Unnamed Automotive Podcast

Cars, trucks, and a weird sense of humor.

About the show

Benjamin and Sami are two journalists who take a weekly look at the funnier side of the automotive industry and the cars they drive.

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  • Episode 58: 2019 Audi A7, BMW i8 In The Snow, Driving Exotics In The Winter, Sami's Extreme Exhaustion

    February 10th, 2018  |  44 mins 41 secs
    a7, audi, bmw, exhaustion, exotic, hybrid, i8, jet lag, supercar

    Sami is back from South Africa where he drove the all-new 2019 Audi A7, while Benjamin recounts a week spent battling blizzards and sub-zero temperatures in the BMW i8 supercar. We also talk about what it's like driving exotic cars in the winter time, and just how exhausted Sami is after 60 hours in the air.

  • Episode 57: 2019 Infiniti QX50, Variable Compression Turbo, Mazda Compression Ignition Prototype, 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

    February 2nd, 2018  |  48 mins 51 secs
    compression, hybrid, ignition, infiniti, mazda, mitsubishi, outlander, phev, turbo

    How many times can we say 'compression' in a single podcast? How many awkward explanations of internal combustion can we provide over the course of an hour? Find out with this week's look at the 2019 Infiniti QX50, Mazda's Skyactiv-X compression ignition prototype, and the plug-in 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Compression! Compression! Compression!

  • Episode 56: 2018 BMW M550i xDrive, 2018 BMW M760Li, M-A-R-K-E-T-I-N-G

    January 24th, 2018  |  50 mins 55 secs
    bmw, m, m550i, m760li, marketing, v12

    Benjamin and Sami talk about two 'lowercase' M cars - the M550I and the BMW M760Li, which Benjamin probably calls the 'iL' about one hundred times during this episode. The pair dive deep into the marketing magic that makes M cars not really but also sort of M cars, and whether that's good or bad for BMW.

  • Episode 55: Live From The 2018 Detroit Auto Show

    January 17th, 2018  |  36 mins 38 secs
    1500, acura, bullitt, concept car, edge sport, ford, forte, hyundai, infiniti, jetta, kia, lexus, lf1, mustang, nissan, q inspiration, ram, ranger, rdx, veloster, vw

    Sami and Benjamin make the rounds of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and talk about the most important new car, truck, and SUV debuts.

  • Episode 54: Live from the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Reveal in Detroit

    January 13th, 2018  |  10 mins 11 secs
    aluminum, blessed, chevrolet, chevrolet silverado, naias 2018, pickup trucks, pickups, trucks

    Mini Episode! Benjamin and Sami get an early look at the newly 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup ahead of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

  • Episode 53: Getting stuck in the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Redline, 2018 Buick Enclave, Detroit Auto Show Preview, Crappy Jury-Rigged Car Repairs

    January 12th, 2018  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Benjamin and Sami drive nearly-identical full-size SUVs this week: the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2018 Buick Enclave. Each has been completely redesigned and offer an impressive level of practicality and comfort - or at the very least, enough to overcome Sami's cynicism. We also preview the upcoming Detroit auto show as well as discuss some of the worst jury-rigged repairs we've ever done to our beater cars. Oh, and Benjamin gets the Traverse super, super stuck in the snow. Good times!

  • Episode 52: 2018 Audi RS3, CES Preview, G-Mode Button

    January 5th, 2018  |  48 mins 47 secs

    Benjamin finally gets to dish about his two weeks spent driving the 2018 Audi RS3 through the snowy Montreal winter, while Sami gets excited about the various ridiculous technologies about to be unveiled at CES 2018. The pair also get into a spirited discussion about the Mercedes-Benz 'G-Mode' button, and wonder what other single-letter buttons the industry needs.

  • Episode 51: 2018 Subaru Forester XT, 2018 Honda Accord, 2017 Year End Best And Worst Cars, Sami Supercut

    December 29th, 2017  |  1 hr 1 min
    accord, best of, ces, forester, honda, subaru, supercut, turbo, year end

    In our last episode of the year we talk about the turbocharged 2018 Subaru Forester XT, the all-new 2018 Honda Accord, and our picks for the best, worst, most surprising, and most disappointing cars we drove in 2017. Plus - Sami's very first supercut!

