Episode #042 – Maxi Mini, Family Haulin’, Car Subscriptions & Autonomous Safety

This week, Dan hauls his family around in the Hyundai Santa Fe and Sam ponders how big a Mini can be and still be a Mini. If you have a hard time committing to just one car, subscription services like Passport by Porsche may be the answer for you. Mislabeling of metals is not a problem you can fix with an over-the-air software update and may put Kobe Steel in even more trouble than Takata. Waymo publishes a surprisingly detailed safety report about its automated driving system and the guys answer some listener questions. Links Passport by Porsche subscriptions Kobe […]

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Episode #041 – SuperCruising Across America, EVs Coming Up Everywhere

We’re back with a regular episode with Sam driving the Acura TLX A-Spec and Dan expounding upon the Subaru Crosstrek Premium. Last week Sam spent a couple of days crossing the heartland in a Cadillac CT6 with his hands mostly off the steering wheel. Along the way, it seems like everyone from vacuum cleaner maven James Dyson to Ford CEO Jim Hackett was talking about building EVs with GM in the middle. Links Super Cruising across middle America in a Cadillac Dyson Blows Some Air about EVs GM plans to build two dozen EVs Ford is taking money from engines […]


Special Episode – Zooming Toward An Electric Car Future

Following the big electrification announcements from General Motors and Ford this week, Sam was invited to join host Tom Ashbrook along with Forbes Detroit Bureau Chief Joann Muller, Michael Dunne of Dunne Automotive and Pam Fletcher, executive chief engineer for Global Electric and Autonomous Vehicles at General Motors to discuss the EV future during NPR’s On Point.  http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2017/10/04/electric-car-ford-gm


Episode #040 – The ADAS and Autonomous Landscape

Between Sam travelling last week and Dan’s family stuff, we weren’t able to get it together for a fresh regular episode of the show. We promise to get back to regular programming in the next couple of days. However, in the meantime, here’s a special episode. As part of Sam’s gig as a senior analyst at Navigant Research, he does a lot of speaking at conferences. This week he did the opening keynote at the TU-Automotive ADAS & Autonomous Vehicles conference in Detroit where he discussed the ADAS and Autonomous Landscape. https://automotive.knect365.com/adas-autonomous-vehicles-usa/  


2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

This week Sam is driving the updated Acura TLX, now available in A-Spec trim   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/ 


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Episode #039 – The Off-Road Ford GT, New Jaguars, Stupid Tech

This week Dan and Sam have both recently driven the off-road specialist from Ford Performance, the F-150 Raptor. It’s got visual presence and a great engine, but would your humble hosts actually want to own one? Sam has also driven the Hyundai Elantra Sport, but unlike the manual transmission version Dan drove a few weeks ago, this one had the seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Volvo has revealed the new XC40 compact crossover with a new subscription leasing program that turns out to be very similar to Apple’s iPhone upgrade program. Jaguar brought most of its 2018 model lineup including the […]


2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport

Dan recently reviewed the Hyundai Elantra Sport sedan with a six-speed manual gearbox for Forbes and after same drove the same car with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, they updated their discussion on episode 39 of the podcast.   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/ 


Episode #038 – Grand Touring, Fun Hybrids, Frankfurt and Mazda Cleverness

The guys return after a week away with Dan getting his turn at the Kia Niro while Sam tours in the Lexus LC500. We review the highlights of  the Frankfurt Motor Show plus the hideous BMW X7, discuss what the NTSB had to say about a fatal Tesla crash, ponder stolen VW diesels and marvel at the creativity of Mazda’s engineers. We also answer some really old voice mails. Links Mazda SkyActiv-X Tech Stolen VW diesels NTSB on Tesla and automated driving Slimmed down federal guidelines on automated driving Frankfurt 2017 Highlights Lexus LC500 Review Kia Niro Review  

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Episode #037 – Hot Hondas, Acuras, Hyundais, Pizzas and A Not-so Hot Mitsubishi

This week we talk about lots of the vehicles we’ve recently driven. Sam samples a pair of very different Acura hybrids with some shared hardware. He then heads to the track to play with the hottest Civic ever the Type-R and talks with product planner Rob Keogh. Dan gets in the decidedly mediocre Mitsubishi Outlander GT. The Hyundai Elantra GT Sport is one of the most refined cars yet from the ever-improving Korean brand but is it better than a GTI? Finally, Ford and Domino’s hook up to try out autonomous pizza delivery. Domino’s Takes High-Tech Pizza Delivery To Level […]