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Autoblog Podcast #392

08/06/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Podcasts, Audi, Dodge, Jaguar, Subaru, Alfa Romeo, Rumormill

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Episode #392 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Chris Paukert talk about recent confessions by Autoblog Editors, the unconfirmed rumors that the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat will show up at the Woodward Dream Cruise, and the release of the North American Car and Truck of the Year long 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. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #392:

Topics:

  • Autoblog editors come clean
  • Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to debut at Woodward Dream Cruise
  • NACTOY long list released
In The Autoblog Garage:
  • 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
  • 2015 Subaru Legacy Limited
  • 2015 Audi S8
  • 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

Hosts: Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, Chris Paukert

Runtime: 01:48:05

Rundown:

  • Intro and Garage - 00:00
  • Editor Confessions - 34:48
  • Hellcat Charger Unveil - 59:56
  • NACTOY Long List - 01:09:51
  • Q&A - 01:25:43

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Autoblog editors come clean about their controversial automotive beliefs

08/01/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Etc., Dodge, Mazda, SMART, Subaru, Toyota, Electric, Diesel

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We all have controversial opinions. Be it whether you think the Nissan Juke is actually pretty attractive, manual transmissions aren't always better, or you honestly didn't hate the Pontiac Aztek, we all harbor some persuasion, be it big or small, for which we catch copious flak upon expression.

In recognizing that all of us here at Autoblog harbor at least one viewpoint that stubbornly goes against the grain of popular opinion among auto enthusiasts, we've decided to come clean with them right here, proudly speaking our minds in a mature, structured manner - a striking contrast to how these things tend to come up while debated in the office.

We'd also like to invite you to share your unpopular and controversial opinions with us and the Autoblog faithful down in Comments. Don't be ashamed - this is a safe place.

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Subaru teasing new WRX S4 model ahead of Japanese debut

07/25/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Sedans/Saloons, Sports/GTs, Japan, Subaru

Subaru WRX S4 teaser

The Subaru WRX range is growing just a little bit larger, at least in Japan, with the automaker's teasing announcement of a new version called the S4. Unfortunately, the company is keeping details about its latest all-wheel drive sport sedan a closely guarded secret for the moment.

From what we can glean, it appears that the S4 might be a more luxurious take on the WRX. According to the release, the name stands for the four qualities that Subaru wants the sedan to have: "'Sports performance', 'Safety performance', 'Smart driving' and 'Sophisticated feel.'" As part of this focus, the car comes with the company's EyeSight camera system. Thankfully, we don't have too long to wait to find out what all of the buzz words actually mean because Subaru is unveiling the S4 on August 25 in Japan.

The automaker also launched a teaser website for the S4 that you can cheek out, here, but at the moment it doesn't provide any more details about the new sport sedan. The site just has countdown until the August reveal. There's also no indication yet whether this potentially more premium WRX could make it US shores. Scroll down to read the Subaru's rather concise teaser for the upcoming S4.

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Subaru WRX STI vs. Audi S3 in compact AWD dustup

07/23/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Sedans/Saloons, Sports/GTs, Videos, Audi, Subaru

Subaru WRX STI versus the Audi S3 Sedan

It's not every day that a Subaru and an Audi can be reasonably compared head-to-head; the two brands tend not to compete directly in their respective segments. However, the latest WRX STI and the S3 Sedan offer the perfect chance to find out if the working-class Scooby can beat its upper-crust competitor.

The UK's Auto Express gets behind the wheel of these two all-wheel drive performance sedans, or saloons as the Brits call them. Across the pond, both of them are rated at an identical 296 horsepower, but the Subaru edges out the Four Rings on torque. Like in the US, British buyers have to pay a little more to get the Audi, but it comes with a nicer interior and more brand cachet, if that means anything to you.

The video starts out with a fairly standard road test comparing the two of them back-to-back - all fairly subjective. But then Auto Express takes the trip to the drag strip, and the results there are much more conclusive. There's a definite winner when they cross the line, but you have to scroll down to see which of these turbocharged models with rallying heritage wins out.

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Subaru facing class-action suit over excess oil use

07/23/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Sedans/Saloons, Wagons/Estates, Government/Legal, Crossovers/CUVs, Hatchbacks, Subaru

2013 Subaru Outback

A recently filed lawsuit in federal court against Subaru of America and its parent Fuji Heavy Industries claims that several recent models burn an excessive amount of oil. The case, which is seeking class-action status, covers examples of the 2011-2014 Forester, 2013 Legacy and 2013 Outback with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and the 2012-2013 Impreza and 2013 XV Crosstrek with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

The suit alleges that Subaru knew about the excessive oil consumption but didn't fix the problem, according to USA Today. It contends that owners have to spend an unreasonable amount of money to keep these models topped up with Texas tea, and that the people represented wouldn't have bought the vehicle if they had known that this could happen.

