• Dec 8th 2009 at 4:40PM
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Editor Chris Paukert has apparently been bitten by the podcasting bug, and he once again joins Shunk and Roth for Episode #156 of the Autoblog Podcast. We dive right in to reminiscence about the recently finished Los Angeles Auto Show. Moving on from there, we talk about Audi's new A7 Sportback and its extreme gorgeousness, as well as the new A8 and all its massive awesomeness. Speaking of awesomeness, Shunk thinks that the $199,950 Aston Martin Rapide is one very attractive four-place supercar. Going to the other end of the spectrum, rumors about Volkswagen's upcoming Jetta replacement gets some head scratches from us before we moved on to prognosticating about a unibody Dodge Dakota replacement. We wrap up a chewy hour-and-forty-five minutes by addressing some of your questions and calling it a night.

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Autoblog Podcast #156: Paukert comes back for more

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Like your podcast. You dogged out those of us who drive pick-up trucks pretty bad tho in the recent episode. It is important to note that the tow rating on a vehicle doesn't mean you can tow that much. 75% max. Otherwise you lose the ability to have a safe trip.

      Just as car drivers have preferences for what they like in a car - seating position, cargo, etc. - us truck fans have the same needs. Do you always have the back end of your Subaru wagon full? No. Just as I don't always have the back end of my Tundra full, nor am I always pulling my camper with it. But as a 50 mile/day commuter in the city, driving a vehicle of significant size, with a high seating position, means I can navigate safely among 18-wheelers, delivery trucks, etc. My wife's Beetle gets great MPG - but I won't drive it on the interstate, its simply scary.

      MPG is something we give up in order to have the functionality, driving preferences, etc that our trucks provide. Just as you give up the ability to drive in anything but dry weather in a Mustang.

      Keep up the good work. Don't dis the trucks tho. They have a place on the road just like all the other cars. And when I'm pulling your 'stang out of the ditch, you'll thank me. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've lived in the Midwest all my life and power+rear wheel drive+ low ground clearance = your mustang is in the ditch. I see it every winter (mustang, camaro, etc). Not dogging the 'stang as when they make an all-wheel-drive one, there will be one in my garage, but in the midwest, not until then :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good winter tires for winter and a good rain tire for 3 seasons would let you drive a Mustang in inclement weather. Only ground clearance and deep snow would stop you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great job as usual! Very funny! Good insight (not the Honda). LOL - Luke
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please do not continue to let Dan run rough shod over the pod cast, he talks to much and his opinion and $4.00 will buy him a cup of coffee at starbucks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys did actually attend the LA show, right? 'Cause other people who went claim to have seen the VW Uplite concept, which didn't even get a passing mention. And, no, I don't work for VW--I'm not even a fanboy--bur I was curious to hear what you thought.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Building a car more beautiful than a woman is "not hard to do" Dan?

      In any case, the Rapide press car should keep its tailpipes away from Chris and his sweaty palms.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks guy for your recommendation, you guys are great !!
      I wont get the SportTrac

      I'm getting the F-150 King Ranch

      You made me laugh so much!!, your also right I should go with usefulness over style
      Roads in PR not that good and I don't want a Shelby to suffer.

      • 5 Years Ago
      FYI, listen to the show late but the Jetta is pretty much called Jetta all over the world now. I think there's a Bora in China but that's a slightly different car.