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2006 Archives

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  • December 30, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - A Light-Hearted 2006 Round-Up
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - 2006 Retrospectives
    • Kevin Wilson, AutoWeek - Worldwide Companies Go Global
    • Prof. Jerald Liebman - Reflections on A look Backward, Arizona
    • Mike Quincy, Consumer Reports - Sporty SUVs
  • December 23, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "European Is Best"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "First crash tests of minicars"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
    • Dr. William Sharfman, Chief Judge, Automotive News PACE Awards - The Infiniti G35
    • Janette E. Fennell, Founder and President, Kids and Cars - Safety Groups Saddened by News of Detroit Child Strangled in Power Window
  • December 16, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Unlike A Master"
    • Dr. James Quigley, Director, Center for Sustainable Energy, Bronx Community College, CUNY - "Fuel for the Future"
    • Jeff Bartlett, Managing Editor for Autos Online, Consumer Reports - "Consumer Reports Survey Reveals Automobile 'Tuning' Not Just For Young Men"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - 2007 Pontiac G6 Convertible
    • Lauren Fix, Spokesperson for Car Care Council - "Vehicle Safety Items Make Perfect Holiday Gifts"
  • December 9, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Motor On Tommy"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent; and Kevin Singer, Marketing Director for Pylon Manufacturing - "Michelin Frameless All-Weather Wiper Blades"
    • Kevin A. Wilson, Senior Editor, AutoWeek Magazine - "High-End Hydrogen - BMW Puts Its Dual Fuel V12 On The Road"
  • December 2, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Oh, You Park it Then"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "Top Safety Pick 2007 Winners"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent, and Martin L. Walsh, General Manager, Hummer
    • Keith Bradsher, Hong Kong Bureau Chief, New York Times - "Too Many Chinese Cars, Too Few Buyers, So Far"
    • Glen von Nostitz, New York City Comptroller's Office Policy Director - "Highway Robbery: The High Cost of Automobile Insurance in New York"
  • November 25, 2006
    • Keith Bradsher, Hong Kong Bureau Chief, New York Times - "Too Many Chinese Cars, Too Few Chinese Buyers. So Far."
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Whoa There" -- Electronic control is taking off in the EEC
    • Dr. William Sharfman - The BMW X5
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Suzuki SX4 AWD
  • November 18, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "There's A Baby in the Family"
    • Jeff Bartlett, Managing Editor for Autos Online, Consumer Reports - "Reliability Of Some New Domestic Models Challenges Japanese Frontrunners"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent, joined by David Muscaro, Director Engine Development and Validation at GM - Power Train's Future
    • Dr. Bill Sharfman, Chief Judge, PACE Awards - The Volvo S80
  • November 11, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - SMART Car 2008 Introduction in USA and "Britain is Lagging behind Europe in cutting deaths on highways"
    • Dr. James Quigley, Operations Director, Center For Sustainable Energy, Bronx Community College, CUNY - Looking Beyond Corn For Fuel Sources
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor, AutoWeek - "Checkered Flag: Racing's Holy Grail"
  • November 4, 2006
    • Special Guest, Melissa Silberman, Principal, New York City Automotive High School
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Where's The Cam?"
    • Consumer Reports - Survey Reveals Automobile "Tuning" Not Just For Young Men
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent. and Matt Armstrong Marketing Manager for Saturn Cars
    • Marco Tatijewski and Stephan Gallard, Miami Florida - The Ferrari Panamerican 20,000 road challenge
    • Dr. Bill Sharfman, Chief Judge, Automotive News PACE Awards - VW EOS 3.2
  • October 21, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Chief European Correspondent, London England - "Quickly Keeps The Customers"
    • Daniel Reyes, President, RediAuto Sport - Equipment for Disabled Drivers
    • Mark Schienberg, President, Greater New York Dealers Association - Careers for Women in Automotive
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • October 14, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "E-Call? You'll have to wait."
