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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: 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

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    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

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    Originally broadcast 3 April 2021

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: Driving in the rain; Electric trucks; Peugeot’s newish 3008 & 5008; Hyundai Staria;

    Overdrive: Driving in the rain; Electric trucks; Peugeot’s newish 3008 & 5008; Hyundai Staria;

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, where we experiment with ideas and activities to do with cars and transport.

    I’m David Brown
    News

    1. FCAI’s first report on emission levels from vehicle brands in Australia (1:43)
    2. Hyundai Motor reveals additional design details of STARIA (2:43)
    3. Make Overs for Peugeot 3008 and 5008 SUVs (3:45)
    4. Volume production of local electric trucks. (4:52)

    Interview

    Alan Zurvas has been for a spin in 5 different Audi’s around the Phillip Island Race track including the top of the range sports car the R8. (6:01)
    Alan and I also have a quick chat about some new Peugeots. (14:08)

    Governments become the centre of Buzz words

    We look at the wording of a NSW government ad for a critical traffic management position and ask “Have we lost all sense of technology in a sea of buzz words” (17:09)

    Interview
    Having had such a sustained period of rain on the east coast, Rob Fraser reports on his experience with a large pothole and a blown tyre. (19:42)

    What the rain tells us about low profile tyres

    The incongruity of a low profile tyre and a large pothole is discussed (28:05)



    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 27 March 2021

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: Kia EV6; Hyundai i30-sedan or hatch?; Murray Walker remembered; Will Hagon & rally Minis

    Overdrive: Kia EV6; Hyundai i30-sedan or hatch?; Murray Walker remembered; Will Hagon & rally Minis

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that seeks simplicity amongst the complexities when talking about cars and transport.


    I’m David Brown
    News

    1. Kia reveals design philosophy behind first electric vehicle (1:37)
    2. Genesis tackles the large SUV market with the QV80 (3:03)
    3. Toyota focus on hybrid for facelifted Camry (4:08)
    4. Death of Murray Walker (5:13)

    Interview

    Hyundai have a hatchback and sedan version of the i30 small/medium brand but they are very different vehicles. Bill Thomas from Hyundai tells us why and what it means for the market. (6:19)

    Motoring Minute
    • Audi S5 Coupe (13:40)

    Interview

    Respected Australia motoring journalist David Berthon, talks of his friendship with the late Murray Walker who has just passed away aged 97. (14:57)

    Motoring Minute
    • VE Touareg R Line (21:56)

    Interview

    And finally, we get some enthusiastic reminisces from Motorsport commentator Will Hagon about racing minis and the characters who drove them. (23:02)



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

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

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    Originally broadcast 20 March 2021

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: WWCOTY – a judge speaks; Porsche Taycan; Women in Car ads; Road design for garbage trucks

    Overdrive: WWCOTY – a judge speaks; Porsche Taycan; Women in Car ads; Road design for garbage trucks

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program about cars and transport


    I’m David Brown

    News

    1. Land Rover Women’s world car of the year (1:34)
    2. Maserati on track with women - Maria Teresa de Filippis history of audacity (2:54)
    3. Nissan is developing an engine for road cars that could reach 50% thermal efficiency (3:58)
    4. Infrastructure Australia adds a record number of new investment opportunities to support COVID-19 recovery (4:56)

    Interview
    Nadine Armstrong who was one of two Australians on the judging panel of the WWCOTY. We have a chat about her thinking and approach to this award. (6:15)

    Car ads for cars aimed at women
    We reflect on how some car companies have advertised to women (3:15)

    Interviews
    Paul Murrell tells us about the new electric Porsche whose name is likely to be mispronounced (18:28)
    And in two final interviews we talk to Brian Smith on how we let vehicle access including garbage trucks dominate our urban street design (22:55)

    And finally we get some enthusiastic reminisces from Motorsport commentator Will Hagon about racing minis and the characters who drove them.




    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 13 March 2021

    • 30 min
    Overdrive: Feb 2021 Car Sales; Mitsubishi van zero crash test score; Nissan Navara; Toyota Yaris

    Overdrive: Feb 2021 Car Sales; Mitsubishi van zero crash test score; Nissan Navara; Toyota Yaris

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive a program that samples as much as it can of the experiences of cars and transport

    I’m David Brown

    News

    1. Car Sale Figures for February 2021 – MG a big winner (1:35)
    2. Car Sales show the value of a new models (2:34)
    3. Car sales: the growth of small SUVs (2:35)
    4. Mitsubishi’s zero-star ANCAP crash test rating (4:33)

    Three interviews
    1. The New Nissan Navara with Rob Fraser (5:38)
    2. Report on a recent Auction Sale of classic cars – how much would you pay for a 1977 Honda Accord (12:25)

    3. Should you buy a small Toyota car or their SUV (15:45)
    4. The debate over the Mitsubishi van scoring a zero- safety rating (21:56)

    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 6 March 2021

    • 30 min

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