This week on Car Talk, how many thousands of dollars can one hour of lousy car advice pump into an ailing economy? Well, when that hour starts with a Saab owner who’s going to be transmission shopping, we may be able to match the Gross Domestic Product of Guinea-Bissau. Or better. Things take a turn for the bearish, though, when Jacob scores a free do-over on his timing belt replacement– and when Lee’s Lincoln turns out to need a new “Whoop Tube.” (How do you figure costs of replacing an imaginary part?) Happily, Laura brings us back on track. She loves her Camry so much, she can’t wait to dump it and get something more suited to her growing dog. Also, someone may be messing around with mileage markers in Montana; and, on Stump the Chumps, did Tom and Ray help save Mark’s socks from being soaked by transmission fluid? All this, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
The Genesis brand is finally getting an SUV and it looks like the 2021 GV80 was worth the wait. It will be hitting American roads in the fall of 2020 but if you want a detailed look at it now, Tom Voelk has you covered with a preview. A bonus, he talks to Tony Chen, Genesis Creative Manager and Lead Exterior Designer for the GV80 who describes the inspiration for the vehicle’s design. And there’s a sneak peek at the next Driven preview, the Genesis G80 sedan.
This week we have Terry O’Keefe from OMVIC joining us to talk about all-in price advertising. We talk about what all-in price advertising means, what it includes, and why it is so important that dealerships in Ontario honour it when you shop for a car. We tell you what to watch out for during your dealership shopping experience and how to protect yourself from overpaying for your next vehicle. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the all-electric 2020 Mini Cooper SE.
LOOPHOLE CLOSING CONSULTATION OPENS
A consultation, with suggestions on closing loopholes on the use of mobile phones whilst driving, has been announced. Whilst these are a welcome step, some are asking if the Government is really serious about safety as there are no proposals to ban hands-free mobile phone calls, even though there is a stack of scientific evidence that proves how impaired a driver becomes. To read more about the consultation, click the BBC News article here. To go straight to the consultation, click the link here. To listen to Nick Freeman discuss how the proposals do not go far enough, click the YouTube link here.
COLLABORATIVE POTHOLE MAP CREATED
The Government, collaborating with the likes of Uber, Tesco, Deliveroo and Ocaado, will create a map of the UK’s roads, allowing highway departments to plan their works and take advantage of the fund set aside for mending the epidemic of potholes on our roads. To read more, click the Motoring Research article here.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S ‘MISSING LINK’ ROAD CONSULTATION RESULTS
Following a public consultation, the ‘missing link’ road, that would join the M5 and M4 up, updated plans have been released for further scrutiny. After more than 2000 people contributed last time, Highways England was able to modify their plans to be less disruptive to the environment, repurpose the existing road and benefit local communities. To find out more, click the link to the Motoring Research article that also includes a link to the consultation.
LONDON’S CONGESTION CHARGE MAY INCREASE IN SIZE
Transport for London is once again asking the Government for financial aid, apparently, one of the conditions is to increase the size of the Congestion Charge, as well as remove reductions in cost to some. When we first covered the changes to the Congestion Charge, earlier in the year, we were told it was the Government demanding such change, which turned out to be false. To read more, and make your own mind up until more detail is know, click the MyLondon link here.
TFL DATA PROJECT
Transport for London has begun a data project to map all dockless hire bicycles and e-bikes. This will help TfL understand traffic flows and patterns, as well as hot spots for poor bike storage. To read more, click The Register article here.
NOISE CAMERAS DEPLOYED IN WEST LONDON
In a bid to stamp out the roads of West London being turned into ‘race tracks’, noise cameras have been installed, with a trigger limit of 75dB. Some have already been caught exceeding this level. To read more, click the Motoring Research article here.
BMW RECALLS ALL 2020 BUILT PHEVS
All plug-in hybrids built between January and October 2020, have been recalled by BMW, due to a fire risk. This affects the 3, 5 and 7 Series, the X1, X2, X3and X5 SUVs, the 2 Series Active Tourer and the Mini Countryman PHEV. Added to that the i8, if built this year, is also effected. To read more, click the Autocar article here,
LOTUS EXPANDING HETHEL BASE
Lotus is investing in their base at Hethel as well as opening a new location, on the campus at University Warwick. The expansion and improvements are to help the engineering consultancy part of the business. To read more, click the Autocar article here.
