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#217, RVs, Tesla, Hyundai Santa Cruz, World Car of the Year

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New RVs. A massive Tesla recall. Hyundai’s new hip pickup. The World Car of the Year nominations. It’s all covered — and more — this week on The Weekly Driver Podcast.

Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia don’t have a guest on Episode No. 117, which gives us the ideal opportunity to catch up with the never-ending and always-changing automotive landscape.

We start with the continuing still-new exploits of Bruce and his wife’s adventures in their 29-foot Keystone RV and its towing vehicle a new Ford F-250 pickup truck. Bruce details learning the nuances of backing the RV into a camping site and his quickly advancing skill set as a first-time RV owner.

Will the Tesla Cybertruck ever debut?
Will the Tesla Cybertruck ever debut?

Depending upon perspective, Elon Musk is the most important person in the show business of automobiles or he’s the industry’s constant enigma. Or, maybe he’s both at the same time.

Anyway, Musk is never content and nor are his Tesla products ever status quo. With a few recent days, Musk announced Tesla wouldn’t offer any new models in 2022, including the now delayed debut of the Tesla Cybertruck.

A few days later, Tesla had the first of three recalls so far in 2022. Bruce and I discuss the recent Tesla issues and Musk’s continuous souring relationship with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Bruce and talk about the issue and Musk’s expanding image of a human deflector shield.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is a debut vehicle for the South Korean manufacturer.
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck is a debut vehicle for the South Korean manufacturer.

One of the hottest trends in the industry is the of new smaller trucks. Hyundai not too long ago introduced its new unibody Santa Cruz. I recently reviewed it for a week and was enamored by the South Korean manufacturer’s maiden voyage in the truck lightweight truck segment. Bruce and I also discuss the Santa Cruz and the pending arrival of other new trucks from Ford to Rivian, Chevrolet to Ram.

And we also discuss top-10 finalists for World Car of the Year honors. The list and the eventual winner are connected to the marketing of the New York International Auto Show. It’s scheduled for April 15-24, with the awards in many categories announced April 13.

The list of the top-10 finalists couldn’t be more diverse — The Ford Mustang Mach-E to the Toyota GR86.

Please join Bruce and me this week for another lively 30 minutes of our weekly podcast.

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