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Host : Tom Appel and Jill Ciminillo
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THE CAR STUFF PODCAST is a smart and often irreverent take on new-car news and happenings in the automotive industry.

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you've come to the right place. Join Jill and Tom as they break down everything that's going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests.


THE CAR STUFF PODCAST is a weekly radio show and podcast hosted by automotive journalist JILL CIMINILLO and industry analyst TOM APPEL. Each show features new-vehicle news, car and truck reviews, and a guest segment featuring some of the industry's most-interesting and well-informed movers and shakers.

Plus! Each episode wraps up with the famous Car Stuff Power Quiz. We also talk a lot about donuts, bad movies, and Taco Bell menu items in France and Portugal.

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May 13, 2024
New Subaru Forester, So Long Malibu, All About Nikola and Zero-Emissions Trucking
Jill and Tom opened this week's show by bidding farewell to the Chevrolet Malibu. The long-running midsize model, available only as a sedan in recent years, is being discontinued by General Motors to make production space for an all-new Chevrolet Bolt EV. The hosts also expressed their confusion regarding Tesla's recent dismissal of the company's charging-network staff. Tom commented on a rumor that Tesla may be positioning the charging division for a possible spinoff. Still in the first segment, Jill shares her impressions of the updated Subaru Forester, which features freshened styling, upgraded cabin appointments, and improved connectivity. The 2025 Forester goes on sale soon. In the second segment the hosts welcome Christian Appel of Nikola to the program. The Global Head of Product and Programs at Nikola, Christian talked about the company's new hydrogen fueling stations, its current fuel-cell and electric trucks, and future plans for the zero-emissions vehicle manufacturer. In the last segment Jill is subjected to Tom's "Is it a Pontiac?" quiz, and the hosts chatted briefly about the ongoing Nissan-product fire sale, which includes massive incentives on popular models.
 
May 06, 2024
Stellantis Chinese Hookup, $10,000 Electric Cars, Electric Police Vehicles
Paul Herrold of the Sons of Speed sits in for Jill this week. The hosts opened the show talking about the Genesis G70 small sedan which Paul is currently evaluating. He is generally pleased with the vehicle, which is popularly considered an alternative to the BMW 3-Series. The hosts went on to discuss new--and needed--federal guidelines for Emergency Automatic Braking systems, which all vehicles will be required to be equipped with for the 2029 model year. There is currently a confusing array of systems offered, with varying degrees of functionality. Still in the first segment Tom had Paul guess which small crossovers were voted most popular in a recent series of Twitter/X polls. Listen in to hear how Paul did. In the second segment Paul and Tom welcome Sam Fiorani of AutoForecast Solutions back to the show. After talking about the recent uptick in hybrid sales, Sam explained the significance of a recent deal forged between Stellantis and Chinese EV start-up Leapmotors. Sam also explained why carmakers and trade wonks are so concerned about Chinese auto-related manufacturing in Mexico, and the potential impact of cars such as the $10,000 BYD Seagull on the U.S EV market. In the last segment Paul is subjected to Tom's "Fake Trim Level" quiz, after which the hosts discussed the new Chevrolet Blazer EV PPV police vehicle.
 
April 29, 2024
Nissan Versa Review, Twitter EV Range Poll, Best Family and Electrified Vehicles
Jill and Tom are in studio together this week. The hosts opened the show discussing a couple of polls Tom conducted on X. One poll asked folks to pick their favorite album for a long evening drive, while the other tested respondents willingness to pay for extra EV range. Still in the first segment, Jill shared her impressions of the very-affordable Nissan Versa small sedan. In the second segment Jill and Tom are joined by John Vincent, Senior Editor for Vehicle Testing with U.S. News and World Report. John discussed the organizations Best EV and Hybrid list, and Best Family Car list. John also shared his driving impressions of the Fisker Ocean crossover EV. In the third segment Jill and Tom reacquaint themselves with the Lexus NX lineup, which is comprised of a confusing array of alphanumeric trim levels, which neither host could completely remember. Jill was then subjected to Toms Regular or Premium Gas quiz. The hosts wrapped up the show discussing the demise of the Mini Cooper Clubman small wagon.
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