Event"
    • Kevin A Wilson, Executive Editor Autoweek ... "Bad is a Relative Expression"
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent ... Variations On A London Theme - Congestion Charging is Here To Stay
  • February 7, 2004
    • Tom McGurn, Vice Chairman, Automotive Retailing Today and General Manager Retail & Industry Relations, BMW North America ... "Hire the Heroes"
    • John Russell, Contributor New York Post and Auto World Magazine ... 12-Cylinder Cars
    • Robert Erskine, London England ... Tarmac Melted Cheese and Ice Free Roads
    • Special Guests: Evaristo Jimenez Principal -- Automotive High School, New York City Department of Education, Jim Mulqueen -- Faculty, Automotive High SchoolElizabeth Rivera and Renroy Chase -- Automotive High School Students
  • January 31, 2004
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent ... Jaguar XK8
    • John Russell, Contributor New York Post and Auto World Magazine joined by Mckeel Hagerty, President of Hagerty Insurance and Hagerty Fund for Historic Vehicle Preservation and Education ... Scholarship Program
    • Keith Bradsher, Hong Kong Bureau Chief, New York Times and Author of the new Paperback Edition of "High and Mighty" the Dangerous Rise of the SUV
    • Special Guest: Evaristo Jimenez Principal -- Automotive High School, New York City Department of Education (900 Students)
  • January 24, 2004
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent ... European Perspective on Honda
    • John Russell, Contributor New York Post and Auto World Magazine joined by Sharon Sudal ... Lotus
    • Kevin A. Wilson, Executive Editor of AutoWeek Magazine ... Chrysler ME 412 Supercar and "A Merger of Squeals"
  • January 17, 2004
    • David Champion, Director of Auto Testing, Consumer Reports ... "Upscale Sedans"
    • John Russell, Contributor New York Post and Auto World Magazine joined by Sharon Sudal ... Hybrid Vehicles
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent ... "Traffic Wardens in England"
    • Special Guest: Ken Stokes of Toyota Motor Sales
  • January 10, 2004
    • Michelle Krebs, New York Times and Senior Editor Auto World Magazine ... New York Times Article "In Detroit, Home Teams Swing for the Fences"
    • John Russell, Contributor New York Post and Auto World Magazine joined by Sharon Sudal ... The Detroit Auto Show
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent ... "A Stormer of a Storm", the New Land Rover Stormer
    • David Champion, Director of Auto Testing, Consumer Reports ... "Consumer Reports rates Acura TL Best in Class for Upscale Sedans"
  • January 3, 2004
    • "What does No Fault Insurance Coverage Really Mean?" -- Panel Lead by Michael Porcelli
    • Stuart Smith, Ford Division New Car Launch Manager ... Ford Freestar Saftey Programs
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent ... "The European Economic Picture in Europe"

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