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We're back from the holidays with Autoblog Podcast episode #84. Kicking things off, we review what's been in John, Damon, and Alex's parking spots in the Autoblog Garage. After a Mazda CX7/CX9-Honda Fit-Audi S5-lovefest, we're on to real happenings. Things are ratcheting up as we head into the North American International Auto Show next week, and we'll have coverage from the show starting this weekend. Ahead of the actual show in Detroit, we've been watching as embargoes fall. GM has had all of its secrets revealed with the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V, Hummer HX, and Saab 9-4X hitting the internets prior to their official unveilings. Also uncovered, the Hyundai Genesis, which clearly has the Germans in its sights, not to mention Lexus and Infiniti. We're not sure if we're excited or skeptical, but it's hard to argue with the value that the car will likely offer. And Hyundai's not fooling around, so we'll be adding our names to the list when they finally become available for sampling. Thanks for your 51 minutes, let's do this again soon, okay?
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      • 7 Years Ago
      Dodge, needs to quit building averything until they can figure out the problem with their front ends and transmissions.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, the 3.7 in the Mazda CX-9 is Ford's Cyclone (Duratec) motor, Mazda calls it MZI.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Excellent podcast... continued the good work, boys.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've noticed this networks blog system sometimes deletes my posts as well. (Autoblog/Green/Wiifanboy)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Tbss, nothing is wrong about what was said re: the Enclave. I'm the one who said it. With child seats mounted in the second row, the flip-and-fold 2nd row feature does NOT work. But because of the seat layout, you can simply bypass the issue by sliding past the seats and going down the center aisle to the rear. This is completely impossible in the CX-9 because of its second-row split bench, which also slides and folds in a manner similar to the GM setup. In any of the lambdas, you can easily have 4 adults and 2 kids, with the 3rd row adults able to get to the back with no significant problem.

        With child seats out, the flip/fold works great for access, but in real life, most passengers who don't live with the car aren't even aware of it and simply climb in without using it anyway.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I just wished they would get some facts strait on this. Some people have claimed that they are in bed with GM. I can say for sure that they are not by listening to this. The info on the Lambdas was wrong. I want to start being a chief contributor to Auto Blog. I can give better info on a lot of things.