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#165 Scofflaws

3 Dec , 2015   Video

VW still doing the one thing it’s best at, screwing it’s customers, a proposed “solution”
http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1101130_volkswagens-fix-for-european-diesels-gets-the-green-light-but-will-owners-get-the-shaft

Kia announces Niro hybrid crossover
https://www.autonews.com/article/20151116/OEM04/151119908/kia-greenlights-niro-in-green-car-rush

“Cuz ‘plastic’ parts are made for toys”
http://insideevs.com/kia-soul-ev-recalled-for-possible-fault-with-steering-gear/

Tesla says Model S issues have been cut in half
https://chargedevs.com/newswire/tesla-says-model-s-reliability-issues-have-been-cut-in-half/

Wherein the police negate their main function
http://www.streetsblog.net/2015/11/16/speeding-is-a-big-problem-where-police-stopped-google-car-for-slow-driving/#more-165973

Faraday Future still only good at generating press releases, but wait, in January…
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1101151_faraday-future-electric-car-concept-coming-to-2016-ces
And, in the “heinous parlance of our time”, they’re still full of shit…
https://www.facebook.com/faradayfuture/posts/975454742521152

Audi e3 etron has 17 mile range
http://insideevs.com/audi-a3-e-tron-gets-up-to-17-miles-of-electric-range-according-to-epa-ultra-version-emerges/

Fall back and spring forward, tips for driving during the season change
https://www.metromile.com/blog/fall-driving-tips-2/

Two minute news topics…

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/57871-Production-X-Configuration-Has-Begun!

http://www.businessinsider.com/vws-us-sales-got-destroyed-in-november-2015-12

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1101216_2017-chevrolet-bolt-ev-production-car-spied-before-2016-ces-reveal

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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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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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#134 Market Manipulation

3 Apr , 2015   Video

Thanks to Patrick Connor for this week’s title.

On the show this week, the triumphal return of Danny Cooper, Russell Frost, Tony Schaefer, Patrick Connor and Paul Guzyk.

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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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#49 Special Guest: Inventor, Anthony Reale

5 Feb , 2011  

An amazing show. The first half of show stars inventor, Anthony Reale, the man who created the Strait Power device.

http://straitpower.blogspot.com/

The remainder of the show is dedicated to covering this week’s news.

Bloom energy’s subscription plan
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/24/bloom-electrons-pay-what-you-consume-…

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#47 Dressed For It

12 Jan , 2011  

Ford has a big week, figures out they can scoop NAIAS by releasing news at CES the week before.
C-Max’s
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/10/ford-announces-c-max-hybrid-and-c-max…
And Mulally rams the point home on how cool CES is (and he’s dead on right)
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/06/ford-motor-company-ceo-alan-mulally-t…
3 million SYNC systems installed in Fords
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/04/ford-installs-sync-in-more-than-3-mil…

Who was recently talking about mounting iPads in dashes? Maybe it was…US
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/06/visteon-puts-an-ipad-in-a-car-dashboa…

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#46 An Historic And Proud Day For All Orange Americans

5 Jan , 2011  

Danny and Russell are joined by Linda Weidemann and Jason Holder. This week they discuss SUVs, quick chargers for EVs, Fisker Karma and Tesla Model S pricing, something called the Wheego, a funny looking electric bike, Toyota’s Entune system and make some NAIAS predictions.

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SUVs lead US auto sales
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/29/AR201012…

EV quick chargers
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/02/chademo-ev-quick-chargers-to-get-wide…

The Karma gets marked up to $95k and Tesla assures everyone the Model S will stay at $57K, Which is the path to success?
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/02/tesla-assures-57k-model-s-will-be-pro…

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