  • Episode 50: 2018 Infiniti QX80, 2019 Volvo XC40, 2018 Buick Regal Sportback, Dad Jokes, The Downer Media, Porsche Bees

    December 20th, 2017  |  50 mins 32 secs

    On our 50th episode we talk about the 2018 Infiniti QX80, the 2019 Volvo XC40, and the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback. Sami cracks a 'dad joke,' we examine fake speaker technology, and discuss 'the downer media' as well ridiculous in-car shopping features, while also taking time to mention Porsche's special bee project.

  • Episode 49: BMW M5, BMW i3s, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Supercar Hate

    December 14th, 2017  |  50 mins 29 secs
    bmw, estorial, ev, i3s, m5, mclaren, mitsubishi, race car, race track

    This week Benjamin talks about driving the redesigned 2018 BMW M5 at the Estorial race track in Portugal, as well as his experience with the BMW i3s electric sports car. Sami puts the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross through its paces, and then berates Benjamin for 'not being into' supercars.

  • Episode 48: Live From The 2017 L.A. Auto Show

    December 4th, 2017  |  30 mins 29 secs
    bmw, donuts, infiniti, la auto show, mazda, mercedes-benz, subaru, toyota

    Benjamin and Sami record live from the floor of the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show as they walk from one vehicle debut to the next, commenting and analyzing the newest vehicle unveilings. Also, AMG Peformance Donuts and hot takes from the interior of a Mazda Miata race car!

  • Episode 47: Lexus LC 500 - 500h Comparison, Compact Crossover Head-to-Head Shoot-Out, Silly Toyota Prius Prime

    November 26th, 2017  |  47 mins 16 secs
    chevrolet, cr-v, crossover, equinox, honda, lc, lc 500, lc 500h, lexus, nissan, prius, prius prime, rogue, suv, tiguan, toyota, volkswagen

    Benjamin drives the Lexus LC 500 luxury grand touring car and its 500h hybrid sibling back-to-back, while Sami pits the VW Tiguan, the Honda CR-V, the Chevrolet Equinox, and the Nissan Rogue in a compact crossover battle royale, with surprising results. Finally, the pair get really silly talking about the Toyota Prius Prime.

  • Episode 46: Kia Stinger GT, Honda Fit vs. Kia Rio, Tesla Roadster Reality Check

    November 19th, 2017  |  51 mins 11 secs
    fit, honda, kia, rio, roadster, stinger, stinger gt, tesla

    Benjamin heads to Los Angeles to drive the all-new Kia Stinger GT, the first performance sedan from the Korean automaker, while Sami puts perennial hatchback favorite the Honda Fit up against the redesigned Kia Rio and comes away surprised with the results. The pair also address the Tesla Roadster announcement and how it serves primarily as a distraction from Tesla's manufacturing woes with the Model 3.

  • Episode 45: Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, Nissan 370Z, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

    November 12th, 2017  |  48 mins 17 secs
    370z, chevrolet, corvette, datsun, gle 63, mercedes-amg, mercedes-benz, nissan, sports cars, suv, z car

    Sami heads to Germany to drive the 500 horsepower 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 SUV and watch human beings build engines at Affalterbach, while Benjamin pilots a Nissan 370Z through snow and ice and waxes philosophic on the aging star's place in the sports car universe. The pair then try to figure who, exactly, the 750 horsepower Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is for, and whether it makes sense alongside the long-rumored mid-engine Corvette that is on the way to showrooms.

  • Episode 44: 2018 Hyundai Accent, Toyota Camry vs. Hyundai Sonata, Honda Civic Type R, Nissan Micra

    November 6th, 2017  |  49 mins
    accent, camry, civic type r, honda, hyundai, micra, nissan, sonata, suv, toyota

    Benjamin heads to Las Vegas to drive the all-new 2018 Hyundai Accent, while Sami pits the Toyota Camry and the Hyundai Sonata head-to-head in a battle of the family sedans that yields surprising results. Benjamin also spends time with both the Honda Civic Type R and the Nissan Micra on the wet, cold streets of Montreal.

  • Episode 43: Cadillac V Performance Academy, AMG Peformance Tour, Race Driving Schools

    October 28th, 2017  |  48 mins 14 secs

    Benjamin spends a week in the desert at the Cadillac V Performance Academy, while Sami heads to Vancouver Island to sample the AMG Peformance Tour. Both compare notes on these factory-backed race driving schools.