• May 14, 2009

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Chris, Sam, and Dan kick it for Episode #127 of the Autoblog Podcast. Of course, there are the usual tangents around the topics, which this week include BMW's new Z4, a poll about Hybrids, Chrysler's bankruptcy, Toyota's losses, Opel's new Astra and the possibility of General Motors building US-market cars in China, and we make time for some questions at the end. It's an hour show this week, and a chock-full one at that. Next week, it's a reader-question edition, so get your emails rolling in to podcast at autoblog dot com and we'll see you next week! Thanks for listening!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This pessimism about the auto industry is such a downer, its good to see you guys didn't dwell on it for too long this week.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not even 10 minutes in to this show, we learned that:

      "People are idiots."

      These would be people like me, who would like a low-cost hybrid. The remark earned appreciative giggles.

      "They do more research when they're buying a dishwasher or refrigerator than when they're buying a car."

      I thought that was why I was listening to this show. My mistake, I guess. I promise you it won't happen again.

      Obviously, your stupid listeners don't measure up.

      Basically I'm fed up with all the name-calling. I'll check back in a few months and see if you can get through a show without calling people morons, idiots and liars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Aw, c'mon - painting with a broad brush. People *ARE* uninformed, and we *DO* talk about lower-cost hybrids. The cheapest Hybrid you're likely to find right now is the Insight, or a used Prius, which have remarkable performance longevity.

        Don't take everything so personally!

        -D
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think we made valid points regarding hybrids. The public at large just doesn't get it. In the Prius, for example, I'd bet that the battery costs are higher than the cost of the raw materials used to make the automobile. Plug-in hybrid batteries that use Lithium will cost more than the materials and labor combined.

        Expecting "cheap" hybrids is one thing. Wanting that hybrid to cost less than a comparable gasoline-only vehicle is idiotic and unreasonable. And I think tax breaks for small-scale hybrid production is fine, but once we get to real volume, that will go away. Once hybrid tech goes mainstream, the government should take a hands-off approach, and let the free market take over.

        And hybrid tech will ALWAYS be more expensive than the gasoline-only equiv, even with economies of scale. With hybrids, you'll always need both an engine and a battery/e-motor combo.

        And I agree with Dan in saying that you shouldn't take things so personally. We try to keep it real on the podcast, and while we don't want to openly offend anyone, sometimes our comments are heated. At least you know where we stand. We love that people listen and we REALLY love getting the comments. We read every one, and discuss most of them on the show.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ofcourse there is, it's just not necessarily all that wise
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good bye America!
      Harley-Davidson weighing moving production plant (China)
      General Motors building US-market cars in (China)

      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks Dan. Throw a straw man at me.

      "a show devoid of any personality or opinion is tedious to listen to."

      Obviously I agree and never advocated that you sterilize the show. It used to have loads of personality and a lot less political anger.

      "Making a bombastic statement that "people are idiots" is clearly not directed at any one person"

      No, it's directed at thousands of people, some of whom might be your listeners.

      In recent shows I've leaned that the President is a "liar" and that those of us who'd like to buy a low-cost hybrid vehicle are "idiots." All delivered with something approaching Michael Savage-like rage. But you aren't conservative.

      It's just that if I want that kind of comment with no countervailing viewpoint aired, I'll go listen to my local AM radio ranter. As it is, I'm on edge these days listening to Autoblog, waiting for the inevitable snarky political jab.

      I don't wish to get into a tit-for-tat spiral here. I'm just a listener offering criticism with citations. The blowback is in character with the way the show has evolved – personal put downs about "taking it personally" (ironic) and straw men about wanting to suppress personality and opinion. Whatever, guys. It's your show.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Id be ready to have a car with the bare bone basics. Thinking about it, it just needs to be a cheaper Lotus.