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How One Man Got the Best Job in the World

Welcome back. This week we have another episode of the TTAC podcast!

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These Car Brands Will Be Expensive to Maintain

Hey hey, whaddaya say? Today is podcast day!

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You Shouldn't Be Afraid of Autonomous Cars, Here's Why

It's podcast time again. This week, we talk with Alex Roy, principal at Johnson and Roy Advisors, a company that provides strategy for companies in the AI, robotics, and transportation space, about why autonomous cars aren't so scary.

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These Are the Cars You Should Buy Used

It's time for another podcast!

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Here's Why Consumers Are Scared of Self-Driving Cars

Today is Friday, so it must be podcast day!

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There’s a New Problem With Electric Cars That No One Saw Coming

This week we sit down with Cody Stolle, research assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and the assistant director at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, to discuss a lesser-known problem with EVs and road safety.

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These Are the Best Family Cars for 2024

This week we sit down with John Vincent, senior editor of vehicle testing at U.S. News & World Report, to discuss their best cars for families for 2024.

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The Best Cars from the 2024 New York Auto Show

Last week in New York, I sat down with Brian Moody, the executive editor at AutoTrader, to discuss what was going in Manhattan at the 2024 New York Auto Show.

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How Do Automakers Handle Politics?

As regular readers know, the regulatory side of the automotive industry is hugely important. It's not as fun to read about as a well-written car review of some sexy sports car being tested in Spain, but it matters a lot. Not just to those employed in the industry (or in industry-adjacent jobs, like mine) but also to the car-buying public.

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These Are The Most Reliable Car Brands

For today's podcast, we sat down with Tyson Jominy, Vice President, data and analytics for J.D. Power, to discuss what the most reliable car brands are.

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Have We Reached Peak EV (Part Two)?

Last week we were discussing electric vehicles with BJ Birtwell, who likely would consider himself and EV evangelist, and Alex Knizek from Consumer Reports, who noted that seven of this year's top 10 vehicles were electrified.

This week we dig deeper into what is happening with the EV market.

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Have We Reached Peak EV? (Part 1)

Electric vehicles are dominating the industry conversation, so we had a chat with someone who is a bit of an EV evangelist...as well as with a journalist who noted that his outlet elected seven electrified vehicles to its latest Top 10 list.

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Are Plug-In Hybrids the Future?

On today's podcast, we ponder if plug-in hybrids are the future, talk Tesla and Ram, and ruminate on our first races attended as fans.

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This State Might Ban Gasoline Cars. Here’s Who’s Fighting Back

This week we speak with Mike Spagnola, president and CEO of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), about a proposed ban on internal-combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in Connecticut.

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Are Auto Shows Dying?

The question I posed in the headline is an interesting one. There's been a lot of consternation that auto shows are dying, set to be killed by a changing world.

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TTAC Podcast: What's the Best Used Car for the Money?

Welcome back to the TTAC podcast! Today we have Karl Brauer, executive analyst for iSeeCars.com, on to talk about best and worst used cars for the money. TTAC car reviewer Chris Tonn also sits in.

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TTAC Podcast: Talking Frozen Teslas With Tom Appel and Chris Tonn
TTAC Podcast: The Best and Worst Cars with Jake Fisher of Consumer Reports

We're doubling up this week after the tech issues we faced last week.

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TTAC Podcast: We're Back!

We promised you a podcast last week, and we're back!

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Housekeeping: The TTAC Podcast Returns!

Hey there! Remember the podcast we did until early last year? It was put on hiatus for a variety of reasons we'll keep in house -- and now, it's back!

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Shameless Self Promotion: TTAC Joins The Consumer Guide Podcast

Just a quick note of self-promotion here. You've heard our podcasts. Now you can check out my guest spot on Consumer Guide's podcast.

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TTAC Podcast: 2023 Chicago Auto Show

As February ends, we look back a couple of weeks to the 2023 Chicago Auto Show on our latest podcast.

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TTAC Podcast: Talking Mazda and More



Time for yet more shameless self-promotion! The latest episode of our podcast is now live. On it, we discuss the Mazda CX-90, EV pricing, and Honda's fuel-cell strategy.

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TTAC Podcast Episode 8 Has Dropped

In our final podcast episode of the year, I chat about the new Toyota Prius and Kia EV6 GT with automotive industry analyst Robby DeGraff, who works for AutoPacific.

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Chatting LA and EVs on the Latest TTAC Podcast

The latest episode of the TTAC podcast is here!

