audio and video,What Drives Us episode

#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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audio and video,What Drives Us episode

#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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What Drives Us episode

#157 – VW Goes Up In Smoke

24 Sep , 2015   Video

This week Russell & Danny are joined by Paul, Tony, & Pat for a look inside how Volkswagen got busted for cheating on emissions tests, the repercussions that are coming for them and their owners, and how it might boost plug-in/EV sales. Also, the Apple Titan electric vehicle might be a real car come 2019, and pricing information is out on the Tesla Model X SUV. Plus, will the Tesla Model X qualify for the $25,000 “Hummer” Tax Credit? Should it? We discuss.

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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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