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Episode #116 – Electrifying Racing

This time around Sam and Rebecca sat down on the rooftop of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge where they were staying while attending the finale of the 2018-2019 FIA Formula E season. Our duo talks about driving the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and the Nissan Leaf Plus. After the garage talk they dive into electric racing with the Jaguar i-Pace e-Trophy series and Formula E. The show wraps up with a talk Rebecca recorded by Allan McNish, team manager of the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team. Links Jaguar...

Episode #115 – Goodwood, Records, and Partnerships

Sam and Dan catch up on Goodwood, where the Volkswagen I.D.R broke the speed record, and then did it again the next day, too. Sam gives impressions of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, and we wrap up with the news of Ford, Volkswagen, and Argo.ai announcing a collaboration on EVs and autonomous driving development. This week’s cars: • 2020 Range Rover Evoque • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI S • 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SE Show notes: VW I.D.R at Goodwood Hyundai Palisade Ford/VW/Argo

Episode #114 – Managing Brands

Dan is back and talking about the BMW X2 M35i that he used to shuttle his kids around on a family trip. Rebecca goes beyond the infotainment of the Lexus RC350 F-Sport and Sam swaps a Rav4 with flaky bluetooth for a Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE. In the news, the crew discusses GPS spoofing and high-definition maps. Rebecca and Sam went to the Fiat Chrysler What’s New event and talked with Transmission and powertrain head Jeff Lux about electrification and brand management. Speaking of...

Episode #113 – Technology Confusion Reigns

Dan was traveling on family business this week so it’s just Sam and Rebecca. Sam sings the praises of the 2019 Mazda 3 and laments bluetooth causing the infotainment system in the Toyota Rav 4 to crash. Speaking of bluetooth issues and Toyota adjacent vehicles, Rebecca had issues trying to connect to the Lexus RC350 F Sport but very much enjoyed driving the new Hyundai Palisade. The crew also discusses designing the technology for consumers and how to help them understand what it can and...

Episode #112 – Exploring Different Kinds of Hybrids

This week Rebecca and Sam had very different hybrid experiences on opposite coasts. Rebecca has been enjoying the thrill of the Acura NSX while Sam got to sample the 2020 Ford Explorer. They also both to sample the third generation Kia Soul in faux crossover flavor and find it continues to be a favorite small car. Meanwhile Dan has been getting around in the latest Nissan Altima. GM is reportedly considering reviving the once gas guzzling Hummer brand to build EVs. Aurora Innovation is...

Episode #111 – Changing Perceptions

This week, Dan has been driving the Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet. Sam drove the refreshed 2019 Hyundai Tucson before heading off to Manhattan to ride subways. Rebecca has been driving the Cadillac Escalade around southern California. From there we dive into the failed Fiat Chrysler and Renault merger and where it might go next including hooking up with Volkswagen. Finally, VW launches a new ad campaign that apologizes for diesel as they shift to electric vehicles. Links Volkswagen “Hello...

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...

Episode #109 – Screaming Fords and Electric Audis

The crew is back with the Chevy Blazer, Ford Ranger and Mazda Miata RF. Sam has been driving the Audi E-Tron Quattro in northern California. Amy Marentic talks Ford Icons, Mazda is bringing back inline sixes and GM Cruise gets more cash. Links Driving the 2019 Ford Shelby GT350 Mazda Inline Six-Cylinders GM Cruise Investment

Episode #109 – Screaming Fords and Electric Audis

The crew is back with the Chevy Blazer, Ford Ranger and Mazda Miata RF. Sam has been driving the Audi E-Tron Quattro in northern California. Amy Marentic talks Ford Icons, Mazda is bringing back inline sixes and GM Cruise gets more cash. Links Driving the 2019 Ford Shelby GT350 Mazda Inline Six-Cylinders GM Cruise Investment

Video Special – Hands-On-Tech 18 – Leo and Sam Drive the Kia Niro EV

Sam and Leo Laporte hit the road again in the 2019 Kia Niro EV. The Niro is a battery electric compact crossover with 239 miles of range and lots of active safety features for a starting price just over $30,000 with the federal tax credit. https://www.twit.tv/shows/hands-on-tech/episodes/18

Episode #108 – Who’s To Blame?

On this week’s edition we learn that Dan doesn’t like convertibles after driving the BMW M850i. Rebecca has a noisy seat in the Nissan Maxima and thinks the Hyundai Tucson is a great value. Sam finds that the Ford Ranger rides a lot better with 600 lbs of dirt in the back and the interior materials don’t feel up to snuff for the price of the Lariat. In the news, with Ford finally connecting its vehicles, it’s starting to roll out new services that leverage the connectivity. We also discuss...

