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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.

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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2017 Hespen Rally Photo Gallery

Patrick Hespen’s wife Gina and his sister Chrissy drove his prized Volkswagen Corrado again the 2017 Hespen Rally (Photo Credit: Stephen Pham) stevenphamphoto.com

The 2017 Hespen Rally took place on August 7, 2017 to honor the memory of our friend and colleague Patrick Hespen and raise money for the cholangiocarcinoma foundation. Even if you couldn’t join us at the rally, you can still contribute toward finding a cure for this cancer.  http://cholangiocarcinoma.org/

We were fortunate to have amazing photographer Steven Pham hanging out of the window of a Maxima provided by Nissan to grab some incredible images of the rally. You can find more of Steven’s work and hire him at http://www.stevenphamphoto.com/

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Episode #30 – Crashing and Electrifying

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As we head into the second half of 2017, Dan and Sam have a bunch of stuff to discuss including spending time with the Chevrolet Bolt and the air conditioning capacity of the Mazda CX-9. In the news topics, Tesla responds badly to IIHS crash test results, Volvo adds electrons to its full lineup and sales of the Kia Niro and Hyundai Ioniq reflect the changing character of the automotive market as a whole.

http://hespenrally.com/

Finally, if you are in the Detroit area on August 6, 2017, please come join the Hespen Rally to honor the memory of Patrick Hespen and help raise funds for research into a cure for cholangiocarcinoma , the rare cancer that took Patrick’s life way too soon. There were will be lots of cool cars and Patrick’s friends, family and colleagues. Register at http://hespenrally.com/

Links

Tesla Takes on the IIHS

Volvo Electrifies and the media misreports it

Kia Niro outsells Hyundai Ioniq

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