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VehicleVoice#42 – Lower Fuel Prices and the SEMA Show

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This week, our VehicleVoice audio podcast host David Barrett sits down with AutoPacific’s Vice President and Senior Consultant Jim Hossack for a conversation about one of the funnest auto shows on the circuit, SEMA, and a recent article on CNN.com that points to the short term memory loss of the American car buyer.

Recently, American automobile sales showed that October had a big jump in larger vehicle sales. What! Now that fuel is back under $3.00 a gallon, have Americans completely forgotten how much gas a Yukon, or an H2 or a Navigator guzzles? Are we that myopic?! Well, on the surface, that’s what the sales figures say, but as consumer expert Jim Hossack tells us, those figures can be misleading.

Also on tap this week, Jim and David chat about the week spent in Las Vegas at the SEMA show – the wildest after-market auto parts show a car nut can happily attend.

Show Runtime – 15:04

Show Rundown
01:01 Ford’s inability to hold on to good talent – Still.
02:45 New Sales Figures – Big gas-guzzling engines are again on the American car buyer’s shopping list.
05:13 SEMA – How many wheel makers are there, anyway?!


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VehicleVoice #36 – Ford's New CEO, Dip in Fuel Prices, Roadtrips

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Welcome to VehicleVoice – Episode #36

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This week, our VehicleVoice audio podcast has host David Barrett sitting down with AutoPacific’s Vice President and Senior Consultant Jim Hossack for a conversation about the state of the American Auto Industry.

Jim and David chat about dropping fuel prices and the sights seen from the window during a roadtrip through the Rockies, not to mention GM’s new warranty, BMW’s new hydrogen car (is it practical?), and how renting a Mustang convertible in the Yellowstone region is a lot easier than you might think. And that’s just the beginning!

Show Runtime – 15:04

Show Rundown
00:28 GM’s recent changes – Are they turning things around?
03:33 Ford’s New CEO – Will an outsider make a difference?
07:29 Gas Prices – Why are they falling and will Americans start buying big cars again?
09:55 BMW’s New Hydrogen Car – Will it sell?
11:38 Western Mountain Road Trip – What kind of cars can you see on the road in the Rockies?


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VehicleVoice: The Sounds of the Monterey Historic Races!

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This week, the all-new VehicleVoice podcast takes you to the Monterey Historic Races at the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. Trackside!
This is one of our very favorite automotive events each year. The Historics are everything auto enthusiasts hope for. Where else can you see a Bentley from the 1920s competing on the same track that hosts the American Le Mans series? Race cars from the genesis of the sport, all the way up to the current Toyota F1 car took to the track this weekend, and we were there…with cameras and microphones, to bring it to you.
The races aren’t the only event that takes place during the Historics. The Concours de Elegance at Pebble Beach brings million-dollar trailer queens together to strut their stuff before hitting the auction block. The Concorso Italiano features so many gorgeous Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Fiats, Lancias and Maseratis, it’s hard to think straight amidst all the red paint. And MINI claimed the weekend as their own this year as well, celebrating the featured Historics’ marque, Cooper. They introduced their new MINI Cooper GP and kicked off a two-week cross-country drive of MINI enthusiasts.
We were there for it all, and we begin our coverage with an audio podcast that will have you drooling over the sounds of Maseratis from the 50s, 60s American muscle cars, and the incredible song of Toyota’s F1 race car, driven to a track record by none other than Ricardo Zonta.
Hear it all right here!
Show Rundown
00:35 Track Introduction David Barrett, VehicleVoice contributor
01:40 The Featured Marque – Cooper Karol Andrews of the Cooper Car Club
05:10 Mini Cooper Mini Takes the States Kick Off Party with Jim McDowell, Vice Prersident of Marketing for MINI and Andrew Cutler, MINI Communications Manager
07:44 The Sounds of Classic Race Cars David Barrett, VehicleVoice contributor
09:56 Toyota TF Formula 1 Race Car engine noise courtesy of Toyota and test driver Ricardo Zonta


