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Ep. 110 – Luxury Hybrid Utilities, Tariffs and Mergers

This week the crew drives a bunch of different flavors utility vehicles and a convertible. Rebecca and Dan both sampled the new Kia Telluride. Dan also tried a blend of old and new school with the Mercedes-Benz G550. Sam’s utilities were both electrified with the Lexus UX250h F-Sport giving way to the new Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid. In the news our intrepid trio talks about the prospects for a merger of FCA and Renault, the impact of new potential tariffs on the auto industry and new “sport” sedans from Cadillac. Rebecca also discusses her time at the Heels and Wheels event in California. Finally, Sam made a video answering questions about autonomous vehicle technology.

Links

Lexus UX250h Review

FCA-Renault Merger

2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V

Sam’s autonomous vehicles explainer

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Episode #080 – SUV Extremes, Hybrid Hauling, Mercedes Goes Electric and We Lose Focus

Since the last regular episode, Sam has been in the new Jeep Wrangler with a 48V mild hybrid and a Nissan Kicks. Meanwhile Dan has been hauling stuff in the Hyundai Ioniq and picks up the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Mercedes-Benz revealed the new EQC this week and the Ford Focus Active isn’t coming to America.

Links

Navigant Research webinar on the Data Driving Automated Vehicles

The Data Driving Automated Vehicles white paper

2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2.0T 

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

Trade Ware Kills Focus Active for America

 

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WB Reviews – Episode #001 – Jaguar F-Pace, Chrysler Pacifica, Nissan Armada and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2017 Chrysler Pacifica and Jaguar F-Pace S (photo credit: Sam Abuelsamid)

In the first reviews segment from Wheel Bearings, Dan and Sam discuss the Jaguar F-Pace, Chrysler Pacifica, Nissan Armada and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

WB Reviews – Episode #001 – Jaguar F-Pace, Chrysler Pacifica, Nissan Armada and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

 
 

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

Wheel Bearings 32

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 #4 – Staying Entertained, Informed and Engaged in the Car

Wheel Bearings 4

Wheel Bearings 4

In Episode 4, Dan and Sam talk about a pair of updated SUVs, the Nissan Rogue Hybrid and Mazda CX-9 before getting deep into why GM delayed the launch of SuperCruise on the Cadillac CT6. While SuperCruise will monitor the human operator to make sure they continue paying attention while not driving, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto provide means to keep the driver entertained. As much as we might want to use smartphone based infotainment, it’s likely to be a dead-end technology. Finally, your humble hosts tackle some listener emails about visibility and opining on cars we haven’t yet driven.

https://www.navigantresearch.com/blog/smartphone-based-car-connectivity-is-likely-only-an-interim-solution-2

http://www.navigantresearch.com/blog/automakers-doing-more-rigorous-safety-analysis-for-vehicle-automation

http://www.forbes.com/sites/samabuelsamid/2016/07/23/general-motors-seeks-to-avoid-the-bleeding-edge-in-automating-vehicles/#766a3b067086

2016 Mazda CX-9 – Moving People in Style

2016 Mazda CX-9 – Moving People in Style

Living With Aftermarket Android Auto and Apple Carplay Pt.2

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Episode #1 – Welcome to Wheel Bearings

2017 Chrysler Pacifica and Jaguar F-Pace S (photo credit: Sam Abuelsamid)

2017 Chrysler Pacifica and Jaguar F-Pace S (photo credit: Sam Abuelsamid)

Welcome the premier episode of the Wheel Bearings podcast where Dan Roth and Sam Abuelsamid talk about what they are driving and the stories they think are important in the world of cars and the future of transportation.

We kick off with a discussion of the Chrysler Pacifica, Jaguar F-Pace, Nissan Armada and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.  Then we get into the new Mercedes-Benz engine family with 48-volt electrical systems and the cancellation of George Hotz’s Comma One.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica review

2017 Jaguar F-Pace S review

The Death of Comma One

Mercedes-Benz New Engine Family

 

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