Saturday, January 20, 2018

CarTalk January 15, 2017

Every week this segment of what is easily the best talk radio program on the airwaves at 9pm in the UAE, maybe the world, turns into a car showroom.

What do you know about cars and what do you want to know about cars?

The guys over at join us to help you make sense of what is hot and what is not.

With out a doubt there is a lot of entertainment here.

There was a nice conversation about the Bolt or was it the Volt, well all the same it was electric cars and the fact that the guys are going on an electric car road trip.  I thought it was interesting that when asked what about charge breaks there was a big shrug of the shoulders and an expectation that the organisers have that sorted.

We also had a nice Land Cruiser or Patrol as an older car talk.

The Avalon came up in the conversation and it was all about how the front has changed, do you like it?

And the new RAM is coming, does it still look like a RAM?

So, there is a lot to talk about and you will want to catch the entire podcast.

Click for the podcast.

And here are the show notes!

-had a chance to write up the Velar, after the hype, the write and the comments what are you thinking?

-G-Class I thought these were going away?
-Volt class 3 autonomous (hit podcasts on Business Breakfast)
-2019 Ford Bullitt Mustanget's start with the good stuff: the engine. The 5.0-liter V8 has been retuned to make "at least" 475 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. The hedging is because there may be a final adjustment to that number later, but don't expect a massive increase in either number. Think plus or minus 5 ponies. If these are the final numbers, that's a bump of 15 horsepower over the 2018 Mustang GT.

New RAM 1500
a 3.6-liter V6 and a 5.7-liter V8. An eTorque system will add an extra 90 pound-feet of torque in the V6 and 130 in the V8. And it will get a massive 12-inch touchscreen. For more coverage of the NAIAS 2018 head over to

Well, a new Ram 1500 is finally here, and it's lighter, stronger and better equipped than ever before to take on the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado. In addition to new styling and a hugely versatile interior, both the V6 and V8 Ram 1500 are available with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

Despite looking similar to the current Ram, this isn't merely an update. The truck is all new inside and out, improving on what worked and fixing what was aging. Overall weight is down 225 pounds, with 120 of those coming from the chassis and frame. And 98 percent of the frame is made from high-strength steel, with aluminum making up a small amount in parts like the transmission crossmember and engine mounts. The Ram 1500 also gets an aluminum hood and tailgate.

The weight may be down, but the 2019 Ram 1500 is longer and wider than before. The bed height, too, has increased. Visually, it's difficult to notice the increased size. The overall design is an evolution of what Ram has offered for decades. The most obvious change is the lack of a crosshair grille, a staple since 1994. The new "RAM" grille started as an option but now carries over to every single model. It's not going to be popular with everyone, but we're sure Mopar or some other parts supplier can fill your t-shaped void.

The drop fender that also debuted on the '94 Ram has been lifted, giving the front a far more upright face. There are two different headlight designs, depending on the trim and options. The top-tier LED units are wide and slim, while the standard lighting looks similar to what we have now. The front bumper can be chrome or paint, while the chrome accents carry around to parts like the new 1500 badge on the hood. Tow hooks are lower and further apart than before, while the parking sensors have been better integrated into the design.

Like the headlights, the taillights are an evolution of the current shape. Both halogen and LED units are available. The full-width steel rear bumper can be had in either chrome or body color. As for paint, there are 12 colors in total, with three two-tone variants. If that's not enough variety, there are 16 new (six-lug!) wheel designs to choose from, ranging from 18 to 22 inches.

New 2019 Jetta

New Avalon, WOW

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