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VehicleVoice#47 – Audi R8 North American Debut

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While the World Debut of the Audi TT Roadster caused quite a stir in the Audi booth during the press days at the L.A. Auto Show, it was another unveiling just a few feet away that had AutoPacific Senior Analyst and Audi afficionado Jim Hall really excited.
The Audi R8 made its North American debut here, and sports car fans as well as those that appreciate really beautiful automotive design were drooling over this one. When it hits the road in 2007, it will be easy to spot this new coupe by the crowd of admirers following behind. Jim Hall will be one of them, until his own (now on order!) shows up in Detroit.

Show Runtime – 3:46


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VehicleVoice#46 – Audi TT Roadster World Debut

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This year the L.A. Auto Show celebrated it’s 100th Anniversary, and it did so in style. With 13 North American debuts and 23 World debuts, the 2006 Los Angeles International Auto Show earned the adjective international.
One of the cars making its first appearance before the automotive press and the general public is the all new 2007 Audi TT Roadster. AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Analyst Jim Hall has been looking at cars professionally for a long time now, and he just so happens to be a huge Audi fan, not to mention the owner of the World’s Most Expensive (older model) TT. So who better to give this new open-air Audi a walk around?

Show Runtime – 1:39


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VehicleVoice#45 – Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Debut

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There are few things more thrilling at an auto show than to be there for the unveiling or a truly exotic street car. When the well-heeled executives at Lamborghini whipped the silk off the all new Murcielago LP640, the huge crowd of automotive journalists crowded around the Italian marque’s booth gasped. It’s breathtaking, with the pearled-white paint glistening under the lights, and the promise of more speed than any sane person could handle growling under the hood.
But it’s hard to turn the head of AutoPacific analyst Keagan Patrick with a little glitz and glamour. Sure, he wouldn’t turn his nose up at a chance to drive the new Murcielago LP640. But he did notice one ergonomic flaw that just shouldn’t be in a $350,000 automobile.

Show Runtime – 1:31

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VehicleVoice#44 – Buick Enclave World Debut

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The Los Angeles International Auto Show opened it’s doors to the general public today. For those of you who are saying, ‘What a minute! It’s not January yet!’, don’t worry. You haven’t lost a month somewhere. The L.A. Auto Show opened a month earlier than usual this year. They’ve had the change of date in the works for years now. The old January time table had them overlapping with the Detroit Auto Show, and nobody liked that very much. The earlier show time has them in the unique position of debuting a record number of new models. And one of those models was the new Buick Enclave, which was introduced to the world (and our intrepid VehicleVoice panel of experts) Wednesday.
AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant Jim Hossack thinks the new crossover could be a hit, but it’s probably not going to take over a traditional demographic Buick is gunning for. Jim brings us the first of no less than a dozen pieces from the 2006 L.A. Auto Show.

Show Runtime – 1:29


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VehicleVoice#43 – BMW's Performance Driving School

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You know us. After hundreds of stories and nearly 50 podcasts, you know that all of us here at VehicleVoice are rather addicted to screeching around test tracks. Someone asks us, “Hey! You VehicleVoice folks! Wanna go screech around a test track?” And we always say “Yes.” We’re easy. We’ll admit it.
But a few weeks ago, when BMW asked us if we wanted to get into some of its high performance M cars and go screech around the California Speedway, we didn’t know what to say. Mainly because we had been struck dumb. We were that excited. We eventually found our voices, and yelled “Hell yes!” Then we packed our cameras and microphones, and our resident (ex) race car driver, David Barrett, and we headed for Fontana.
Thank you BMW! Thank you for letting us drive an M5 at mach speed. Thank you for letting us go skidding across wet pavement in an M3. Thank you for letting us take an M Roadster for a spin on the autocross track. Thanks for not believing all those rumors you heard about us! And by the way, there is an important story here, too. Watch this podcast and get the inside line!

Show Runtime – 13:12

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01:58 Skid Pad Exercise
04:38 Autocross Exercise
06:4 Racetrack Exercise


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VehicleVoice#41 – Reviews of the Ford Five Hundred and the MazdaSpeed3

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There are very few things the 2007 MazdaSpeed3 and the 2006 Ford Five Hundred have in common, but here’s a comprehensive list. They’re both made by Ford. They both have four wheels. And they’re both up for review this week on VehicleVoice.

VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett starts things off with a look at Mazda’s brand new hot rod, the MazdaSpeed3, and finds out the operative word in the name is SPEED. There’s very little not to like about this racy little 5-door, from the breakthrough motor to it’s "Arrest Me" red paint job. But a word to the wise, all that horsepower can get you in torque trouble, and David can get you out with a few simple driving tips.

AutoPacific President George Peterson takes a look at the Ford Five Hundred this week. Decidedly different than the MazdaSpeed3, this comfortable, easy-driving sedan won the AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award and targets a very different audience than the Speed3 – an audience that just loves this car. Find our what George thinks in his review.

