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2008 Archives

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  • Dec 27, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Germischter Salad"
    • John Russell & Sharon Sudol - 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor AutoWeek - Detroit Update
  • Dec 20, 2008
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Dodge Journey
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "Older drivers' fatal crashes tend down; many say that they self-limit their driving"
    • Holly Reich - Hybrid Buses
    • Nick Prague - Greater New York Safety Council - Hybrid Safety Classes
    • Trish Serratore, Senior Vice President ASE with Michael Porcelli - ASE Testing
  • Dec 13, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "The Myth of the Griffen, The Gripen and the Lightning Bolt"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent, and Sharon Sudahl - "Driving the Land Rover, the Off Road School at Equinox, Manchester, Vermont"
    • Michael Porcelli - on his achievement of passing 57 ASE certifications. He is New York State's highest achiever.
    • Peter Beutel, President, Cameron Hanover - Oil Demand
  • Dec 06, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Leonardo Would Love This"
    • Michelle Krebs, Edmonds.com - Big Three May Need Some Changes
    • Jeff Bartlett, Consumer Reports - 2008 Annual Car Reliability Survey
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor, AutoWeek - "Bearing Up in Hard Times"
  • Nov 29, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Missed The Chance Muffed It?"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Mercedes CL550
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "72 winners of 2009 TOP SAFETY PICK awards"
    • Lauren Fix, Automotive Editor in Chief for CarZen - Now Is the Best Time to make Deals to Buy New Wheels
  • Nov 22, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Oh Gloria": A European Lesson on Bail Outs
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Dodge Challenger SRT
    • Nancy Gioia, Director of Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Programs for Ford
    • Kevin A. Wilson, AutoWeek - "Wanted: Detroit Leadership"
  • Nov 15, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Le Petite Grand Design"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Chevrolet Cobalt
    • Michelle Krebs, Edmunds.com - Bailout Plans for Automakers
    • Ralph Bombardiere, Director, New York State Gasoline Dealers Association and Jordan Weine, Chairman, GASDA - Recently passed New York State Legislation on pricing of gasoline
    • Michael Porcelli, Central Avenue Info and I-Car - Airbag Fraud
  • Nov 08, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Safety At Last"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - "Chevy Traverse"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "Collisions with dear and other animals spike in November; fatal crashes up 80% since 2000"
    • Dr. William Sharfman and Bob Massa of Michelin - "Diesel and mileage and tires and mileage"
  • Nov 01, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Roll Down OPEC Steel"
    • Michelle Krebs, Edmunds.Com - GM, Ford and Chyrsler's Problems
    • Jim Travers, Senior Editor Consumer Reports - "Good wipers aren't pricey but fade fast"
    • Kevin A. Wilson, Auto Week - "Ted Tappett's Legend Lives"
  • Oct 25, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Fueling Muddle"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Chevrolet Aveo
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "Antilock Brakes on motorcycles reduce crashes"
    • Holly Reich & Nick Prague - 2009 Lincoln MKZ
    • Dr. William Sharfman - Volkswagen Routan
    • Kevin Wilson, AutoWeek Magazine - "Taking it Higher on Electric Avenue"
  • Oct 18, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Dive Us a Light, Guvn'er"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
    • Matt O'Leary, Chief Engineer of the F150
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "Hybrids Cost Insurers More Than Otherwise Same Vehicles Running On Gas"
    • Dr. William Sharfman, Director of Judging, Automotive News PACE Awards
  • Oct 11, 2008
    • Jennifer Stockburger, Consumer Reports - "Consumer Reports Rates General Grabber HTS and Pirelli Scorpion Best in tests of SUV/pickup tires"
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Look After the Old Bus"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Pontiac G8
    • Dr. William Sharfman, Director of Judging, Automotive News PACE Awards - "Audi Mileage Marathon"
  • Oct 04, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Honesty of an Artist"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - "Saturn Sky"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "Many booster seats aren't up to the job of improving safety belt fit for children"
    • Holly Reich, Edmunds.com - Porsche 911 Targa as driven in Italy
  • Sep 27, 2008
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - MINI Cooper
