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Episode #145 of the Autoblog Podcast is a mostly-Frankfurt Motor Show edition. Chris, Sam and Dan are joined by Mark Kaufman, Ford's C-segment marketing manager, and Blue-Oval product communications manager Mark Schirmer. The two Marks join us to talk about what Ford's got up its sleeve for Frankfurt and beyond. The C1 Focus is finally making the transatlantic journey, and we're getting the flexible and efficient Grand C-Max, as well. Talk turns all EcoBoosty and future-plannish before the crew moves on to the sights at Frankfurt.

The Volkswagen L1 concept sets us off on the environmentally conscious aspects of the show, which we quickly abandoned in favor of such awesomeness as the Audi R8 Spyder, roofless Lamborghini Reventon, and the slick Audi S5 Sportback. Taking a left turn down Odd Street, we test our intestinal fortitude with the Bugatti Galibier, Peugeot BB1 and Citroen's Revolte. Questions wrap it up, and again, it clocks in with extra value past the hour and a half mark.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      What is a top hat?
        • 5 Years Ago
        a car placed atop a platform that underpins several others.

        see ford c-segment stories from the last couple days.

        10 cars, one platform.

        also see chrysler's use of fiat platforms
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think Chris has been drinking before/during the podcast.

      Sam still needs a better mic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a stupid headline "TWO MARKS FROM FORD......."

      I was expecting an all NEW Lincoln MARK! As in a Mark IX (9) !
      Perhaps also a high performance version......another Grande
      let-down in the car industry. Cars today are so boring. (and THAT from a car-lover) - All on the same platform (or 2 platforms per manufacturer) and look so similiar. The Lincoln MKS looks like the Ford Taurus, except for the grilles.
      Pontiac (Excitment, remember? "We build Excitment" > DEAD<
      Oldsmobile >DEAD< Plymouth? >DEAD<
      General Motors today is:
      Cadilac, Buick, Chevy & Saturn. That's all, Folks!
      A SRT-8 Hemi Charger or Chrysler 300 is all that spurs the soul.
        • 5 Years Ago
        *A SRT-8 Hemi Charger or Chrysler 300 is all that spurs the soul.*

        No you did not just say that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay, I meant to say STIRS the Soul.....the phone was ringing, & I was rushing
        to answer the wrong number !!
        But, if you meant that I shouldn't think that......drive one !! It WILL put a big grin on your face!
        For a Sedan, seating 5 those twin can handle and take off like a rocket, and yet - when you want, be docile and calm.
        The Recaro front buckets are just short of heavenly, too.- (I do not have one, my friend does,
        a SRT-8 Charger Super Bee Edition. Orange Pearl
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay, also a Corvette.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does the one Mark have a voice issue or was it his connection. It sounded like Bobby Brady with this "Time to change" song.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks for ending the Autoblog/Ford stroke-off comments once and for all. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      To the guy asking about renting cars in Germany for the 'Ring. My suggestion is http://www.rent-racecar.de. They're at the 'Ring and they have insurance for the 'Ring which any mainstream rental will NOT have. A variety of cars to choose from. I personally rented the 318ti but maybe a GTi would be a better choice for the first-timer. The owners are super nice and even took me for a very quick lap in a VW GTD (diesel GTi).

      Bigfork
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am a E.R. Nurse that left the medical profession to open a detailing shop in Germany. I have been listening for about 6 months now, and I absolutely love your show. About this week when Dan said that OE's had to "Lady GaGa" their model line ups to sell in the Middle East I laugh so hard I almost dropped my buffer on the floor. My wife likes to say that the cars in Dubai are "Bedazzled", so she laughed said that you were right on the money. But wait there is more...

      On Saturday and Sunday, my wife and I went to the Frankfurt Auto show. We were at the Alpina display, drinking Champagne and chatting up the presenter, when my wife wife asked about the gaudy stripes on the B6. The presenter said that most Alpina's sold in Europe did not come with the stripes, but the almost all sold in the Middle East had the full stripe package. With out skipping a beat, my wife said "So, you have to Lady GaGa your cars for your Customers in Dubai?" The presenter laughed and almost choked on his Champane!

      Thank you for putting on a great Podcast and keep up the great work.

      BTW: I rated the comments on iTunes and commented as well, just as you beckoned.

      • 5 Years Ago
      excellent podcast. I got worried when I saw the guests were from a car company, thinking they wouldn't be able to say anything unless it promoted a Ford car. I was happy to see that both hosts were able to speak freely about products from other companies, it really added to their credibility as spokesmen for Ford and made for interesting discussion. The two of them were obviously right up to speed with some of the latest news and opinions.
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