This week on The Best of Car Talk, Peterson is afraid to put air in his tires. Is he doomed to depending on the kindness of strangers with pumps, or can Tom and Ray help cure him—or at least outfit him properly in case there is an explosion? Elsewhere, towing may be Dave’s best option for transporting his beloved LeMans cross-country, because the car could fall off somewhere in Nebraska; Hanz can’t decide if his wife’s behavior at stoplights is utterly brilliant or utterly wacko; and Elizabeth may be asking too much from her Volvo. Is shutting down when she turns on the wipers really such a big deal? All this, plus a world record for parking in a small space and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Many 3-row crossovers are hulking machines that are cumbersome to drive in heavy traffic. The all-new 2021 Kia Sorento is more manageable but still offers extra seating when needed. And let’s face it, many times that extra row is a “just in case” purchase. The new all-wheel drive X-Line model adds an inch of ground clearance and a tougher Ranger Rick look. Will Sorento finally get the love Telluride is seeing? Tom Voelk checks out an Aruba Green example that’s a good value at $43,760.
This week we have Eli Melnik from Start Auto Electric joining us to discuss the pros and cons of all-wheel drive. We talk about the benefits of having all-wheel drive and whether it is necessary as a winter safety aid. We talk about the performance of a two-wheel drive car with winter tires versus an all-wheel drive car and which option may be best suited for your needs. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES FOR DECEMBER AND ALL 2020
The New Car Registration figures are dissected for December and the whole of 2020. That the overall figure is only down 29% for 2020 is remarkable. The Top 10 registered cars (not sellers!) has a different look to it. As a side note, the Ford Transit Custom had more registered than the third place Golf for 2020. To read more, click the SMMT article here.
56,000 VW GOLF MODELS RECALLED
Volkswagen is issuing a “voluntary service measure”, to fix software issues with the Golf’s infotainment and reversing camera systems. VW has struggled with software issues for both the Golf and ID.3, which were launched last year. To read more, click the Reuters article here.
SUPERMARKETS ACCUSED OF FUEL PRICE RIP-OFF
Supermarkets have increased their forecourt prices well above the cost of wholesale fuel. This has led to anger from motoring groups and customers. To read more, click the Motoring Research article here.
ANPR CAMERAS USED BY DEVON AND CORNWALL
Devon and Cornwall Police are deploying ANPR cameras, to spot vehicles entering the counties who are not registered locally, to prevent those travelling from other areas doing so against the latest Covid restriction rules. To read more, click the Motoring Research article here.
DETROIT 2021 MOTOR SHOW CANCELLED
Organisers of the 2021 Detroit Motor Show have taken the advanced step of cancelling the event that was due to take place in September. New plans are for a combined indoor and outdoor experience aimed at car fans, with a location of Phoenix. To read more, click the Motoring Research article here.
COMPANIES WITH NEW FLAT LOGOS
Thanks to electrification and the ability to light up car badges or logos, many companies have reinvigorated theirs, with a ‘flat’ design. Kia is the latest to do so, along with General Motors. To find out more about what the new looks represent for Kia click the Autocar article here. To learn more about what GM have done, click the Autocar article here. To find out who else has made this move in the last year, click the Dezeen article here.
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FORMULA E: MCLAREN TAKE OPTION TO JOIN GEN3 SERIES
McLaren have taken up the option to join the Formula E series, from 2022/23 season. There is no news if this will be partnering the Andretti team, who will be without a manufacturer or going solo. To read more, click the Formula E article here.
FORMULA E: GEN3 POWERTRAIN SUPPLIER SELECTED
Formula E has announced the selection of the Gen3 ‘front powertrain kit’ supplier to be Atieva, who are the current battery supplier. To read more, click The Race article here.
FORMULA E: ESPORTS SERIES ANNOUNCED
Formula E will be launching a new eSPorts series, to begin later in January, which will combine sim racers with the real-world racers into manufacturer team, with both helping to decide the manufacturer title. There is also a combined €100,000 prize fund to be shared, along with a Gen2 car test drive. To read more, click The Race article here.
FORMULA E: NEW PLAN B TRACK LINED UP
Formula E has been working hard for ‘Plan B’, in case the pandemic affects any of the races this year, with a back-up track. The new layout of Valencia is the favourite to fill any gaps. To read more, click The Race article here.
WRC: MONTE CARLO RALLY SCHEDULE
The shortened schedule of the Monte Carlo Rally has been announced, with rubber stamping expected anytime, which will mean the even can take place. Organisers and local officials will monitor the situation closely but the hope is the rally will take place now. To read more, click the DirtFish article here.
WRC: YPRES IN WITH GB OUT
WRC mad the sad announcement that Rally GB will be dropped from the 2021 calendar, to be replaced by Ypres. To read more on that move, click the DirtFish article here.
The fear is now, that we will not see another WRC event in Britain for many years to come. To understand how we have got to that situation and how it does look so bleak, click the DirtFIsh article here.
LUNCHTIME READ: SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE….
Emission Analytics has a very good article about the pros and cons of trying to move to zero emission transportation, what the options are and how some are more suitable than others for particular needs. In other words, they bring some much needed balance and show the nuances that are part of the issue. To read this excellent piece, click the link here.
LIST OF THE WEEK: THE CAR WORLD’S GREATEST MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
Autocar has compiled a slide show with 5 examples of cars that could’ve been great but for a variety of reasons were not. To run through the list, click the link here.
AND FINALLY: WHEN IS A GATE NOT A GATE?
Somerset Council installed a new cattle grid and gate on one particular road that has flummoxed many automatic emergency braking systems into thinking it was, in fact, a wall or obstruction. Due to the gradient when approaching the cattle grid, the sensors ‘saw’ something blocking the car’s path, applied the brakes, which has caused a few incidents. The council has adapted the area, spending quite a bit of cash to reduce the camber and gradient. To read more, click the BBC News article here.
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Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing the recently announced winners of the 2021 North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year awards. Jonathan Buhler, Communications Manager for Sports Cars and Sedans for Nissan USA, joins us to talk about the North American Nissan Heritage Collection and the past, present, and future of the Nissan Z sports car. Tom has a quiz for Damon and Jill on the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog, including test-drive reviews of the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS and 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, and a look at GM’s new corporate logo.
We’ve completed testing of our 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, and discuss how this plug-in hybrid performed, and why it might outshine the Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid. Apple made automotive news recently concerning the potential development of an Apple-branded car produced by Hyundai; we discuss these reports, and consider the many ways the auto industry and big tech companies are converging to impact the car market. Other topics include the Toyota Yaris GR, if a hitch-mounted bike rack could prematurely age your car’s springs, and whether adaptive cruise control has an impact on fuel efficiency.
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00:00 – Introduction
00:34 – News of potential Apple-branded car produced by Hyundai.
09:19 – 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Test Results
19:41 – Question #1: Why is the Toyota Yaris GR AWD not available in the US?
25:17 – Question #2: Does adaptive cruise control have an effect on fuel efficiency?
26:37 – Question #3: Could having a hitch mounted bike rack over an extended period of time have negative impact on the car’s springs?
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