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Episode #056 – Diesel Vans, Cars In Space and Meaningless Statistics

The guys are back after failing to get our collective acts together last week. Dan drove the VW Beetle with a 2.0-liter turbo that makes as much power as many much smaller engines, while Sam drives a three-row utility that actually has room for humans in the back, the 2018 Dodge Durango GT. This week Sam records his end of the show from Chicago as he gets ready for the auto show there. Ford is making a little bit of news with a mid-cycle refresh of the Transit Connect that surprisingly adds a new diesel engine. The best promoter in the auto industry also made some news this week by launching his car into space and Sam goes on a rant about how meaningless the California autonomous vehicle disengagement statistics are.

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Elon Roadster Goes to the Asteroids

Ford Adds a Diesel to the Transit Connect

Stop Obsessing Over Meaningless Autonomous Driving Statistics

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Episode #055 – Compression Ignition Raves, Ranting About Greed and Reckless CEOs

This week, Sam spends quality time with the Dodge Challenger GT AWD and comes away pleasantly surprised. Dan shares his appreciation of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Sport and its naturally aspirated engine. Mazda invited Sam to California to learn more about the upcoming SkyActiv-X engine and drive a prototype. Then the guys go on an extended rant about BMW’s plans to charge a subscription fee for Apple CarPlay and flow right into how reckless Elon Musk is being with flame throwers.

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Previewing Mazda’s SkyActiv-X

BMW to Charge a Subscription for Apple CarPlay

Why is Elon Musk selling flame throwers?

When Will Tesla Ever Stop Going to the Capital Markets and Why Does Anyone Believe Them?

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Podcast #054 -New Trucks Will Drive the Profits That Pay for Self-Driving Cars

This week Sam commutes through the winter slog to the Detroit Auto Show in the 2018 Jeep Compass while Dan gets Toyota’s new non-crossover crossover, the CH-R. The guys discuss all of the pickup trucks that debuted at the Detroit show and all the car brands that didn’t show up along with more new crossovers and another Mustang Bullitt

 

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Fuel mileage vs fuel consumption

2019 Ram 1500 Goes Mild Hybrid

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen

GM’s Robo-Taxi

Ford Edge ST

Detroit Show Stars to Fund CES Promises

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Episode #53 – CES, F-150 Diesel, GM Marketplace, NACTOY

This week Sam is just back from the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. While at CES, he rode in an Aptiv autonomous vehicle and discusses that experience, along with a few other highlights. Dan haas been battle-testing a Hyundai Elantra GT during a stretch of brutal, fickle winter weather in Boston. Other topics include the officially-announced Ford F-150 Powerstroke Diesel, a field report on GM Marketplace, and a quick spin through our favorite nominees to win North American Car and Truck of the Year at the NAIAS in Detroit.

 

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Automated Driving at CES is All About Business Models

Ford at CES

Ford F-150 Diesel

General Motors Marketplace

North American Car and Truck of the Year

 

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Episode #052 – Winter Driving and Ziggy’s Volvo

As the frigid temperatures continue to encase the midwest and spread to the eastern half of the US this week, Sam has been driving the new Hyundai Elantra GT Sport, his favorite variant of this compact Korean platform. Dan meanwhile has been taking to the snow-covered streets of the Boston area in the all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger GT. In a relatively light news week ahead of CES and the Detroit show, the guys discuss driving in these wintery conditions, Volkswagen and Hyundai both announcing autonomous driving partnerships with Aurora Innovation and they follow-up last week’s conversation about the death of the collector car market with news that some person with more money than sense bought a Volvo 262C for $216,000 simply because it was once owned by David Bowie.

