Total Car Score

Javier Mota, Karl Brauer, Lauren Fix

The Total Car Score podcast covers a wide range of automotive topics, including new car reviews, shopping guidance, buying advice and news stories impacting the automotive marketplace.

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In this episode Lauren talks about why consumers should be worried about gas prices not only for the cars we drive, but pretty much for everything we touch and use everyday away from the cars. Javier compares the gas price in Chile, where drivers pay a lot more than in the US. Finally, we talk about the BMW Concept XM, which had its global debut at Art Basel Miami and created a wide mixture of reactions.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Dec 3

20 min 39 sec

In this episode, we are in Crew, England, home of Bentley Motors LLC, to talk with Mike Sayer, Head of Product Communications and the Bentley Heritage Collection, about how Javier won a 2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed on the second edition of the #BentleyConfiguratorChallenge. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Nov 23

19 min 7 sec

In this episode we travel to Encinitas, California to learn about the new electrification era at Toyota with Vice President Vehicle Marketing & Communications, Michael Tripp. We also talk to Wayne Gerdes about his newest Guinness World Record with the 2021 hydrogen fuel cell electric Toyota Mirai. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Nov 19

19 min 29 sec

In this episode we travel to Pasadena, California for the 7th. edition of the L.A. Test Drives and talk to a panel of jurors about the most trending topic in the automotive industry worldwide; internal combustion engine cars vs. electric cars. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Nov 16

18 min 56 sec

In this episode, we travel to Moab, Utah, which is the world capital for the legendary American brand, where we talk to Tavon Brooks, from the Jeep Product Marketing team, to learn about the 5th. generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, which new lineup Includes the Grand Cherokee 4xe, the First Electrified Grand Cherokee, and the new Trailhawk, the ultimate 4x4 Grand Cherokee. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Nov 15

19 min 34 sec

In this episode we travel to Los Angeles for the global debut of the highly-anticipated new Acura Integra, which will return to the Acura lineup in striking Indy Yellow Pearl paint borrowed from NSX. Lauren Fix and Karl Brauer talk to Product Planner, Jonathon Rivers, to learn about the new generation, which will be priced around $30,000 when it arrives at Acura dealers next year, with the optional manual transmission. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Nov 12

17 min 27 sec

In this episode we finish our special series from the 2022 BMW Group Test Fest, back in Miami Beach, where the 2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge made its global debut. We talk to Richard Carter, Director of Global Communications, to find out how the ultra luxury car manufacturer has repositioned itself to regain the title of the most desirable brand in the world. Thank you and have a great weekend. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Nov 5

16 min 38 sec

In this episode we continue with our special series at the 2022 BMW Group Test Fest and we talk to Jackie Jouret, the de facto BMW historian in the USA, who has published 9 books about the German manufacturer. Her most recent is BMW in the USA, 1938-’75, which traces the origins of those early imports, as well as what came after. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Nov 4

15 min 57 sec

In this episode we continue with our special series from The Thermal Club at the 2022 BMW Group Test Fest. We talk to professional factory driver Bill Auberlen, who holds the record for the most wins in the IMSA SportsCar Championship, about his experience on the race track and how that technology transfers to the production cars we drive on the streets. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Nov 3

15 min 32 sec

In this episode we travel to Las Vegas Nevada, where Ford stole the show with the debut of the Bronco DR (Desert Racer) – a first-of-its-kind limited-production Baja 1000 race SUV based on the Bronco four-door SUV, which offers off-road enthusiasts a race truck infused with Ford Performance design and engineering expertise, plus Multimatic suspension technology and craftsmanship. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Nov 2

16 min 13 sec

In this episode we travel to Thermal, California for the 2022 BMW Group Drive Fest and learn about the two new additions to Motorcycle División, Motorrad, and the R 18 family – the 2022 BMW R 18 B “Bagger” and R 18 Transcontinental, with Oleg Satanovsky, Communications Manager at BMW of North America. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Nov 2

