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Episode #24 – Hauling, Firing, Hiring, Renting and Banning

This week Dan and Sam discuss driving the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, hauling decking materials with the new aluminum bodied Ford F250 Super Duty and hauling ass in the Shelby GT350. In the news since the last episode, Lyft will be testing Waymo’s minivans in addition to Chevy Bolts, Theresa May wants to ban internal combustion engines by 2050 and the first two salaried job losses are announced at Ford as Mark Fields and Ray Day head for the door. Last week Sam was speaking at the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles conference in Santa Clara, Calif. and the chance to […]

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Episode #23 – The Anti-Demon, Midsize Pickups, VW Ads & Ditching The Past

On this week’s edition, Dan and Sam discuss whether Fiat might have a better Miata than Mazda with the 124 Spider and whether midsized pickups like the GMC Canyon Denali might be too compromised to be truly useful. Volkswagen has some interesting new ads aimed at attracting buyers to the new Atlas SUV and the brand in general as it tries to recover from the diesel emissions scandal. Sam expounds on why stand-alone ride-hailing services are probably doomed and then the team ponders why Delphi is splitting itself up to leave powertrain systems behind. Dan interviews one of the masterminds […]

Episode #22 – Jeep and Ram spinoff, Apple still into cars, Autonomy and Law Enforcement

Dan and Sam talk plug-in hybrid minivans, gas-guzzling muscle sedans, autonomy and mobility marketing

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Episode #21 – Lincolns, Lambos, Buicks and Cadillacs in Manhattan

We wrap up highlights from the 2017 New York Auto Show including an all-new Lincoln Navigator, Buick Enclave, SuperCruising Cadillacs and aero-vectoring Lamborghini Huracans. We also discuss a Tesla AutoPilot lawsuit and modern turbocharged engines.  In the time gap since we last recorded, Dan has driven the Genesis G90 and Lexus RX450h while Sam has been through the aging Infiniti QX50 and the stunning new Infiniti Q60. Sam also spent a weekend with Chevrolet’s second-generation Cruze diesel to see if it could be a viable alternative for the all the Volkswagen TDI refugees. Links 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir reveal Lamborghini […]

Episode #20 – Stump Pulling Trucks, Sport Sedans, Hatchbacks and Crossover Wagons

In episode 20, Dan ponders what to tow with the massive 910 lb-ft of torque available from the redesigned 6.6-liter Duramax diesel in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500 while Sam swaps the BMW 530i for a 330i. Buick has shifted gears with the new 2018 Regal, ditching the trunk in favor of a five-door hatchback or wagon/crossover and Hyundai Motor Group has launched two distinctly different vehicles off its first dedicated electrified vehicle platform. Sam got to drive the electric and hybrid variants of the Hyundai Ioniq while Dan got to at least see the Kia Niro. Links 2018 […]

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Episode #19 – The Race For Autonomy, New Tech For Old Cars And Flat Tires

This week Dan and Sam drive the 2017 Toyota Sienna AWD and BMW 530i and talk about what happens when a run-flat tire loses pressure. Then we talk about Tesla’s market value and why it ranked so low in the new Navigant Research Automated Driving Leaderboard Report. It’s going to take decades before the newest technology displaces all the existing cars on the road. In the meantime, there are upgrades possible for the existing fleet to keep older cars relevant. Links 2017 BMW 530i, The Just-Right German Sports Sedan Running on Empty With Run-Flat Tires  

Episode #18 – Hacking Tractors, Piech Sells Out, Formula E Expands, Autonomous Tricks

Farmers in the heartland are turning to cracked software from Eastern Europe for their tractors, there’s a new crop of manufacturers participating in Formula E, the Piech drama continues at Volkswagen and Porsche, and it’s surprisingly easy to trap an autonomous car. Plus Ford Focus RS, Ram 2500 Power Wagon, and Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.   Show Notes: Farmers hacking tractors Formula E expands Piech making a final exit Look how easy it is to trap an autonomous car

Episode #17 – Intel buys Mobileye, Geneva recap, EPA rollback, proposed federal budget

Could Intel’s purchase of Mobileye be the key to its survival? We discuss, before recapping the introductions at the Geneva Motor Show and discussing the possible affects of proposed federal moves including a roll-back of EPA fuel economy standards and why cutting the Coast Guard budget is worse for drivers than you may think. Links: Intel acquires Mobileye for $15B Geneva Motor Show President wants to roll back EPA fuel economy standards $1.3B proposed cut to Coast Guard bad for drivers

Episode 016 – Ford/Argo AI, Automakers winning autonomy, more energy crisis musings

Ford will pump $1 Billion into autonomous startup Argo AI over the next 5 years. We talk about what they’ll get for their money, and explain the strategy behind the move. We also weigh in on John McElroy’s recent Autoblog editorial handing the autonomy win to established automakers. Sam caught up with Robert Davis, SVP US Operations for Mazda, and we close out by repeating the case for acting like we’re having an energy crisis. Links Ford invests in Northwest Territories Geological Study Silicon Valley lost the race for autonomous cars        

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Episode #15 – Waymo Will See Uber In Court, Opels and Fried Chicken and Making HD Maps

  This week we take a second look at the Honda Civic Sport Hatchback after Dan’s had a chance to drive it and Sam takes the less ostentatious version of the Lexus ES300h that Dan had last week with the Toyota Camry Hybrid SE. Some big news broke just before we recorded as Waymo sued Uber for stealing its LiDAR technology, BMW, HERE and Mobileye team up to build HD maps for automated driving and we discuss half-baked ideas about fried chicken and Opel. Sam talks with Ford’s Alan Dona about new Ford hybrids and then we answer listener questions […]