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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.

Recent Episodes
November 27, 2023
Public Charging Disaster, Hyundai and Amazon Deal
Jill and Tom opened the show discussing the best things they ate Thanksgiving Day. After a shoutout to a regular listener who would like the Car Stuff Podcast back on broadcast radio, the hosts turned their attention to Jill's holiday-week experience attempting to travel to and from Chicago and Indianapolis in an electric vehicle. While the car performed well, Jill lamented the lack of charging opportunities along that route, and was frustrated by the long wait to charge at the single level-3 public charger along the way. In the second segment, the hosts welcome Ed Kim, president of AutoPacfic, to the program. Ed weighed in on the recently announced Hyundai/ deal, by which customers will soon be able to order their Hyundai vehicles on the Amazon website. Ed also cleared up some misconceptions about the growing EV supplies, and Tesla's recent price cuts. In the third segment Jill is subjected to Tom's "Cyber Monday Auto Gifts" quiz. Jill also shared her impressions of the recently redesigned Toyota Prius Limited AWD.
November 20, 2023
North American Car of the Year Finalists, Los Angeles Auto Show Recap, Donating Your Car to Charity
Jill and Tom crammed a lot into this episode of the Car Stuff Podcast. Tom noted that he's eating better because his grad-school daughter is home this week. Jill and Tom also discussed Jill's lack of interest in corn-based Thanksgiving dishes. Jill ran down this year's North American Car of the Year finalists in the Car, Truck, and Utility categories. The hosts also answered a listener question about compact crossovers. In the second segment Jill and Tom welcome Colin Weatherwax of Cars for Kids ( to the program. Colin walked the hosts through the auto-donation process, and talked about the benefits of donating a vehicle to charity. Colin noted that motorcycles and boats can also be donated. Note: There is still time to make a donation this year. Jill is subjected to Tom's "Plymouth or Pennsylvania" quiz in the third segment, which features a Martha Stewart-related Thanksgiving bonus question. Jill and Tom wrapped up the show up by discussing the hybrid-only 2025 Toyota Camry, and Tom's review of the 2023 Toyota Crown.
November 13, 2023
Favorite Automotive Tech Features, Mustang Dark Horse, Dealership Hacking Risks
Jill and Tom opened the show examining Jill's irrational dislike of filled donuts--even jelly filled. Tom stayed off-topic for a moment, noting that Google was placing surprisingly racy ads on the Consumer Guide website, including one ad for something called, "Naughty Wedding Photos." The hosts got serious and talked about a casual poll Tom conducted on Twitter/X to determine drivers' favorite automotive tech features. The list is very interesting. The conversation moved on to Volvo's new electric EM90 minivan, about which there is good news and bad. The Conversation turned to the new top-tier Mustang trim level: Dark Horse. Jill recently spent a week behind the wheel of the high-performance Ford, and shares her take. In the second segment, Jill and Tom are joined by CDK Global Senior Product Manager Brenda Lynch. Brenda shared the topline results of a CDK study looking into auto-dealership vulnerability to hacking and malware. Is your personal data safe at your local dealer? In the last segment Jill is subjected to Tom's "Under $48,000" quiz. Because Tom did a poor job managing the clock this episode, the hosts got in a brief chat about pay raises at U.S. Toyota, Volkswagen, and Hyundai/Kia plants, all of which are certainly steps taken to prevent unionization of their factories.
November 06, 2023
VinFast Regroups, Volvo EX30 is a Bargain, and EV Enthusiasts are a Complex Lot
Hosts Jill and Tom opened the show discussing an error on last week's quiz. As it turns out, poutine is available at McDonald's locations in Canada. Tom subsequently promoted his regular appearances on the Steve and Johnnie Show heard Saturday evenings on WGN Radio in Chicago. Tom is especially excited that he has been asked to select the bumper music played during his visits. The conversation turned to Vietnamese EV startup VinFast, which is moving away from a direct-to-customer marketing network to a traditional franchise-dealer arrangement. Tom also mentioned his Twitter/X battle with Tesla fans that took exception to his thoughts on the Cybertruck's wheel design. Jill shared her preview review of the all-new Volvo EX30 EV, which offers impressive battery range, and is surprisingly affordable. In the second segment, Chad Kirchner of EV Pulse joined the show. Chad talked about the nature of EV enthusiasts, and how the group is not limited to just environmentalists. Chad also shared his take on the state of Tesla, and VinFast's prospects for success. Jill is subjected to Tom's "Fake Color" quiz in the last segment, including a Rolling Stones album-title bonus question.
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