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Let's Talk Cars: Alaskan Pipeline Trouble, the Future of E85 and BMW's New Hybrid Deal

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This week, Let’s Talk Cars sees David Barrett sitting down with AutoPacific’s Vice President and Senior Analyst Jim Hossack for their bi-monthly chat. On tap – British Petroleum’s disintegrating Alaskan Pipeline, Walmart getting into the E85 game, waning interest in motorsport, GM’s CEO Rick Wagoner, and the new GM/Chrysler/BMW Hybrid deal.
First up, how will BP’s announcement of deteriorating pipelines and their subsequent shut-down in Alaska effect prices at the pump? David asks Jim that plus his thoughts on Walmart getting into the fuel selling business with a new commitment to the eco-friendly E85. What is E85? Don’t worry, Jim will explain everything.
What’s the future of motorsport when it seems every series out there is going for one engine, one tire, and one cookie cutter package? David and Jim share their opinions.
Jim Hossack and other executives at AutoPacific had the opportunity to lunch with Rick Wagoner, CEO of the embattled General Motors. Find out his impressions. And speaking of GM, they’ve decided to take on some partners – BMW and DaimlerChrysler to be exact – in an effort to develop a new hybrid engine that will work in larger American trucks and SUVs.
David and Jim have a full plate this week, so tune in!
Show Rundown
01:08 British Petroleum’s Alaskan Pipeline
03:08 The Future of E85
06:50 Motorsport’s Fading Manufacturers
10:28 An Afternoon spent with GM’s Rick Wagoner
13:52 The New Hybrid from GM/DaimlerChrysler/BMW


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Let's Talk Cars: Exxon's Record Profits, Choosing Cars Based on Fuel Consumption, and Buy vs. Lease

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Let’s Talk Cars this week sees David Barrett sitting down with two of AutoPacific’s industry analysts, George Peterson and Jim Hossack, to take on the timely issues of fuel prices and slumping American car sales.
First up, Exxon’s extraordinary reported profits for the second quarter of 2006. At over $1,300 a second, yeah, that’s PER SECOND, Exxon is raking it in faster than most bean counters can count beans. And there’s plenty of people up in arms with the ethics of record-setting fuel prices creating misery for the consumer and record-setting profits for corporations.
But how is this effecting the average American car buyer? According to Jim Hossack, months of higher prices at the pump are beginning to have an effect on the sales floors of dealerships around the country as Americans start turning away from SUVs and trucks, and start looking at smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles. And there’s an entirely new crop of very small, very efficient vehicles coming to the American market. David and Jim chat us up on all of these topics this week.
Plus, George Peterson went car shopping last week to see what deals were out there, and my, what a good time of the year to be getting into a new vehicle! The big question – should you buy or lease? George and David chew on that tidbit this week as well.
Show Rundown
00:58 Exxon’s Record Profits – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
04:45 Choosing New Vehicles Based on Fuel Consumption – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
06:25 Diesel as a Buying Choice – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
08:53 June Fuel Survey Results – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
11:04 Car Selling Slump in the U.S. – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
14:15 New Crop of Small, Fuel Efficient Cars – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
17:30 Buy vs. Lease and the Summer Deals to Be Had – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific President and Founder George Peterson


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Let's Talk Cars: Ford's New Sales Incentive, and Why the Ford Thunderbird Never Made it Big

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The summer sales slump for American Car manufacturers continues, and Ford is the latest company to come up with a new way to get buyers into showrooms. VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Senior Consultant Jim Hassock, sit down for another of their weekly chats and discuss whether Ford will see any traction with their new extended powertrain waranty.
AutoPacific Founder and President George Peterson tells the tale of his wife’s turquoise blue Ford Thunderbird, oh so beautiful and oh so dumb.
Plus we touch on the efffect fuel prices have on new vehicle purchases, the new continuously variable transmissions, and where the latest trend toward rear wheel drive sedans is going.
Show Rundown
00:53 Ford’s new extended powertrain warranty – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
12:15 Continuously Variable Transmissions – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
15:20 2002 Ford Thunderbird – Beautiful, but Dumb – AutoPacific President and Founder George Peterson


