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2017 Volvo XC90 T8 – The Big Swede Gets Plugged In

The launch of the second-generation XC90 marked the beginning of a new era for Volvo a couple of years ago. The XC90 is the first model to ride on the company’s all-new scalable product architecture (SPA), the first all-new platform to come from Gothenburg since Ford sold the Swedish brand to China’s Geely in 2010. After initially being available only with boosted four-cylinder engines, the XC90 is now the first regular production plug-in model Volvo is offering in America and I recently spent a week driving one.

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Episode #6 – Making Maps, How Many Speeds is Enough? Who Do You Trust?

This week Sam doesn’t let a cold stop him from talking with Dan about the Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid and the Kia Cadenza. The news starts with Mobileye’s efforts to build high-definition maps for autonomous cars, the latest automatic transmissions from General Motors and Ford. The discussion then veers off into George Hotz open-sourcing his Comma One hardware and software before tackling the latest prognostications from Ford futurist Sheryl Connelly. The show wraps up with some listener e-mail from Zack and Jonathan.

With Self-Driving Cars, We’re All Cartographers

Ford’s futurist foreshadows consumer trends to watch in 2017

Here is the 2017 Ford Trends Report

George Hotz is giving away the code behind his self-driving car project

Chevrolet’s First 9-speed Auto Debuts in 2017 Malibu


Episode #6 – Making Maps, How Many Speeds is Enough? Who Do You Trust?
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