Show Runtime – 17:23

Show Rundown
00:27 David Barrett , VehicleVoice contributor reviews the 2007 MazdaSpeed3
07:12 George Peterson , President of AutoPacific reviews the 2006 Ford Five Hundred


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VehicleVoice#40 – Ford Hosts the All New "Cars and Coffee" in Irvine, California

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This Saturday was a red letter day for Southern California automotive enthusiasts. For the past several years some of the most rare and exotic cars that are still roadworthy have gathered informally each Saturday morning at Crystal Cove Promenade (a really upscale strip mall on Pacific Coast Highway) in Newport Beach, California. And for nearly that long, the Center’s owner, the Irvine Company, has been giving the group a hard time about it. Finally, after threats, resident complaints, lots of orange traffic cones, and probably a dozen or so lawyers, the informal Crystal Cove auto show got the boot.

Ford to the rescue! Ford’s Premier Auto Group stepped in before the show’s walking papers were even dry and invited all those owners, enthusiasts and incredible cars to come by their place at the Premier Automotive Group and Mazda North American Operations campus. Saturday, October 21st was the first Cars and Coffee, and based on the turn out of about 350 cars, Ford’s invitation was heartily accepted.

David Barrett, a frequent visitor to Crystal Cove has a new place to hang out early on Saturday mornings.

Show Runtime – 4:42

Show Rundown
00:18 David Barrett , VehicleVoice host
01:01 Bill Baker , host of the INHD show Ride to Adventure
02:05 Ford Skyliner , owner Wayne MacCartney
02:24 Lancia Scorpion , owner Mark Mayuga
03:10 Nash Metropolitan Hot Rod , owner Bryan Thatcher
03:42 Hyundai Chief Designer , Joel Piaskowski


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VehicleVoice#39 – Presenting the AutoPacific IntelliChoice 2006 Motorists' Choice Awards

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If you’re looking for a great car or truck to buy this fall, one that’s not only stylish and powerful, but reliable and a great value, we’ve got a foolproof way for you to choose your next vehicle. Just look at which models won the inaugural AutoPacificIntelliChoice Motorists’ Choice Awards. Unlike other trophies handed out in the automotive industry, this award measures owner satisfaction and the value of the vehicle. AutoPacific surveys owners to determine how satisfied they are with their vehicles. IntelliChoice analyzes the cost of ownership. The result is a strong benchmark combining the emotional relationship a person has with their car and the value they receive. What you get are some pretty extraordinary vehicles that are worth the purchase price, even years after the purchase.
The Orange County Auto Show set the stage for the 2006 Motorists’ Choice Awards presentations. We’ve got a few highlights right here in this week’s podcast.
Show Runtime – 4:30
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00:41 2006 Nissan Armada , best Utility
01:21 2006 Nissan Murano , best Midsize Crossover
02:49 2006 Subaru Legacy Wagon , best Midsize/Large Wagon
03:37 2006 Infiniti QX56 , best Luxury Utility and Top Ranked Vehicle Overall


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VehicleVoice#38 – The Orange County Auto Show – at Warp Speed!

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It’s that time of year again. Auto Show season! Count on VehicleVoice to cover all the new, cool product introductions at all the best auto shows this season.
Our first car show of the 2007 model year – the Orange County Auto Show. While the O.C.’s show isn’t on the same level as say, Detroit or Berlin, it certainly serves a great car culture community. It’s hard to find a place more filled with motorheads, speed freaks and auto enthusiasts than Southern California. And our resident car nut, David Barrett toured the O.C. show before it opened to the public. Which is how he managed to bring you the best and most notable in less than six minutes. Fasten your seat belts, this is going to be a very quick ride!
Show Runtime – 5:53
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00:45 2007 Acura RDX , crossover
01:35 2007 Acura TL Type-S , sedan
02:03 Chrysler Firepower, concept vehicle
02:34 Dodge Challenger, concept vehicle
03:12 Dodge Nitro , SUV
03:30 Jaguar XKR , convertible
04:02 Jeep Compass , crossover
04:39 Jeep Cherokee SRT8 , SUV
04:51 Mazda Speed 3 , 5-door
05:32 Lexus LS 460 , sedan

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VehicleVoice#37 – Saleen Factory Tour and Retail Store

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Welcome to VehicleVoice Episode #37

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As a former race car driver, Steve Saleen is uniquely qualified to build a fast car. But when he founded Saleen Autosport in 1984 and introduced the first Saleen Mustang, few people thought he would build a fullfledged manufacturing plant. But that’s exactly what Steve Saleen has done.

20 years later, Saleen makes not only kick-ass Mustangs, but a super-charged truck and the super-fast, super-horsepowered, super-race winning super car – the S7.

Contributor David Barrett visited the Saleen plant on the most exciting day of the year, the tenth annual Saleen open house where he not only got a personal tour of the factory floor, but got a chance to chat with Saleen himself. And contributor and host Cameron Barrett visited Steve and his team in their brand new venture, the Saleen Retail Store – offering a new, very high-end way to shop for a car.

Show Runtime – 11:43

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01:10 David Barrett, VehicleVoice Contributor at the Saleen Open House
01:32 Steve Saleen, founder and owner, Saleen Autosport
02:25 Bill Tally, Saleen Engineer gives David Barrett a tour of the factory assembly line
08:30 Cameron Barrett, VehicleVoice host tours the new Saleen Retail Store

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