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2018 WardsAuto Interiors Conference Coming Up May 30th

Michigan Business Beat
April 30, 2018 4:00 PM

MBN's Jeffrey Mosher welcomes Charlie Tyson, PlanetM Project Manager of PMBC Pure Michigan Business Connect, MEDC. The registration deadline is now Monday May 7th! 

To register click here

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Avalon full-size sedan and Corolla Hatchback | A Shunpiker's Journal

A Shunpiker's Journal
April 26, 2018 10:00 AM

For the newest episode of 'A Shunpiker's Journal' Steve hit the road going to the west coast and then returned to the mitten.
Hear about two redesigned Toyota products, the Avalon full-size sedan and Corolla Hatchback. We
' re just back from California where we got to drive both though the hills east of San Diego and talk to the Toyota folks about the changes to both. Then we’ll switch gears and talk to a speed shop guy in suburban Detroit about how they modify customer cars adding hot stuff from the aftermarket. 
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Chattanooga VW Plant Assembles the Atlas 

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 19, 2018 1:00 PM

The VW Atlas is assembled in a nearly 2-million square foot, gleamingly modern plant near Chattanooga. Our plan was to tour the plant on our way back from the Atlas road trip, but they were temporarily shut down for upgrades and changeover to a new Passat. So instead we visited the Volkswagen Academy where they not only train their workers but also host apprenticeship and alternative education programs. Academy director, Albert Grasser tells us all about it.

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Atlas is one of Volkswagon's Best Efforts

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 19, 2018 12:00 PM

We’re just back from a 2,500-mile road trip to Florida in the new-for-2017 Volkswagen Atlas mid-size, three-row crossover. VW has been concentrating on making vehicles more to the tastes of U.S. buyers and the Atlas is one of their best efforts. We talk to VW product communications guy, former A-list auto journalist, Mark Gilles about the Atlas.

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The Stunning Design of a 600-hp Hybrid

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 19, 2018 11:00 AM

While in Austin for the XC40 launch A Shunpiker's Journal got an update on the new Polestar project, Volvo’s new luxury, performance electric division. Actually, they’ve spun Polestar off into its own company. Host Steve Purdy caught communications boss John Canton just back from introducing their first car - a 600-hp, hybrid couple with stunning design - at the Geneva Motor Show.

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The Launch of the New Volvo XC40 Small Crossover

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 19, 2018 10:00 AM

We recently participated in the launch of the new Volvo XC40 small crossover in Austin, Texas where we recorded this interview with Jim Nichols, product PR guy for the XC40. It is an amazing small vehicle with all the sophistication and performance of its award-winning larger siblings. 

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Prototype 9: The Striking Electric Race Car

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 31, 2018 9:00 AM

Infiniti won the prestigious Eyes On Design Best Concept Car Award for the Q-Inspiration, but in the back corner of their booth we found a different treasure: the most amazing design exercise we’ve seen in a long time. Created for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last summer, the “Prototype 9” represents what Infiniti’s designers think they would have built had they been a leading automaker in the 1930s. The striking electric race car pays homage to the German Silver Arrow cars, but adds distinctively modern, aesthetic elements. We might call it a faux-heritage design. Infiniti PR guy, Kyle Bazemore, tells us about the project and the car. It was there only to impress the press and will not be there for public days. Sorry, y’all.

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AARP's Nancy LeaMond Talks Future of Autonomous Vehicles and Older Adults

Michigan Business Beat
January 26, 2018 9:00 AM

Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, AARP, checks in from Washington, DC.. Bringing the business community up to speed on what AARP does and what it represents now in 2018. She then picks up on conversations she and Chris Holman had when they recently met in Detroit, MI.

LeaMond had been into Michigan to speak at NAIAS (Detroit auto show).  Her focus in this discussion is on the future of autonomous vehicles and the impact on older adults. They wrap up the coversation briefly reviewing some of her career leading up to her time with AARP. To hear this conversation click on the SoundCloud PodCast embedded below.

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Talent Gap Impacts Automotive Industry

Michigan Business Beat
January 15, 2018 12:00 PM

Chris Holman welcomes good friend of MBN Dr. David E. Cole. Dr. Cole is currently the Chairman Emeritus Center for Automotive Research and has some automotive stories of note from 2017, things to look forward to in 2018. They also cover the lack of talent and how it is affecting the automotive industry and job opportunities in manufacturing. 

Dr. Cole is also looking forward to the great things happening with this year's NAIAS, the North American International Auto Show, which gets underway in Detroit, MI, this week.

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Meet MBN Program Host Steve Purdy

Michigan Business Network
January 4, 2018 12:00 PM

Steve Purdy is an auto enthusiast and expert who hosts the show A Shunpiker’s Journal on Michigan Business Network.

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