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Behind the Wheel Podcast 466

Chris, Peter and a Yummy Mummy on this week's show!

behind the wheel car podcast 466

Another laugh fest this week as we get a Yummy Mummy on the show!

We’ll hear about an all new electric car that has more to offer than you’d think and there’s news from one of the biggest motor shows on the planet.

You’ve seen her on Channel Seven’s hit series Yummy Mummy’s, and now, without the weirdo from South Australia, Lorinska Merrington joins us on the show to talk the cars.

She’s had a surprising car history and is about to take delivery of something new. We’ll find out a bit about this model come law student come reality TV Star – and we’ll find what it takes to be worthy of a spot in her garage.

Karla Leach, an old friend of Behind the Wheel, and now Corporate Communications manager for Nissan Australia, has just returned from Tokyo where she’s been immersed in all the ins and outs of the new Nissan LEAF.

The second generation of the electric car is coming soon and there are some really surprising features.

We’ve had a couple of cool little cars in the Behind the Wheel Garage this week. We’ve been driving Subaru XV’s – we’ll give you our opinion of the car that kind of spawned the small SUV genre.

We’ve also been getting around in the surprising Renault Megane Zen Sedan.

Joel Helmes has swapped his Nissan 370Z for a beautiful black Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport Coupe. We’ll get his thoughts.

Speaking of ladies, the stunning Rachel Franco has been through the wringer – all thanks to a recent recall.

We’ll commiserate with her, and Simon Lai is back behind the wheel of a red roofed and rather funky Kia Soul.

There’s lots of news from the Frankfurt Motor Show including details on a $5 Million Hypercar from Mercedes-Benz that has an engine from the world championship winning F1 car, a new all electric SUV from Volkswagen and a portable steering wheel from Jaguar.

It’s jam packed, so settle in for more cars and more laughs than you thought possible on this edition of the Behind the Wheel Car Podcast.

Behind the Wheel Car Podcast Episode 0466 Transcript:

[00:00:00] Ladies and gentlemen that’s another massive addition to behind the wheel and as that lady just told you it’s like over there. [5.3]

[00:00:06] Hello Chris. Good to talk to you again. You’re looking well. Driving good cars. We’re going to talk about those in a little while. But first I know I want to show you a bit of a sort of a left of centre show. We’ve got this week. I think yummy mummy is the theme at least part of it. Yummy Mummy we speak of the wonderful Lorinska Merrington. [18.2]

[00:00:24] Absolutely. Now you have. [1.4]

[00:00:26] In fact I’ve seen Lawrence get lots over the years because of course she was a huge international model before she featured on that huge hit reality TV show from Channel 7. Yummy mummies and what she’s into to talk about life love and well her very interesting heritage and her rather interesting driving career in this car history. [21.9]

[00:00:48] Carla Leach. She’s an old friend of behind the wheel now a corporate communications manager for Nissan Australia. And she’s got some interesting news on an interesting car that’s been a bit overlooked here I reckon. [10.1]

[00:00:58] I reckon she’s just been in Tokyo fresh from the launch of the second generation of nissen’s all electric car the best selling electric vehicle in the world regardless of what Tesla would have you believe. It is actually the Nissan Leaf and there’s a brand new version of it. We’re going to find out all the specs how far it’s going to go how long it takes to charge and a really interesting interior feature that will go into a little later in the show. [23.8]

[00:01:22] Yes that’s the one that makes my hair stand on end when I think about it. There are some cool cars in the behind the wheel garage this week too Chris. [6.6]

[00:01:29] That’s right. We’ve been driving the Subaru XV which is I suppose the trailblazing little SUV the first of the sort of the mini SUV that was out and about second generation based on the impreza We’ve had the base model we’ve had the top of the range we’ll give you our thoughts on that in just couple of minutes. And I’ve been getting around in a car that I look I’ve got to say I went to pick it up and I looked at it and went Really. What’s this. And then I had a close look on it. I actually holodomor I like those lights. And then while I did the back end on that. And then I got into it and drove it and went. I actually really like this car and it was sort of it’s been a real surprise package it comes from France. Give me more details later in the show. Joel Helms Well he’s been getting around in one super hot Jaguar. He’s treated the 370 Z from last week for an F Type A 400 series f type and wow what a look. [47.7]

[00:02:17] And I bet he’s have the exhaust turned up loud too. That’s how Joel goes. And you know they did. [5.0]

[00:02:22] Now Rachel Franco she makes a waregem return she’s had some issues with some recalls on her car and Simon like he’s been driving while a boxy kind of car. [8.1]

[00:02:30] Has he really. Yes he has he’s behind the wheel of a key soul. And if you haven’t seen one it’s kind of a cube shape but somehow very cool little car. We’ll have more details on that for us in a while. [10.1]

[00:02:41] They pack sales starters in and chose 96000 662 new vehicles were delivered to Australian customers in August this year. [7.7]

[00:02:49] Overall vehicle sales in Australia across the first eight months of the year up point six of a percent on the same period last year which I guess is a good thing. Best selling brands in August were Toyota. Ten thousand cars ahead of their nearest rival Mazda who sold eight thousand five hundred and eleven vehicles followed by Hyundai Holden Ford and Mitsubishi the best selling cars the Toyota highlights surprise surprise. [22.4]