15 min 48 sec

In this episode we travel to Thermal, California to celebrate MINI´s 20th. anniversary after returning to the United States and talk to Patrick McKenna, Head of Marketing, Product, Events and Strategy at MINI USA to figure out what is their version of #WTF Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Nov 1

20 min 16 sec

In this episode we travel to Thermal, California to take a driving class at the BMW Performance Driving Center West and talk to Driving Instructor, Christopher Hill, about a unique experience on the race track. This is the 1st. of 5 episodes on all the activities we covered during out visit. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Oct 29

15 min 46 sec

In this episode, we are back together in Ann Arbor, to take a final look at all the semifinalists for the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards (NACTOY), whose list includes 8 cars, 6 trucks and 9 utility vehicles. We will soon vote for the 3 finalists in each category and then for the winners, which will be announced on January, 11, 2022 in Detroit. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Oct 22

18 min 37 sec

In this episode, we travel to Belgium to test drive the 100% electric 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge, a car of many firsts for the Swedish manufacturer. We talk to Russell Datz, Head of Media Relations, Volvo Car USA, about it´s SUV- benefits and why this is in many ways, the future of the company. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Oct 15

15 min 20 sec

In this episode, we travel to San Francisco to test drive the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and to talk to Dave Pericak, Vehicle Program Director of Future Electric Vehicles at Ford Motor Company, about the all-electric Mustang Performance SUV, which is capable of a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Oct 11

17 min 1 sec

In this episode we travel to Palo Alto, California, to Test Drive the new 2022 Mercedes EQS, the 1st. 100% electric car form the luxury brand, and talk to Christoph Starzynski, the Vice President of Product Group Electric Vehicle Architecture at Mercedes-Benz AG, who explains it's amazing technology and lays out the electric future of the company. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Oct 8

18 min 28 sec

In this episode Lauren, Karl and Javier celebrate the 1st. year of the Total Car Score Podcast and reflects on how much things have changed in the automotive industry in the past 12 months. We also talk about Mazda´s strategy with the MX-30, the brand´s 1st. 100% EV. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Oct 1

17 min 13 sec

In this episode, we travel to Nashville, Tennessee, to test drive the all-new 2022 Ford Maverick, a new kind of compact pickup, developed in record time by a team lead by Vehicle Engineering Manager, Klaus Palo de Mello. The Maverick is packed with clever technology and features for people who never knew they wanted a truck. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Sep 28

16 min 2 sec

In this episode, we travel to Phoenix, Arizona, to test drive the all new 2022 Lexus NX. We talk to Andrew Gilliland, Group Vice President and General Manager at the Lexus Division, about the new era of the luxury manufacturer, which is based on 4 pillars: Design, Lexus Driving Signature, Electrification and Advanced Technology.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Sep 24

17 min 26 sec

In this episode we analyze the list of 23 semifinalists for the 2022 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year™ (NACTOY), which includes eight cars, six trucks and nine utility vehicles. All are new or substantially new and are or will be on sale in showrooms across North America this year.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Sep 22

18 min 43 sec

In this episode, Lauren helps people find jobs in the automotive industry. She talks with Scott Trainor at USA Motor Jobs about signing bonuses, what type of jobs are available at all levels, from no experience to a veteran and enthusiasts - there’s a job for you! This is the smartest and easiest way to find the right job. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Sep 20

15 min 33 sec

In this episode we travel to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina to compete in the 2021 Land Rover TRĕK 2021 with a customized 2022 Land Rover Defender, equipped with specially modified accessories. We talked to Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America, about this amazing experience. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Sep 17

14 min 3 sec

In this episode, we travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the first drive of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD and to explore the new factory where it will be built, starting next year. We also get to talk to Product Manager Jeffery Lear and Dustin Krause, Director of eMobility at Volkswagen to learn everything about the new electrificación era of the German manufacturer. Thank you and best regards! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Sep 15