    • Judy Downey, MetLife Auto Homes, Marketing Department - "Teens on the Safety Road, Sunday Drive and Teaching Your Teenager to Drive"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Mercedes-Benz AMG Division
    • Christopher Paine, Screenwriter, Director of the film, "Who Killed the Electric Car?" - Special In-Studio Interview
  • October 7, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Suit" - "Ford's Third Age Suit"
    • Dr. James Quigley, Operations Director, Center for Sustainable Energy, Bronx Community College, CUNY - "Road to Energy Independence"
    • Matt Fields, Consumer Reports - "Auto batteries: Price doesn't equal performance"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Toyota Yaris Mini-Compact
    • Judy Downey, MetLife Auto & Home's Marketing Department - "Teens on the Safety Road, Sunday Drive and Teaching Your Teens to Drive"
    • Ernest Bastian, VP for Vehicle Operations Group at Toyota
  • September 30, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - Like an i in your Pod
    • Dennis Foy, Author of Automotive Telematics - The New World of Automotive
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "New side crash tests: performance of two Fords improves with side airbags"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Mercedes E Class Bluetech with John Shipley, E & CLS Class Product Specialist for Mercedes Benz
    • Rob Mann, Director of the Film, "Tales of the Rat Fink" - Telematics
  • September 23, 2006
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor, AutoWeek Magazine - "Brother Road"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Infiniti QX56
    • Dr. William Sharfman, PACE Awards - "Automotive High School Essay Award Winners" with Melissa Silberman, Principal, New York Automotive High School
    • Robert Erskine - The "Smart" Car
    • Matt Edmonds, Tire Rack - Tire Rotation
  • September 16, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "There's A-Smut In The Air"
    • Dr. James Quigley, Director, Center for Sustainable Energy, Bronx Community College, CUNY - October 12, 2006 Conference
    • Jonathan Linkov, Consumer Reports - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Proposal on Electronic Stability Control
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Lexus IS 350
    • Dr. Bill Sharfman - The Volkswagen Eos
  • September 9, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Ein Mischstrum -- A Mixed Storm"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "Teen Drivers' Crash Rates Go Down Significantly under Provisions of California's Graduated Licensing Law"
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor, AutoWeek - "Back To School -- Teenage Driving"
    • John Russell, Senior Editor, and Larry Gustin, Author of "David Buick's Marvelous Motor Car"
    • Dr. James Quigley, Director Center for Sustainable Energy, Bronx Community College - The Newest Programs at the Center for Sustainable Energy
  • September 2, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Dig That Cat"
    • Carolyn Gorman, Vice President, Insurance Information Institute - "College Bound? Keep An Eye on Your GPA and Your Personal Possessions"
    • Eric Evarts, Associate Editor for Autos, Consumer Reports, joined by Dr. James Quigley, Director, Center for Sustainable Energy, Bronx Community College, CUNY - "Consumer Reports Tests Show that E85 Ethanol Offers Cleaner Emissions---But Poorer Fuel Economy."
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • August 26, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, Austria - "die Zaubersmart - The Magic Smart"
    • Matt Edmonds, The Tire Rack - "Tire Rotation" with Bill Sharfman
    • Rob Gentile, Product and Market Development, Consumer Reports - "Good Fuel Economy, Not Incentives, Is Key Factor"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent with Charlie Hughes and William Jeanes, authors of the new book, "Branding Iron" - Branding Lessons from the Meltdown Of the U.S. Auto Industry
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor, AutoWeek Magazine - " Has Saturn Finally Hit Its Target?"
  • August 19, 2006
    • Matt Edmonds, Vice President, The Tire Rack - "Vacation Travel Safety and Fuel Mileage"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - New Crash Tests
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent and Steve Shannon, Buick General Manager - "Buick Lives Still"
  • August 12, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - Encore Rossini, Encore Chianti, Encore Alfa Romeo
    • Carolyn Gorman, Vice President, Insurance Information Institute - "Auto Insurance Basics"
    • Peter Beutel, President, Cameron Hanover - Alaskan Pipe Line Disruption and Gasoline Prices
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Honda Fit
  • August 5, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "Accelerate and Fly Into the Bends"
    • Thomas Mutchler, Automotive Engineer, Consumer Reports - "Portable GPS Navigation System"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The 2007 Cadillac Escalade
  • July 29, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "Accelerate and Fly Into The Bends"
    • Ralph Bombardiere, NYS Association Gasoline Stations - House Approves Bill to Pay for Flex-Car Pumps
    • Jon Linkov, Managing Editor of Autos, Consumer Reports - Family Sedans
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent and Steve Mertes, Product Manager for the Saturn Sky
  • July 22, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Chief European Correspondent - Ford's European Story
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Highest Insurance Claims for Thefts
    • Paul Eisenstein, Publisher, TheCarConnection.com; and Dr. James Quigley, Director, Center for Sustainable Energy - "All About Green Cars"
  • July 15, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Fortune Cookies Say-Take Racing Green Car Along The Yellow Brick Road"
    • Douglas Love, Senior Communications Counsel, Consumer Reports - What to do when you are trading in your car.