[00:03:11] Ford Ranger Toyota Corolla Hyundai Tucson and Mazda 3 or the Frankfurt Motor Show in full swing in one car that’s created a fair amount of interest. Is the Volkswagen idees cross SUV. Now it’s the first of a number of fully electric VW models. It’s certainly a pretty out there looking car. It’s destined to hit dealerships in 2020 and powered by front and rear electric motors that generate a total of 225 kilowatts and give you a driving range of around 500 kilometres. The Volkswagen is cross SUV not only powerful not only got a decent range on it but it’s also good looking he did two rather masculine chega the pics right now. Behind the wheel condor. [40.7]

[00:03:53] Just recently we reported that Ford was looking at having a removable steering wheel. Well now Jaguar Land Rover is set to debut an artificial intelligence steering wheel. Jaguar says the steering wheel concept known as the saviour lives in your home and becomes your trusted companion steering wheel. It could also be the only part of your car that you actually own. According to Jaguar in a future of autonomous connected and electric vehicles you won’t own a single car. No. But instead call upon the vehicle of your choice. Where and when you need it and plug your steering wheel in. Not a great idea. [31.2]

[00:04:24] Lamborghini’s Aventador is said to welcome a roadster version of what the Italian sports car manufacturer says is the only mid rear engine V12 super sports roadster in the world. The Aventador s roadster will come with multiple colour and trim options and a removable hard top roof weighing less than 6 kilos. Overall the car weighs 50 kilo more than the coop version but it will still crack 100 kilometres an hour in just three seconds. Thanks to all wheel drive and a six and a half later V12 producing 550 kilowatts. If you have to ask how much it is. Well you can’t afford it. [32.7]

[00:04:57] Both the UK and France have already put a U.S. base. On the combustion engine and now sources say the biggest automotive market in the world is about to do the same. The big money is on year 2040 when it’s likely China will ban the sale of petrol and diesel powered cars in an effort to clean up their crippling air quality and to achieve their emissions target agreed to under the Paris Climate Change accord. This can only mean big things for the electric car. [23.1]

[00:05:21] Well it’s all about the Frankfurt Motor Show and the release of one very hot Mercedes Benz. It’s their first essentially Formula One car for the road. It’s called Project one and the Mercedes Benz AMG project one boasts the same engine you find in the back of the current world championship Formula 1 car. So that’s a one point six litre v 6 that revs out to 11000 revs. It’s helped by two electric motors batteries in the floor looking at North to 200 kilometres an hour. In under 6 seconds. Price tag when it lands in Australia around 5 million dollars. The car kind of broke ground for small SUV. I’m not sure whether I love it or hate it for that Subaru XIV. It’s kind of a mini I suppose outback. Could you say that you can say that I think yes based on the Emperor’s up it is essentially sort of a jacked up sort of a hatchbacks got better ground clearance and has X mode which means you can deal with gravel snow sand all that sort of stuff. [1:02.1]

[00:06:23] A whole lot better than you would in a normal car. Yeah. As a Subaru it has all motion four wheel drive which is standard pretty much across the range it has and little XP it’s been massively popular. Been a huge hit for Subaru and this new car. You seeing lots of them all around the place where you see them everywhere you start. [17.0]

[00:06:40] Test driving one and suddenly they’re all around you. So the U.S. car seems to be on alert and it’s no surprise really that there are a Facebook fan pages for these things that they have their own Instagram account. Very popular. People love them. They’ve got an army of fans. Having had a week with the premium model which retails for about 32 grand 30 to 150 or something something like that for your on roads before you’re on roads of course. I must say I can understand it. It’s a terrific car. It’s beautifully made and this is very nicely volcanology very good. And in the premium model the impulse tree is absolutely impeccable and beautiful. I’d really like that show hasn’t got a huge boot. That’s one of those unexpected things where their SUV is they tend not to have all the space that you expected to be behind you right. Oh wait a minute what happened to the boat but this is a terrific car. I really enjoyed it. It’s got everything you want in it. There’s two things that I would change. I’d have a turbo engine. [58.6]

[00:07:39] OK. So the two litre box are four cylinder that develops. What is it about 115 kilowatts. Not quite 200 meters under done for your taste. [9.8]

[00:07:49] Well here’s the thing it gets off the mark very nicely and you get to 40 cases you think right let’s go. OK. Good. Well they’ve just about got there. So that’s that’s kind of how I found it. However you adjust to that quite quickly. What I found a little more difficult to adjust to was the cvt the transmission. OK. So it’s automatic constantly variable transmission which is becoming more and more common these days in lots of cars. Yes it’s amazing isn’t it. Now I assume that’s in the lavaughn that I’ve just picked up. It’s not a problem in the lavaughn that I’ve been getting around in the past a day or so it’s beautiful on the X V. However it was a little jerky and a little sort of. It made shuddery shuddery And yeah may be for instance that you get to the top of the West Gate and you think oh what’s the matter. The cars just did it just a little bit. It’s not the engine. So it has to be the transmission. [52.4]

[00:08:41] I had the base model I drove around in that for a week. It kicks off at 27 990 again beautifully built beautiful interior didn’t have leather beautiful cloth seats in it just felt like an absolute bank vault solid and well put together. But same engine gearbox combo. And you know what I thought maybe it was that particular car. I live in a hilly section of town. Isn’t that funny. I’ll be going up into that at the top of the hill and it will shut and I think. What’s that. And then I jump on the phone to you and you say exactly the same things happening to you. [29.1]

