Talking Cars 231: Live From California

Keith Barry

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Main theme: After spending the week with new debuts at the L.A. Auto Show, the Talking Cars panelists were joined by a special guest—David Friedman, vice president of advocacy at Consumer Reports. The panel discussed cars and California with a live audience. We talked about fuel economy, emissions, California’s unique car culture, and the innovations of Silicon Valley—and how California impacts the rest of the automotive world. 

Audience Questions
• Why are car dealers so reluctant to sell EVs, even if buyers want them?

• Are car companies being shortsighted when they lobby for lower fuel mileage standards?

• Why does BMW charge a subscription for Apple CarPlay, and how do they get away with it?

• Are EVs more reliable than gasoline-powered vehicles?

• Is a good infotainment system also a safety benefit?

Plus, we hear about the cars that our audience members own, including a Kia Niro EV and a Vespa 400 microcar.

As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify (log-in required) and video on YouTube.

• Los Angeles Auto Show, episode 230
• CR’s Annual Auto Reliability Survey Results, episode 229
• Bentley Bentayga, BMW M850i, Peugeot, episode 228
• Lincoln Corsair, Women in Car Crashes, episode 227
• Plans to Update Government Crash Tests, episode 226

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