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An informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas. Featuring motoring & transport news, road tests, feature interviews & quirky stories.

Overdrive is not just for 'rev heads' but covers subjects in a manner that reflects on our everyday transport experiences as well as our dreams and aspirations for more exotic transport.

Presented by motoring broadcaster David Brown with regular contributors Errol Smith, David Campbell, Brian Smith and Paul Murrell.

Overdrive can also be heard across Australia on the community radio network, via podcast on iTunes or via the website at drivenmedia.com.au

Overdrive: Cars, Transport and Culture David Brown

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An informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas. Featuring motoring & transport news, road tests, feature interviews & quirky stories.

Overdrive is not just for 'rev heads' but covers subjects in a manner that reflects on our everyday transport experiences as well as our dreams and aspirations for more exotic transport.

Presented by motoring broadcaster David Brown with regular contributors Errol Smith, David Campbell, Brian Smith and Paul Murrell.

Overdrive can also be heard across Australia on the community radio network, via podcast on iTunes or via the website at drivenmedia.com.au

    Overdrive: Building electric buses in Australia; A practical experience in buying a car; BMW e-bike

    Overdrive: Building electric buses in Australia; A practical experience in buying a car; BMW e-bike

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive a program that looks at the different ways we get around, from walking, riding, or in cars, buses, trains or planes.

    The times each story appears in the program are noted (mm:ss)

    I’m David Brown

    News
    1. Nissan adds a new variant of their small SUV – the Qashqai (1:20)
    2. BMW offers an e-bike with their electric vehicles (2:25)
    3. BusTech are racing ahead building electric buses in Australia (3:30)
    4. Bob Holden raced the original Mini Cooper S –now he tests a new electric model (4:31)

    Interviews

    • If you are buying a car there are many check lists on what to do. But what are some of the practical examples. Motoring Journalist Paul Murrell has just been through the exercise. (5:34)

    Motoring Minute
    • Kia Carnival (15:41)

    Interview
    • BusTech is racing ahead in building electric buses in Australia. We talk to their chairman Christian Reynolds. (16:48)

    Motoring Minute
    • Audi A7 Sportback (28:10)

    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on

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    Originally broadcast 8 May 2021

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: Cash for Clunkers to buy a bike; Subaru XV; Nissan Leaf e+; Mazda MX 5; Hispano Suiza

    Overdrive: Cash for Clunkers to buy a bike; Subaru XV; Nissan Leaf e+; Mazda MX 5; Hispano Suiza

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive a program that looks at a range of different ways we get around, from cars, buses, trains and planes.

    The times each story appears in the program are noted (mm:ss)


    I’m David Brown

    News
    1. Mazda MX 5 (1:28)
    2. MG – HS (2:25)
    3. Nissan LEAF e+ add more performance to a successful electric vehicle (3:27)
    4. Hispano Suiza Unique Tailormade, 1,904 ways to design the car of your dreams (4:30)

    Interview

    Cash for clunkers, a French government program to pay you to scrape your old polluting car, but not to buy another car (5:36)


    Feedback
    • I continue to have trouble with tyres (11:40)

    Motoring Minute

    Kia Stinger (13:49)

    Feedback
    • Interview about electric vehicles (14:57)

    Road test
    • Subaru XV (17:22)

    Motoring Minute
    Hyundai Palisade (22:30)

    Quirky News
    Brian Smith discussed what the Japanese want you to do in a service station toilet to see if you are too tired to drive. (23:39)


    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ah6JZN8LTYURIfNs1IIBs

    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679

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    Originally broadcast 1 may 2021

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: Volvo Ad Pulled after complaint; Cars with no spare tyres; Alfa Guilia;

    Overdrive: Volvo Ad Pulled after complaint; Cars with no spare tyres; Alfa Guilia;

    Welcome to Overdrive, a program where we look at the wide and wonderful world of motoring and transport.
    The times each story appears in the program are noted (mm:ss)


    I’m David Brown

    News
    1. Volvo Car ad material removed after complaint (1:28)
    2. Tesla crash – what we need to consider with autonomous vehicles (2:32)
    3. Maserati Ghibli hybrid (3:38)
    4. Volkswagen wins world car of the year (4:41)

    A Trip to the Country (and a flat tyre)
    • I give a report on the adventurous trip into the country side in an all-electric Mini (5:46)

    Motoring Minute
    • Citroen C3 (9:32)

    Mini Electric
    • And while we were there, we asked the 1966 Bathurst 500 winner, Bob Holden to have a drive and give us his impression of the Mini (10:35)

    Alfa Guilia
    • Alan Zurvas road tests the Alfa Guilia (17:00)

    Motoring Minute
    • LDV Deliver 9 (22:33)

    Adventures of an old trouper
    • And when talking to 88 year old Bob Holden we asked about how he drove across the London – just to drive back in the London to Sydney Marathon. (23:33)

    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ah6JZN8LTYURIfNs1IIBs

    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679

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    Originally broadcast 24 April 2021

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: Mini Electric; Plug-In Hybrid – The overlooked option; Vehicle supply is near crisis

    Overdrive: Mini Electric; Plug-In Hybrid – The overlooked option; Vehicle supply is near crisis

    Welcome to Overdrive, a program about all sorts of things to do with motoring and transport.