[00:09:11] I had thought it was an incline I thought it was the car that I was driving I thought oh this is just this is just this particular car. It wouldn’t be like this across the range. Well maybe it is. Yeah I’m not. I haven’t actually been a huge fan. Not many expert. Only thing. I’m just another driver. But I’ve never been hugely fond of CVD and that seems to be car to car some cars seem to go really well with them. Others not so much and I don’t really like it in this car. I don’t think it’s a deal breaker because I think the car itself is terrific. I know why people love it and I don’t blame them it’s really good car. [30.4]

[00:09:41] Certainly if you are after a small SUV I think you absolutely must drive the Subaru XIV. Now if you are looking for a smallish car as well and you want something that is in the small car category but that it turns out to be absolutely enormous you’ve got to check out the Renault mcgahan. I’ve had the Zen edition sedan. [18.0]

[00:10:00] Well basically with a couple of options on it which was metallic paint and the sort of suite of you know kind of Lahn keep assist emergency braking lane departure warning those sorts of things. Price 31000 294 as you drive away very good. This car I’ve got to say I wasn’t expecting to like it. It’s got a great engine gearbox Kombi the gearbox itself is one of those dual clutch automatics which can be a little roly-poly if you’re kind of trying to heal them. Yeah it’s a bit sort of a little bit jumpy at slow speeds. But once you get it going it just flies through the gears. It’s got a punchy little engine in it and I’m returning six point nine meters per 100 K. You know even though I’ve been driving it hard within the confines of the law of course. Of course the luxury the comfort though in this thing is the sort of the surprise package. I must say I wasn’t expecting it to be as quiet as refined and after has it it’s comfy comfortable ride. [56.8]

[00:10:57] The thing about about the Renault because I had the Renault clio’s and which I loved quite unexpectedly too I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did sure it was it was beautifully comfortable. The seating was terrific. I loved it. Very economical engine and I was getting five points something leaders behind me the smaller car of course. There’s a little thing a beenhakker What do you call it something sticking out of the side like a stork. That’s right and in your case the stalk off the steering column completely obscured by the steering wheel and you think what is that. And you’ve got to sort of do it by feel or clairvoyance and it turns out that there are people who. Yes I think so you can. I think it allows you to begin or end a phone call or answer or hang up on somebody. I don’t know. Also lower or raise the volume of the radio or maybe change stations. I don’t know. You have to do it. Does all the right touch. [55.0]

[00:11:52] I was on the phone to you in that car yesterday and found that I was on a completely different radio station at full volume when I ended up figuring out where to hang up. [6.9]

[00:12:00] It’s just like me in the Gulf using gesture control to accidently change stations to look though regardless of that I’m sure it’s something you get used to. [9.1]

[00:12:09] It’s a whole heap of fun. Check it out. The Renault mcgahan sedan the Zen edition for about 30 grand. I don’t go wrong. [6.1]

[00:12:15] We’re going to take you driving in a Jaguar type the gorgeous 400 series it’s black and it is absolutely stunning. We’re also going to discuss the problems of recalls. There’s been an awful lot of them over the last couple of years and obviously they’re important but they’re also on the backside. Yes. And if you bought a second hand product that has been recalled before you bought it you don’t know whether it’s actually been updated or not. [24.3]

[00:12:40] You’re right. So we’re going to tackle all those challenges with just Rachel franko a little later in the show. But really all our attention is focussed on the beauty sitting in the room with us and wow wow what an honour this is. I tell you it’s a scene. Well look I mean you’ve probably seen a few years in years and years gracing kind of you know Christian do your ads and even say leron perfume ads and all those sort of really sort of super exotic kind of things. And then all of a sudden she burst onto our TV screens in that big channel 7 hit yummy mummies. And look I’ve got to say she’s awesome. I’ve known her for a little while now. It’s a gorgeous laurenson merrington welcome to behind the real Lawrence. Hi. [38.4]

[00:13:18] Thank you. Thank you for having me. Oh a familiar feeling down. I know it. Oh come on come and see us. Yeah she mash learns that’s my Polish done for the hour but never mind. Me too. [12.5]

[00:13:31] You’ve you’ve got the most amazing backstory. [2.1]

[00:13:33] So before we start talking about cars and about reality TV and things your mum is polish is Polish your dad Australian So Australian and at the age of something like 14 or whatever you were recruited to go and be a model. Yeah not just any model this is a kind of an international supermodel. Yes. And living in Europe. Yes. Tell us about that. As a 14 year old. [26.1]

[00:13:59] Yeah. So yes. Quite a young age. I got approached ammos actually on the street and this guy came up and it was all very you know mum and dad were obviously really concerned. [11.1]

[00:14:11] It was a little bit creepy because it sort of sounds like I mean I was like you know my 14 year old daughter I’d do back at family and Dad even to this very day. [9.7]

[00:14:20] There’s some shows where I just say I don’t come it’s best not to hey. Yeah. So then we kind of start to look into it. And then next thing you know everything happened really quick. I signed with chadwick’s and then I was overseas working working abroad. And it was really tough. It was hard because she’d missed out on some Christmases because she was you over there working. But it was also really good because it you appreciated the value of money you appreciated family time you can grow up quickly. [30.4]

[00:14:51] Is it something that you’d thought of doing. No not at all. So how do you get any kind of get used to that if you’ve never even kind of considered doing it then. We are thrust into the spotlight like it must be hard to wrap your head around it. [12.2]

