America on the Road

America on the Road

Hosts Jack Nerad and Chris Teague talk about cars and interview special guests from the automotive industry

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April 30, 2021 51 min
The entire auto industry is having a terrible problem building cars and trucks right now. We’ll tell you why in this episode of America on the Road. It is the first episode of our 25th year on the air, a mark we’re proud of. We’re also proud of the special guest we have for you this week. Cason Grover is the head of product planning at Mitsubishi. We’ll be speaking to him about their all-new flagship vehicle, the 2022 Mitsubishi O...
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The automotive world is buzzing over the global introduction of the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS, and we’ll tell you all about it in this episode of America on the Road. The introduction featured not only a laundry list of Mercedes-Benz executives but also film director James Cameron and recording artist Alicia Keyes. The new EQS is designed to deliver pure-electric driving with a level of sophistication, luxury, and technical ex...
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A major automaker has just announced an exciting cross between a compact SUV and a pickup truck, and America on the Road was there for the global debut. We’ll tell you all about the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz in this episode of AOTR. With the all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson compact sport utility as its basis, the Santa Cruz brings pickup truck-like utility to the compact segment for the first time in years. A four-door, the new vehicle w...
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The Ford Mustang has a new and very hot new sub-model, the Mach 1. And we’ll get all the details about from Jim Owens, the Ford Mustang and Shelby brand manager. The Mach 1 brings a 480-horsepower version of Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8 to the performance party, and buyers have the choice of a 6-speed manual transmission with rev-matching function or a sophisticated SelectShift 10-speed automatic. The specs on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 ...
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A major global car company tried to prank the press this week, and now they are paying the price for that. Earlier in the week, Volkswagen spread rumors that it was about to change its name to “Voltswagen” to confirm its commitment to electric cars, and then it followed up by putting out an official press release to that effect. Several major news sources fell for the April Fool’s trick, and in this episode of America on the Road H...
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Another car with more than 600 horsepower has just been introduced, and we’ll tell you all about it in this edition of America on the Road. Not only will the 2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe jet from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, but it will do it in uncommon style and comfort. While BMW is introducing another new supercar, Consumer Reports is picking a fight with BMW competitor Tesla Motors. According to Consumer Reports, it is tro...
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BMW has announced it is completely changing the way it does business, and we have all the details for you in this episode of America on the Road. BMW executives told a global audience that the Munich-based automaker believes half of its total sales in 2030 will be battery-electric vehicles. It also unveiled a flurry of planned EV models, two of which – the BMW iX SUV and BMW i4 sedan --will be launched this year. BMW also announce...
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We have a lot of EV and SUV rumors for you and some new introductions to talk about this week in this episode of America on the Road. Leading off, we discuss the just-announced extensions of the Jeep brand, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Both will be built on the Ram 1500 pickup truck chassis. The Wagoneer will compete against the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Explorer, while the Grand Wagoneer will take on full-size luxury SUVs like the ...
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Midwinter might not be primetime to drive the massive 2021 Ford F-350 Tremor pickup in the wilds of Maine, but it was a perfect time for co-host Chris Teague. Not only could he put the truck through the rigors of a below-zero Maine winter, but he could also use the imposing truck to do some furniture moving. Great plan, right? The big Ford SuperDuty might not be the biggest pickup in Maine, but it is certainly in the running for t...
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As carmakers introduce more electric vehicles adoption of the technology grows. But a big question is where and how will we charge all these new electric vehicles? Happily, we just interviewed a guy who has the answers to those questions, special guest Bill Loewenthal is SVP Product at ChargePoint, a giant player in the electric vehicle charging space. In business before the current electric-car era began, ChargePoint has thought t...
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The week we present an exclusive interview with Ryan Nagode, the chief interior designer for some of the hottest production cars in the world. In a discussion with AOTR Host Jack Nerad, The Dodge/SRT designer takes us behind the scenes to see how interior design and the new UConnect 5 infotainment system contribute to the overall performance of impressive vehicles like the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye and 2021 Dodge Durango SR...
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The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is one of the most exciting off-roaders to be introduced in the last two decades. In this episode, host Jack Nerad speaks with Adrian Aguirre, the vehicle's chief program engineer. Aguirre details the thinking that went into debuting the brand-new vehicle in what is already an extremely crowded segment. And he digs deep into the attributes that he believes are critical to establishing the Bronco Sport...
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The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor promises to be one of the most exciting trucks of the year, and we have an exclusive interview with Raptor program head Tony Greco. The wide-ranging interview covers all of the Raptor's impressive new features, including a first-ever coil-spring rear suspension and 37-inch tire option. Conducted by host Jack Nerad, the interview also airs out the philosophy behind the third-generation truck. In the v...
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While the redesigned 2021 Nissan Kicks small SUV is just as sassy as it ever was, it also shows a new level of sophistication and refinement. That is one of the key takeaways from our recent road test of this just introduced model. Introduced in the American market just three years ago, the renewed Kicks has more features, enhanced technology, and a new standard level of connectivity. The updated interior offers a revised center co...
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Nissan has made big changes to its 2021 Armada full-size sport utility vehicle, and we'll tell you all about them in our comprehensive road test.  Better looking and more sophisticated. And we'll tell you more. We also road test the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid. It's not a name that on everyone's lips, but will it pass our rigorous tests that include children in booster seats? We'll give you the definitive...
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In this edition of the award-winning America on the Road we take the brand-new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport on a real-world 500-mile road trip. Host Jack Nerad and his youngest daughter, Greta, set off on a trek to take her back to college. The open question was could the Bronco Sport swallow all the gear a college student needs these days? The results were surprising. On the other side of the road test equation, this week co-host Chris...
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In our road test segment, we heat up the winter with the red-hot Dodge Durango SRT and the Volvo V60 T5 Cross Country. Both vehicles make short work of bad winter weather. In the interview segment of the program, host Jack Nerad takes a look at yet another all-wheel-drive vehicle, the AWD version of the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan. After a recent drive in the top-level Pinnacle version of the vehicle. he had a chance to sit down...
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The Ford F-150 is the bestselling vehicle in America, and in our interview segment this week we have one of the men responsible for that remarkable success, Ford F-150 Marketing Manager Brian Bell. AOTR host Jack Nerad caught up with Bell at a recent Ford drive event that featured the new truck in its natural element, and, despite Covid-19 precautions, the conversation about the new truck was lively and informative. In the road te...
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This week our road tests feature two vehicles that have just been named finalists in the prestigious North American Utility of the Year competition for 2021. The Land Rover Defender is the latest version to bear the fabled Defender name, and it has all the off-road credentials its name suggests. Co-host Chris Teague had the chance to throw the newest Defender up against the challenging snow, ice, and muck that characterize a Maine ...
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What is it like to drive the much-anticipated 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E? We were among the first journalists to drive it, and we have a full report on the vehicle in this episode of America on the Road. Host Jack Nerad is Vice President of the North American Car of the Year jury that announced yesterday the Mach-E is one of three finalists for the 2021 North American Utility of the Year award. (The others are the Land Rover Defender...
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