Seventh-Generation Volkswagen Golf, GM Hybrid Trucks cancelled, 2013 Nissan Sentra, Mechanic Shortage

Episode #298 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Jeff Ross talk about the recently unveiled seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf, the 2013 Nissan Sentra, the cancellation of GM's next-generation of hybrid trucks, and the looming shortage of auto mechanics. Your questions and comments power the end of the 'cast, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Keep reading for our Q&A module for you to scroll through and follow along, too. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #298:


In the Autoblog Garage:
2013 Cadillac XTS
2012 Fiat 500 Abarth
2013 Volkswagen CC

Hosts: Dan Roth, Jeff Ross, Zach Bowman

Runtime: 01:21:22

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      • 2 Years Ago
      As long as Zacky and Dan are still on the show I will be happy.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey, guys--I work for GM (not for Cadillac, and not for Communications, either), and have spent a fair amount of time behind the wheel using CUE. I can't recall which of you was having so much difficulty, but I think you're doing your listeners a bit of a disservice in describing the system. I don't know why you kept "switching screens" between audio and HVAC when there are HVAC buttons right there on the center stack for temperature and fan speed. And, if you don't like sliding your finger along the horizontal bar to control volume, there are volume controls right there near your thumb on the steering. Personally, I feel the the driver should be the only one controlling the radio anyway (and, no, I don't have kids)...
        • 2 Years Ago
        Adam, there are buttons for temp and fan speed, but you have to go back to the screen to change the direction of airflow. Also, you have to be on the radio screen to seek audio stations or tune in your desired station. C'mon, this is basic UI/UX stuff, and I'm shocked that any automaker would invest so much in the hardware and completely forget about useability. CUE is marginally useable. Knobs are a beautiful thing. They work with gloves on, you can use a non-contact digital encoder and have a part that doesn't wear out, and regardless of how you feel about who should be in control of the radio, it shouldn't distract you from driving to exercise your control over said radio. -Dan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Dan Rothj, You need to work on your subjects changes. Should be some natural bridge between different topics of the podcast, few words which keeps the conversation more or less logically continuous. Most of the times you just kill previous subject with the axe and drop new story like a block of concrete. I often listen you in the gym and afraid to be swept from the treadmill with your sudden turns. Now when you are a host - please don't interrupt your guests so often, let them do the work. And don't lough for 7 seconds on your own jokes, leave it to the listeners, sometimes they are not too bad (I mean jokes) It is different story without Mr. Shunk but Like Joseph Stalin once said "No one is irreplaceable". Good luck! Your (Russian) fan.