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Episode #109 – Screaming Fords and Electric Audis

The crew is back with the Chevy Blazer, Ford Ranger and Mazda Miata RF. Sam has been driving the Audi E-Tron Quattro in northern California. Amy Marentic talks Ford Icons, Mazda is bringing back inline sixes and GM Cruise gets more cash.

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Driving the 2019 Ford Shelby GT350

Mazda Inline Six-Cylinders

GM Cruise Investment

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Episode #083 – Race On Tony Swan

This week Sam drives the latest Mazda6 which is still his favorite midsize sedan while Dan samples the Hyundai Kona and Toyota Sienna with all-wheel-drive. As the auto industry changes, Mercedes-Benz considers paring down niche models while GM and Honda team up on automated driving and mobility.

Finally, we bid farewell to Tony Swan.

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The Passing of Tony Swan

Mercedes-Benz prepares to cut low volume models

GM and Honda team on Automated Driving`

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Episode #073 – Big SUVs, Going Mirrorless, Tariffs and Racing Supras

This week Sam has been in the new Ford Expedition Max, Dan gets a re-run of the Lincoln Navigator and Mazda CX-9. Lots of news including the new Audi e-Tron quattro without mirrors, chargers for GM’s automated Chevy Bolts, rising prices due to the trade war and the Toyota Supra goes to NASCAR. Finally, Honda builds a 150 mph lawnmower because why not?

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Audi e-tron camera mirrors 
Tariffs and price increases 
GM preparing to launch automated mobility in San Francisco 
Nissan and Daimler cancel luxury compact car 
Toyota Supra in NASCAR 
Production Supra at Goodwood 
Honda mean mower 

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Episode #070 – Acura Returns To Its Roots and FCA Has A New Plan

This week Sam really likes the third-generation Acura RDX, Dan likes the Mazda CX-5 and then they try hard not to talk about Tesla and mostly succeed although you can see more of Sam’s opinion on the subject at the link below. The guys also talk GM and Softbank and the upcoming product plans for Chrysler and Dodge. Just kidding on the last part, there are no known product plans for Chrysler and Dodge but Jeep, Ram, Alfa Romeo and Maserati are all getting new stuff.

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GM Cruise and Softbank Hook Up To Work on Deploying Automated Driving

Tesla Updates Brakes Over the Air, What Could Go Wrong?

FCA’s New Five Year Plan

 

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Episode #057 – Casey Returns, More Alfas and an Electric Mini

In this week’s rambling episode, Accidental Tech Podcast co-host Casey Liss returns to talk about his experience with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and compare notes with Sam. Sam also brings up his experience trying to drive the Giulia Quadrifoglio in the wake of a winter storm and Dan talks about the new Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid. The conversation then returns to the prior discussion Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system and Casey’s newfound frustrations with it. Dan is considering replacing his Crown Victoria with a Mazda6 and Casey is continuing to ponder the new Jeep Wrangler.

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Winter Driving in the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Sam’s Take on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Casey on the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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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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Mazda’s Engine of the Future is Here in 2019 – SkyActiv-X Preview

There is no shortage of people around the world today who seem pretty certain that the days of the internal combustion engine (ICE) as the primary form of propulsion for transportation are effectively over. Mazda North America senior vice president Robert Davis and his colleagues are not among that group. In fact, Mazda staff seem to be pretty certain that humans driving ICE-powered vehicles will be around for some time to come. They even have a brand new engine that they are showing off as evidence, the SkyActiv-X with spark-controlled compression ignition (SPCCI).

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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 #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 #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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