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Ep. 121 – Wretched Excess

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The gang is all back together this week. Since we last talked about the garage, Sam has been driving the Lincoln Navigator in San Francisco, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio in Ohio and Jeep Gladiator in Michigan. Rebecca escapes a ticket in the Honda Civic Sport and Dan has been road tripping in the Cadillac XT6.

We review the goings on at Monterey Car Week and the legacy of Ferdinand Piech.

Links

Karma Revero GT

Cadillac XT6

Ferdinand Piech

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Episode #071 – Insights on Insight, Buying Derilect Buildings and Big SUVs

The delay between episodes is always Dan’s fault. Most of the miles were put on this week via 737-700s and a rental Kia Soul. Sam was busy paying attention to all of the automotive goings-on, including leadership shuffles at General Motors, and Ford’s latest real estate investment in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, while also finding time to drive the 2019 Honda Insight. Because it’s been a while, there’s also a plethora of cars we’ve been driving. Sam was in the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the 2018 Nissan Leaf while Dan tried out the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie and the 2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label.

 

Links

First Drive of the 2019 Honda Insight

Ford Buys a Train Station

Dan Ammann and Mark Reuss shift responsibilities at GM

Volvo has a new US plant

 

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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.

Links

If you want to buy a personally autographed copy of Ultimate Garages from Phil, click here to send us an email and we’ll connect you

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 #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 4 With Ford

The Ridge Motorsports Park

2017 Acura NSX – Vaporware No More

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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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2017 Acura MDX Advance SH-AWD Review

2017 Acura MDX Advance SH-AWD

2017 Acura MDX Advance SH-AWD

Cadillac -The Standard of the World. Built Ford Tough. Mercedes-Benz -The Best or Nothing. BMW – The Ultimate Driving Machine. Audi – Truth in Engineering. Well maybe not so much on that last one, but you get my point. Successful automotive brands have an image associated with them that may or may not be entirely accurate, but that’s what marketing is all about. Honda’s premium Acura brand has always struggled with trying to determine what it’s image should be, no matter how good its products have been and they have typically been very good. The latest stab at remaking the brand image image is the 2017 MDX SUV which I just spent a week with.


Episode #15 – Waymo Will See Uber In Court, Opels and Fried Chicken and Making HD Maps

 

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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 about performance hybirds.

Links

A note on our lawsuit against Otto and Uber

BMW, HERE And Mobileye Team Up To Crowd-Source HD Maps For Self-Driving

2017 Honda Civic Sport: The Return Of The Hatchback

 

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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 Portland, Maine to bomb around in the snow with an all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger GT. We also answer some reader messages and play an interview with GM designer Stuart Norris.

Links:

Leave The Brake Pedal, Take The Bolt – Driving Chevrolet’s New EV

ABG First Drive: Hitting the road in the Tesla Roadster!

 

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