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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.

Links

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 #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 #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.

Links

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 #058 – A Fast Jeep, Driving Assists and a Volvo Triple

Dan and Sam fired up the recorders late Friday night to marvel at the insanity that is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and the combination of practicality and efficiency that is Hyundai’s new Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid. Sam gives a primer on advanced driver assist systems in responses to comments on the Accidental Tech Podcast #261 and Waymo gets a license to operate an autonomous ride-hailing service in Arizona. Volvo launches its first three-cylinder engine. The demise of now former Ford executive Raj Nair shows that automakers may finally be getting serious about tackling harassment and bad behavior in the workplace. Finally, Sam responds to a listener tweet asking about car makers selling our data.

Links

Accidental Tech Podcast #261

Waymo Gets a Ride-Hailing License

Raj Nair becomes first auto exec fired for harassment

Making money from selling your car data 

Volvo hits a triple

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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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.

Links

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 #042 – Maxi Mini, Family Haulin’, Car Subscriptions & Autonomous Safety

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This week, Dan hauls his family around in the Hyundai Santa Fe and Sam ponders how big a Mini can be and still be a Mini. If you have a hard time committing to just one car, subscription services like Passport by Porsche may be the answer for you. Mislabeling of metals is not a problem you can fix with an over-the-air software update and may put Kobe Steel in even more trouble than Takata. Waymo publishes a surprisingly detailed safety report about its automated driving system and the guys answer some listener questions.

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Passport by Porsche subscriptions

Kobe Steel Fakes It

Waymo talks safety

 

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Episode #040 – The ADAS and Autonomous Landscape

The 2017 Navigant Research Automated Driving Leaderboard

Between Sam travelling last week and Dan’s family stuff, we weren’t able to get it together for a fresh regular episode of the show. We promise to get back to regular programming in the next couple of days. However, in the meantime, here’s a special episode. As part of Sam’s gig as a senior analyst at Navigant Research, he does a lot of speaking at conferences. This week he did the opening keynote at the TU-Automotive ADAS & Autonomous Vehicles conference in Detroit where he discussed the ADAS and Autonomous Landscape. https://automotive.knect365.com/adas-autonomous-vehicles-usa/

 

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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.

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 #14 – Cars that Disappeared Too Soon, Others Stayed Too Long and Whither Opel?

This week Dan and Sam talk about the 2017 Acura MDX, 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Lexus ES300h and wonder what GM will do in Europe if it sells Opel and Vauxhall to PSA. We also answer listener questions including what’s the newest vehicle that has virtually disappeared from the road.

Could A PSA-Opel Deal Pave The Way For GM To Go With Mobility-Only In Europe?

2017 Acura MDX – Better, But Still Unclear In It’s Mission

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