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TTAC's Next Podcast: Chatting Cars With Robby DeGraff

The TTAC podcast is back, and we were aggressively Midwest this time around.

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TTAC Podcast Episode 3: New York Auto Show, State of the Industry, and More

The next episode of the TTAC podcast is here!

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Talking Gas Prices and More on the Second TTAC Podcast

Hi there! Remember that podcast we did a few weeks back? Well, we’re back with more.

There’s also more to come.

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Housekeeping: We Have a Podcast Now

One of my hopes as editor of this august site has been to get a podcast off the ground. It was a back-burner idea for years, then Matt and Steph and I recorded a trial run in 2020.

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The Case For Better Place: Shai Agassi Addresses The APEC Transport/Energy Ministerial Conference

TTAC’s Twitter followers already know that I’m at the 2011 APEC Transport/Energy Ministerial Meeting in San Francisco, rubbing elbows with key decision-makers from the world of energy and transportation across the Asia-Pacific region. Earlier today I had the opportunity to sit down with Better Place CEO Shai Agassi, the intense, formidable CEO of Project Better Place. I’ll be writing about that conversation shortly, but many of the major points are covered in the speech Agassi gave shortly afterwards to assembled ministers, media and businesspeople. The speech boils down Better Place’s hugely ambitious plan to tackle one of the most complex challenges the world faces: transportation’s dependence on oil. If you’re looking for an Al Gore-style “green” speech, keep looking. Agassi tackles the problem from an economic and technological approach, and he makes a case that is well worth about 17 minutes of your time.

If you’re not familiar with Better Place, you can read some of TTAC’s coverage of the battery-swapping, network-managing, mileage-leasing project at our Project Better Place tag here (much of it on-the-ground reporting from Tal Bronfer, who has been following its rollout in the Israeli market). A comparison of battery swap to other EV business models can be found here, and a study of EV grid management issues can be found here.

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Daily Podcast: Ain't No Time for the Summertime Blues
Daily Podcast: Ain't No Time For The Summertime Blues
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(Not So) Daily Podcast: And We're Back
(Not So) Daily Podcast: And We're Back
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Daily Podcast: No Sale
Daily Podcast: No Sale
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Daily Podcast: Clunker Nation
Daily Podcast: Clunker Nation
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Daily Podcast: What Is the Chrysler Brand?
Daily Podcast: What Is The Chrysler Brand?
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Daily Podcast: Something For Everyone
Daily Podcast: Something For Everyone
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Daily Podcast: CAFE Culture

The list of CAFE violators ( in PDF form) reads like a valet’s to-do list: Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati. These firms pay CAFE fines because, well, they can. CAFE fines are calculated by multiplying each tenth of a mile per gallon of average non-compliance by $5.50, then multiplying that dollar amount by the number of vehicles sold. As a result, luxury firms pay the highest fines when they try to go mass market: Merecedes paid about $30 million for 2007. But if CAFE is already weighted to let small companies off the hook, why are we hearing about new rules which seem to relax standards for firms selling fewer than 400k vehicles per term? Aren’t the regular loopholes enough?

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Daily Podcast: Outta Sight Oversight
Daily Podcast: Outtasight Oversight
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Daily Podcast: A8 Misbehavin'

As promised in today’s podcast, here’s a teaser image of the forthcoming Audi A8 (courtesy of Top Gear‘s blog).

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Daily Podcast: The Great Kuga Hunt

No, we’re not talking about stalking women of a certain age. To my summer flu-addled mind, this Focus-based softroader should be on the US market already, cashing in on one of the few successful segments left here. We hear it’s going to be built in Kentucky, but when?

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Daily Podcast: Confusion for Clunkers
Daily Podcast: Confusion For Clunkers
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Daily Podcast: Fording the River
Daily Podcast: Fording The River
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Daily Podcast: Weeklong Testing

As Robert posted below, TTAC is redoubling its efforts to get timely road tests by reaching out to the very manufacturers we lay into on a daily basis. But why, you might ask, would these giant firms feed the mouth that bites them?

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Daily Podcast: Death To The Car Mag

Like most people under the age of 40, I never read car magazines. Actually that’s not true. I’ve been stealing copies of Auto Motor und Sport from my dad for years. Even after its long trip across the Atlantic, the anal-retentive German’s anal-retentive car magazine still manages to scoop the American mags on many of the most compelling industry developments. But the real draw is the mag’s road testing, which really confirms every stereotype of Teutonic attention to detail. No metric is too mundane to be measured, graphed and scored… think Consumer Reports for people who actually like cars and think OCD medication is for the weak. On the other side of the equation is evo magazine, which is hands-down the best enthusiast-oriented car magazine.