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Let's Talk Cars: Why LeMans is the Best Race of the Year

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The 24 Hours of LeMans is arguably the greatest motorsport event of the year and VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant Jim Hossack are going to tell you why. By the way, Audi won with a diesel powered racer.
Not only is LeMans a great spectacle for racing fans, it’s also a must see for the average American car buyer. You’d be surprised what a tricked out, exotic, 200-mile-per-hour European race car can offer in the way of practical advice when choosing your next vehicle. Jim and David take on that subject as well this week.
Show Rundown
00:50 Why Le Mans Rocks – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
11:58 How Le Mans’ Exotic Race Cars can Help us Choose our Next Car or Truck – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack


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Let's Talk Cars: What's Wrong with the Indy 500, and Will Fuel Incentives Pay Off?

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This week on Let’s Talk Cars, we take on an American tradition, the Indianapolis 500. Memorial Day weekend saw the 90th running of this classic in open wheel racing. But crowds and television viewership was down this year, despite a finish that came down to the wire. VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant Jim Hossack try to figure out why.
Also this week, Ford has joined GM in offering new car buyers fuel incentives. But May sales figures are still way down. Cameron Barrett asks Jim Hossack, AutoPacific’s fuel expert, whether Ford’s $1,000 gas card or GM’s $1.99 per gallon gas will get consumers off the fence and reaching for their wallets.
Show Rundown
01:08 What’s Wrong with the Indy 500 – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
13:23 Gm and Ford’s Fuel Sales Incentives – Let’s Talk Cars host Cameron Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant Jim Hossack.


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Let's Talk Cars: What Trucks and SUVs won the 2006 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, and will GM's Lastest Incentive Fall Flat?

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This week on Let’s Talk Cars, another in our series on AutoPacific‘s 2006 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. This time we tackle the popular category of trucks and SUVs, a category that makes up 50% of all vehicle sales in this country. VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett sits down with AutoPacific president and founder George Peterson, who reveals the winners and tells us why owners in each subcategory are so very satisfied.
Also this week, General Motors latest bid to attract new customers. GM is offering subsidized gas (only a $1.99 a gallon!) to customers in California and Florida who buy certain large trucks and SUVs like the Tahoe and the H2. Cameron Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant Jim Hossack discuss the odds GM might be on to something here. Hossack also gives a download on the latest information from the VehicleVoice Fuel Price Impact Survey.
Show Rundown
01:35 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards – Trucks and SUVs – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific president and founder, George Peterson introduce award winners
13:31 GM’s new Gas Deal for Gas-guzzling Purchases – VehicleVoice host Cameron Barrett engages AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant Jim Hossack


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Let's Talk Cars: AutoPacific 2006 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, and a Fuel Price Discussion

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This week on Let’s Talk Cars, the results are in! One of the autmotive industry’s most coveted awards, the AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, have been announced. So VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett sits down with AutoPacific president and founder Geroge Peterson, for the first in a series of conversations about the comprehensive consumer survey that led to the awards. You’ll not only find out the winners of each vehicle class, but you’ll also find out what was so completely surprising about this year’s results. The first podcast concerns overall winners of the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards and award-winning cars. In future installments we will discuss award-winning trucks, brand winners and which product segments yield the most satisfying vehicles.
Also this week, a conversation about fuel prices and why Americans should stop their whining. Well, not really. We are whiners, but Barrett and Peterson are joined by AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant Jim Hossack for a lively discussion about why fuel price relief is not around the corner.
Show Rundown
01:24 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards – The Winners Are! – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific president and founder, George Peterson introduce award winners
13:36 Americans’ Reaction to Fuel Prices – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett engages AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant Jim Hossack and AutoPacific president and founder, George Peterson about rising fuel costs


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