America on the Road

America on the Road

Will Ford’s F-150 Gamble Pay Off?

September 27, 2021

Autonomous vehicles are in the news this week, and we will tell you who Ford has partnered with. One of them is a household name not usually associated with automotive, and another is a leading-edge tech company. And there’s news about how Tesla owners feel about their vehicles from a very credible source. Do they love their EVs or hate them? We’ll have the definitive answer.

This week our special guest is Olabisi Boyle. She is the VP of Product Planning and Mobility Strategy for Hyundai Motor North America where she is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the brand in the U.S. Hyundai has had a lot of winners in the past few years, and we expect they will have another with the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz small pickup/adventure vehicle. Host Jack Nerad speaks with her at length about Hyundai’s recent successes and plans for the future.

In the road test segment, co-host Chris Teague will take a long look at the Ford F-150 Powerboost. Ford has taken a big gamble with its large pickup, which is not only its bestseller but also the bestselling vehicle in America. Is the gamble paying off? Chris Teague and Jack Nerad will discuss that.

Also in this week’s road tests, Jack Nerad had a chance to get a very early drive of the revised 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUV. The changes are both subtle and substantial, and he’ll tell all about them.

Photo: Jack R. Nerad