[00:15:04] It was I suppose you don’t know anything different. You say your you know you go to school and then your job is modelling. It’s like if you worked at a deli if you worked at your check. It’s a job. And then and I suppose the other side of it the money is good. So you can see kind of your bank account you know grouping up in but education was very important to my family so there was that time where they said okay you know you got to get into high school. From that I actually went into law. And then I was doing law and modelling at the same time. And then I just I loved it I just kind of kept going back to overseas you know went over to the Asian market and that was huge especially in Shanghai because tall blond. Yes. I killed it. Killed it. [46.0]

[00:15:50] That sounds quite up myself. No not at all. [3.7]

[00:15:54] I think it sounds wonderful and I think I think there’s a real story there and how about independents developing them and being living I suppose away from home quite. Yes. Yeah. And and having to be self-reliant for finances maybe be a little bit I was an annual managing power bills your. [19.1]

[00:16:13] And one of the things I remember was just living with other people in an A Model house that was just oh I actually didn’t really enjoy that side of it because I liked you know to have things neat and clean and you know you’re describing a place that I always dreamt that he had a teenage boy but didn’t think it was ever really always a figment of my imagination a house full of models. [21.8]

[00:16:36] It was real. [0.5]

[00:16:36] Now I know it’s not you know I think and because you’re living with people all around the world they’ve got different values too of course. So that was quite challenging in itself because I’m used to one particular way that my household works and then you’ve got people that don’t mind leaving their pizza boxes everywhere or models eating pizza. I can’t believe it. Well that was probably just me. [20.8]

[00:16:57] I’m not going to lie. I probably should be. [3.1]

[00:17:01] Was going to be eating when I got back to Melbourne and then it worked on a few photo shoots and I just I just felt numb like I wasn’t getting what I wanted out of it anymore. And then I went into teaching and became a primary school teacher. So it kind of left the law world and absolutely loved it loved it loved it so much. And it was really good because I could do see art which is casual relief teaching said that you couldn’t call up when you want to be caught up and then that was working really well with modelling. There was a good job and it was great. Now I could flick between the both and then. And then yes seven got in contact and then we ended up putting a real together which was about four glamorous mum and seven Yes a great idea and the next thing you know we were shooting a pilot and then it was picked up and then our you’re on telly was sprayed across everywhere across everywhere and in the UK. [53.8]

[00:17:55] Over to you became a yummy yummy mummy. And I think that’s been the hardest thing to do. I think this is it’s one of those things where you own but it is funny because that’s what people refer you to. You sound like my mum it’s like oh my so along the way. [15.3]

[00:18:11] Did you do any driving when you were in Europe for instance when you were modelling in Europe. Did you get. Did you learn how to drive. [6.8]

[00:18:18] Did you buy a car or did you hire a car. Tell us about your driving skills. Yes I drove. [5.9]

[00:18:25] I drove mainly in l.a. so I stopped off in l.a. and that was and I had this saying that one of my friends used to leave. They told me it was lefty Lucy right and tidy. So every time I was in the car I was like lefty receive righty tidy. OK. All right so I’ve got to get around this corner which means I’ve got to go this way so long and hard. And their gut is massive. Yep. So we had I think it was a sea breeze. [26.7]

[00:18:52] Yes yes yes the Chrysler seems right to say bring your car. [4.5]

[00:18:57] It was massive and it was my thoughts. Yeah it was just and I remember I was over there I called to go see which is a casting agent. That’s right where you going. Should I you to listen for a modelling job. [13.8]

[00:19:11] And I was running late because was a day and I was just back to back with casting’s and I thought oh my goodness what am I. And I thought you know what I’ve just got to stop here because this is a big client I don’t want to be late. I’m just going to have to just parked the car and run in. And I remember just swerving across all these lines and thinking that was left to easy ride is Heidi. [18.8]

[00:19:31] All right so. And I’ve landed on this kerb and the kerb that they’re so high and I just said oh my goodness. [8.7]

[00:19:39] And I just put the hazards on and running in the car. As you do look as you do did you get the job. No. I said oh no I need to get this job. And you know it was the car had the car been towed away. [15.4]

[00:19:55] When you came in it was it was still there but there was a scratch on the back. I don’t it but I still have another pretty crazy car and I asked and I had an accident this one too which was used to work for Red Bull and they had the big cancer in the back and with these minis didn’t they. [16.8]

[00:20:12] Yeah yeah. Yeah. [2.0]

[00:20:14] The fake Red Bull can pre. That was the Volkswagen Beetle. OK. It started massive shift. I was exhausted because you know you have your pump to go to parties and you know I’m so tyred and I thought I’ll just drive to this car park grab some food as I went down. I heard this and I thought I got the cancer in the back and hit a water pipe and know sprayed everywhere and I sat in the car and one of the girls that I was with she was a straight-a 180. Her name was Sarah. Love her but just so straight away she’s like your father in so much trouble. He goes for the can of the back yet clean flush off the back water everywhere. [35.2]

[00:20:52] I haven’t I’m bagged right. [2.7]

[00:20:55] You actually sound like it’s like great fun going crazy with you. Did you have a favourite car from your whole driving experience. [7.6]

[00:21:03] Yes my first car was in some pulsar. Might it be. I think it might have been atiyyah I bet the flash ones that they were the ones that had a leg injury it was seats completely opposite Johnny or me. I think it maybe it’s a G. He said you’re not having a con. You’re not having a lecturing would you not having anything like that. Because the way that you spend money and if anything goes wrong in this car I won’t be paying for all your electric windows. I will be paying for. So there was it was smart dad. [26.9]

