Pickup Truck +SUV Talk show

Pickup Truck +SUV Talk

Summary: Each week automotive journalist Tim Esterdahl brings you the latest news and reviews of the U.S. pickup and SUV market. There are weekly guests and off-beat discussions on a variety of topics.

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 Episode 43 – Ford News, CAFE regulations, Chevy ZR2 2WD, Dan Edmunds Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Pathfinder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:17

On this week’s show, Jill Ciminillo and I discuss several Ford news items including the 100th Anniversary of their first truck. Then, Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing at Edmunds.com, talks about his recent Death Valley Torture Test with the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road and a 2016 Nissan Titan PRO-4X. He […]

 Episode 42 – Mercedes Pickup, Edmunds Torture Test, Jaguar E-Pace, Subaru Crosstrek, Ford Super Duty, GMC Acadia | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:37

On this week’s show, Jill Ciminillo and I discuss the flurry of news including the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup, the Edmunds Death Valley Torture Test complete with blown shocks from an unlikely truck and the record-setting Jaguar E-Pace reveal. Plus, Jill shares her experiences “glamping” while driving the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. Finally, Jill shares […]

 Episode 41 – Ford Bronco, F-22 Raptor, Mazda Top Safety Pick, Car Parts Store Go Extinct, 2017 Nissan Titan Pro-4x | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:31

On this week’s podcast, I’m talking about the new Ford Bronco renderings, F-22 Raptor for charity and the Mazda CX-5’s IIHS Top Safety Pick + making the entire lineup have top safety picks. Also, Steven Lang of theDrive.com joins me to talk about the death of brick and mortar car parts stores thanks to online […]

 Episode 40 – Volvo Electrification, John Deere Chevy HD, Seth Parks, Audi Q7, Land Rover Discovery, Chevrolet Suburban | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:08:20

On this week’s episode, Jill Ciminillo and I are discussing Volvo’s electrification announcement and what it may mean for consumers. We address the question: Is the internal combustion engine going away? Also, I talk about playing in the dirt with John Deere and Chevy. Then, freelance automotive journalist Seth Parks joins the show to talk […]

 Episode 39 – Ford Ranger Raptor, Ford Transit Recall, Ram Tungsten, Jim Morrison, Porsche Cayenne, Chevy Bolt EV Tech | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:41

On this week’s show, Jill and I discuss the latest Ford Ranger “Raptor” spy photos and a massive Ford Transit recall. Next, we talk about the ultra premium Ram Tungsten trim level and Jill interviews Jim Morrison, the head guy at Ram brands. Next, we talk about Jill’s experience in the 2017 Porsche Cayenne $95k […]

 Episode 38 – Toyota Tundra Changes, Chevy GMC beds, Toyota Hydrogen Semi, Ford Raptor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:35

On this week’s podcast, I’m talking about the 2018 Toyota Tundra changes including no regular cab or TRD Pro, the bed material used on the next-gen Chevy and GMC trucks as well as the latest spy photos of the next-gen Jeep Wrangler. Next, I go into depth on Toyota’s exciting Hydrogen fuel-cell Semi – Project […]

 Episode 37 – 2018 Ford F150, FCA EcoDiesel, Toyota Camry Marketing, Kia, David Boldt, VW Atlas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:31

On this week’s podcast, Jill and I discuss news around the 2018 Ford F-150 and Ford Expedition as well as the West Virginia University lab findings on the FCA EcoDiesel. Next, we discuss Jill’s recent trip to drive the new Toyota Camry with a view on Toyota’s reasoning and marketing behind the car. Tim shares […]

 Episode 36 – Ram, Chevy Sales, Mazda CX-9, Heels+Wheels and VW Atlas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:06

On this week’s podcast, Jill and I discuss the latest sales results pushing Ram ahead of Chevy for the last 3 months. The discussion goes further into whether the age of the platform really matters to consumers or if it is just a truck snob thing. Then, Jacob Brown, product communications member with Mazda stops […]

 Episode 35 – GM Sued, MAMA Spring Rally, W-15 Truck, VW Atlas and Heels and Wheels | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:58

On this week’s episode, special co-host Jill Ciminillo rejoins the podcast after being absent the last 2 weeks. We catch up with her and discuss the latest MAMA Spring Rally she was a part of as well as Land Rover’s request for “a shovel and two machetes.” Then, we discuss the latest light-duty diesel salvo […]

 Episode 34 – Changes at Ford, FCA Sued, RJ Anderson Off-Road Champ, 2017 Mazda CX-9 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:02

On this week’s episode, I’m discussing the abrupt changes at Ford and FCA getting sued by the Justice Department. Also, 6-time off-road racing champ RJ Anderson talks with me about donuts and off-road racing including how not to die. Finally, I give a recap of my week in the 2017 Mazda CX-9. Give it a […]


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