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Behind the Wheel Podcast 452
June 07, 2017 07:10 PM PDT
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We've hit the start button on another big edition of Behind the Wheel...
We get down to business this week to decide if Auto Emergency Braking is sophisticated enough to be a mandatory safety system - Peter Barnwell from Lovetodrive.net has had a couple of hair raising experiences he’ll share on the show.
There’s been a very fast new Audi released - the TT RS. Shaun Cleary has got some juicy fast facts on the 5 cylinder Quattro and shares details on what the fastest ever Audi TT will cost you.
Manufacturing in Australia has had a bad rap of late - but as we discovered last year at Iveco, it’s alive and well - particularly when it comes to building trucks.
Volvo Trucks are hard at it in Queensland and have implemented some great driver training initiatives. President and CEO of Volvo Group Australia, Peter Voorhoeve has all the info.
Joel Helmes is live from the launch of the new plug-in BMW 5 Series with some seriously surprising news about the price of the 530e.
And he has been at the launch of the all new Suzuki Swift, it really is all new from the ground up.
Joel has thoughts on whether it can live up to the hugely successful car it replaces, along with some interesting observations about how the new Swift looks.
All the car sales data for May is in with some predictable winners and some unpredicted losers - we’ll give you the stats.
Of course, Pete and Chris bring you all the latest news from the world of motoring, and details on a new electric supercar from Canada, the Tomahawk, that can sprint to 100km/h in just 2 seconds.
Simon Lai is driving the Holden Colorado Z71 - he thinks the bonnet stripes make it go faster than a regular Holden Colorado.
Rachel Franco thinks it may be time to retire her 12 year old Mazda 6 - she discusses her option with the guys.
There's a review the new Mazda CX-3 where you can hear Chris attempt to explain Mazda's torque vectoring system...see if you can make any sense of it!
It's a show that is jam packed full of info for anyone who loves cars - don't miss this weeks Behind the Wheel.

Truck News Wrap: Sales, Recall and Tools
June 07, 2017 05:47 PM PDT
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This week on the Behind the Wheel Truck News Wrap/Podcast we cover…
Big truck sales numbers recorded in May 2017
Isuzu N-Series trucks recalled in Australia
New boss for Penske NZ
New Penske Aus/NZ website goes live
Campaign launched to educate road users about rest stops
Isuzu names lucky Milwaukee Tools comp winner

Behind the Wheel Podcast 451
May 31, 2017 10:08 PM PDT
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There's a lot in this week's edition of Behind the Wheel with Peter Hitchener and Chris Miller.
First, a 441kW Jaguar XE from Jaguar’s performance arm SVO - James Scrimshaw joins the guys with all the details.
The 2017 Good Design Awards are almost on us and the finalists have just been released. CEO of the 2017 Australia Good Design Awards Brandon Gien calls in with all the finalists for 2017.
We’re big fans of new technology, particularly technology that has the potential to save lives. Bosch have come up with what they call a “Digital Protective Shield” for motorcyclists.
The boss of Bosch, Mark Jackman, explains how it works, and Steve McDowall from Motorcyclelife.com.au makes a return to Behind the Wheel with his thoughts on the new tech.
Joel Helmes has got an intriguing idea to revolutionise cruise control systems, and he's been driving the all new MINI Countryman.
Rachel Franco has been at an auction where a Holden Torana sold for more than $700,000!
Simon Lai has been driving the Renault Megane GT and Renault Megane GT Line - we’ll find out what the differences are between the two, and hear what they're like to drive on Aussie roads.
There’s been an Audi S4 in the Behind the Wheel garage this week - we want to remain level headed about this one and not got too carried away...but it’s good - very good. Pete and Chris tell you why
Don't miss a minute of it!

Truck News Wrap: 300 4x4, Uptime and Otto
May 31, 2017 05:20 PM PDT
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This week on the Behind the Wheel Truck News Wrap/Podcast we cover:
Hino confirms 300 series 4x4 coming to Australia
New-gen Mercedes-Benz rigids arrive
Kenworth goes back to the future with Legend 900
Volvo teases FH XXL Cab
VGA announces new parts warranty and uptime promise
ATA and Logistics Council team up on safety plan
Uber ditches Otto name for autonomous truck division
Hino take Brisbane Truck Show award

Behind the Wheel Podcast 450
May 25, 2017 01:00 AM PDT
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Chris, Pete and the team with our 450th podcast!
The 450th edition of the Behind the Wheel Podcast is a great excuse to jam even more into the show than usual!
Gary Linnell, Sydney Morning Herald and Age columnist, has issued an apology to Elon Musk - we’ll find out what Gary’s apology is all about and why he can't wait for an autonomous vehicle to hit the road.
And talking Elon Musk, Simon Lai has been driving the Tesla Model X - he even bought a new shirt in the same colour as the car for the occasion!
He'll share his opinion with Pete and Chris on whether this lightning fast SUV is easy to live with.
Have you been stung by an exorbitant invoice fee for using a Toll Road? Effie Zhaos from Money Magazine has, and has some strong thoughts on the issue.
Want to be a race car driver but can’t afford it? We may have found the answer thanks to a group of blokes running the Aussie Driver Search - we’ll tell you how you can get behind the wheel of a real live race car.
Rachel Franco has been bitten by new car technology. You'll be staggered at how such a simple thing can very quickly become exceedingly inconvenient.
There's a review of the Audi Q2, a car we'll be seeing everywhere really soon, and there's a big helping of the latest news from the motoring world.
All that and loads more on the 450th Edition of Behind the Wheel…

