• May 25th 2010 at 5:45PM
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We solicited your questions for Episode #179 of the Autoblog Podcast, and then Chris, Sam, Dan, and Chris Paukert proceeded to answer them. News topics we cover are the Buick Regal GS, Toyota and Tesla getting together, Ford's next-generation Explorer Police SUV, and the push for increased fuel economy standards by 2025.

Autoblog Podcast #179: We answer your queries

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Ford Taurus SHO
Dodge Dakota
GMC Terrain


Chris Shunk, Chris Paukert, Dan Roth, Sam Abuelsamid

Runtime: 1:18:02

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Your right about the Terrain, when we first saw a Terrain my wife loved it and when I first saw it on autoblog.com I hated it. Currently we own a 2005 Equinox but are looking to trade it in on a new body style Nox or *groan* Terrain.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chris Shunk, please live in California before you insult it. As any American who reads the newspaper knows, California's budget crisis is the result of partisan politics, an over-zealous initiative system, and near impossibility of altering the tax structure. We are still one of the largest economies in the world, comparable to the economies of Italy, Brazil or Spain.

      I am grateful I spent less at the pump than I did 10 years ago because automakers were forced to bend to California's mileage standards, despite the increasing cost of gas (I drive a 09 Jetta TDi) and for the cleaner air I breathe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dan: you're totally right about EPA approval, but I was always of the opinion that there should be a singular regulation, much like there is for safety standards. Having multiple regulations is very pricey for automakers, and downright impossible if other states decide they want their own regulations as well.

        I personally think it would be a far better idea for California to institute a substantial gas tax to curb emissions and use the added income to invest in more green technology. Just my opionion. One thing that California can def. be proud of is the fact that they are at the cutting edge of many green technologies. The rest of the country can take notes.

        I agree that California has the best car culture in the world, but it amazes me that there are more high-end sports cars and SUVs in LA than anywhere else in the world. And those automobiles are the ones that typically get exceptions in spite of the fact that they are in many cases emit more than their fair share of CO2.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chris also seems to be under the misunderstanding, or just didn't acknowledge, that California, and other states that adopted CA standards, had to get EPA approval to do so. These higher standards were deemed necessary because of the susceptibility of these areas to smog. Some of this is because of our car culture, which is superior to any other in the world. But a large part is due to geography.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the first one of these I've listened to. I've been pronouncing Abuelsamid incorrectly this entire time. *hangs head*
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Green rub-off"? Is that what you get in a Martian massage parlor, Chris?