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Infinity QX56 SUV
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor, AutoWeek - BROTHER ROAD - Booming along the great American Interstate highway network
  • July 8, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Daimler Chrysler - A Friendly Seat" and "The Design Process for the Smart Car"
    • Dr. James Quigley, Director, Center for Sustainable Energy, Bronx Community College, CUNY - "Search for New Oil Sources Leads to Processed Coal" and "On the Again, Where Biodiesel Is a Rising Star
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - New side impact crash test results
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Infiniti QX56 SUV
  • July 1, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - GeeWhizz Electric Car
    • Dr. Jim Quigley, Operations Director, Center for Sustainable Energy - History of Electric Cars
    • Rob Gentile, Director, Product and Market Development - "WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?" July 4th car shoppers advice
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - GMC Yukon
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor AutoWeek - "Hum Along with BioWillie"
    • Jerry Pastore, D & J Sunoco - SUNOCO Sponsors "Victory Junction Gang"
  • June 24, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - SKY THOUGHT - SAAB's 20th Anniversary of Convertible Production
    • Dr. H. James Quigley, Jr., Operations Director, Center for Sustainable Energy, Bronx Community College, CUNY - U.S. Hybrids Get More Miles Per Congress
    • Jon Linkov, Managing Editor, Consumer Reports - SUV Roundup
    • John Russell, Senior Editor - G35
    • Dan Kutler, Director of Seaside Therapeutic Riding, and Kathy Tancredi
  • June 17, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - Behold and You Shall See
    • Trish Serratore, ASE Group VP, Industry Relations - 2006 Automotive Service Professionals Week
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Electronic Stability Control Could Prevent Nearly One-Third of All Fatal Crashes and Reduce Rollover Risk By As Much As 80%
    • Dr. William Sharfman - The Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation Automotive High School Essay Winners - Melissa Silberman, Principal of Automotive High School, will join the announcement of the winners.
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Hyundai Accent
  • June 10, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - Russian Cars are Volga
    • Douglas Love, Senior Communications Counsel, Consumer Reports - Car Wax Quality Shine For Less
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - 2006 Christie's Auction
    • Kevin A. Wilson, Senior Editor (Special Projects), AutoWeek - Is There A Doctor In The House?
  • June 3, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - For Two or Not For Two
    • C. Matt Fields, Communications Counsel, Consumer Reports - Drivers are looking at gasoline/electric hybrid vehicle, others that promise higher miles-per-gallon
    • Chris Bosch, Interactive Media Design Student, Art Institute of New York City. - Designing an ad campaign for Toyota's new Yaris
    • John Russell, Senior Coresspondent - Live from The Greenwich Concours d' Elegance
  • May 27, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - Chilli Pomodoro-Bursting with Flavour -and- Energy Fiat's Return
    • Douglas Love, Senior Communications Counsel, Consumer Reports - Consumer Reports' Latest Survey Shows Parents and Youths Often See Eye-to-Eye When Buying a Used Car
    • Steven Hunter, Ford Fuel Economy Expert - Memorial Day Travelers Can Save 38 Percent on their Gasoline Bill with Six Simple Economy Tips
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Mini Morris
    • Kevin A. Wilson, Senior Editor, AutoWeek - Paparazzi-Proof
  • May 20, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - Start-Stop Systems
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Crash Tests of Small Cars and Minivans
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent, and Bruce Winnerstrom - 2006 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance: Vintage Cars, Boats, and Planes
    • Bill Sharfman - 2006 Jaguar
  • May 13, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - Soeva - Building Cars Backwards
    • Douglas Love, Consumer Reports - Avalon Shows Dent in Toyota Quality
    • Jamie Kidman, Automobile Magazine - When Porsche Met Pixar
    • Gerry Malloy, Canadian Automotive Journalist - World Car Awards
    • Bill Sharfman - Volvo Ocean Race and the New Jaguar XK
  • May 6, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - Italian and Spanish Toll Road Cartel
    • Ralph Bombardiere, Executive Director, New York State Association of Service and Repair Shops - Gasoline Prices
    • Jon Linkov, Managing Editor, Consumer Reports - Sport Sedans
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - VW Passat Value Edition
    • Gerry Malloy, Canadian Automotive Journalist and Co-Chair, World Car of the Year Awards
  • April 29, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England, and Paul Smith, The Safe Speed Organization UK - British Speed Camera Experience
    • Tom Lindsey, Public Information Director, American Motorcyclist Association, and Mitchell C. Roggermann, Nationwide Insurance - Nationwide Powersports Study
    • Bill Sharfman - The Audi Q7
    • Peter Valdes-Dipena, CNNMoney - Best cars with great gas mileage
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor, AutoWeek - Sweetening The Diesel
  • April 22, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - The British Egg and Custard Face
    • Jamie Lincoln Kitman, New York bureau chief for Automobile Magazine and columnist for the British magazine Top Gear
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Yellow Dodge Charger Daytona
    • Bill Sharman, Chief Judge, PACE Awards - Winners
  • April 15, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "British Born and Vroom"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Major Changes in Crashworthiness Evaluations for Consumer Information, Based on 10+ Years of Success of the Frontal Crash Test Program
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The 2006 New York International Auto Show
    • Jeffrey Leestma - Automotive Hall of Fame Announces 2006 Inductees
  • April 8, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - Interview with Marek Reichman, Design Director, Aston-Martin
    • Douglas Love, Senior Communications Counsel, Consumer Reports - "Hybrid Hype?"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara
    • Bill Sharfman - How Good are Korean Cars?