    • Michelle Krebs, Auto Observer - "Chrysler To Go Electric Across the Line"
    • Dr. William Sharfman, Director of Judging, Automotive News PACE Awards - VW TDI
    • Holly Reich, Edmunds.com - RV Trip in Canada
  • Sep 20, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England & The Earl of March - "2008 Goodwood Revival"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - The Mini Cooper
    • Jeff Bartlett, Deputy Editor Online, Consumer Reports - "Why savvy shoppers buy used cars"
    • Mike Carolan, Director Operations Meyers Parking & Ken Kettenbeil, Director of Communications, smart USA - "Meyers Parking Offers Discounts to smart fortwo Owners in New York City
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor AutoWeek - GM's 100th
    • Dr. William Sharfman, Director of Judging, Automotive News PACE Awards - VW Jetta TDI Diesel
  • Sep 13, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Safety For All"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Nissan Altima Hybrid
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "Most Small Cars Aren't Economical for Crash Repairs: Ford Focus Performs The Best; Rabbit and Prius Are the Worst in Bumper Tests"
    • Lauren Fix - The Car Coach
    • Dr. William Sharfman - 2009 VW CC
    • Holly Reich - IMPA Test Day
  • Sep 06, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Hello Dolly"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Toyota Yaris
    • Holly Reich, Edmunds.com - "First Dude Is-Off Road Champ"
    • Dr. William Sharfman, Director of Judging, Automotive News PACE Awards - "Lead Wheel Weights Are Yesterday's News"
  • Aug 30, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "A Long Came a Spider"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - 2009 Acura RL
    • Jeff Bartlett, Deputy Online Automotive Editor, Consumer Reports - "Some Late-Summer Car Deals Compelling, Others Distract from True Savings"
    • Holly Reich, Edmunds.com - Toyota FJ Cruiser
    • Dr. William Sharfman, Director of Judging Automotive PACE - Drivers Edge (Teen Age Driving)
  • Aug 23, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "No Unveilings Today or Tomorrow"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondednt - "2009 Toyota Corolla"
    • Jim Farley, Group Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Ford Motor Company - "Ford's Future"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "New Crash Test Results"
  • Aug 16, 2008
    • ROBERT ERSKINE, SENIOR EUROPEAN CORRESPONDENT, LONDON ENGLAND - "PULL OUT THE WHAT?"
    • JOHN RUSSELL, SENIOR CORRESPONDENT - SCION XB
    • MIKE QUINCY, AUTOMOTIVE CONTENT SPECIALIST, CONSUMER REPORTS... - "REDESIGNED SUBARU FORESTER"
    • HOLLY REICH, EDMUNDS.COM - MERCEDES-BENZ BLUE TEC VEHICLES
    • DR. WILLIAM SHARFMAN, DIRECTOR OF JUDGING AUTOMOTIVE NEWS PACE AWARDS - MAZDA 6
  • Aug 09, 2008
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Mini Clubman
    • Holly Reich - Ford Flex
    • Fred Bordoff - NYCAT
  • Aug 02, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "I Like You, and I Like You Too"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Nissan Murano
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "Teen Drivers Often Ignore Bans on Using Cellphones and Texting"
    • Holly Reich, Edmunds.com - The Mongolia Chronicles, Adventure with Land Rover
    • Kevin Wilson, AutoWeek Magazine - "Quash It Now"
  • Jul 26, 2008
    • Paul Kelly, Sea Bay SUNOCO, Subject of CNN's Report on Gasoline Pricing, joined by Ralph Bombardierre, Executive Director of the Gasoline and Service Dealers Association (GASDA) and the New York State Gasoline Dealers Association
    • John Russell, Senior Editor - Mazdaspeed
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "First Time Institute Side Tests Small Pickups"
    • Kevin Wilson, Autoweek Magazine - "Circle of Friends"
    • Dr. William Sharfman - Kia Borrego and Mazda 6
    • John McDermott, Consortium for Worker Education - Worker Training
  • Jul 19, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Cor It Ain't Arf Silent"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "Federal bumper rules should apply to SUVs, pickups,vans,and cars alike"
    • Dr. William Sharfman - Mazda 6 and/or Kia Borrego
    • Holly Reich - Rolls Royce In France and Chevy's Essence Music Festival with Children
  • Jul 12, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "We Will Fight Them on The Beaches": Great Britans's unique situation
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - BMW 128 Convertible
    • Michelle Krebs, Edmunds.com - "GM's Financial Situation"
    • Jeff Bartlett, Deputy Automotive Editor, Consumer Reports - "New Consumer Reports Auto Pulse Survey: Struggling Drivers Blame Washington for High Gas Prices"
  • Jul 05, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "The value of Love"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - "Current Gasoline Problems"
    • Philip Young, Endurance Rally Association - "Remarkable Centenary Motoring Adventure" Peking to Paris.
