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Episode #075 – Diesel, Plug-in and Inevitable Conclusions

Since we last turned on the mics, Sam has been in the Ford F-150 King Ranch diesel and the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid. Dan has been sampling Subaru’s new big SUV, the Ascent. The automotive world loses big names to the inevitable.

Links

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne Dies

Ford Designer Chris Svensson succumbs to cancer

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Episode #066 – Plug-ins, Hybrids, Diesels and AV Safety

After a week off, the guys are back with lots of stuff to talk about. Since the last show, Sam has been in the Mini Countryman Cooper S E (where do they come up with these naming conventions?) and the BMW 530e xDrive while Dan has found himself surprisingly enamored with the Toyota Camry Hybrid. While electrification is the future, it’s not the only solution for improving efficiency, especially in the big trucks that Americans favor. That’s why Ford is launching a diesel engine in the F-150. Someday we may not be actively driving anymore but we’re still a long way from that being commonplace. Sam compares the hype for automated vehicles to the currently reality and the hype just doesn’t hold up. Oh and Amazon can deliver packages to your trunk.

Links

Ford F-150 Diesel first drive

BMW picks Innoviz solid state lidar

The reality of automated driving safety or lack of it

NHTSA didn’t actually evaluate Autopilot effectiveness

Amazon Trunk deliveries

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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.

Links

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

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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 #033 – Faster, Slower, Fix It Now or Fix It Later

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This week Sam is in the slightly quicker Civic, the Si sedan, Dan stays on-road in the off-road Jeep Compass and the guys delve into fixing diesel Volkswagens, regulations for automated driving and whether anyone will ever make any money on self-driving software. Also, Waze comes to Android Auto, the end of big cars and a contemplation on how to fix Lincoln.

Links

The automated driving economy turns into the app store economy

Who’s ultimately responsible for fixing recalled Volkswagen diesels

Will automated cars cost $400,000? Spoiler alert, no.

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Episode #28 – Luxury Econocars, Big Trucks and Malaise vs Autonomy

Wheel Bearings #28

Wheel Bearings #28

This week Dan and Sam return to the Ford F-250 Super Duty which Dan is now driving and compare it to the Chevy Silverado 2500. They also talk about BMW’s $100,000 economy car, the 740e plug-in hybrid. Topics include the departure of Travis Kalanick from Uber, the 2017 edition of J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study and a bunch of listener questions including a recommendation of the Mazda6 and contemplation of which is worse, the malaise era or the coming autonomy era?

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2017 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Results

 

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Episode #27 – Jags That Burn Oil On Purpose, Cars That Are Too Good and Some That Aren’t

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This week we talk about a diesel powered Jaguar XF, a BMW 5 Series that so good it’s boring, the big shuffle at Uber, whether car makers will be the tier 1 suppliers to the tech industry for automated driving and answer a whole bunch of listener questions including some background on Sam’s engineering career.

Carmakers Could Be Tier 1 Suppliers To Tech Companies For Autonomous

Buick HiPer Strut Suspension

Changes at Uber

Do Driver’s Cars Matter Anymore?

Increasing Collaboration Between Auto and Tech is Better For Everyone

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

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Wheel Bearings #24

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 talk with Tom Wang, chief product officer of Turo and Peter Rawlinson, CTO of Lucid.

Links

British Conservatives Propose Banning ICEs by 2050

Ford CEO and Comms VP Lose Their Jobs

Ford’s Big Management Shuffle Is About Changing Perceptions

Lyft and Waymo Hook Up.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

 

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

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Wheel Bearings Ep #23

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 behind GM’s latest 6.6-liter Duramax V8 and we address a listener question about diesel particulate filters.

Episode #23 – The Anti-Demon, Midsize Pickups, VW Ads & Ditching The Past
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Episode #21 – Lincolns, Lambos, Buicks and Cadillacs in Manhattan

Wheel Bearings episode 21

Wheel Bearings 21

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.

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2018 Buick Enclave Avenir reveal

Lamborghini Huracan Performante Active Aerodynamics

Cadillac SuperCruise

Tesla AutoPilot 2.0 Class-Action 

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Review

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