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Join renowned business journalist Howard Green each week as he explores the intersection between cars and the economy. Ignition with Howard Green delves into the auto industry’s latest trends, technology and controversies in one-on-one interviews with industry experts, engineers and car manufacturers.

Latest Episodes

Ep 38 - Henrik Fisker, one of the world's leading automotive designers

27 MIN2017 JUL 31
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Ep 38 - Henrik Fisker, one of the world's leading automotive designers

Ep 37 - The Lamborghini Lover

27 MIN2017 JUL 24
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Ep 37 - The Lamborghini Lover

Ep 36 - Sir Graham Day: the Canadian Knight who saved the Mini Cooper

Look around the roads in your town or city, and you'll probably see a lot of Mini Coopers. These loveable little cars are now made by BMW - but are based on one that originally came out of Britain several decades ago. On this episode of Ignition, Howard speaks with the man who saved the Mini (and also happens to be a living breathing Knight!). Sir Graham Day is a Nova Scotian who became Mr. Fix It and Mr. Privatizer for British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher back in the 1980s. He's also the subject of the new book "The Last Canadian Knight: The Unintended Business Adventures of Sir Graham Day", by Gordon Pitts.

27 MIN2017 JUL 17
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Ep 36 - Sir Graham Day:  the Canadian Knight who saved the Mini Cooper

Ep 35 - Women in Automotive

It's no secret that cars are often viewed as a guy thing. But the fact of the matter is that women make up a huge percentage of car purchasers. And if they're not actually the ones making the purchase, they have a huge influence on what gets purchased. So ignoring women when it comes to cars has been a long-running mistake of the industry. Car companies, dealerships, repair shops - you name it. They have done so at their peril. On this week's episode, we introduce you to a womanwho's working towards changing this.

39 MIN2017 JUL 10
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Ep 35 - Women in Automotive

Ep 34 - Would you give up your car for an e-bike?

25 MIN2017 JUL 3
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Ep 34 - Would you give up your car for an e-bike?

Ep 33 - YouTube star Doug DeMuro (AKA the guy who crushed a PT cruiser with a hummer)

27 MIN2017 JUN 26
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Ep 33 - YouTube star Doug DeMuro (AKA the guy who crushed a PT cruiser with a hummer)

Ep 32 - An electric car for $20,000? Yes, but it's a single-seater

27 MIN2017 JUN 19
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Ep 32 - An electric car for $20,000? Yes, but it's a single-seater

Ep 31 - Car sharing with GM

Do you really need to own a car? Over the past dozen years or so, car sharing has gained more and more traction. Companies like Zipcar and car2go allow drivers to rent by the minute, hour, or day. All you need is an app. No lineup a the rental agency. Just grab the car and go and leave it when you're done. Now GM has its own offering. It's called Maven, and it's now available in 17 cities in the US and Canada. Maven is part of GM's aggressive move to remake itself in the new world of mobility; connected, autonomous, shared, and electric. To find out more about GM's strategy, Howard speaks with Peter Kosak. He's GM's executive director of Global Urban Mobility.

27 MIN2017 JUN 12
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Ep 31 - Car sharing with GM

Ep 30 - Weed and Wheels

By July 1, 2018, recreational marijuana use will be legal in Canada. So, what couldthat mean for driving and public safety? It took decades upon decades to make drinking and driving socially unacceptable. Unfortunately, it took too much death and carnage to get people thinking straight on that issue, and for law enforcement officials to take action. How well prepared are we for the possibility of weed behind the wheel? Howard tackles that and more with Lewis Koski, the former deputy senior director of the marijuana enforcement division in Colorado, where recreational use of marijuana has been legal since 2012. He's the cofounder and senior director of Freedman Koski, a consulting practice specializing in advising state and local governments on how to best implement marijuana legalization.

26 MIN2017 JUN 5
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Ep 30 - Weed and Wheels

Ep 29 - NYT's Jack Ewing on the Volkswagen scandal

Iconic global brand, engineering marvel, international success, family intrigue, lives of the rich and famous, and national pride. All concurrent with a rotten corporate culture, ice cold leaders cheating the public, national humiliation, and tens of billions in legal settlements. "Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal" is a new book by New York Times correspondent Jack Ewing. He's covered the Volkwagen story from his base in Germany. We spoke to him about the scandal several months ago, and on this episode of Ignition he talks about the story behind the story.

