• Oct 19, 2007
The embargo-breaking kerfuffle surrounding the new Nissan GT-R heads Autoblog Podcast #80. The picture made its way onto the internet through a small big whoopsie at Motor Trend, leading to a flurry of embargo breaking. We offer our incisive analysis on the new car. It looks great to us, though we kind of wish the Alice Cooper headlight treatment had stayed. We'll get to see the car in the flesh in Tokyo soon. A new Skyline is earth-shattering in its own right, but not to the same degree as Toyota getting slapped around by Ford on Consumer Reports' new reliability survey. That's right, Toyota is getting some of its models branded as below average reliability and no longer will CR recommend certain models. In another surprise, Mazda's CX-9 beat out lots of tough competition to be named Motor Trend's SUV Of The Year, though we had our money on the Enclave. We'd entirely forgotten that Jaguar was even selling the X-Type cum Mondeo here, Duratec and all. Even Jaguar-specific cylinder heads and an attempt at making a baby XJ couldn't move such an ancient platform, so the plug has been pulled long after anyone stopped paying attention. Of course, we are looking at Jaguar again, now that the XF is headed for showrooms. These content points are of course bookended by our cutting wit and expert insight, 53 minutes worth.
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      • 7 Years Ago
      Could you guys help a brother and put an actual filename on the mp3 files? For what seems like forever, they have all been exactly "-.mp3", not very descriptive. Also in the id3 tag info, could you call them "Podcasts" instead of "Speech." Much love to you and the Creator. Peace.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm not sure why they're coming through on your end only named -.mp3, because they have names. Long names. 80's file name is: auto20071018_0080.mp3.

        As for changing the ID3 info to podcast, I don't have that option in my software, speech is the closest thing I've got.
        • 7 Years Ago
        OK, I guess the problem is on my side. I subscribe with the RSS feature of my PSP. Somehow, that's not picking up the filename.

        Thanks for all the time and effort you guys put into the podcast!
      • 7 Years Ago
      P.P.S.: The GT-R will be dual-clutch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      About the Camry thing.

      I dunno if Toyota's sales are going to plummet like Neff says it will. The thing I think one has to keep in mind is the time it takes for perceptions to change.

      Yes, a lot of people read Consumer Reports. But how many don't? Yes it's good to gather has much data as you can when you buy a car, but some people just don't do that and solely go by their personal experience and/or what their friends and family tell them.

      To me Honda has always been better than Toyota. And if this report is to be as devestating as Neff suggests it'll be Accord then Camry and then Malibu for a time. Toyota will probably correct whatever issues they have fairly quickly, however won't lead anymore and will constantly be tying with Honda for the top spot with GM a close second.

      The Malibu may be a nice car and the nicest car GM has made since the new CTS, but it doesn't look like the styling masterpiece every says it is. Also, its engine isn't anything to write home about either. From what I read about it (Insideline: 256 hp from the V6 and 169 from it't 4-banger) the Accord and Camry still make more power and will probably be more athletic.

      http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Features/articleId=122902

      Anyway, just my 2 cents.

      P.S.: GT-R. Looks. AWESOME! As what you guys were guessing, the engine is probably underrated. It sounds like it probably makes 450-480hp...at the wheels.