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DESIGNERS MOOD BOARD: ALDO BRAVARONE PASSES AWAY
Aldo Bravarone, who worked for Pininfarina, has passed away aged 94. He designed such cars as the Ferrari Dino, Maserati A6GCS and Lancia Gamma Coupé. To read an excellent obituary, click the Classic & Sports Car link here.
DESIGNERS MOOD BOARD: DIEZ RETURNS TO SEAT
Jorge Diez has returned to SEAT, for a third time. Having spent the last 12 months with Mitsubishi Europe he goes back to a company he has clearly has a fondness for. To read more, including the names Andrew mangled, click the FormTrends article here.
LUNCHTIME READ: SCHRÖDINGER’S CAR
Emissions Analytics has produced an article that gives us a much better insights into the reality of Plug-In Hybrids, including their positives and negatives. They suggest we could be walking into another issue, similar to the diesel one after politicians in Europe encouraged up to buy diesel. To read more, click the EA link here.
LIST OF THE WEEK: WORST CAR NAMES OF ALL TIME
There are some hilarious and downright bad names on the List of the Week, giving us all options for the worst car name. Pull up a chair, grab a beverage and enjoy as the various suggestions automatically move past your eyes. To view the options, click the Motoring Research article here. .
AND FINALLY: MINI METRO TURNS 40
MZR Roadsports (@mzr_roadsports) are a specialist builder of custom Datsun 240Zs. They create an amazing version of this cool Japanese sports car with attention to detail in all areas. Rahail and I have a chat about the journey of the business, the cars and what’s coming in the future.
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00:00 = Intro
00:43 = Datsun vs Nissan
01:47 = Where did it all begin?
10:05 = What have been some of the hardest things along the way?
14:40 = Who are customers for these cars?
16:50 = The Process
18:35 = Corona
19:28 = When do the specs need to be locked in?
21:32 = Different body styles? + MZR 50
23:50 = The engines
26:10 = The chassis
27:56 = What’s the difference between driving an original and one of your cars?
34:42 = How many cars have you made?
35:57 = How much does a car cost?
41:20 = Would you sell parts to other people?
43:50 = What’s been your proudest moment of this process?
49:10 = Have you had new customers come through instagram?
53:46 = 5 Questions
From the Miura to the Countach and the Diablo, several Lamborghini models are among the most iconic cars of their type. But how many of them have been truly great supercars? In this episode of the podcast, Dan and Andrew get stuck into that basic paradox at the heart of Lamborghini. There’s also time to discuss the new and slightly disappointing VW Golf GTI, plus the return of a British Formula 1 icon. We hope you enjoy listening. Support DN on Patreon for exclusive content. Find on us Instagram @drivenation_
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Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing the recent unveiling of the genre-bending, new-for-2022 GMC Hummer EV truck. Joost De Vries, VP of Global Sales and Customer Experience for Karma Automotive, joins us for a talk about how the company started and where it hopes to go in the future. Tom has a surprisingly tricky “When was it introduced?” quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog–including our first-drive review of the redesigned-for-2021 Cadillac Escalade full-size luxury SUV.
This week we give our first impressions of the 2021 Lexus IS, discuss what has changed from the previous model and if the redesign is adequate to make this compact sports sedan stand out against rivals like the BMW 3 series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C class. GMC revealed its all-new fully electric 2022 Hummer EV, we discuss some of its glamorous features and if it’s enticing enough to steal the spotlight from the Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T. Also we breakdown CR’s new study on EV wall chargers and provide tips on how to improve the charging experience.
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00:00 – Introduction
00:34 – 2022 GMC Hummer EV Preview
03:05 – CR’s Wall-mounted Car Charger Study
08:56 – 2021 Lexus IS First Impressions
15:43 – Question #1: Is now a good time to sell an unneeded vehicle?
19:02 – Question #2: Is the Toyota Avalon Hybrid as reliable as the regular Avalon?
23:05 – Question #3: Is leasing a Subaru Crosstrek, Hyundai Venue, or Kia Seltos a good idea?
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