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Chris, Zach and Dan are joined by Car and Driver's Mike Austin for Episode #215 of the Autoblog Podcast. We talk about the Nissan Leaf being named the European Car of the Year, the 2012 Ford Focus and Chrysler's 'S' Branding. It's an hour and thirty two minutes of sidebars, topics and your Q&A finishes it off. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #215: With Mike Austin from Car and Driver


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2011 Nissan Leaf
2011 Mazdaspeed3
2011 Subaru WRX
2011 Subaru WRX STI
2011 Honda Pilot



Runtime: 01:32:56




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Problems with Top Gear U.S.A.... Stop trying to figure out who is Jezza, Hamster and Slow. It did take time for the original to gear up and T.G. Australia also had issues.

      One of the things that didn't help is all the start/stops with the Adam Corolla version etc.

      It's winter... You should have winter tires! Bridgstone is OK. Nokian is King! The STI with four winter wheels would be fantaSTIc!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dan Roth: I take issue with your notion that all fords have rock hard inner door panels that make the elbow sore on long trips. The upper half of the doors in my 2010 Fusion are covered in soft touch, including the armrest which is filled with squishy foam. Even the Escape I drive at work, despite the otherwise chintzy interior, has softish material where you pit your elbow. (just not the top of the door)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Your argument about ICE efficiency is ridiculous.

      It's been proven that decentralizing the power to small electric motors in the wheels is more efficient, and that having the 'grid' system (i.e.: when you charge off power plants rather than everyone having their own power plants + all the energy necessary to transform, store and move oil to your fuel tank) is also a better solution.

      I'm not going to argue the whole energy storage bit, but sure if you take your gasoline right off a refinery that ALSO happens to be right next to an oil field/well it's probably more efficient but getting the energy to an electric car versus getting it using the electrical infrastructure and storing it through our *current-day-solution/battery* is a better solution to me, even with the parasitic losses (I'm willing to say that they're much less than the oil-to-car cycle + the resources used to build that infrastructure).

      And Europeans don't buy into hybrids nearly as much as we do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Have fun with your range anxiety, hippy.