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June 12th, 2023

Lexus Utility Onslaught, General Motors Ditches CarPlay, Ford and GM Hook Up with Tesla

  1. Lexus Utility Onslaught, General Motors Ditches CarPlay, Ford and GM Hook Up with Tesla Consumer Guide Automotive, Tom Appel, Jill Ciminillo 54:36

Jill and Tom opened a topic-packed episode by discussing a listener’s request for more donut content. Jill later obliged with a quick take on an iced strawberry ring from a local donut shop Tom refused to name. (Long story.) Jill went on to recap the news from a Lexus event at which the all-new GX midsize SUV and TX 3-row midsize crossover were introduced. Tom shared a quick note regarding the updated 2024 Subaru Crosstrek, observing that the vehicle’s engine stop/start system is vastly improved over previous versions of the system. Jill also announced that she has been added to the Women’s World Car of the Year jury. 

AutoPacifc analyst Robby Degraff joined the show in the second segment. Robby explained the reasons behind General Motors’ decision to drop Apple CarPlay from future products, specifically EVs, including the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer. Robby also discussed the significance of Ford and General Motors teaming up with Tesla to provided EV owners with a more reliable and expansive fast-charging network. 

Jill is subjected to Tom’s “Women!” quiz, being tasked to identify the auto brands most popular with female new-car shoppers. Tom recently posted a review of the BMW X1 subcompact crossover, which he discussed briefly before wrapping up the show. 

Tom Appel Host of the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Long-time publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive, and frequent radio and podcast guest. Currently co-hosting the Car Stuff podcast with auto-review veteran Jill Ciminillo. Life-long Chicagoan. Live with my wife of 30 years, and have a daughter earning her masters degree in animal behavior.

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