[00:21:30] That’s a bit of a problem. [1.8]

[00:21:33] It was a tough love but you know what. Nothing ever went wrong and will go on the sniff of oily rag. Just go go go go. Best car ever. [7.5]

[00:21:40] Yes. And less to go wrong. Exactly. Because in this day and age you can get accidentally locked in that car and can’t get out. And that may or may not decide to work. All sorts of things can go wrong. But back then everything’s fixable. [11.9]

[00:21:52] Everything is cheap and they go forever cheap and it come in and it’s it’s at the store where you know if you go to whatever part you go pick up them parts of your car. And they’re after what are treaty doesn’t take forever to get there. [11.2]

[00:22:04] So what you’re hoping for similar reliability on the card that you’ve just ordered which I believe you did. [5.0]

[00:22:11] Three and a half thousand dollar towbar or I know why don’t even understand why you would have a camera. I’m not quite sure why we’re giving up. Maybe a boat or a trailer. I’m not good on boats right. But maybe it might be just for hubby. [14.9]

[00:22:29] Is he any good at reversing a boat down a boat ramp. He shoved out the car and the boat in the water. [5.5]

[00:22:36] Do you know we actually my husband love him but he is such a bad driver. Here I am saying I’ve had all these car car accidents but he’s really bad like he he’s only just started to be able to reverse park. Oh really that bad it couldn’t even reverse park. And sometimes when he gets in the car that I have at the moment before I get my new year this weekend he just complains and he’s like oh this is so big. I’m like Are you kidding me. He’s got every sensor around at your feet. Shocking. He’s shocking. Truckers do it. [28.9]

[00:23:05] So you know how the game is played out. Yes exactly. So what are you getting on the way. Well I am getting an old dude disco right disco Larry. Yeah. You have black the black pack and the whole bit. [12.5]

[00:23:17] Yes. Something important for us was the derived propane. Because I do so many K so my parents live in up in the mastin Ranges you know from South malbin to travelling up to Mastodon we need it’s something that’s going to assist us assist me with my driving. As you’ve probably just to sometimes it’s a bit of help. And so that was one of the big things for us. [22.7]

[00:23:40] So you’ve got blind spot monitoring like yes. I moved into autonomist bright red flag warnings. Yes you might start to see reversing out into a busy street it will tell you yes we have stop and not. [13.1]

[00:23:54] So and then I went with the black on black. So I think it’s good to read beautiful metallic I went to switch. I feel like I need to be cleaning it. [9.5]

[00:24:03] February no. Yes it is worth it though. Worth it. They’re beautiful looking as well. So you know you get the joy of when it is clean again. [8.5]

[00:24:12] You think it was worth you look at it isn’t it glorious and you’ll be checking the rain right up to see if it’s raining and then you’ll make your decisions on whether or not you’re going out as day based on the weather it’s raining. It’s raining and other cars are going to get Daddy will just stay home. Yes ma’am. Definitely not coming home. See you later. Well look I hope you enjoy the Land Rover Discovery. Certainly one of my favourite cars. Yes. It’s been a sensational car and it’s been sensational to have you here on behind the wheel. Oh it’s been soon. Yes. Tell us how to keep an eye on social media as well. Instagram is your thing lauriski american surger out. She’s worth it she’s good fun. Thanks so much. [38.5]

[00:24:51] By the way we’re going to talk Jaguar type. They’ve released a bit of a special edition which John has been driving. Wow it look pretty good at it too I don’t know whether it helped him with the ladies or not but we’ll find out on his show. But right now I’ve been really excited about this kind of we’ve been teased about it for feels like there’s endless amount of time. Yes. Look it’s a car. I’ve actually seen on the streets of Tokyo and it looks perfectly at home there but I’ve never been quite able to understand why we haven’t seen more of them here yet because it is the Nissan Leaf. It’s all electric. [35.4]

[00:25:27] And it’s all new now of course and it is the best selling electric car in the world which regardless of what Tesla would have you have you believe it really is. And they did tell us about the whole new generation of the Nissan Leaf. It’s a very warm behind the wheel. Welcome to Missen Australia’s general manager of corporate communications publicolor Leach. Can I go ahead you’re going to join you. [19.5]

[00:25:47] Thank you so much for chatting to us about the leaf. I gather you’re just back from Tokyo where there’s been much said about this latest version of the car. Tell us about it. [9.4]

[00:25:56] Look it was a very exciting global reveal last week in Tokyo. They had media and obviously valued customers and dealers from all over the world gather to reveal the latest version of the Nissan Leaf. [13.3]

[00:26:10] Then second second generation of this electric car that Nissan produced and there’s some really interesting changes in this generation that we think will be make it even more appealing to lots of Australians but also people all around the world. [13.7]

[00:26:24] Well it’ll be particularly good for people with only one leg because there’s only one pedal isn’t there. [4.1]

[00:26:28] Yeah. Interesting you mentioned that Chris it does have both the accelerator and the brake pedal but the new car features these fabulous new technology called a pedal. And it enables a driver to not only start accelerate and decelerate with the same pedal think that it’s going to help you out much more relaxed driving experience but also use some of the great technology with which it is right there to help power the car. [28.0]

