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Truck News Wrap: Milestone, Seat Belts and Cap
November 16, 2017 03:33 PM PST
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This week on the Behind the Wheel Truck News Wrap/Podcast we cover: Volvo Group celebrates huge Aussie truck production milestone U.S. study finds big jump in percentage of truck/bus drivers wearing seat belts Calls for heavy vehicle blind-spot tech to be mandatory Isuzu stocks up on cabs and engines for Aussie customers Ford unveils new truck cap that could save lives

Behind the Wheel Podcast 475
November 16, 2017 02:24 PM PST
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It’s Behind the Wheel Car of the Year Time. Over the next few weeks we will narrow down to the best car of 2017.

Peter Barnwell, a great contributor to the Behind the Wheel website, is first up with his nominations. He’ll name his best three cars of 2017.

BMW are in the news this week. The wraps are off what is set to be a best seller for BMW, the all-new X3. Then there’s the new, super sexy BMW M3 CS.

We also need to talk to BMW about a really big recall happening in the U.S.

Lenore Fletcher, Director of Communications for BMW joins us with the facts

Simon Lai has been driving a new four-cylinder version of Kia's Stinger. The four-cylinder version largely gets overlooked - but should it be?

Rachel Franco wants to talk about parking. She'll disclose whether she's a front or back parking girl - and will challenge the boys on what they like best.

Joel Helmes is back to talk BMW Gran Coupe - the top of the range edition BMW 440i Gran Coupe.

We’ve got a review this week of the all new Audi Q5 and Renault Megane GT Line Wagon.

And there's news on Holden's replacement for the Captiva - and flying uber cars too!

You'll get it all on this week's edition of the Behind the Wheel Car Podcast...

Behind the Wheel Podcast 474
November 09, 2017 01:55 PM PST
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So, you want to make some money? Do you a) Invest in the stock market? b) Invest in the property market? c) Buy an old car? The answer may surprise you. Effie Zahos, editor of Money Magazine joins us with the lowdown.

Nick Raman from Lexus Australia is just off the plane from the Tokyo Motor Show. He’ll share some highlights, and bring us up to date on the latest offerings from Lexus.

David Blackhall is the CEO of the Australian Automotive Dealer Association and is calling for a code of conduct to be implemented. We’ll find out what the code is all about and why it is needed.

Simon Lai has been driving a Mazda BT-50 ute.

Rachel Franco is struggling to choose a colour for her new car. And does the colour you choose have any reflection on you personally?

Joel Helmes is back from Europe. We’ll catch up with him to find out about the adventure.

We’ll take on a drive in the all new, five-cylinder turbocharged and utterly epic Audi RS3. Just wait till you hear it!

And yes, all the news is there too.

Truck News Wrap: Sales, Profits, Jacket?
November 08, 2017 04:49 PM PST
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This week on the Behind the Wheel Truck News Wrap/Podcast we cover:

Scania on track for record 2017
CNH Industrial enjoys positive sales, profit growth
IC Bus launch new electric school bus in the U.S.
What keeps fleet managers up at night
The Griffin Jacket unveiled by Scania

Truck News Wrap: Magirus, Poncho EV and Cursor 13 NG
November 02, 2017 04:38 PM PDT
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This week on the Behind the Wheel Truck News Wrap/Podcast we cover:
ATA welcomes ATO truck driver meal allowance ruling
Thousands of Mack Trucks recalled to fix brake issue
Iveco/FPT unveils Cursor 13 NG engine
Electric-drive Hino Poncho bus debuts
Magirus to make larger splash in Aussie market

Behind the Wheel Podcast 473
November 02, 2017 10:07 AM PDT
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With a full tank of premium, we're gassed up for another big edition of the Behind the Wheel Car Podcast.
Pete and Chris have been at the Australian Launch of the Infiniti Q50 live in the most unusual location of any launch in 2017.
They’ll chat to the Infiniti guys to get the lowdown on the latest edition of the Infiniti Q50, and give you the first Aussie drive review of the new 2017 edition of the 298kW twin turbo, rear wheel drive Infiniti Q50 Red Sport.
Simon Lai has been driving new Honda Odyssey. Does is it have the expected suite of ISOFIX points, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert? You'd think so, right?
Rachel Franco has turned her nose up at some of the most recent car accessories, with justifiable reason - the question is, what is the most annoying accessories in 2017?
Joel Helmes is overseas checking out some vehicle manufacturing plants, so while he’s away, Alan Zurvas jumps in from Behind the Wheel with a possible COTY contender, the Kia Stinger.
He’s also had the keys to the Subaru WRX STi, and is off to the launch of an all-new Volkswagen.
We’ve got a review this week of the all new Range Rover Velar, and the four-cylinder version of the Land Rover Discovery SD HSE.
There's a whole lot of new concept cars you'll hear about from the Tokyo Motor Show, along with an ingenious product of the week from Altrex.
Drop everything - go on, download the latest episode of Behind the Wheel

