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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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A Drive Home III with Max Munchey

A Shunpiker's Journal
December 18, 2017 2:00 PM

Max Munchey and Steve Purdy take a pair of segments to discuss The Drive Home III, the third running of this inspired road rally involving cross-country drives of old cars from the LeMay, America’s Car Museum to arrive at NAIAS in time to help open the show.

The first event involved three wonderful examples of Detroit iron - a ’57 Nomad, ’66 Mustang and ’61 Chrysler - driving from Tacoma, WA. Then last year the same cars drove from Boston down the east coast and across the Midwest. This year it will start in Boca Raton with a batch of different cars.  

 

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2018 North American International Auto Show with Max Muncey

A Shunpiker's Journal
December 18, 2017 1:00 PM

A Shunpiker's Journal new episode is all about the 2018 North American International (Detroit) Auto Show, one of the most important motor shows in the world held every January at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Steve's guest is the NAIAS public relations manager, Max Muncey who fills us in on all the details of the show.

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Insights on the Ford Motor Company

A Shunpiker's Journal
October 20, 2017 9:00 AM

We call this "a week of punditry." Friend and colleague, auto industry veteran Ken Zino, joins to co-host as we talk about a variety of issues and news. Ken managed international PR for Ford for part of his career and offers some insightful thoughts on the company’s change of direction away from being a maker of cars and trucks.  Politics . . . racing . . . technology: we talk about it all. 

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U.S. Senator Gary Peters Talks Mobility, ESOPs, and Small Business Protection

Michigan Business Beat
October 9, 2017 9:00 AM

U.S. Senator Gary Peters speaks with MBN Founder Chris Holman for a periodic business update from Washington D.C.  


Several issues impacting business are among those getting the senator's focus.

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