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Special Episode: NEMPA MIT Technology Conference – “Stronger, Lighter, Faster”

8/19/2017
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Sam is recovering from a redeye flight, but we’ll be recording the next episode soon. In the meantime, we’re sharing recordings made during the New England Motor Press Association MIT Technology Conference. Held annually at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this year’s theme was Lighter, Stronger, Faster. A panel discussion was introduced by Bryan […]

Duration: 00:54:38


Episode #035 – Dull Edge, Travis Gets Sued, Mazda Innovates

8/12/2017
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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 […]

Duration: 01:51:20


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

8/6/2017
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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 […]

Duration: 01:39:26


Episode #033 – Faster, Slower, Fix It Now or Fix It Later

7/28/2017
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This week Sam is in the slightly quicker Civic, the Si sedan, Dan stays on-road in the off-road Jeep Compass and the guys delve into fixing diesel Volkswagens, regulations for automated driving and whether anyone will ever make any money on self-driving software. Also, Waze comes to Android Auto, the end of big cars and […]

Duration: 01:25:15


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

7/22/2017
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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 […]

Duration: 01:34:43


Episode #31 – Absolutely Mainstream to Utterly Extreme

7/16/2017
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This week Sam and Dan discuss the merits of the Subaru Impreza vs the Mistubishi Outlander Sport, the Merccedes-AMG GLA45, the all-new 2018 Honda Accord, the Aston Martin Valkyrie and a preview of the 2017 Concours de’Elegance of America. Don’t forget to join the Hespen Rally if you are in Michigan on August 6, […]

Duration: 01:06:22


Episode #30 – Crashing and Electrifying

7/7/2017
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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 […]

Duration: 01:20:27


Episode #29 – Big Sedans, Servicing Autonomous Vehicles, Racing Old Cars

6/30/2017
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This week Sam drives a couple of big American sedans, the Buick LaCrosse and Lincoln Continental and Dan samples the Mazda CX-9. This devolves into a chat about Chris Lattner and working with/for Elon Musk and using rental car companies to service fleets of autonomous vehicles. Then Sam goes all analog with a visit to […]

Duration: 01:18:08


Episode #28 – Luxury Econocars, Big Trucks and Malaise vs Autonomy

6/23/2017
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This week Dan and Sam return to the Ford F-250 Super Duty which Dan is now driving and compare it to the Chevy Silverado 2500. They also talk about BMW’s $100,000 economy car, the 740e plug-in hybrid. Topics include the departure of Travis Kalanick from Uber, the 2017 edition of J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study […]

Duration: 01:17:52


Episode #27 – Jags That Burn Oil On Purpose, Cars That Are Too Good and Some That Aren’t

6/16/2017
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This week we talk about a diesel powered Jaguar XF, a BMW 5 Series that so good it’s boring, the big shuffle at Uber, whether car makers will be the tier 1 suppliers to the tech industry for automated driving and answer a whole bunch of listener questions including some background on Sam’s engineering career. […]

Duration: 01:35:17


Episode #26 – Smokeless Launches and Exhausted Patents

6/10/2017
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This week, Dan and Sam talk about driving the BMW 530i, Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit, Ford Escape Platinum and Acura NSX. Then they dive into how a printer patent case might impact the future of automated driving, the Acura NSX racing program and insuring Teslas. Guest: Art St. Cyr, President Honda Performance Development Links: SCOTUS […]

Duration: 01:19:23


Episode #25 – Aging Trucks, New Crossovers, Vintage Convertibles and Cheap EVs

6/1/2017
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This week Dan and Sam discuss lots of listener comments and questions throughout the show. Dan has spent the week with the Toyota Tundra and advises a listener to look elsewhere for their hauling needs. Sam has the new Chevrolet Equinox and also discusses his new acquisition, a 1990 Mazda Miata. In the ongoing Uber […]

Duration: 01:19:28


Episode #24 – Hauling, Firing, Hiring, Renting and Banning

5/24/2017
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This week Dan and Sam discuss driving the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, hauling decking materials with the new aluminum bodied Ford F250 Super Duty and hauling ass in the Shelby GT350. In the news since the last episode, Lyft will be testing Waymo’s minivans in addition to Chevy Bolts, Theresa May wants to ban internal […]

Duration: 01:46:56


Episode #23 – The Anti-Demon, Midsize Pickups, VW Ads & Ditching The Past

5/11/2017
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On this week’s edition, Dan and Sam discuss whether Fiat might have a better Miata than Mazda with the 124 Spider and whether midsized pickups like the GMC Canyon Denali might be too compromised to be truly useful. Volkswagen has some interesting new ads aimed at attracting buyers to the new Atlas SUV and the […]

Duration: 01:35:20


Episode #22 – Jeep and Ram spinoff, Apple still into cars, Autonomy and Law Enforcement

4/29/2017
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Dan and Sam talk plug-in hybrid minivans, gas-guzzling muscle sedans, autonomy and mobility marketing

Duration: 01:52:37


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

4/21/2017
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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 […]

Duration: 02:05:32


Episode #20 – Stump Pulling Trucks, Sport Sedans, Hatchbacks and Crossover Wagons

4/13/2017
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In episode 20, Dan ponders what to tow with the massive 910 lb-ft of torque available from the redesigned 6.6-liter Duramax diesel in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500 while Sam swaps the BMW 530i for a 330i. Buick has shifted gears with the new 2018 Regal, ditching the trunk in favor of a five-door […]

Duration: 01:20:13


Episode #19 – The Race For Autonomy, New Tech For Old Cars And Flat Tires

4/5/2017
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This week Dan and Sam drive the 2017 Toyota Sienna AWD and BMW 530i and talk about what happens when a run-flat tire loses pressure. Then we talk about Tesla’s market value and why it ranked so low in the new Navigant Research Automated Driving Leaderboard Report. It’s going to take decades before the newest […]

Duration: 01:24:57


Episode #18 – Hacking Tractors, Piech Sells Out, Formula E Expands, Autonomous Tricks

3/25/2017
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Farmers in the heartland are turning to cracked software from Eastern Europe for their tractors, there’s a new crop of manufacturers participating in Formula E, the Piech drama continues at Volkswagen and Porsche, and it’s surprisingly easy to trap an autonomous car. Plus Ford Focus RS, Ram 2500 Power Wagon, and Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. […]

Duration: 01:31:24


Episode #17 – Intel buys Mobileye, Geneva recap, EPA rollback, proposed federal budget

3/17/2017
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Could Intel’s purchase of Mobileye be the key to its survival? We discuss, before recapping the introductions at the Geneva Motor Show and discussing the possible affects of proposed federal moves including a roll-back of EPA fuel economy standards and why cutting the Coast Guard budget is worse for drivers than you may think. Links: […]

Duration: 01:35:49

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