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Bowie’s Volvo

Hyundai and Aurora team up for automated driving

Volkswagen and Aurora also partner

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Episode #051 – Small Utilities and Sedans and Passages of Time

wheelbearings podcast episode 51For the final edition of 2017, Dan drives the 2018 Hyundai Accent, Sam gets in the Mazda CX-3 and Larry Vellequette from Automotive News drops by to talk about the end of car collecting. There’s a growing backlash from people tired of drivers trying to bypass traffic jams with online navigation apps like Waze but will the problem only get worse when we have automated mobility services like what Uber wants to build with money from Softbank? Kenichi Yamamoto, the brilliant engineer that led Mazda for many years and made the Wankel rotary almost viable, dies at 95 and the guys talk about some of their favorite rides of the past year.

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Softbank buys into Uber

Kenichi Yamamoto passes

The Waze backlash

The end of car collecting

The best of 2017

 

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Episode #050 – Phil Berg Stops By To Talk About Garages and Cars

 

We’ve got another special guest this week as the great Phil Berg visit’s Sam’s basement to tell some stories talk about cars of the past, present and future. In the garage, Phil is driving the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Sam disses the Toyota Prius C and Dan shifts gears in the Toyota Corolla SE. In the discussion we solve the problem of distracted driving by declaring that everyone must drive manual transmission Mazda Miata. We ponder the refreshed 2019 Jeep Cherokee and the revival of the Honda Insight name. Finally, a reminder to make sure that if you get a recall notice for Takata airbags (or anything else) please get it fixed ASAP.

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The Prius C has outlived its usefulness

Phil Berg’s Ultimate Garages on Amazon 

James Glickenhaus Collection

The Zero Dollar Car

2019 Honda Insight

20th Takata Airbag Death

 

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Episode #049 – Talking Porsches, McLarens, Hyundais and Policy With SpaceKatGal

 

On this week’s edition of the show, Dan and Sam are joined by very special guest Brianna Wu, head of development at game studio Giant Space Kat, congressional candidate and all-around car geek! Bri tells us why she is so passionate about driving and why she chose her current ride, the Porsche Cayman. Dan and Sam meanwhile have to make do with a couple of fine, but far less exciting sedans, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata and the Genesis G80 Sport. Then everyone dives into a discussion the latest product from the McLaren Cars, the aptly named Senna and some speculation about the next generation Porsche 911. From driving to not driving, the conversation wraps with some thoughts on policy for autonomous vehicles and automotive cybersecurity from an aspiring politician with that rarest of characteristics in Washington, actual knowledge of the modern world and technology.

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McLaren Senna

Next-generation Porsche 911

Brianna Wu for congress

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Episode #048 – LA Auto Show, Driverless in San Francisco, What Is A Station Wagon

After a hiatus while Sam finished off a flurry of travel, the team is back for episode 48. Sam drives the 2017 Mazda CX-5 while Dan gets the Hyundai Ioniq and Mitsubishi Outlander (is it just me or does it seem like Mitsubishi has sent its entire press fleet to New England for Dan to drive?). While in Napa to drive the new Nissan Leaf, Sam talked with Jalopnik’s Jason Torchinsky about what defines a station wagon and picks up the conversation with Dan. Lincolns have names again, VW is building EVs, Sam rides in automated Chevrolet Bolt and Infiniti launches its variable compression engine.

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Lincoln goes back to names

Deep dive into the automated Chevrolet Bolt

Ford goes bespoke for AVs and moves EVs to Mexico

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Episode #047 – Hybrids Galore, Trashing Tesla and Uber

The guys are back with some Thanksgiving car chatter after a week of travel for Sam. It’s a full slate of hybrids in the garage. Since the last show, Sam has driven the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the fuel-cell Toyota Mirai. Meanwhile, Dan gives his take on the Toyota Prius Prime and the new Volvo XC60 T8 Twin-Drive. From there, the conversation devolves into complaints about touchscreens in cars and the future of voice recognition. Then we take on the king of the car touchscreens with the launch of the Tesla Semi, a new Roadster and production problems. Finally, the Uber has messed up again with a massive data breach that was concealed for a year.

Let’s give thanks that at least for now, we can still drive for ourselves.

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Toyota Prius Prime Review

Thoughts on the Tesla Semi from a former trucker

Uber Gets Hacked

Debating in-car touchscreens

 

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