13 min 27 sec

In this episode we travel to Munich, Germany for the first major international Auto Show since the beginning of the pandemic and talk to Adam Sykes, VP Government Affairs & Corporate Communications, Region Americas for BMW. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Sep 10

26 min 23 sec

In this episode we travel to Napa Valley and interview Bob Welby, Sr. Director OF Infiniti Operations in North America about the all-new QX60, which will arrive in showrooms this fall to compete in the highly popular segment of the 3-row luxury SUV market.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Sep 8

15 min 33 sec

In this episode Karl takes the lead with important advice for the 2021 Labor Day Weekend, which will be one of the busiest for new car shoppers despite the chip shortage and low inventory at dealerships. Drivers with a current lease set to expire in the next 6 months might get the most benefits from his tips. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Sep 3

22 min 55 sec

In this episode we talk to Lisa Materazzo, Group Vice President of Marketing at Toyota, about the new compact SUV 2022 Corolla Cross, which takes the name from the sedan that just celebrated the sell of it´s 50th million unit, and adds utility, cargo space, safety technology and the option of an advanced all-wheel drive system. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Sep 1

16 min 33 sec

In this episode we interview Travis Calhoun, the F-150 Consumer Marketing Manager at Ford Motor Company, about the fully redesigned F-150 Raptor, which we drove from Las Vegas to the Dumont Dunes, where we enjoyed its off-road capability. Thank you and best regards! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Aug 27

16 min 58 sec

In this episode we talk about the 2022 Toyota GR 86 and the 2023 Nissan Z, a pair of Japanese sports cars with new design, turbo engines, new technology and manual transmissions. A ray of hope for car enthusiasts in the era of hybrids and electric cars. The new Nissan Z made it´s global debut this week in Brooklyn, New York, despite the third cancellation of the New York International Auto Show due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Aug 20

25 min 26 sec

In this episode at the 2021 Monterey Car Week, we interview Soon Hagerty, Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy at Hagerty, about the fast expansion of the company, which began as a niche insurance agency for collector cars and now is a global automotive enthusiast brand. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Aug 19

12 min 37 sec

In this special episode at the 2021 Monterey Car Week, we interview Ralph Gilles, Global President Product Design at the Stellantis Group, inside the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which makes the rebirth of a premium American icon, with legendary capability and a new level of luxury, technology and comfort for up to eight passengers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Aug 16

16 min 44 sec

In this episode we talk to Aston Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Tobias Moers, who is celebrating his first anniversary as the head of the famed British automaker at the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d´Elegance with the unveiling of Valkyrie Spider, the fastest, most extreme open top Aston Martin to date. Production limited to 85 units worldwide and deliveries scheduled to begin H2 2022. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Aug 13

14 min 4 sec

In this episode we talk to Mike Colleran, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Nissan North America, about the new 2022 Nissan Frontier, which was finally redesigned and is one of the candidates for the 2022 Truck of the Year Award. It will have tough competition with entries such as the 2022 Toyota Tundra, the Hyundai Santa Cruz and the Ford Maverick, among others. Does it have what it takes to win? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Aug 10

22 min 19 sec

In this episode we interview Trevor Lai, Senior Manager, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor North America, about the 2022 Santa Cruz, a compact pickup truck or Sports Adventure Vehicle (SAV), which breaks new ground within the SUV, Truck and Crossover segments, unlike anything else in the U.S. market.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Aug 6

21 min 7 sec

In this episode we talk about the all-new Audi e-tron GT – the spearhead of Audi’s electric portfolio -which is on sale now in the United States offering an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles on the e-tron GT, and 232 miles on the 637 horsepower RS e-tron GT, which is the good news of the week on EVs. We also talk about the not-so-good news regarding the EV trend in the automotive industry. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Jul 30

22 min 35 sec

In this episode we analize this week´s most annoying, stupid and absurd news from the Automotive Industry, including issues about restricting your ability to modify your car in California, making gas stations liable for DIUs in New Mexico. and the prediction that the global EV battery industry will be sold out by 2025. Of course, we also talk about billionaires flying to space and what that had to do with cars.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Jul 23

