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A Shunpiker's Journal

A Shunpiker's Journal, hosted by Steve Purdy, covers the stories of its host and others who shun the turnpikes and freeways of America to better enjoy the businesses and life that revolve around the automobile.

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Chattanooga VW Plant Assembles the Atlas 

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 19, 2018 1:00 PM

The VW Atlas is assembled in a nearly 2-million square foot, gleamingly modern plant near Chattanooga. Our plan was to tour the plant on our way back from the Atlas road trip, but they were temporarily shut down for upgrades and changeover to a new Passat. So instead we visited the Volkswagen Academy where they not only train their workers but also host apprenticeship and alternative education programs. Academy director, Albert Grasser tells us all about it.

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Atlas is one of Volkswagon's Best Efforts

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 19, 2018 12:00 PM

We’re just back from a 2,500-mile road trip to Florida in the new-for-2017 Volkswagen Atlas mid-size, three-row crossover. VW has been concentrating on making vehicles more to the tastes of U.S. buyers and the Atlas is one of their best efforts. We talk to VW product communications guy, former A-list auto journalist, Mark Gilles about the Atlas.

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The Stunning Design of a 600-hp Hybrid

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 19, 2018 11:00 AM

While in Austin for the XC40 launch A Shunpiker's Journal got an update on the new Polestar project, Volvo’s new luxury, performance electric division. Actually, they’ve spun Polestar off into its own company. Host Steve Purdy caught communications boss John Canton just back from introducing their first car - a 600-hp, hybrid couple with stunning design - at the Geneva Motor Show.

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The Launch of the New Volvo XC40 Small Crossover

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 19, 2018 10:00 AM

We recently participated in the launch of the new Volvo XC40 small crossover in Austin, Texas where we recorded this interview with Jim Nichols, product PR guy for the XC40. It is an amazing small vehicle with all the sophistication and performance of its award-winning larger siblings. 

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The Amazing Lingenfelter Collection

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 19, 2018 9:00 AM

Another chat at the recent Chicago Auto Show with one of our regular and favorite guests, Ken Lingenfelter of Lingenfelter Performance and the amazing Lingenfelte Collection. Ken talks about the cars they’ve brought to Chicago and what’s new at the collection.

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The Longer-Range, Full-Electric Bolt

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 31, 2018 1:00 PM

Finally, Fred Ligouri, the articulate PR guy for GM’s electric cars, talks about the longer-range, full-electric Bolt, just getting to customers now, and about the future of electrification throughout the industry. Most global manufacturers have announced that within a few years all their new cars will have some degree of electrification and many cities and countries are beginning to restrict their streets to electrified cars.

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Taking the Driver Out of the Equation

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 31, 2018 12:00 PM

Ever wonder about the systems under the skin of your car, and what’s happening with autonomous and self-driving cars? Well, our next guest is one of the engineers deeply involved in these issues - Patrick Ryne, engineering manager for Nexteer, a major tier-one supplier of steering systems, among other products. He tells us we’re already driving them . . . sort of, and he helps us understand what it will take to begin taking the driver out of the equation and when that might happen.

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Latest Jeep Broke New Ground Stylistically

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 31, 2018 11:00 AM

Engineer Mike Downey, vehicle line executive for the freshly-redesigned Jeep Cherokee gives us the rundown on the much-improved, off-roady mid-size crossover. Cherokee was widely dissed with its last generation design that broke new ground stylistically, particularly for a Jeep. This one continues that dramatic design language that people seem to have warmed to, and it adds a lot of important content. 

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Automotive Journalist & Enthusiast Micah Wright

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 31, 2018 10:00 AM

Our friend and colleague, Micah Wright, is a young automotive journalist from the Cincinnati area and specializes in automobile and life-style topics.

While at the "press days" of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Steve Purdy asks him for some punditry from his perspective as an enthusiast and “influencer," in media terms.

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Prototype 9: The Striking Electric Race Car

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 31, 2018 9:00 AM

Infiniti won the prestigious Eyes On Design Best Concept Car Award for the Q-Inspiration, but in the back corner of their booth we found a different treasure: the most amazing design exercise we’ve seen in a long time. Created for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last summer, the “Prototype 9” represents what Infiniti’s designers think they would have built had they been a leading automaker in the 1930s. The striking electric race car pays homage to the German Silver Arrow cars, but adds distinctively modern, aesthetic elements. We might call it a faux-heritage design. Infiniti PR guy, Kyle Bazemore, tells us about the project and the car. It was there only to impress the press and will not be there for public days. Sorry, y’all.

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