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#158 Tesla Model X reveal

30 Sep , 2015   Video

Yes, we talk the inside, the outside and everything in between on the Tesla Model X this week, as well dissect some new Volt ads and briefly mention hydrogen.

Featuring:

Russell Frost

Tony Schaefer

Patrick Connor

Mark Coughlan

My 2MN:
One more reason why Jeremy Clarkson is an oversized douche
http://www.theweek.co.uk/jeremy-clarkson/62887/jeremy-clarkson-comes-to-the-defence-of-volkswagen

In addition to our two minute topics we’ll talk about…
Psychological issue is “real” (and it is)
Tesla goes euro opening Tilburg factory, eurodisney only sneers
Model X debut
More fallout from VW?
General follow up last week’s vivisection of the German prevaricator
LINKBAIT O’THE WEEK: Why stupid financial sites like “Seeking Alpha” can’t even figure out the right questions to ask…
real disruption won’t happen until BEVs become cheaper to make than ICE cars.
Patrick informs me otherwise.
Where the alt cars really don’t make sense, fuel cells, the quest for unicorn tears continues…
*Special thanks to Danny Cooper for the gear. Huge dude, huge.

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#144 Pop Culture Invasion

17 Jun , 2015   Video

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#143 Is He Still Alive?

11 Jun , 2015   Video

Danny calls in sick but Russell bravely soldiers on with Evan Fusco, Patrick Connor and Paul Guzyk at his side. The topics? Oh we got topics…

Another nail in the coffin for franchise dealers, well, not really but we wish…
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/06/costco-grows-to-become-a-leading-car-seller/index.htm
ADJUNCT story, Chevy dealer learns that by actually not pissing off everyone who asks, you can sell a lot of Volts…
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1098599_high-volume-chevy-volt-dealer-how-to-sell-successfully-lessons-learned

A follow up or continuation of a topic from last week, how branded telematics shove the manufacturer to the side…
http://www.businessinsider.com/raymond-james-apple-google-enemies-auto-industry-carplay-android-2015-6?utm_source=googleplaynewsstand&utm_medium=referral

EVs and resale value
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1098663_used-electric-cars-which-hold-their-value-best-which-is-worst

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Review

2016 Toyota Mirai – Preview

6 Jun , 2015  

– by Jon B

We live in an interesting time. A time where science and technology are at the forefront and in the automotive world, the leading edge in alternative fuel technology at the moment is electric vehicles with manufacturers like Nissan, Tesla, Ford and General Motors putting out their versions of what an electric car should be. Notably absent is the Japanese giant that is Toyota with a reincarnation of its RAV4 EV with battery technology borrowed from billionaire Elon Musk. It should’ve been a raging success – the combination of Toyota quality, durability and reliability and Tesla’s battery and motor technology. Alas, Mr. Toyoda has other plans and the release of the Mirai is an example of his vision of future.

16miraiside


Mira-what?

Me-rye. It’s Japanese for “future”.  Toyota thinks that battery electric vehicles should be limited to the short distance, city driving (although Elon has proved otherwise) and suggests that fuel cell vehicles are what the public wants. Toyota suggests that those that are used to petrol-powered vehicles will warm up to fuel cell cars as the range and refuelling times are similar. Excuse me Toyoda-san, there’s the slight issue of actually having hydrogen stations where one can refuel in the first place. Nevertheless, the focus of the article is the Mirai and not a discussion of which form of fuel or energy the future should use.

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#141 A Different Kind of Sausage Fest

28 May , 2015   Video

In which we learn that Evan’s favorite place to charge has a lot to do with pork sausage.

Danny is taking week off so Paul Guzyk, Evan Fusco and Patrick Connor keep Russell from getting in too much trouble this week.

Field of dreams…
http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/OEM05/305259973/kansas-city-bids-to-become-ev-mecca

Tennessee to offer EV rebate
http://www.wcyb.com/news/Tenn-about-to-offer-electric-vehicle-rebates/33205286

Tesla traveling road show OR Elon in a box
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/tesla-has-mobile-foldable-container-store-will-tour-us-and-europe.html

Oxymoron, fuel cell park
http://rep-am.com/news/local/883630.txt

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Review

2015 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L Trendline+ Test Drive

15 Apr , 2015  

– by Jon B

It’s premium German engineering at a price engineered to get you moving”. The tagline is certainly appropriate for the Jetta, with a starting price of Cdn$14,990. Canadians certainly responded as Volkswagen Canada moved 31,042 Jettas in 2014, which accounts for nearly 50% of its total sales. One may recall that the cost of entry into the Volkswagen family started in the low $20,000s less than a decade ago, so how did Volkswagen manage to drop the price substantially?

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#132 Red Barchetta

20 Mar , 2015   Video

This week Danny is out sick so Russell was left struggling by himself. Luckily for him, he had lots of help from the very capable, Evan Fusco, Patrick Connor and Tony Schaefer.

This isn’t an idea, it’s stupidity and yet another subsidy for polluting vehicles
http://www.myorego.org

It’s all about money for the carmakers, nothing else
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1097175_should-safer-cars-get-credit-for-more-mpg-automaker-trade-group-says-yes

The car as a utility for moving
http://www.wired.com/2015/03/the-economic-impact-of-autonomous-vehicles?utm_content=buffer1fc5f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

—Predictions on the Tesla press conference about twelve after we record this week’s show

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#131 Afternoon Delight

16 Mar , 2015   Video

Something different this week, since the regular panel was taking the week off, Danny and Russell do the show as duo recording in the afternoon rather than the evening. All of which leads to some discussion on…

Whistle while you work, sorry, charge while you drive
http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/7/8167489/goodyear-concept-tires-can-help-power-your-electric-car

A bigger boondoggle than FCV’s? How about FCV marketing? Another embarrassing ad for Mirai
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1097135_toyota-mirai-fuel-cell-cars-ad-agency-should-study-engine-technology-more-closely

We back track on an earlier story, now Apple claims CarPlay will come from every major manufacturer, except?
http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/news/a25219/tim-cook-apple-carplay-coming-to-every-major-car-brand/?utm_content=buffer33a14&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Tesla cuts jobs in China on slow sales
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/foreign/2015/03/08/tesla-cuts-jobs-china/24632535/

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Review

2015 Toyota Corolla – Test Drive by Jon B.

10 Feb , 2015  

 

We’ve learned, around the What Drives Us HQ that when Jon B. talks, it’s a good idea to listen. His encyclopedic knowledge of vehicles and his constant testing and driving and reviewing of new cars as they come out, means he knows more about what’s on the road than most. So we’re especially excited to post Jon’s latest work, a look inside the newest Corolla.

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