Episode #359 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Michael Harley and Jonathon Ramsey talk about the LA Auto Show, Tokyo Motor Show, and the release of the Car and Driver 10Best list. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. You can follow along after the jump with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #359:

Topics: In the Autoblog Garage:
Hosts: Dan Roth, Jonathon Ramsey, Michael Harley
Runtime: 01:47:40
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      Hi guys. Great show as always. Just wanted to chime in to say I think you guys are being a bit hard on Lincoln. I think its an issue of expectations. If you're expecting a Caddy style Evoq shocking, autobahn storming, BMW intending, brand blowing up redo of Lincoln (as I expect that the "automotive press" is demanding) then I think you're going to be disappointed. For now, I think they're aiming for the dreaded Buick/Acura strata of mainstream plus. For now, I think they're aiming at being a better Mercury. And I'm OK with that. I think there is a placed for "relaxed premium," a niche that Lexus is abandoning in their own BMW chasing brand morphing. Here are some questions: How many BMW intenders can the market support? I don't think that much more. Everyone, even Lexus and MB and Audi, are all variants of the same flavor of vanilla at this point. And the truly desirable models, not the CLA discount stuff, is getting shockingly expensive. Option out an ATS, 3 series, Q5, or E-class that you really want and it's nosebleed territory. I think Lincoln is smart for not aiming to be another flavor of "Euro Sports Sedan." I respect Caddy to death for their work and a CTS-V wagon is on my future CPO shopping list, but does Lincoln need to be the same thing? I hope not. I'm hoping they can be an American Jaguar like Jag used to be before they too decided to be BMW. Space, grace, pace... And I think there is space between the Fusions of the world and the optioned out A6's price-wise for them to occupy as well. Is rarity a component of luxury? I look around my workplace parking lot and see about 15 3-series, several C's and E's, multiple A4's, and a few random Lexi and Infintis. A Lincoln ATS or Caddy CTS would be stunningly unique for my parking garage. German metal is the Avis Chevy Malibu of my workplace.... Boooring. I don't want to see myself coming and going and buy, oh, yet another grey A4... Is a "good enough" Lincoln good enough? Was shocked to hear the MKC critique. My neighbor has a Q5 in refrigerator beige with the base wheels and I yawn every time I see it. It has the same Audi cues you see on every other Audi in the neighorhood. The MKC has sharp and brand unique front and tail and interior and some bespoke features and engineering. How is that any different than other other car in its class. How is a BMW X1 any more special? Is it enough for Lincoln to do what everyone else is doing (and being praised for) or does Lincoln have to be 130% of what everyone else is doing for it to be considered a success? Does Ford "get it?" I think (hope) they do. I see this current generation of MKZ, C, and upcoming X as being like the Catera stage looking back at Caddy's redo. I bet in the next few years we start to see some concept Lincolns that show where they want to do. I mean, their new "team" has only been in their new "center" for like what, a year or 2? Let's give them more time...