[00:26:57] The new technology is able to read your mind. You’ve got to actually stop not just I look I’m just get to give this extra burst you see if I don’t. [8.6]

[00:27:07] Well the good thing is to pay them if they don’t stop. Tournament’s very good the courts would step in and help you so anyway it’s a great car. [8.6]

[00:27:16] I’ve always liked them. I was not sure about the range. And I gather that’s been addressed here. [5.3]

[00:27:22] Look that’s one of the really exciting aspects of this new car Peter is that there has been increased by around 40 percent. So a lot of people think that these aren’t for them because they have this thing called range anxiety that they feel that they might run out of electric power before they get to their destination and do it’s still subject to homologation testing in Australia. But the Japanese spec vehicle is got a range of 400 kilometres which we think you know a lot of people could potentially drive to and from work for a week before they need to restart yet with a 400 kilometre range. [36.3]

[00:27:58] Is there any word colour on how long it will take to charge safe from nothing to get that 400 Kate. [5.5]

[00:28:04] Yes a quick tax increase is to get it to 80 percent. You can quit charging 40 minutes away. [6.7]

[00:28:12] Yeah. So that you know pop in and do your groceries or you know quit shop at the local shopping centre and then more charging you 16 hours. So something you can plug in when you get home from work or over the weekend and have it back to 100 percent battery charge. [16.2]

[00:28:28] And does this require some installation of a super charger at home or is it just regular power points regular plugs so regular power point is the 16 hour star. [9.8]

[00:28:38] Right. [0.3]

[00:28:39] And quick charging you do need an upgraded charging panel to do that. But the good thing I think is to that slowly we’re starting to see more publicly available quick charging stations in Australia. And you know potentially when police arrived at this stage it looks like later next year we’re going to see a lot more public infrastructure with quick charging so that won’t be so out of reach for a lot of Australians anymore. [25.4]

[00:29:04] Now any electric car we’ve ever driven Karla has been astonishing in its performance. The off line speed centre of gravity of course because the floors are filled with battery packs. Be safe to assume the Nissan Leaf would drive in a similar sort of fashion. [13.8]

[00:29:18] Yeah. Look we we’re still waiting we came to drive it. [3.0]

[00:29:22] We’re hoping to get a driver in the next couple of months but based on an evolution of the current driving experience from the current car that’s definitely on the cards. Chris. [9.2]

[00:29:31] Well Carla Best of luck with it. You can see pictures right now at our Web site behind the wheel dot com dot. It’s a good looking unit and can’t wait to actually finally see them on Aussie rides. Carla Leach general manager of corporate communications for nesson great to have some time with you today behind the wheel. Thanks guys. Good to chat. [14.8]

[00:29:46] OK. We couldn’t be more polar opposite ends of the scale now going from beautifully environmentally friendly all electric vehicles to well one with a stonking great super charged the six that looks like nothing else. Sounds like nothing else. [15.0]

[00:30:02] However the person behind the wheel of both. I don’t know. They both seemed to suit him. What do you think. [5.1]

[00:30:07] I think you’re right. He’s a man of many talents. I wonder how he went with the girls with this one. It’s Joel Helms who has been driving the Jaguar type 400 series. Get a job going. [10.6]

[00:30:18] Logo’s very well thank you. Yeah it was it was good work about it. It’s quite the motorcar. [5.4]

[00:30:24] So were you sort of just driving down kind of really populated sort of shopping strips you know beachfront areas really slowly with the windows down going Hi ladies. [7.4]

[00:30:32] Well no I wasn’t but you joy the rumble of the bicycle I have to admit that I had it body 5 percent spent on me or do you stop sweating. Yes. Yeah. Because why not. [14.1]

[00:30:46] Why not. And it’s lovely it’s it’s a joy to the ears isn’t it. But that exhaust turned up in a way you got. [5.3]

[00:30:52] There’s nothing more glorious in the pops and crackles at let’s say this was a little off the accelerator. Did you find pedestrians were sort of jumping with fright as you approached. [8.1]

[00:31:01] Yeah it certainly does. But we got so drunk you work were on go home. They heard me before they saw me. Everybody got a cookbook. It’s really hard on me but I think it shows you that probably the best vehicle was building because I think there’s a real future. [23.9]

[00:31:25] It’s certainly a future classic. But mind you all the Jags these days are pretty good. [3.5]

[00:31:30] Yeah. Let me come back to a couple of things we’ve been talking about. But I really like that song. I like the idea that you think that would make me like them. [10.5]

[00:31:42] Yes. Now I did notice in your review you made a really good point about supercars of this day in age. You know you got to spend six seven hundred thousand dollars to get yourself into a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. You get about as many looks as you would driving around in what is essentially a 200000 car from Jaguar and yes it’s still expensive. But if you want to get into that league and those sorts of noises and those sorts of performance the top really kind of text boxes doesn’t it for a couple of reasons. [25.9]

[00:32:08] If you take it out of us. I drive around in a normal mode. It’s actually quite comfortable right so long not noisy even slogging it around it all week a year and a half litres to 100. So if you look at it from something like Aria you get quite as much you almost like real time or I don’t think that the actual driving experience you know you’re buying for that here you know pushing your back it. But I don’t think it really works and I think that really good cop if you could live with that car every day. [34.7]

[00:32:44] The only problem with them I’ve always found is is parking them or I know they’ve got reverse cameras and sensors but you know kind of looking over the shoulder when you’re changing lanes all you get is these big haunches which looks fantastic look wonderful from the outside but when you’re driving it’s like a bit of a challenge so they don’t get a degree of visibility. [16.9]