Episode #107 – Ford throws money at Rivian, we’ve driven lots of cars, Tesla mobility day

The gang are all back in their respective homes this week as we catch up on a couple of weeks of driving. Sam has had the 2019 Cadillac XT4 and Ford Edge Titanium. Rebecca had the BMW i3 Rex and Lexus NX300 while Dan had the latest Lincoln Navigator and Lexus ES350. Links Ford invests in Rivian Tesla’s bad week Gluing cars together

Episode #106 – Live From New York!

This week, Dan has been locked in a closet in Boston working on proposals so Rebecca and Sam locked themselves in a 2019 Lincoln Navigator on the floor of the New York Auto Show at Javits Center. In the sanctuary of the Navigator, they discussed some of the show highlights including the new Lincoln Corsair, Genesis Mint concept, Volkswagen Torak pickup truck, Hyundai Venue, and the new Porsche 911 Speedster. Links 2020 Lincoln Corsair 2020 Hyundai Venue Genesis Mint concept 2019 Mazda...

Episode #105 – Sometimes Tilting At Windmills Pays Off

This week Sam and Rebecca both discuss their experience with the Nissan Murano. Rebecca has also been in the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV while Dan drives the Honda Pilot. In the news, four decades of tilting at mid-engine wind mills finally pays off for Don Sherman as GM confirms the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette will debut on July 18, 2019. Tesla really doesn’t want to sell any $35,000 Model 3s and the gang discuss the challenges of updating a 50 year old airplane for the 21st century. Links The...

Episode #104 – Who Says Millennials Don’t Like Cars?

This week Rebecca describes a road trip she took in the Buick Regal with her millennial nephew to watch some sportsball. She also samples the new generation Mazda3 sedan and we ponder the potential of Mazda to reposition itself as a more premium brand. Sam drives the BMW X4 and isn’t repulsed while Dan is less enamored with the latest Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. In the news, Ford’s fourth-generation Escape is revealed and it’s becoming more of a city slicker. It also brings back the hybrid and...

Episode #103 – Mandatory Smarts and Saving Smart

This week, Rebecca finishes up with the Volvo V60 and tries out the new Ram 2500 in Manhattan. Sam has also been in a big truck with the 2019 Nissan Titan Pro4X while Dan goes small with the Hyundai Kona Ultimate. In the news, Lincoln releases the first teaser image for the Corsair compact crossover while Geely ponders stepping in to save the Smart brand from oblivion. Speaking of smarts, the European Commission is moving to make a whole suite of driver assistance features mandatory...

Episode #102 – No Charging, No Parking!

This week Sam has returned from California and after driving the 2019 Kia Niro EV, he has a rant about electric vehicle drivers that think they have a right to park right next to the building even when they aren’t charging. Rebecca has been driving the lovely new Volvo V60 and Dan has the “first ever” Ford Edge ST. In the news, the crew ponders the new Cadillac CT5 that was shown ahead of its public debut at the New York Auto Show. Porsche drops some teasers of the upcoming Taycan electric...

Episode #101 – We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges

The whole crew is back in the same time zone this week as Rebecca shares her thoughts on the new Toyota Rav4 Hybrid, Sam drives the refreshed 2019 Nissan Maxima and Dan plays with the Ford F-150 Raptor. The mythical mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette has been Don Sherman’s personal unicorn for nearly 50 years and the first prototypes go back even farther than that. It now seems closer than ever and yet still so far away and we discuss why. Cadillac is adopting a new badging scheme similar to...

Episode #100 – Lots of Electrons in Geneva

As Wheel Bearings breaks into triple digits we have one more two part show with Rebecca still in the sub-continent. In the first half of the show, Sam and Rebecca talk more about transportation in India and the challenges of deploying electric vehicles there. Sam has been driving the Genesis G70. Then Rebecca and Sam dive into some of the highlights of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show including the Honda E prototype, a new era of coachbuilding based on electric vehicle platforms like the VW MEB,...

Episode #099 – Live From The Sub-Continent

This week, location and schedule constraints meant that the show was recorded in two parts. Sam talked with Rebecca while she was on vacation in India and then picked up later with Dan back in his native time zone. Sam drove the Hyundai Kona Electric and Rebecca describes transportation in India. Tesla made some news just hours before recording by finally releasing the mythical $35,000 model 3 and simultaneously announcing the closure of almost all of its stores. Being in India gives Rebecca...