Behind the Wheel Podcast 472
October 25, 2017 09:45 AM PDT
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Big news about emissions and fuel consumption claims -  The Australian Automotive Association (AAA) has done local research on about 30 cars and found the nearly all of them had fuel consumption and emissions considerably higher than the sticker on the window the suggests - CEO Michael Bradley joins us with all the details.

ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin returns to Behind the Wheel with news on a new app that helps buyers choose the safest possible car...while they’re car shopping.

Simon Lai has been driving the latest version of the Renault Clio. The big question of course is, has he figured out what that strange, fat stalk behind the steering wheel does? And no, it's not the indicators.

Rachel Franco has been struggling at the servo and thinks there are too many petrol choices - everyone will likely get confused with her at some stage in the show.

Joel Helmes is overseas in some manufacturing plant in Germany, so while he’s away, Alan Zurvas jumps in the hot seat from the launch of a couple of brand new Lexus models.

We’ve got details on our first drive of the all new Range Rover Velar.

Shaun Cleary from Audi pays a visit with news on the all-new Audi A7.

There's a heap of news from right around motoring world, including details on a stripped back Porsche 911, a new type of paint inspired by butterfly's, and the results from one of the biggest reliability studies on the planet.

It's informative while being immature and childish all at the same time! Don't miss this weeks Behind the Wheel Podcast...

Truck News Wrap: Truck News Wrap: Guardian, DAF, Benz Recall
October 25, 2017 08:46 AM PDT
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This week on the Truck News Wrap/Podcast we cover:
Latest recipient of Bandag Highway Guardian award named
2017 Craig Rosender Awards announced
DAF launches all-new Aussie website
Hino enjoys benefits of improved dealer network
More recalls for Mercedes-Benz Trucks

Behind the Wheel Podcast 471
October 19, 2017 02:52 PM PDT
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A bit of a sad tinge to Behind the Wheel this week as Australian car manufacturing comes to an end.

The last Holden has rolled off the production line in Elizabeth, South Australia.

This week we have a look at will happen to the thousands of employees who are now out of work.

We’re joined by Professor John Spoehr, Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute at Flinders University. He’s studied the impact and will share his thoughts.

Sean Poppit, Senior Communications Manager at GM Holden also joins us to take us through the final day, reveal the last cars to come off the production line and look back on Holden’s rich history.

And Simon Lai & Rachel Franco reminisce about some of their favourite Holdens.

While manufacturing of combustion engine cars has ended here in Australia, there’s the chance we might see solar cars built here one day.

Team Arrows, who recently came third in the World Solar Car Challenge, are at the forefront of the design of solar cars - we’ll find out how they work and what the future may hold from Team Arrows manager Rob Muir.

Pete and Chris review the high performance, highly coveted BMW M4.

Joel Helmes is back this week to talk two of our previous Car of the Year Winners - Kia Sorento & Mazda CX-9, both of which have been in for a makeover.

Alan Zurvas has been at the launch of the Honda Civic Type R - we’ll get his thoughts on what the little pocket rocket is like to drive on Aussie roads.

Expect all the latest news from the world of motoring and a whole lot more on this giant edition of Behind the Wheel...

Trucks News Wrap: Hydrogen, Millennials and Distraction
October 18, 2017 11:34 PM PDT
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This week on the Truck News Podcast we cover:

  • Toyota steps-up hydrogen fuel cell trial in the U.S.
  • Need drivers? Why not consider hiring millennials?
  • Big sales gains for MAN and Scania through 2017
  • Hundreds of Mercedes-Benz trucks recalled in Australia
  • Driver distraction to blame for many recent heavy vehicle crashes

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