• Sep 21st 2010 at 4:45PM
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For Episode #196 of the Autoblog Podcast, recently departed Autoblogger Jonny Lieberman joins us from his perch atop the ivory Motor Trend tower. In between recounting stories from the land of the Buff Books, Chris, Dan and Jonny talk over some of this week's news, including the Lotus Elite, the final Ford Ranger in North America, the BMW 6 Series concept and a truckload of new Chrysler information about the 200C, the Challenger, transmissions, and more. We finish up with some of your feedback near the epic two-hour mark. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #196 - With Jonny Lieberman from Motor Trend

In the Autoblog Garage:

Chrysler 300C SRT-8
BMW 335D
Ferrari 458 Italia


Dan Roth, Chris Shunk, Jonny Lieberman

Runtime: 1:49:30

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad I hung in till the end for the DSM references. Long live the Eagle Talon!
      • 5 Years Ago
      greatest line in the podcast:

      Dan: "does it come with a hose..."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great podcast, listened to it my car this week on the iPhone integrator into my audio system. Dan, you are a riot keep the opinions flowing, one thing I don't get...Volvos? Are you a college professor of something?
      Glad Jonny could join the podcast from his tiled bathroom/echo chamber (comment on poor audio quality). Can't MotorTrend buy him a decent cell phone?

      Hey here's a few topics to consider for future podcasts:

      1. Was is a mistake to let Chrysler live? As Jonny inferred. They are what is known in business macro-strategy as a "bad industry player", competing mainly on price and tending to destroy the profitability of the overall industry. Isn't there substantial over capacity in the world auto industry. Doesn't it make sense to let the weak die so that the strong have a better chance of surviving.

      2. What was the last "GREAT (not good) American CAR?" I ask this to people at social occasions as a conversation starter. Can be defined in any way by the responder. An auto industry guy I met from Michigan quickly and confidently replied: "Ford F-150" .....think about it. The best answer I can come up with is Ford Mustang (it's now been 45 years since the last GREAT American car.) I can name at least 6 great BMW's since 1965.

      3. What is Detroit's strategy to market to Asian Americans? (or Mexican Americans for that matter) I read a report last week of median family incomes, Asians are at $68k/year, $12k or so above whites. I am associated with this community (know a lot of Chinese/Chinese Americans) and NONE of them would ever even think of buying an American car. They love Camrys, Oddysseys, Civic/Corollas (if poor), BMW/Mercedes/Audi (if wealthy.) In their mind US cars are for poor people who can't afford a decent car. Is there any validity to this belief.

      Thanks again, I download every week and look forward to the podcast.

      • 2 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shunk, you've got to put a leash on Roth. We aren't all just a bunch of guys sitting around a table, where anybody interrupts anybody else anytime, and nobody thinks the worse for it.

      I find it annoying that Roth interrupts guests and others SO OFTEN. Seems like every time he gets an idea, he has to blurt out, "I think" and then keep going with HIS ideas, no matter who else is talking at the time. Or every time somebody says something that's factually wrong, he has to break into the guy's sentence and correct him on the spot. Or laugh at somebody's mispronunciation of some word or their not knowing some expression ("nattering nabobs of negativism").

      The way your sound system seems to be set up or maybe it's my Ipod, even the quiet interruptions override what the other person is saying. This Lieberman review was a prime example Maybe because there's some professional competition among you guys or something there's so much overtalk.

      I want to hear what everybody (That's means Roth too) has to say without them continually being cut off in mid sentence or subjected to Roth's idea of a humorous interjection.

      Shunk, I blame you. I don't believe Roth can help himself. (He did marginally okay holding back on the Lutz interview: Only interrupted the guy's train of thought a couple of times.) Shunk, you as moderator ought to be able to at least allow guests and panelists to finish their statements and their thoughts, before Roth cuts in. Here's a suggestion: Why don't you ask Roth to replay this podcast, listen to himself, and get his comments. Is he even aware of how many damn times he interrupts, talks over people, and cuts people off? And how irritating that is for listeners?

      Everybody should have a chance to express their opinions - it's an hour show, plenty of time for Roth to comment after the other person at least pauses for a breath.

      Not talking about somebody's technical competence -- knowledge of autos, driving ability, ability of evaluate cars, ability to write. You guys all seem very competent. I listen to the show, so I must be at least a partial believer. But jeez. Leash up Roth a bit on the podcast, eh?

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