    The times each story appears in the program are noted (mm:ss)

    I’m David Brown

    News

    1. Subaru upgrades the XV (1:40)
    2. All New Haval H6 Now On Sale (2:48)
    3. Hyundai Motor’s STARIA people-mover debuts (3:55)
    4. Volkswagen Group Australia calls for emission targets (4:53)
    5. Toyota launches all-new Mirai with an extended lease program (5:58)

    Interview
    • With an upcoming adventure in a Mini electric we get the low down on BMW electrification from Brendan Mok for Mini Australia (7:08)

    Feedback
    • We have some comments from technical experts on the accuracy of a recent cartoon in the newspaper about pressing pedestrian call buttons in times of COVID (14:01)

    Motoring Minute
    • Camry Hybrid (15:16)
    Plug-in Hybrids – the forgotten technology?
    • Several industry figures reflect on the benefit of plug-in hybrids. (16:27)

    Motoring Minutes
    • Subaru Outback (22:43)
    Interview
    • And finally, we talk to Paul Murrell not about choosing a car but how hard it is to buy one that will be delivered soon. (23:53)

    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ah6JZN8LTYURIfNs1IIBs

    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679

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    So, let’s start with the news
    Originally broadcast 17 April 2021

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: Govt’s waffle words; Kia Stonic & Carnival; Space saver tyres; seats for wider drivers

    Overdrive: Govt’s waffle words; Kia Stonic & Carnival; Space saver tyres; seats for wider drivers

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that investigates matters to do with motoring and transport.

    I’m David Brown

    News

    1. Vehicle cars sales for March 2021 (1:30)
    2. New Subaru Outback Climbs To Best Seller in its class (2:30)
    3. People Movers make a come back led by the Carnival (3:30)
    4. Toyota unveils Victoria’s first hydrogen production and re-fuelling facility (4:27)

    Interview

    A chat with Kia about their new small SUV, the Stonic

    An interesting situation
    • In Victoria you cannot go for your driving test unless the car has the old style manual handbrake. (13:53)

    Motoring Minute
    • Space saver tyres – are they a good thing? (14:33)

    Interview

    • More from Kia – A reflection on the resurgence of the people mover market (15:36)

    Feedback
    • Some positive response to story we did about bureaucratic waffle words – and another example (18:56)
    Motoring Minute
    • Toyota RAV 4 (22:08)

    Interview

    • Paul Murrell talks of a modern trend – the increasing width of drivers. (23:20)


    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ah6JZN8LTYURIfNs1IIBs

    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679

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    or
    Our YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyx5sv6cgF4URRmNq2JiXg/videos

    So, let’s start with the news
    Originally broadcast 10 April 2021

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: VW Cupra, Renault Captur & Hyundai Nexo for Aus; Tesla model 3; Sculpture near motorways

    Overdrive: VW Cupra, Renault Captur & Hyundai Nexo for Aus; Tesla model 3; Sculpture near motorways

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, where we take a populous approach to cars and transport.

    I’m David Brown

    News

    1. Cupra: A New Car Brand Coming to Australia (1:27)
    2. NEXO: Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel-cell first (2:23)
    3. The all-new Renault Captur - the Light SUV leader in Europe returns to Australia (3:23)
    4. XPeng releases first data from long-distance highway AD expedition (4:30)

    Interview

    Paul Murrell gives us the background on Volkswagen’s new brand destined for the Australia market (5:46)

    Motoring Minute

    Toyota Yaris GR (11:56)

    Interview

    Alan Zurvas has a run down on the latest Tesla model 3 (13:04)

    Motoring Minute

    Kia Stonic (20:31)

    Interview

    And Doug Spencer Roy and I discuss the value and impact of sculpture on the side of motor ways (21:35)


    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ah6JZN8LTYURIfNs1IIBs

    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679

    Our Facebook page OverdriveCity or Instagram 0verdrivecity
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    Originally broadcast 3 April 2021

    • 30 min

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