[00:33:01] It’s not a strong suit but what I found the most difficult thing was really only a couple of things that I wasn’t crazy about. It With the Jaguar but the rear view mirror also can cover about half the windscreen better of the wind and being constantly looking around that as well with a bit of light. But if you’ve got to buy a car like that a couple of little compromises like that. [23.0]

[00:33:26] I’m sure and you might have. You might have another car in the park did the garage just for those days when you don’t feel like looking over your shoulder and I guess you’ve got something else to drive in the meantime. It’s a lot of money. [11.5]

[00:33:37] Yeah. And if you if you factor that against something like like a Ferrari then you could have a very good dinner. [6.5]

[00:33:45] I must say Joel when you said that your fuel consumption was in the tens I was quite impressed with that because I’m having as Subaru Org at the moment added up to 11 plus. [8.7]

[00:33:54] Well I was really surprised by that. I didn’t drive it lightly I drove it hard as I could in the city and that was quite a make for a car the prettiest car on the road. [11.9]

[00:34:06] I still say if you don’t believe me head to the website right now behind the wheel dot com dot you you can see all its black glory and Joel have fun there. [8.9]

[00:34:15] Probably not quite as exotic a drive this week which is not quite as exotic but just as much fun. I’ll [9.4]

[00:34:25] see 500 next week. [1.1]

[00:34:27] You will love it. Are you going to do a head to head the f type vs. the elsi 500 that could be a good caparo for later in the year. Good idea. John Stockton next week thanks man. [8.5]

[00:34:36] I don’t get much more glamorous in this one. Are you one of our favourites. She’s the best mitring chick in the world. Her name is Rachel Franco. [6.4]

[00:34:43] I wouldn’t go that far. Oh hello rage. Good to talk to you. [3.6]

[00:34:47] You’re amazing and you know it. And that’s all there is to it. However in France even despite your awesomeness you like everyone else gets occasionally caught up in a recall talison. [9.6]

[00:34:58] I got called up in the takata airbag recall which has affected a number of different vehicles. I’ve got a Mazda that it’s also affected some Mitsubishi and Nissan since Hebrew’s that’s a comet so caught up in a Honda version of it. [13.5]

[00:35:11] Yes. [0.3]

[00:35:12] So you can actually hop back to our website behind the wheel to accomodate you and search Toccata airbag recall. You can find a whole bunch of information there about it. Basically I think it’s a good time to talk about vehicle recalls because Ford has just announced a recall as well which Chris you talked about on the Web site last month. That’s right. The Ford Focus won’t go into too much detail about it. Basically there’s an issue with the carbon canisters which you know has stuff to do with a fuel tank and potentially it could lead to the fuel lines igniting and catching fire and all that fun stuff and maybe things come to market without this without anyone predicting what happens. [36.1]

[00:35:48] But once it is an identified problem it needs to be dealt with quickly. What happened. What happens if you buy a used car that screen was a subject of a recall and you don’t know whether the recalls actually been carried out on that vehicle or not when it was recalled it. [15.6]

[00:36:04] It’s all on a register and they go by Divin. So your vehicle identification number and you’ll get a letter sent out. And that’s sort of it’s all very formalized their system will update when a car has gone into a dealership to get this fixed. So I think the best thing to do if you have bought something secondhand if you’re not 100 percent sure give your local dealer a call they’ll be able to punch in your details into the system to the car and see if it’s ever gone in. To have that replaced I’d say to anyone who owns a vehicle we have received a recall letter from your dealer take it in and get it fixed. If not for your own benefit for the benefit of anyone who might own your car down the track. [35.5]

[00:36:40] That’s exactly right. And while they may not all be life threatening issues like the takata airbag thing where it can kind of sort of explode metal shards at your face or catch fire in like a Ford Focus. There are some minor ones but sometimes even some of the minor ones may have greater implications that on the surface it may not seem like anything major but it actually could well be something that came danger lives and nobody wants to completely. [25.7]

[00:37:06] Yeah. And I think too like I think a lot of people I mean I did it myself. The letter about 18 months ago and said on it and it wasn’t until everyone started busting my chops about it that I actually called out and in but it’s actually very simple to get it dealt with. I took my car in. I did take a half day off work but it’s a warranty repair you don’t have to pay for it. I just sat down at the dealership took maybe two hours I just waited for the car to be done and then they sort of put a sticker on the car so that you know that it’s been done. Anyone purchasing it know that it’s been done and then it’s all over and done with and it can be a pain but it’s also a great way to get a morning off work. [35.5]

[00:37:42] Absolutely. Well we love today. We know you’re in a hurry. [4.8]

[00:37:47] Your your time is in great demand which is understandable but please do come back again next week. We’ll miss you until then. [6.7]

[00:37:54] Will we ever thinks we’re missing you already. That’s all right. Thanks so much thanks guys. Thanks. Bye. [9.3]

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[00:39:18] Yes indeed we do. We’re getting close to the end of another huge episode of Behind the wheel. But before we do it wouldn’t be an episode of Behind the wheel. [7.9]

[00:39:26] Well that’s the one and only Simon lie. Now let’s have you guys. Wait a minute. Where’s the applause track gone. Oh the audience have gone quiet there in the centre for him over there and they’re just they’re anxiously expecting and waiting for Simon. [13.9]

