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Episode #046 – Comparing Benzes, Driverless In The Desert, Corvette Engine Position

This week, Dan and Sam compare notes on the two Mercedes-Benz cars they drove, the E400 coupe and 2018 S560 4Matic sedan. Sam ponders whether partially automated systems are a good idea and whether everyone should simply take the Waymo path of highly automated driving that launching without a driver this week in Arizona. With […]

Duration: 01:21:32

Episode #045 – Plugged-in Cadillac and Casey Falls In Love

This week a special guest joins Dan and Sam. Casey Liss of the Accidental Tech Podcast and Analog(ue) stops by to share his thoughts on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Volvo Sensus. Sam ponders the Cadillac CT6 Plug-in and his experience visiting Waymo’s secret test track in the California desert. Links Safety First As […]

Duration: 01:29:04

Episode #044 – Wagons Are The Correct Answer, More Grip Is Better

This week Sam praises Volvo for continuing to build great wagons, Dan plays with a fast BMW and the guys discuss acquisitions, working overtime and more. Links Delphi buys nuTonomy Ford adds grip to the 2018 Mustang GT

Duration: 01:17:03

Episode #043 -Form Way Behind Function, Cheap New or Better Used?

This week, Sam talks about driving the Prius Prime which if you can get past the design is a really good and fuel efficient car. Dan ponders Mitsubishi Mirage GT and whether it’s really worth buying a new car when you can something slightly used that’s way better and then transitions to the Volkswagen Golf […]

Duration: 01:30:44

Episode #042 – Maxi Mini, Family Haulin’, Car Subscriptions & Autonomous Safety

This week, Dan hauls his family around in the Hyundai Santa Fe and Sam ponders how big a Mini can be and still be a Mini. If you have a hard time committing to just one car, subscription services like Passport by Porsche may be the answer for you. Mislabeling of metals is not a […]

Duration: 01:29:22

Episode #041 – SuperCruising Across America, EVs Coming Up Everywhere

We’re back with a regular episode with Sam driving the Acura TLX A-Spec and Dan expounding upon the Subaru Crosstrek Premium. Last week Sam spent a couple of days crossing the heartland in a Cadillac CT6 with his hands mostly off the steering wheel. Along the way, it seems like everyone from vacuum cleaner maven […]

Duration: 01:47:32

Special Episode – Zooming Toward An Electric Car Future

Talking about vehicle electrification on On Point

Duration: 00:46:54

Episode #040 – The ADAS and Autonomous Landscape

Between Sam travelling last week and Dan’s family stuff, we weren’t able to get it together for a fresh regular episode of the show. We promise to get back to regular programming in the next couple of days. However, in the meantime, here’s a special episode. As part of Sam’s gig as a senior analyst […]

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

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 […]

Duration: 01:29:15

Episode #038 – Grand Touring, Fun Hybrids, Frankfurt and Mazda Cleverness

The guys return after a week away with Dan getting his turn at the Kia Niro while Sam tours in the Lexus LC500. We review the highlights of the Frankfurt Motor Show plus the hideous BMW X7, discuss what the NTSB had to say about a fatal Tesla crash, ponder stolen VW diesels and marvel […]

Duration: 01:41:41

Episode #037 – Hot Hondas, Acuras, Hyundais, Pizzas and A Not-so Hot Mitsubishi

This week we talk about lots of the vehicles we’ve recently driven. Sam samples a pair of very different Acura hybrids with some shared hardware. He then heads to the track to play with the hottest Civic ever the Type-R and talks with product planner Rob Keogh. Dan gets in the decidedly mediocre Mitsubishi Outlander […]

Duration: 01:38:35

Episode #036 – Rome Isn’t Burning, Why Skip The VCs? & Diesel Crossovers

The guys are back with a regular episode wherein we drive sibling vehicles from Korea, the Hyundai Elantra Sport and Kia Niro FE. Sam was wiped out last week after a whirlwind trip to San Francisco for the City of Tomorrow symposium hosted by Ford. While there he got the chance to talk with Bryan […]

Duration: 01:23:17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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