Car Stuff Podcast: Kia Seltos, next-gen Mazda6 rumors, plummeting gas prices

Car Stuff Podcast: Kia Seltos, next-gen Mazda6 rumors, plummeting gas prices
One of the topics of conversation for this week's show was the all-new 2021 Kia Seltos. (Photo by Jill Ciminillo)

This week’s Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast was another at-home edition. And we still didn’t have donuts. So, I wore pants that had donuts printed on them. It wasn’t the same.

The #cardujour we discussed this week was the all-new 2021 Kia Seltos, It’s built on the same platform as the Hyundai Kona, has two engine options and most trims come standard with AWD. Collectively, we liked it, but there were a couple of weird things — like how the trim lineup was set up — that we thought were a bit off.

In the news section, we discussed exciting rumors about the next-gen Mazda6 sedan. Please let them be true.

Finally, we had a lengthy conversation with Paul Strauss, publisher of The Awesomer, Technabob and 95octane, to discuss plummeting gas prices and what it will mean for the future of electric cars.

Oh, and (spoiler alert) I won the quiz for the second week in a row!

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  • One problem both Mazda and Kia have is that their dealer networks have fallen apart. The dealer locators from, where, say, you ended your prior test drive and turned back to Sheridan Road are 9 to 17 miles away. Maybe one has a choice if one lives in Libertyville, but the Hyundai dealers in Glenview and Highland Park are much more proximate.While most cars are now purchased after an online search, still that's a heck of a trip where there is a closer, and probably better alternative.

    The mentions of maybe the Mazda6 competing with BMW raises the real question whether it competes with the G70. If anything, it would have to change the model nomenclature.

    The description of the joint ventures indicates that Toyota is using Mazda and BMW, not the other way around.

    Finally, with The Price is Right currently in the background, the mention of dinky CUVs with varying content levels and prices reminds me of George Gray saying "It's a BRAND NEW CAR. It's the Chevrolet Garbage CUV. Floor mats are included." Drew: "All you have to do is guess the third and fourth numbers in the price."

  • Definitely a fair point about the dealer network. I know with Mazda, they were very limited in what they could sell by what they could produce -- which wasn't very much. So, it'll be interesting to see what happens with the partnership with Toyota -- what Mazda gets out of that his higher capacity to produce more vehicles.

    I think Mazda has a bit of a long road with its new up-market strategy -- it wants to be a BMW or Audi, but in all reality, right now, it's more of a Genesis or Acura or (gasp) Buick. More near luxury than luxury itself. I'm a huge fan of Mazda, and I have high hopes for the brand, but there is definitely going to be a re-education of how people see Mazda. It'll take a while.

  • In reply to Jill Ciminillo:

    The joint venture between Toyota and GM/Pontiac in Fremont didn't turn out so well for either. The Subaru Isuzu plant in Lafayette is now only Subaru. All this proves is that the capacity doesn't matter if the cars don't sell.Mazda could have restarted its joint venture with Ford, except that Ford apparently no longer makes 3 box cars in the U.S. For that matter, Buick no longer makes cars, except the Opel based Regals (according to Buick's website), and the current owners of the Opel plant are scaling back production.

    On the other hand, I'm not aware of Toyota, Honda, or Hyundai cutting back US production, nor mass closings of dealerships. Demand drives production--not the other way around. I remember when Hyundai was compared to Yugo and Mitsubishi. No longer. And having owned a Dodge assembled by MMI, I can see why MMI is no longer in Normal.

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