    • Jason Bordoff, Hamilton Project at the Brooking Institution - "How Technology Can Help Trim Auto Insurance"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "2009 Acura TSX"
    • Lauren Fix, The Car Coach - Safe Driving
  • Jun 28, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Some Bright Sparks"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart
    • Philip Young, Endurance Rally Association, East Hendred, Oxon, Uk - Driving The impossible -- The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge
    • Kevin Wilson, Auto Week Magazine - "It Ain't Tiddlywinks"
  • Jun 21, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Just for Me in a Flash"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - 2009 Honda Pilot
    • Paul Kelly, Seabay Sunoco & Jordan Weine, Chairman of the Gasoline and Service Dealers Association - "When Gasoline Stations Run Out of Gas"
    • Jim Travers, Consumer Reports - "Consumer Reports Develops New Figure for Comparing Fuel-Efficient Cars"
    • Holly Reich, Edmunds.com - "Toyota's Marketing Top Professional African American Women".
  • Jun 14, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Falling Millstones"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Audi A5
    • Alistair Weaver, Author - "A Drive on the Wild Side"
    • Dan Mac Donald, Bridgestone - Firestone's Safety Scholars Video Contest Program
    • Kristen Davis, Director of Professional Transportation Industry Training Solutions, Delmar, a part of Cengage Learning - Professional Automotive Training
    • Dr. William Sharfman - 2009 Ford Flex
  • Jun 07, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Show Me The Way To Go Home"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "First Institute crash tests of Smart car: diminutive two-seater earns top ratings for protecting people in front & side crashes"
    • Michelle Krebs, Edmunds.com & AutoObserver.com - "J.D. Power's Initial Quality study and The Harbour Report and GM and Ford laying off more people"
  • May 31, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Tread Quietly"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent, with Bruce Wennerstrom, Co-Chair, 2008 Greenwich Concours D'Elegance - Vintage Cars, Boats and Planes
    • Jeff Bartlett, deputy automotive editor, Consumer Reports.org - "Consumer Reports Warns: Trading to Smaller Cars Too Soon May Not Save Money"
    • Holly Reich, Edmunds.com - NYC Car Sales
    • Dr, William Sharfman, Director of Judging Automotive News PACE Awards - Ford Edge and 2009 Hyundai Sonata.
  • May 24, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Ignition, Lights, Action"
    • Ralph Bombardiere, Executive Director, NYS GASDA & Jordan Weine, Chairman, GASDA - "Frequently Asked Questions on Gasoline Prices"
    • Michael Porcelli, Central Avenue Info - Beware of Salvaged Cars
    • Holly Reich, Edmunds.com - 2009 Maserati Gran Turismo S
    • Kevin Wilson, AutoWeek - "Pounding the Pavement"
  • May 17, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "A Stitch in Time"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - VW Passat 4 Motion
    • Jeff Bartlett, Deputy Editor Online, Autos Consumer Reports - "Grand Openings---Hatchbacks Combine Economy and Versatility"
    • Michael Porcelli - Beware of Salvaged Cars in the Market Place
    • Dr. William Sharfman - VW Tiguan
  • May 10, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Too Much Sushi"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - VW Eos
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "There's No Crystal Ball to Foresee the Safety Benefits of Crash Avoidance "
    • Jim Travers, Editor Consumer Reports - "GPS NAVIGATORS"
    • Dr. William Sharfman - Infiniti FX
  • May 03, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Build the Coach for my Horses"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Dodge Caravan
    • Michelle Krebs, Edmunds.com - April Sales; Kirk Kerkorian buys a stake in Ford; Beijing Auto Show
    • Holly Reich, Edmunds.com - Tomcar
    • Johan Willems, General Motors Global Director of Advanced Propulsion and Environment Communications - What the future holds.
  • Apr 26, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "My Bentley Will Do Less Than 120"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "New Crash Results: Subaru Forester"
    • Karen Polan, Toyota Driving Expectations Program Manager and Community Relations Administrator - Toyota Offers Free Defensive Driving Program May 2-4 2008
    • Robert M. Ward, Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles, State of Connecticut - "Governor Rell Signs Teen Driver Safety Measures Law"
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor, AutoWeek Magazine - "The Believer": Larry Burns, GM's vice president for research and development.