26 MIN2017 MAY 29
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Ep 29 - NYT's Jack Ewing on the Volkswagen scandal

Latest Episodes

Ep 38 - Henrik Fisker, one of the world's leading automotive designers

27 MIN2017 JUL 31
Comments
Ep 38 - Henrik Fisker, one of the world's leading automotive designers

Ep 37 - The Lamborghini Lover

27 MIN2017 JUL 24
Comments
Ep 37 - The Lamborghini Lover

Ep 36 - Sir Graham Day: the Canadian Knight who saved the Mini Cooper

Look around the roads in your town or city, and you'll probably see a lot of Mini Coopers. These loveable little cars are now made by BMW - but are based on one that originally came out of Britain several decades ago. On this episode of Ignition, Howard speaks with the man who saved the Mini (and also happens to be a living breathing Knight!). Sir Graham Day is a Nova Scotian who became Mr. Fix It and Mr. Privatizer for British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher back in the 1980s. He's also the subject of the new book "The Last Canadian Knight: The Unintended Business Adventures of Sir Graham Day", by Gordon Pitts.

27 MIN2017 JUL 17
Comments
Ep 36 - Sir Graham Day:  the Canadian Knight who saved the Mini Cooper

Ep 35 - Women in Automotive

It's no secret that cars are often viewed as a guy thing. But the fact of the matter is that women make up a huge percentage of car purchasers. And if they're not actually the ones making the purchase, they have a huge influence on what gets purchased. So ignoring women when it comes to cars has been a long-running mistake of the industry. Car companies, dealerships, repair shops - you name it. They have done so at their peril. On this week's episode, we introduce you to a womanwho's working towards changing this.

39 MIN2017 JUL 10
Comments
Ep 35 - Women in Automotive

Ep 34 - Would you give up your car for an e-bike?

25 MIN2017 JUL 3
Comments
Ep 34 - Would you give up your car for an e-bike?

Ep 33 - YouTube star Doug DeMuro (AKA the guy who crushed a PT cruiser with a hummer)

27 MIN2017 JUN 26
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Ep 33 - YouTube star Doug DeMuro (AKA the guy who crushed a PT cruiser with a hummer)

Ep 32 - An electric car for $20,000? Yes, but it's a single-seater

27 MIN2017 JUN 19
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Ep 32 - An electric car for $20,000? Yes, but it's a single-seater

Ep 31 - Car sharing with GM

Do you really need to own a car? Over the past dozen years or so, car sharing has gained more and more traction. Companies like Zipcar and car2go allow drivers to rent by the minute, hour, or day. All you need is an app. No lineup a the rental agency. Just grab the car and go and leave it when you're done. Now GM has its own offering. It's called Maven, and it's now available in 17 cities in the US and Canada. Maven is part of GM's aggressive move to remake itself in the new world of mobility; connected, autonomous, shared, and electric. To find out more about GM's strategy, Howard speaks with Peter Kosak. He's GM's executive director of Global Urban Mobility.

27 MIN2017 JUN 12
Comments
Ep 31 - Car sharing with GM

Ep 30 - Weed and Wheels

By July 1, 2018, recreational marijuana use will be legal in Canada. So, what couldthat mean for driving and public safety? It took decades upon decades to make drinking and driving socially unacceptable. Unfortunately, it took too much death and carnage to get people thinking straight on that issue, and for law enforcement officials to take action. How well prepared are we for the possibility of weed behind the wheel? Howard tackles that and more with Lewis Koski, the former deputy senior director of the marijuana enforcement division in Colorado, where recreational use of marijuana has been legal since 2012. He's the cofounder and senior director of Freedman Koski, a consulting practice specializing in advising state and local governments on how to best implement marijuana legalization.

26 MIN2017 JUN 5
Comments
Ep 30 - Weed and Wheels

Ep 29 - NYT's Jack Ewing on the Volkswagen scandal

Iconic global brand, engineering marvel, international success, family intrigue, lives of the rich and famous, and national pride. All concurrent with a rotten corporate culture, ice cold leaders cheating the public, national humiliation, and tens of billions in legal settlements. "Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal" is a new book by New York Times correspondent Jack Ewing. He's covered the Volkwagen story from his base in Germany. We spoke to him about the scandal several months ago, and on this episode of Ignition he talks about the story behind the story.

26 MIN2017 MAY 29
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Ep 29 - NYT's Jack Ewing on the Volkswagen scandal