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Episode #039 – The Off-Road Ford GT, New Jaguars, Stupid Tech

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This week Dan and Sam have both recently driven the off-road specialist from Ford Performance, the F-150 Raptor. It’s got visual presence and a great engine, but would your humble hosts actually want to own one? Sam has also driven the Hyundai Elantra Sport, but unlike the manual transmission version Dan drove a few weeks ago, this one had the seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Volvo has revealed the new XC40 compact crossover with a new subscription leasing program that turns out to be very similar to Apple’s iPhone upgrade program. Jaguar brought most of its 2018 model lineup including the all-new E-Pace to Detroit and Sam chats with product planning chief Dave Larsen. Meanwhile in South Korea, Genesis boss Albert Biermann throws shade at his former colleagues in Germany.

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The new Volvo XC40 and Care by Volvo

Genesis chief disses German automotive tech overload

Dan reviews the Hyundai Elantra Sport

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport Gallery

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Gallery

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

 

Wheel Bearings 34

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.

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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 #21 – Lincolns, Lambos, Buicks and Cadillacs in Manhattan

Wheel Bearings episode 21

Wheel Bearings 21

We wrap up highlights from the 2017 New York Auto Show including an all-new Lincoln Navigator, Buick Enclave, SuperCruising Cadillacs and aero-vectoring Lamborghini Huracans. We also discuss a Tesla AutoPilot lawsuit and modern turbocharged engines.  In the time gap since we last recorded, Dan has driven the Genesis G90 and Lexus RX450h while Sam has been through the aging Infiniti QX50 and the stunning new Infiniti Q60. Sam also spent a weekend with Chevrolet’s second-generation Cruze diesel to see if it could be a viable alternative for the all the Volkswagen TDI refugees.

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2018 Buick Enclave Avenir reveal

Lamborghini Huracan Performante Active Aerodynamics

Cadillac SuperCruise

Tesla AutoPilot 2.0 Class-Action 

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Review

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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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