Truck News Wrap: Automation, Awards and Emissions
May 24, 2017 06:07 AM PDT
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This week on the Behind the Wheel Truck News Wrap/Podcast we cover:
Volvo trialling autonomous garbage truck
New Sydney presence for Western Star, MAN and Dennis-Eagle
Hino picks up global customer service, parts awards
Isuzu backs worthy cause
Transport industry not doing enough to attract women
Scania calls for more clean and green transport investment

Behind the Wheel Podcast 449
May 18, 2017 02:00 AM PDT
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This week on Behind the Wheel we’re shining a spotlight on older cars after some pretty eye opening results from some ANCAP testing.
CEO of ANCAP, James Goodwin joins Pete and Chris with all the details.
Mazda continue the refresh of their SUV’s - after the release of our 2016 Car of the Year the CX-9 and the all new CX-5, now it’s the turn of the CX-3.
Tony Mee from Mazda has all the info, and Simon Lai will give us his thoughts on what it's like to drive on Australian roads.
BMW have released a teaser image of a new 8 Series, Lenore Fletcher will tell us what it is all about, and she’s got details on the updated 1 and 2 Series BMW’s.
Rachel Franco is back to talk car accessories throughout the ages - she’s been inspired by some venetian blinds she spotted on the back window of a Valiant through the week...
We’ve got a review of a $308,000 Jaguar - is it worth the money?
Joel Helmes has some interesting ideas on Cruise Control - and he’s been driving a very flash BMW - the new 750iL.
At the opposite end of the scale, he’s also had the keys to the new Honda Civic hatch.
Lots of news around this week, and lots of laughs as well - don't miss this edition of Behind the Wheel…

Truck News Wrap: Virtual reality, Under-ride guards and Electric buses
May 17, 2017 04:16 PM PDT
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This week on the Behind the Wheel Trucks News Wrap/Podcast we cover:
Big presence for PACCAR and PACCAR Parts in Brisbane
Everything moving along nicely for Scania in 2017
U.S. testing shows safety benefits of side underride guards for trailers
Lawyers step-up to help operators through chain of responsibility law changes
Big commitment to electric school buses in California
Daimler Truck and Bus now stock new clutches, clutch components

Behind the Wheel Podcast 448
May 11, 2017 02:00 AM PDT
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The Behind the Wheel Podcast heads underground this week...

One of our favourite crazy billionaires has come up with an idea to tunnel under city’s in an attempt to ease traffic congestion.

In fact, he’s started The Boring Company and is laying down plans now to start in LA - of course, it’s Tesla and Paypal founder Elon Musk.

Closer to home there are a couple of big projects where that exact thing is already happening.

Melbourne’s Metro Train Tunnel and Sydney’s WestConnex M5 Tunnel are already underway and we’ve got the Major Project Director, Tom Ireland from Aurecon on the show with his thoughts on whether Elon Musk has finally lost his marbles or is on to another winner.

You may remember back in 1979 that a Torana A9X driven by Bob Morris won the Touring Car Championship.

Well, you can buy that exact car. James Nicholls from auction house Mossgreen is on to tell us how much he thinks it’ll cost you.

Our friends at HSV are busy working on the last of the Commodore based projects, and now they are offering drive experiences in the fastest ever Aussie car ever made - the HSV GTS W1.

Damon Paul from HSV is on the show with all the details on how you can be part of history.

Simon Lai has been driving the Ford Escape - the small SUV that competes with the likes of the RAV4 and Honda CR-V - we’ll find out whether the Ford should be on your shopping list.

Rachel Franco returns with some sobering thoughts on commercial vehicle drivers and their mental health after disturbing results were found after a Mercedes-Benz study.

Joel has been exceedingly busy, he’ll join us live form the Australian launch of the Honda Civic Hatch.

He's also been at the launch of the all new Hyundai i30, he'll let us know what it's like to drive on Australian roads, and he’s chosen his top 5 small cars on the market.

There's a great product review on this week's Behind the Wheel and all the news you can handle.

Truck News Wrap: Budget, Confidence and Safari!
May 10, 2017 06:32 PM PDT
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This week on the Behind the Wheel Truck News Wrap/Podcast…
ATA welcomes 2017/18 Federal Budget
Hopes are high that Western Star Trucks are back on the up
Roger McCarty announces Scania departure
Truck fleets feeling more positive in the U.S.
Calls for a fairer deal for TruckSafe
Mercedes-Benz brings new rigids to Brisbane
Unusual application for Iveco products in Victoria
Mental health issues common among commercial vehicle drivers

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