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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 #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 #046 – Comparing Benzes, Driverless In The Desert, Corvette Engine Position

This week, Dan and Sam compare notes on the two Mercedes-Benz cars they drove, the E400 coupe and 2018 S560 4Matic sedan. Sam ponders whether partially automated systems are a good idea and whether everyone should simply take the Waymo path of highly automated driving that launching without a driver this week in Arizona. With the new Corvette ZR1 about to launch, Dan bemoans its looks and the guys ponder whether this will be the last front engine Vette.

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Waymo goes without a safety driver

2019 Corvette ZR1 leaks

2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Tech Review

2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Luxury Review

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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.

General Motors upcoming electric vehicle lineup

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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 to build what else? EVs

 

 

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Special Episode – Zooming Toward An Electric Car Future

General Motors upcoming electric vehicle lineup

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

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Episode #036 – Rome Isn’t Burning, Why Skip The VCs? & Diesel Crossovers

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Wheel Bearings 36

The guys are back with a regular episode wherein we drive sibling vehicles from Korea, the Hyundai Elantra Sport and Kia Niro FE. Sam was wiped out last week after a whirlwind trip to San Francisco for the City of Tomorrow symposium hosted by Ford. While there he got the chance to talk with Bryan Salesky, one of the most experienced software engineers working on automated vehicles. Fiat Chrysler is also trying to get a foothold in the automated driving space while rumors of a Chinese acquisition swirl. Meanwhile GM still hopes that diesel can give them a competitive edge with the 39 mpg Chevy Equinox.

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FCA Joins BMW/Intel Autonomous Driving Partnership

Chevy Equinox Diesel rated at 39 mpg highway

Uber Kills Leasing Program

Future of Smaller Automakers May Be As Tier 1 Suppliers

Ford Makes $1B Bet On Argo.AI As Recruiting Tool

Kia Niro Review

Sam’s column for the Sept 2017 issue of Automotive Engineering: For Future Vehicles, Communication Equals Trust

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Episode #035 – Dull Edge, Travis Gets Sued, Mazda Innovates

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This week, Sam is again driving a Mazda Miata with brilliant steering while Dan fights the steering in the Ford Edge Sport. Another Hespen Rally is in the books and Sam goes off on a tangent about what happens to engineering development vehicles. Mazda announces the first production HCCI engine for 2019 and one of Uber’s biggest investors sues former CEO Travis Kalanick and guys try to give some advice on what kind of car should replace a VW GTI. Colin Sultan of 3M explains what the inventor of post-it notes is doing to enable automated and connected vehicles.

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Mazda Refuses To Give Up On Internal Combustion, Develops Engine It Says Is 20% More Efficient

Tech flashback 1: Driving GM’s HCCI prototype in 2007

Tech flashback 2: Driving GM’s next HCCI prototype in 2009

Benchmark Capital Sues Travis Kalanick

Kia Forte5 SX Review

 

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Episode #30 – Crashing and Electrifying

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As we head into the second half of 2017, Dan and Sam have a bunch of stuff to discuss including spending time with the Chevrolet Bolt and the air conditioning capacity of the Mazda CX-9. In the news topics, Tesla responds badly to IIHS crash test results, Volvo adds electrons to its full lineup and sales of the Kia Niro and Hyundai Ioniq reflect the changing character of the automotive market as a whole.

http://hespenrally.com/

Finally, if you are in the Detroit area on August 6, 2017, please come join the Hespen Rally to honor the memory of Patrick Hespen and help raise funds for research into a cure for cholangiocarcinoma , the rare cancer that took Patrick’s life way too soon. There were will be lots of cool cars and Patrick’s friends, family and colleagues. Register at http://hespenrally.com/

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Tesla Takes on the IIHS

Volvo Electrifies and the media misreports it

Kia Niro outsells Hyundai Ioniq

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

Wheel Bearings #24

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.

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

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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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