• Nov 22nd 2007 at 9:35AM
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Now here's something worth giving thanks over. The podcast makes its return in time for you to load it on your iPod for the drive over the river and through the woods. We've been away at shows, so of course we do some recapping of whatever highlights struck our fancy at Tokyo, SEMA, and LA. We start Autoblog Podcast episode #81 by discussing pickups, though. New spy shots of the 2009 F150 have surfaced and that pushes us into a wider ranging discussion about pickemups. From there, we try to send GM the message that messing with the nose of the Solstice is a bad idea, and the very last car they should be worrying about, anyway. No current Pontiac discussion would be complete without mention of the G8, so we make sure to pontificate about that for a while, too. John, Damon, and Alex take a little time out to gloat over discuss what's currently in the Autoblog Garage, touch on the fact that the Scirocco's not coming stateside, and partake in a scorching GM vs. Honda/Toyota green car debate. It's all over in 52 minutes, thanks for waiting so long, we'll do it again soon!
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      • 7 Years Ago
      Thank you for the podcast. keep'm coming,
      so much anger
      • 7 Years Ago
      "...in fear of THE VOLT..." lol.

      Neff, I already know you're partial to GM products so I wasn't surprise by your attitiude, but that phrase was hilarious.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Best podcast yet guys. The CTS sounds better and better. I had no idea about the intigrated hard drive, very cool. I could care less if the Sccirocco comes here because it is still going to be too heavy and too expensive. Great debate about the Volt/FCX good points are valid. I hope volt knocks one out of the park but I will belive it when i see it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Eoot, following up something I mentioned in the 'cast. The CTS I just had did have the FE3 suspension. I double-checked the Monroney after we finished up. Great car. Hopefully, I'll have the Garage piece up next week.
      • 7 Years Ago
      First off, apologies to not being able to attach names to voices, but the discussion on this podcast regarding FCX, Volt, Honda v GM, et al, once again unveiled another ill-informed, prejudiced journalist among your crew--the one so proud of Honda and so pissed off at GM. Let's look at some real-world factors...
      1. The Equinox fuel cell vehicle will be offered to private customers (http://reviews.cnet.com/4326-10865_7-6546894-1.html).
      2. The 'caster in question apparently forgot about Honda's FCX sedan concept at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show and the prototype given to journalists last year--eg, plenty of hype from Honda on their fuel cell prior to delivering a real vehicle.
      3. Time from Honda FCX concept to production--a shade under three years. Time from Chevy Volt concept to production, based on Bob Lutz's announcement--a shade over three and a half years. Are you hounding GM based on a difference of six months? Oh, and the Volt was shown in January. Are you expecting a full-fledged prototype by now?
      4. If anyone thinks Honda ISN'T losing money on each and every FCX going out there, they are sadly mistaken. Would you prefer GM throw some money-losing technology out there right now given the state of the industry and burdens it's carrying, rather than develop it to the point where they can make money?

      If you're going to bitch about the US auto industry, try doing a bit of research first...