21 min 22 sec

In this episode, we talked about the 2021 Chicago Auto Show, which opened to the public with a 2021 Special Edition inside McCormick Place, as the first automotive exhibit post the COVID-19 Pandemic. This marks the first time in history that the show, traditionally hosted in February, will be held in the summertime. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Jul 16

20 min 18 sec

In this episode we analyze all the news about the electrification of the automotive industry around the world, including the announcement from the Stellantis Group, which created a new "electrification approach" for each of its 14 brands. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Jul 9

20 min 41 sec

In this 4th of July special episode, we discuss the annual Top 10 report on "The Most American Car", and if that really matters in today's global economy. Most consumers would be surprised about how many German, Korean and Japanese cars are MADE IN USA, and how many American cars are made all over the world! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Jul 2

17 min 52 sec

In this episode we take a deep dive into the all new 2021 Ford Bronco in Austin, Texas, where we drove it on and off-road, and debate if there will be anything else that can take away the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Award.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Jun 28

39 min 10 sec

In this episode, we talk to Joe Eberhardt, President CEO Jaguar-Land Rover North America from Warren Henry, the newest and largest dealership for both British luxury brands in the US, where we test drove the updated 2021 Jaguar XF sedan, the F-Pace SUV and finally, the 2021 Land Rover Defender 90.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Jun 25

16 min 21 sec

In this episode, we drive the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz S Class in Rhode Island, with Bernie Glaser, Director of Product Management at Mercedes-Benz USA, to learn about the legendary and traditional engineering expertise that defines the luxury segment in the automobile industry. The new S-Class, which is on the list of candidates for Car of the Year, can be experienced with your senses – seeing, feeling, hearing and smelling – while offering numerous innovations in the areas of driver assistance, protection and interaction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Jun 21

17 min 26 sec

In this episode, we analyze the list of candidates for the 2022 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards (NACTOY), which for the first time in history includes electric vehicles in each of the three categories. Despite that, we agree that the winners for this year will still have an internal combustion engine. We might be wrong. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Jun 18

22 min 58 sec

In this episode, we talk to Jack Hollis, Senior Vice President of the Automotive Operations Group at Toyota Motor North America, during the HQ Confidential Program in Plano Texas, where the Japanese manufacturer gave us a glimpse of everything new coming in 2022 and beyond. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Jun 10

20 min 53 sec

In this episode, we talk to Russell Shepherd, Technical Communications Director at Michelin Tires, to remind travelers to check in on their vehicle before hitting the road this summer after the pandemic lock down.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Jun 7

17 min 48 sec

In this episode, we travel (virtually) to Yokohama, Japan, for an exclusive interview with Senior Vice President for Global Design at Nissan Motor Corporation, Alfonso Albaisa. Alfonso leads a team of designers around the world in this new era for two of the most important global automotive brands. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Jun 4

23 min 18 sec

In this episode we talk to Miles Johnson, Sr. Manager, Quality, Service and Technology Public Relations at Hyundai Motor America about the all-new IONIQ 5, an electric crossover utility vehicle (CUV), which has a targeted driving range of 300 miles and best-in-class ultra-fast charging from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Jun 2

15 min 29 sec

In this episode, we talk about the launch of the Hagerty Drivers Foundation, which is rooted in the company’s long standing mission to celebrate car culture and preserve the simple, joyful act of driving. Through an initial pledge of $2.5 million, the foundation will focus its work in three key areas: Culture, Education and Innovation Awards. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

May 27

20 min 40 sec

In this episode Lauren shares her experience as a 1st. time Judge at the 2021 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in the Super Car Category and interviews her husband, Paul Fix, who actually won a couple of years ago in the same show. We also get an update one the new electric car company Lucid and a glimpse to the past, present and future of the electric cars of Volkswagen. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

May 24

30 min 6 sec