As proof of Subaru's knowledge of excessive oil use, the lawsuit cites four technical service bulletins from the company telling dealers about the issue, although, that would seem to partially invalidate the claim that the automaker hasn't attempted to fix things. The case was filed on behalf of two men, one with a 2014 Forester and the other with a 2013 Outback. "Following an extensive investigation, we now look forward to litigating the case," said Matthew Schelkopf, an attorney for the plaintiffs, to USA Today.

Autoblog reached out to Subaru of America for its response. "We're aware of the suit. We believe the oil use in our vehicles is in acceptable levels. We have worked with customers on this issue," said company spokesperson Michael McHale.

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Subaru WRX STI gets all gymkhana slidey in new European ad

07/19/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Sedans/Saloons, Sports/GTs, Euro, Marketing/Advertising, Videos, Subaru

Subaru WRX STI ad

A good partner makes sacrifices for a significant other. They aren't always fun, but sometimes chores have to be done. Subaru's European ad for its new WRX STI clearly understands that dynamic, as it shows what to what lengths a guy is willing to go in order to get his lady some bread in time for breakfast. Of course, running errands in a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive sports sedan down picturesque roads is hardly drudgery.

The wordless ad for the WRX STI says everything you could ever want to know about the winged blue Subaru. It expertly mixes some fantastic gravel rally footage with just a bit of inspiration from Ken Block's Gymkhana videos, as well. The automaker makes the right choice of actually letting the audience hear the growly exhaust and squealing tires over the music, too.

If this was your daily route to the bakery, you'd probably be prepared for a round of the World Rally Championship within a couple of months. Scroll down to watch the Subaru ad about a very polite WRX STI owner making sure breakfast is on the table.

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Autoblog Podcast #389

07/17/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Podcasts, Etc., Hirings/Firings, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Subaru, Volkswagen

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Episode #389 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Chris Paukert, and Mark Pereira from Autoblog Canada talk about Johan deNysschen's move to Cadillac, rumors of more BMW nomenclature changes, a second generation for the Subaru BRZ, and cars from 2004 that we miss. 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. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #389:

Topics:

  • Johan de Nysschen moves to Cadillac
  • BMW model designations changing even more
  • Subaru BRZ getting second generation
  • Cars We Miss

In the Autoblog Garage:

  • 2014 Ducati 899 Panigale
  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2015 Volkswagen GTI
  • 2015 Chevrolet Silverato 2500 Diesel

Hosts: Dan Roth, Chris Paukert, Mark Pereira

Runtime: 01:59:10

Rundown:

  • Intro and Garage - 00:00
  • Johan deNysschen - 36:12
  • BMW Nomenclature - 53:58
  • BRZ - 56:27
  • Cars We Miss - 01:05:07
  • Q&A - 01:30:09

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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #389 LIVE! [UPDATE]

07/15/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Time Warp, Etc., BMW, Cadillac, Subaru, Rumormill

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We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #389 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

Discussion Topics for Autoblog Podcast Episode #389

  • Johan de Nysschen moves to Cadillac
  • BMW model designations changing even more
  • Subaru BRZ getting second generation
  • Cars We Miss

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UPDATE: We regret the short notice, but this week's Autoblog Podcast recording is being postponed until tomorrow, Tuesday, July 15th. We'll be using the same topics, and hold on to your questions for that show. See you tomorrow!

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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #389 LIVE!

07/15/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Time Warp, Etc., BMW, Cadillac, Subaru, Rumormill

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We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #389 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

Discussion Topics for Autoblog Podcast Episode #389

  • Johan de Nysschen moves to Cadillac
  • BMW model designations changing even more
  • Subaru BRZ getting second generation
  • Cars We Miss

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Subaru recalling over 8,000 cars for Takata airbag inflators

07/09/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Sedans/Saloons, Trucks/Pickups, Wagons/Estates, Safety, Subaru

NAIAS Detroit : New Subaru WRX sti at the North American Internatioonal Auto Show. Jan 7 2003

We have one more automaker to chalk up recalling Takata airbag inflators. Subaru is now throwing its hat in the ring by repairing 8,557 vehicles nationwide for faulty front passenger inflators. According to the Defect Notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem affects 3,151 examples of the Legacy, Outback and Baja from the 2003 and 2004 model years and 5,406 units of the Impreza, including the WRX and STI (pictured above), from the 2004 model year.

As we all know by now, it's possible for the inflators to explode during airbag deployment possibly affecting not only the bag's inflation but also potentially spraying metal shrapnel at occupants. All of the affected vehicles will receive new passenger side inflators at no charge to the owner.

Seven automakers in the US announced recalls for the problem in late June affecting an estimated 2.1 million vehicles. Unlike some of the companies, Subaru is repairing all of the affected models in the US, rather just in certain warm-weather states. According to company spokesperson Michael McHale to Autoblog the reason is that "it was simpler to get everybody in there and make sure it was done." The replacement inflators should be in by the end of July, he said. Scroll down to read the recall report from NHTSA or download the full defect notice as a PDF, here.

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