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

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Wheel Bearings 35

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.

Links

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 #034 – AMG Roadtripping, More Miata Love and EV Frustration

 

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Wheel Bearings 34

This week Dan takes his turn in the Mazda Miata RF while Sam does a road trip to the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in the Mercedes-AMG E43. While at MBS Sam talked with Nvidia’s director of automotive, Danny Shapiro, heard Mazda SVP Robert Davis extol the virtues of internal combustion and saw his friend Bob Gritzenger struggle with EV charging infrastructure in northern Michigan.

Links

Mazda Miata RF 

Charging an EV on Blue Highways

Mazda Dissing EVs

Sam’s new monthly column for Automotive Engineering

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Episode #32 – Convertibles, Hybrids, Not Self-Driving and Comcast Hate

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Wheel Bearings 32

This week Sam has driven Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and compares the latest Mazda Miata to the original. Dan spends the week with a very different kind of convertible, the Mustang GT. When the new Nissan Leaf arrives this fall, it will have e-pedal for strong regenerative braking and ProPilot Assist which is automated but not self-driving. Before some listener questions, the guys dive into the latest ploy by Comcast to remain the most hated company in America.

Links

Nissan ProPilot Assist Preview – It’s Automated But Not Self-Driving

We Should Welcome The E-Pedal In The New Nissan Leaf, But It’s Not The World’s First: Updated

Comcast Tries to Leverage Autonomous Cars to Kill Net Neutrality

 

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Episode #25 – Aging Trucks, New Crossovers, Vintage Convertibles and Cheap EVs

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Wheel Bearings #25

This week Dan and Sam discuss lots of listener comments and questions throughout the show. Dan has spent the week with the Toyota Tundra and advises a listener to look elsewhere for their hauling needs. Sam has the new Chevrolet Equinox and also discusses his new acquisition, a 1990 Mazda Miata. In the ongoing Uber saga, former Google engineer Anthony Levandoski is now also a former Uber engineer as the ride-hailing leader fires him. The guys discuss invisible Camrys, electric vehicle conversions, autonomous shuttles and whether it is worth buying a cheap used Fiat 500e.

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Uber Fires Anthony Levandoski

Toyota Tundra review

Autonomous Shuttles

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

Wheel Bearings Ep #23

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.

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