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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 Argo.ai 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 […]


Episode #14 – Cars that Disappeared Too Soon, Others Stayed Too Long and Whither Opel?

This week Dan and Sam talk about the 2017 Acura MDX, 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Lexus ES300h and wonder what GM will do in Europe if it sells Opel and Vauxhall to PSA. We also answer listener questions including what’s the newest vehicle that has virtually disappeared from the road. Could A PSA-Opel Deal Pave The Way For GM To Go With Mobility-Only In Europe? 2017 Acura MDX – Better, But Still Unclear In It’s Mission Add the RSS Feed to your favorite podcatcher – http://wheelbearings.media/feed/podcast Subscribe in PocketCasts – http://pca.st/tMO4 Subscribe in Google Play – https://goo.gl/fazd4D Subscribe in iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wheel-bearings/id1174442079 […]


Episode #13 – 2018 Ford Expedition, Executive Orders and Abolishments, VW shifts away from diesel

Sam is in Chicago for the auto show, where the biggest news is the biggest SUV Ford makes, the Expedition. We talk about the new 2018 Ford Expedition, changes to the automotive landscape and fuel economy should certain political actions happen, and also discuss Volkswagen’s move to edge away from diesels. We finish up with a couple of interviews – Chevrolet Marketing Manager Steve Majoros and GM Electric Propulsion Calibrator Adam Heisel. We get some questions in before wrapping up, as well. 2017 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription AWD – Taking the Fight to the Germans Show notes: Tesla Lightning Lap […]


Episode #12 – Driving Long-Range EVs and Snow-Bound Muscle Cars

After a week off due to busy schedules, Dan and Sam are back. In the garage, we’ve driven the Genesis G80, Honda Civic Sport hatchback and a Chrysler Pacifica that went back smelling like a bunch of Deadheads had hit the road in it. Sam went to California to drive the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV on some of the same roads where he first drove the Tesla Roadster nine years earlier and finds that those that don’t want to wait for a Tesla Model 3 should be taking a serious look this new entry. Dan, took the Pacifica north to […]


Episode #11 – A Refreshed Pony, Mazda Loses The Plugs & Don’t Forget Your Key

This week Dan has been driving the Dodge Charger Rallye AWD and finds that despite the age of the platform the big FCA sedans are still surprisingly good. Sam finds the Toyota Corolla is a solid car that provides basic but utterly uninspiring transportation. For 2018, the Ford Mustang gets a mid-cycle update with design, powertrain and technology changes and Sam chats with vehicle engineering manager Tom Barnes. Mazda looks to dump the spark plug for its next generation SkyActiv engines and we provide a gentle reminder to bring your key fob along even if you can start your car […]


Episode #10 – CES and NAIAS recap

Sam walked a metric ton of miles around CES and then again at NAIAS, and we talk about what he saw and heard. We talk about the presentation by Ford’s Mark Fields at CES, Detroit Auto Show highlights, and we answer some of your questions, too.

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Episode #9 – A look back at 2016 and ahead to 2017

  ‘Twas the night before CES, and in Dan and Sam’s houses, we jumped onto Skype with clicks of our mouses…to talk about what happened during 2016 and make predictions about what 2017 has in store. Of course we talked about Tesla, Faraday Future, autonomous technology, emissions and fuel economy standards, and more. We finished up with a bunch of great questions, too. Check it out! Add the RSS Feed to your favorite podcatcher – http://wheelbearings.media/feed/podcast Subscribe in PocketCasts – http://pca.st/tMO4 Subscribe in Google Play – https://goo.gl/fazd4D Subscribe in iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wheel-bearings/id1174442079 Follow the show on TuneIn – http://tunein.com/radio/Wheel-Bearings-p930642/