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Join Chris, Zach and Dan for Episode #232 of the Autoblog Podcast. We cover the momentous coming of a new BMW 3 Series, a Jaguar crossover, who the auto bailouts left behind and whether talk of a hybrid Mazda RX9 is nonsense or plausible. Your feedback and questions finish it off, and we've re-posted the Q&A at the bottom of this post so you can play along at home, too. Thanks for listening, we'll see you next week!

Autoblog Podcast #232: Next BMW 3 Series, Jaguar crossover, bailout fallout, Mazda RX-9

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2012 Acura TL
2011 Volvo S60
2011 Infiniti M35 Hybrid
2012 Chevrolet Sonic



Hosts: Dan Roth, Chris Shunk, Zach Bowman
Runtime: 01:25:37

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      Design1stCode2nd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Typical piston snobs and you just show your incredible bias, nice try on being auto journalists. I’d also like a turbo boxer in an RX8 chassis but it’s not going to happen. Also a very mild hybrid RX9 would be an excellent idea as long as it’s very small. The 16x rotary is most likely pushing 280hp by all accounts and is more fuel efficient. Combine that with a platform that is likely to be 10% lighter with a small hybrid assist motor for maybe 10-20 hp and torque at 0RPM and you have a good match. Why don’t you wait until Mazda brings it out before you stop hating. Or just keep driving your 10 year old worn out cars and pretend you know more than Mazda engineers.
        audiohack
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Design1stCode2nd
        oh don't get me wrong, I love the Wankel, but it's an interesting footnote more than anything. Turbo boxer isn't compact to package, though it does have a lower center of gravity than an inline mill. I'd love to drive it, and I'm not smarter than Mazda engineers, so I hope I'm happily surprised when they come out with something that's NOT a dead end. Until I'm proven wrong.... -Dan
      creamwobbly
      • 3 Years Ago
      A big grille won't bring about automotive design. Or did you mean how will a big grille will *affect* automotive design?
      Chris Woolman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not showing up in iTunes guys.
        audiohack
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris Woolman
        is now - there's usually a little lag between when we publish the post and when it winds up in iTunes -D
      Frater Mus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dan - If someone buys a new (old, in this case) truck with their own funds, please refrain from interrupting repeatedly to chime in: * how you don't like that kind of motor * how you don't like the the way the exhaust sounds * how little you were impressed when you drove a similar vehicle It wasn't a fleet car, it is his personal car. Acting like that is straight-up TOOL behavior. I respect your automotive opinions but you tend to behave on this podcast like you were raised by wolves without human socialization. It's not cute and it detracts from the show. You can HEAR the irritation in the other participants' voices at times. I'm out. I stopped recommending this podcast to others recently and it's time for me to quit complaining and vote with my feet: hpodder rm 47 Will remove the following podcasts: ID Pnd/Tot Title URL 47 0/ 34 Autoblog http://podcasts.autoblog.com/rss.xml Are you SURE you want to remove these 1 podcast(s)? Type YES exactly as shown, in all caps, to delete them. Remove podcasts? YES Remove completed.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      gray fox
      • 3 Years Ago
      Came to chime in regarding the RX-9 portion of the podcast and how it drives me nuts when people say the nex RX-N car needs to be some sort of piston vehicle. Do you guys know what the R in RX stands for? Two hints, it's not "racing" and it does have something to do with the engine. Granted all complaints on the wankel are valid. Horrendous fuel economy with low and late coming torque. However, despite being fully aware of the short coming the RX series (owned 1st gen and 2nd gen RX-7s and driven the 8 quite a bit) there is just something about the engine and its not just that it's an engineering curiosity. I think mostly its the smoothness. How it yearns, needs even to be redlined and how when you do push it to the rev limiter it is still exceedingly smooth and doesn't sounds like it's going to tear or shake itself apart like it's high revving piston counterparts. It's unfortunate the oil embargo happened and pushed everyone else out of the wankel game, would've been very cool to see what could have come if the entire industry had been working with them for 40+ years instead of just Mazda. Hopefully the 16X will help alleviate some of the lacking low end torque and the fuel economy but I'm not expecting miracles.
      EvilMustang
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait to listen to the podcast on my way home, even if you are a day late >:-0 Also glad to see that you have cleaned up your sound issues. Several episodes 2 months back had various noises and interruptions in the podcast, not to mention choppy blue-tooth sounding connections. It's been better lately. Love u guys in a bromance kinda way