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Daily Podcast: Doom, Unaverted

GM claims to be calibrated to break even at a Seasonally Adjusted Annual sales Rate (SAAR) of 10m sales. Which assumes that GM’s portion of those sales will remain steady. As we’ve learned today, that’s not likely. GM’s market share is being pummelled by bad news, bailout backlash, and (according to the Merrill Lynch report) poor product replacement rates. While GM talks up the Volt, discusses a Prius fighter and touts an American-made compact, its major product push has been centered around a single dying brand (Buick) and its single new product, the LaCrosse. Yes there’s a new Equinox, but has anyone noticed? Camaro may be the choice of bold, audacious lemmings everywhere, but for how long? It’s gut check time . . .

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Daily Podcast: The Wages Of Sin
Daily Podcast: The Wages Of Sin
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Daily Podcast: What's In A Name?
Daily Podcast: What's In A Name?
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Daily Podcast: The Once And Future Czar
Daily Podcast: The Once And Future Czar
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Bob Lutz Speaks and Speaks and Speaks and Speaks and Speaks
Ex-Car Czar Bob Lutz has made the jump to hyperspace, joining New GM as . . . Car Czar. Of course, Bob can’t quite leave the Old School behind. More sp…
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Daily Podcast: Sex Sells
Daily Podcast: Sex Sells
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Daily Podcast: Cars Of Future Past
Daily Podcast: Cars Of Future Past
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Daily Podcast: Board To Tears
Daily Podcast: Board To Tears
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Daily Podcast: Converjence
Daily Podcast: Converjence
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Daily Podcast: Eco-Friendly Family Edition
Daily Podcast I: A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama
Yes, it’s a palindrome. No, it’s not my favorite. (Do geese see God?) But as a history buff—as in that’ll buff right out—I&rsqu…
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Daily Podcast: GM Loses $84.7m a Day
Somewhere in the background, a White House spinmeister is busy telling the cross-dressing Fox News anchor (if he doesn’t, he should) that his viewers s…
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Daily Podcast: What Happens Next?
Now that Chrysler and GM have submitted their “viability plans,” the Congressional corridors of power have been eerily silent on the subject. Oh…
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Daily Podcast: Extra Effort
I hopped in my Boxster and headed to the Lexus dealer yesterday. We’d agreed on a price for their ’08 2k mile IS-F. Only a single hurdle remained…
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Podcast: Branding is Genetic
My step-daughter Sasha and I had a little chin-wag this morning. After debating my potential car “needs” with her in private, it struck me that T…
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Podcast: Prowler? ChryCo CEO Bob Nardelli Owns a Plymouth Prowler?
Once we learn the identity of the investors behind Cerberus’ Chrysler FIATsco, the “debate” will move on as if nothing happened. Even if Os…
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  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X As much problems as I had with my '96 Chevy Impala SS.....I would love to try one again. I've seen a Dark Cherry Metallic one today and it looked great.
  • Susan O’Neil There is a good reason to keep the Chevrolet Malibu and other 4 door family sedans! You can transport your parents and other somewhat handicapped people comfortably and safety! If someone can stand and pivot you can put them in your car. An armrest in the back seat is appreciated and a handle above the door! Oh…and leather seats so your passenger can slide across the seat! 😊Plus, you can place a full sized wheelchair or walker in the trunk! The car sits a little lower…so it’s doable! I currently have a Ford Fusion and we have a Honda Accord. Our previous cars were Mercury Sables-excellent for transporting handicapped people and equipment! As the population ages-sedans are a very practical choice! POV from a retired handicapped advocate and daughter! 😊
  • Freddie Remember those ads that say "Call your doctor if you still have...after four hours"?You don't need to call your doctor, just get behind the wheel of a CUV. In fact, just look at one.I'm a car guy with finite resources; I can't afford a practical car during the week plus a fun car on the weekend. My solution is my Honda Civic Si 4 door sedan. Maybe yours is a Dodge Charger (a lot of new Chargers are still on dealer lots).
  • Daniel J Interesting in that we have several weeks where the temperature stays below 45 but all weather tires can't be found in a shop anywhere. I guess all seasons are "good enough".
  • Steve Biro For all the talk about sedans vs CUVs and SUVs, I simply can’t bring myself to buy any modern vehicle. And I know it’s only going to get worse.