  • Apr 19, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent - "Blowing in the Power"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Dodge Avenger RT
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "New Crash Tests of midsized cars"
    • David Koontz, Publisher, Cengage Delmar Learning - Chilton Manuals
    • Holly Reich, Edmunds.com - Automotive Parts Recycling
    • Dr. William Sharfman, Director of Judging PACE Awards - The 2008 Awards
  • Apr 12, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England, and Phil Weedon, Director of Motoring Division, Car Mechanics Magazine - 50 Years of Car Mechanics
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Mercedes C63 AMG
    • Dr. William Sharfman, Director of Judging, Automotive News PACE Awards - 2008 BMW X 6
    • Holly Reich, Edmunds.com - "Get A Grip: Holding My Own In The Audi A4 Avant"
    • Jake Fisher, Automotive Web Content Manager, Consumer Reports - "Friendlier Skies: Some Convertibles are Becoming Almost Practical"
  • Apr 05, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "It's On The Flaw"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL 550 COUPE
    • Ms. Melissa Silberman, Principal, New York Automotive High School - "How Automotive High School improved its graduation rates"
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor, AutoWeek - "World Traffic Safety Symposium Award for Auto Week's Elderly Driver Safety Articles"
  • Mar 29, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Flat Dollar Bill"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent, with Timothy Grewe, Chief Engineer for the GMC Yukon Hybrid - "GMC Yukon Hybrid"
    • Dr. William Sharfman - PACE AWARDS Finalists
    • Holly Reich, Edmunds.com - 2009 Mercedes SL 550
    • Geoff Day - Mercedes Benz USA
  • Mar 22, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent , London England - "Smaller is Bigger"
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "HIT A FAST BALL"
    • Michelle Krebs, Edmunds.com - "Forecasting Car Sales in 2008"
    • Cliff Weathers, Deputy Autos Editor, Consumer Reports - "Owner Costs Comparisons Reveal Cheaper Cars May Cost More"
  • Mar 15, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Time For A Clean Sweep"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Pontiac Vibe
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute For Highway Safety - "Roll Over In Your SUV, And You Want The Roof To Hold Up So You're Protected"
    • Kristen Davis, Director Professional Automotive And Trucking Training Solutions-Delmar, Cengage Learning - ASE Training Modalities
  • Mar 08, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London England - "Safer Goes The Baby Volvo"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Saturn Astra
    • Holly Reich and Mary Beth Stanek, GM Director of Energy and Environmental Policy - "Virgin Atlantic, Rolls Royce, Chevy Partner Up"
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor, Autoweek - "Hating Is Easy"
  • Mar 01, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Blow The Bulbs and Look Away"
    • Samuel de la Garza, Ford's Focus Marketing Manager - "Ford Focus Gains Sales Momentum as Younger Buyers Seek Sync Connectivity, Fuel Economy"
    • Joe Nolan, Senior Vice President, Insuarance Institute for Highway Safety - "New Crash Tests of SUVs"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent, & Jim Taylor, Cadillac General Manager - "CTS"
    • Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports - "Consumer Reports' Automaker Report Cards: Honda Again Valedictorian; Ford and GM Improve"
    • Holly Reich, Edmunds.com - Jaguar XF
  • Feb 23, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Get Me The Mayor"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - Saturn Vue Hybrid
    • David Koontz, Publisher, Thomson Delmar Learning
    • Dr. William Sharfman - BMW 1 Series
  • Feb 16, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Older, Wiser, Any Better"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent, joined by Maria Rohrer, Buick Marketing Director - Buick Enclave
    • Michell Krebs, Senior Editor, Edmunds' AutoObserver.com - GM's Turnaround? & Car Shoppers Moving Away from V8 Engines
    • Dr. William Sharfman, Director of Judging, Automotive News PACE Awards - Mini Clubman
    • Jim Travers, Consumer Reports associate editor & Author of EXTREME CARS
  • Feb 09, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Cars For Every Place"
    • John McDermott and Fred Bordoff - CWE's Training Programs
    • Bill Visnic, Contributing Editor for Edmunds' AutoObserver.com - Hybrids
    • Bill Baitzel, Automotive Coordinator, SUNY Rockland Community College
  • Feb 02, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Bags of Glass"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent, joined by Gary Kovacic of GM - 2008 Malibu
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "Infiniti SUV earns top safety award"
    • Holly Reich, Edmunds.com - Dodge Journey
    • Dr. William Sharfman - 2009 Nissan Murano
  • Jan 26, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "60 Years On The Run"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - 2008 Mazda5
    • Michelle Krebs, Edmunds.com - "Automotive Headlines This Week"
  • Jan 19, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Europe Looking to Ban Imports of Some Biofuel Crops"
    • John Russell,Senior Correspondent - 2008 Mazda5
    • Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - "Cadillac CTS earns top safety award"
    • Kristen Davis, Director of Professional Automotive and Trucking Learning Solutions at Delmar, Cengage Learning and Eddie Hodges, Earned an award because he received the highest composite score out of 350,000 technicians in the ASE exams
  • Jan 05, 2008
    • Robert Erskine, Senior European Correspondent, London, England - "Ta Ta to Jaguar and Land Rover"
    • John Russell, Senior Correspondent - 2008 Honda Accord Coupe V6
    • Michelle Krebs, Edmunds. com AutoObserver - "2007: A Historic Tear for U.S. Vehicle Sales"
    • Kevin Wilson, Senior Editor, AutoWeek - "No Payne, No Gain"

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