Welcome to Day 2 of The Weekly Driver Podcast’s special coverage of AutoMobility LA and the LA Auto Show.

Today (Nov. 28) was the opening day for media previews of new car debuts, and it didn’t disappoint. While co-host Bruce Aldrich produced Episode No. 62 remotely, James Raia (your other co-host) was reporting from the showroom halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Cadillac showcased its new SUV, the XT4 at LA Auto Show
Cadillac showcased its new SUV, the XT4, at LA Auto Show. Image © James Raia/2018.

We have three guests. Phil Zak is the exterior designer for Cadillac. He explains the enduring brand’s continuing transition into the SUV segment, particularly the new XT4. We also discuss Cadillac’s continuing pursuit to appeal to younger buyers. And we also talk about the recent announcement of GM’s decision to shut down several production plants and discontinue a half-dozen cars, including two Cadillac models.

Our second guest is Josh McGuckin. With a team of more than 20 people and a co-driver, McGuckin completed the Baja 1,000 in 2017 and plans to do it again next year. The Volkswagen Beetle McGuckin’s drove in the event was part of the homage to Volkswagen in the Technology Pavillion during AutoMobility LA.

Several dozen vintage VW Beetles were on display during Beetles & Breakfast, a celebration of the iconic brand. The 2019 model is the last production year for the Beetle.

And in the closing segment, The Weekly Driver Podcast talks with Steven Clancy, the president of Prestone. It’s the more than 90-year company famous for its anti-freeze and coolant.

Clancy and I discuss the company’s new product and how the company has adapted to new needs in the automotive industry.

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