  • April 1, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "What's in a Getz"
    • Lydia Cisaruk, Lincoln-Mercury Spokesperson - "Are You Ready for Daylight Saving Time?"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
  • March 25, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Design It Right."
    • Dr. James Quigley, Director, Center for Sustainable Energy, Bronx Community College, CUNY - Biodiesel and Other Alternative Fuels
    • Dr. Bill Sharfman, Chief Judge, Automotive News PACE Awards - Performance Hybrid---Lexus and "Ultra High Performance Tires"
  • March 18, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Look, Do I Have To?"
    • Stuart Gosswein, Director of Federal Government Affairs, SEMA - "Counterfeit Auto Parts"
    • Dennis Foy, Journalist and Author, England - "New Automotive Telematics Update"
    • Bill Sharfman, PACE Awards Chief Judge - The Lexus ES350 and GS400
  • March 11, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Go Niche and Design" - The 2006 Geneva Auto Show
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - New Crash Tests of Midsized Cars
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The VW Passat 2.0 T
    • Mike Quincy, Consumer Reports - High-Tech Headaches and Hassles
  • March 4, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Blintzes, Cheesecake, and Mufflers"
    • Jon Linkov, Consumer Reports - "5 Tip-Offs to Mechanic Rip-Offs"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Honda Odyssey
  • February 25, 2006
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Mismatch of the Front Ends of Vehicles in This Crash Test is a Problem
    • Robert Erskine - Special In-Studio Interview: 4x4 For Who
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Honda Odyssey Touring Minivan
  • February 18, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - Bizarre New Hazards on UK Roads
    • Jon Linkov, Consumer Reports - Family Sedans
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Volvo S40
    • Kevin A. Wilson, Senior Editor, AutoWeek - Seven Ways Forward
  • February 11, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - Take This A Frame
    • Jon Linkov, Consumer Reports - Tall Wagons
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Another Large Luxury Car Earns Top Rating in Demanding Side Impact Test
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - MIATA and Luxury Cars
  • February 4, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "Look! It's There!"
    • Jon Linkov, Consumer Reports - Tall Wagons
    • Tom Slunecka, Executive Director, Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) - Ethanol
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Infiniti's M35
  • January 28, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Simply Not True"
    • Matt Fields, Consumer Reports - Gas Guzzlers and "Special Publication: Best & Worst SUVs, Truck, Minivans, and Wagons for 2006"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR
    • Bill Sharfman, Chief Judge, PACE Awards - North American International Auto Show and some of this year's PACE Awards
  • January 21, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "I Can See Without Headlights"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - "The Battle of the Minis"
    • Ron Buchheim, Deputy Editor, Consumer Reports - "Accidents and Trauma: Best Response"
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor, AutoWeek Magazine - "Sealed Deals"
  • January 14, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "A Friend Indeed"
    • Matt Fields, Consumer Reports - "Small Sedans"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - "Detroit's Muscle Cars"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Rear Crash Protection in SUVs and Pickups
  • January 7, 2006
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Look Left, Look Right, Hop"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "First Selection of Top Safety Picks"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - 2006's Crystal Ball

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