[00:39:41] And I don’t blame them. SIMON greetings. How are you. [2.5]

[00:39:44] Good guys. Good to be here. [1.7]

[00:39:46] And now you’re driving. Oh there’s the applause. [2.6]

[00:39:50] Look the audience the audience was a little delayed but they got there and that’s the main thing. SIMON You’re driving a car that I’ve actually always been very fond of though I haven’t ever actually driven one but I like the look of them. Tell us about it and tell us what you think of the key soul. [14.9]

[00:40:05] Yeah I mean you guys know how much I like he is and they seem to you know create great cars across the whole range. But for some reason I always thought the key is soul and also the Rondeau which I’ll be talking about next week. Well kind of like you know they’re less popular so maybe they’re not so refined as the others. But I was actually really surprised. Like you said with the soul you said that you like the style I’m not really a big fan of cube shaped cars. That aside I found that you know it really once again is the whole package. You know it drives really well. It’s put together really nicely got good fit and finish. It’s just not a great car. [40.0]

[00:40:46] No doubt about it. I think they’re. I’m not sure it does too good to have a version of that sort of Cube looking car. They do. Some guys in states the rockers they’re going to buy it here. Oh that’s a good idea. Right there there’s the cube as well. The thing is Simon that the look is sort of an individual thing as his taste. But I quite like it because there’s something that almost looks something retro about it I can’t explain what it is and I’m not sure actually whether that square boxy shape gives you any extra room in the car or not. [29.7]

[00:41:15] It actually does. I mean to me I prefer something that looks a bit more streamlined but it is more practical you know. You do get more headroom because it’s a bit square. It is better for it all the person you could get more storage space as well. It’s sort of like it’s a little bit larger than a hatch but it’s not really the size of a small SUV. So somewhere in between I found like I mentioned the fit and finish on the inside is quite nice. Of course you don’t get all the fancy frills but you get the basic stuff that you need has basic audio system. There’s a leather steering wheel and the drive is really good too. I found that is smoother than I expected in terms of the steering and the acceleration. And even though it doesn’t punch out a whole heap it’s great for everyday driving. [44.7]

[00:42:00] Who do you think is going to be the buyers of this car. [2.3]

[00:42:03] Well maybe hitchon is the word now but is it not. I’m not too sure really. [5.2]

[00:42:09] I think I think it would really suit maybe the senior crowd because of its size is such a big not too small. [8.0]

[00:42:17] And they’re incredibly frightening aren’t they. [2.6]

[00:42:20] Yeah exactly. They only let down probably as the boot space because it’s a little bit short. You can fit things vertically so it’s not so deep but you know it still covers all the bases. [12.3]

[00:42:32] I was thinking because of the people I’ve seen driving them have been young these kids young teens. Yes. That’s right. [7.8]

[00:42:40] It is a bit you know silly crowd because I know that I had came in the three colours it’s like like a red roof and a white body. And yeah it kind of does look a bit unique if you want something a bit different. [10.9]

[00:42:51] Is there any space for the baby seat and does it clip inappropriately. [3.8]

[00:42:55] Yeah. I had no problem with that. Once again I think this is becoming a regular question. [3.5]

[00:42:59] I think it is but I think it’s a very important question to be honest because it’s purely on our yummy mummy show. [4.5]

[00:43:04] Like I mean really it’s a business I aren’t they. You went to the launch of the original keer soul and it was all woman personalization you could have you know as Simon said you know green door and a white roof. But there was also the funky lights and stuff on the inside and it was all very kind of out there. But I did notice you had a big kind of push towards the commercial market and suggesting that it could be great for someone like I know a florist or a baker or somebody like that to do deliveries delivering croissants you know. Yeah yeah. And you could kind of see that good news on it. [30.8]

[00:43:35] Yeah. That’s interesting. I never even thought that I thought about that. But yeah that’s probably true. It’s like I said because it’s shape in orientation it would be suitable for those kind of occupations. [11.1]

[00:43:46] Now I suppose the big question how much is it in 2017. [3.4]

[00:43:50] Well once again it is something that is surprising and the key is hands out. A lot of value for money and you get all this for 25 grand So it’s good. It’s a really good package. [12.8]

[00:44:03] Yeah. That plus of course the lovely warranty and the warranty service. [5.1]

[00:44:08] Nowadays yes everything is roadside assistance a little bit although I’m always baffled as to why manufacturers keep publicizing roadside assist because it sort of insinuates. Maybe break down at some stage. [9.9]

[00:44:19] You know I wonder whether it’s just another way of saying listen we got you covered. No matter what happens I suppose it’s just peace of mind. Yeah if you’re right a kid. They are such great build quality and such good cars. I’m with you Simon. I’m a fan. [13.1]

[00:44:32] I can’t imagine why it’s not more popular. [2.5]

[00:44:35] Well talk a Rondo. Next week Simon. I’m assuming indeed you’re right. [3.4]

[00:44:39] Well and it’s a bit of a key theme Phoenix week because I’ll bring you the first half of the show live from the launch of the most highly anticipated car of the year of the decade. The most highly anticipated car ever from k.r.. The key is stinger will bring you all three times live from the raceway in Canberra. How did you get that gig. Ah ha see it’s all about how good looking you are. Simon unfortunately. Yeah. All right thank you very much. Another great edition of either Will thanks for your company. And as I say we’ll be back with a big show next week. See you guys. Bye bye. [31.0]

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