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To celebrate Munro Live’s roughly 1 year anniversary, the editors at Munro decided to put together an hilarious review of the funny outtakes we have amassed over the course of the first season.

If you are a fan of Sandy’s candidness and sense of humour, you don’t want to miss this great collection of gaffes, one-liners, and witty repartee. Click below to watch, it will make you laugh out loud:

 

Sandy Talks About Recent Autonomous Drive Tesla Crash on TMZ

Sandy Munro Talks Tesla Autopilot Crash on TMZ

Sandy Talks About Recent Autonomous Drive Tesla Crash on TMZ

TMZ reaches out to Sandy Munro to get his opinion on the recent fatal crash of Tesla where there was no one in the driver seat and the user had put the car on autopilot.

The interview starts off with the interviewers asking Sandy if Tesla is in fact using it’s owners and the general public as guinea pigs for testing out their new Autonomous Driving software.  Sandy rebuts that even the medical industry uses guinea pigs for testing any more and he would distance himself from any correlation between Tesla’s autopilot technology and a human testing scenario.

Sandy instead says that with the rate of improvements in the software and it’s overall efficacy, the move to continue to evolve and use this technology is paramount in creating safer roads and driving experiences in general.  With Tesla’s autopilot being 8 times safer than the average driver and only being on the market for a few years, Sandy believes it would be absolutely criminal to stop the progression and normalization of this technology in the market.

To watch the TMZ clip of Sandy talking, click on the link below:

https://www.tmz.com/2021/04/19/sandy-munro-tesla-should-keep-autopilot-program-despite-fatal-crash/

 

Alex Guberman from E for Electric shares his thoughts on the ID.4 Ep. 6

Alex from E for Electric Episode 6 VW ID4

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E6 – Wrap Up with Alex Guberman

In this episode of Munro Live, Sandy turns the tables and interviews Alex Guberman from E for Electric on his thoughts and experiences with the ID.4 which he will be receiving soon.

This video starts off with Alex explaining he just slept on the floor of his newly purchased house in Las Vegas which doesn’t have any furniture yet.

Alex has just recently moved on from driving a Tesla for many years, but admits that owning a luxury Tesla is expensive.  This is the main reason he bought the Volkswagen ID.4 which comes in at about $30,000 USD and he feels that the ID.4 is best for that price range.

Want to know all of Alex’s and Sandy’s thoughts and research on the car?  Well you will just have to watch the episode:

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E5 – Ride & Drive – Whoa!

Volkswagen ID4 Ep5 Ride and Drive Sandy Munro

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E5 – Ride & Drive

In this video, Sandy talks about the ride and drive experience in the Volkswagen ID.4 and whoa does it get a little crazy.

Sandy starts off backing the car out of the loading bay at Munro and he is pleased with the performance of the rear camera assistance.  However, from there, Sandy tries to set the navigation to see how the autonomous driving performs in the ID.4 with the goal of trying to get to a charging station.  This winds up not going well.

It should be noted that Sandy was also in a rush to complete this trek and then get back to another meeting, but the hilarity that ensues during his travails with the UI/UX of the Navigation system is priceless.

But we will let you decide what you think.  Watch here:

Sandy Gives His Very Honest Opinion of Electrify America Charging Stations and the VW ID.4 – E4

VW ID4 Episode 4 Electrify America Charging

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E4 – Charging Station

In this hilarious episode, Sandy encounters some of the frustrations you can experience at one of the Electrify America charging stations with the VW ID.4.

As this is very much a video-only experience, we won’t recount what happens, but after that Sandy discusses his views on the multiple proprietary plug situation at charging stations and reveals that a tech installing one of these charging stations says that it takes twice as long to install an Electrify America station as it does a Tesla.

Very interesting stuff, but if you want to get the full experience, you have to watch the video by clicking below:

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E3 – Hoist Review, Front and Rear Suspension

2021 Volkswagen ID 4 E3 - Hoist Review Front and Rear Suspension

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E3 – Hoist Review, Front and Rear Suspension

In this episode of Munro Live Sandy conducts a hoist review and has a look under the car examining it’s structure, suspension, as well as brakes and other exposed/visible parts from underneath the vehicle.

First Sandy removes the aeroshields so that he can inspect the underbelly of the car.  Sandy remarks that he finds, ” there are cross car beams all over the place,” and is a little surprised at the over engineering displayed here.  That being said, perhaps this plays into VW long history of making very safe vehicles, but it seems a bit much to Sandy’s keen eye.   Sandy, being the father of the Lean Design methodology, always teaches that part reduction and design simplification is best when creating a product, especially a new vehicle platform.

Moving on to the suspension, Sandy finds a coil spring over a shock absorber with a stabilizer.  This would be the general configuration of a more economy-priced vehicle. Sandy points out that this is in contrast to what you would find in a higher end vehicle such as a BMW or what we found on the Tesla cars we have torn down.

Sandy goes on to show of the steering mechanism/box, he explains why European cars all have pass-by shrouds, why the rear wheels have drum brakes, and much more.  To get the full Sandy analysis, you have to click below to watch the full episode.

 

Sandy Takes a Look Under the Hood of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 – Ep2

Under the Hood of the Volkswagen ID.4

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E2 – Under The Hood

In this episode, Sandy gives his impressions on the use of the Volkswagen ID.4 frunk comparing it with other vehicles Munro has analyzed, specifically the Telsa Model 3.

The first thing Sandy makes a comment of is the fact that the VW ID.4 hood is quite heavy and has to be lifted by hand unassisted by shocks – unlike the Model 3.  Sandy goes on to explain why maybe the hood is configured the way that it is and points out differences between European designs and why the hood is shaped in order to lessen the damages to a pedestrian involved in a head-on collision.

Then Sandy finds that the VW ID.4 hood has a lot crammed underneath it similar to what you would find in a legacy I.C.E. vehicle (minus an engine, fan, etc.).  But you will find the fuse box, which is one of the first things that Sandy has an issue with.  In this VW fuse box, you do not find a schematic explaining what he fuses do underneath the cover like you would in many cars.  Instead, you must look at the manual to figure out what fuse performs what function.

Next up is the bottle and hose for the windshield wiper fluid which Sandy likes, due to the blue lid making it obvious what that is for.  However, Sandy finds the bottle detaches and hides perhaps a very important secret underneath.

Not to spoil any more of the video, to find out what else Sandy finds, you will have to watch the video by clicking on the link below:

Sandy Shares His First Impressions of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Episode 1

VW ID4 Episode 1

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: E1 – First Impressions

This first episode in the series where Munro analyzes the Volkswagen ID.4, Sandy gives his first impression on what he sees when viewing the exterior and interior of the car.  Also, it should be noted that this is the rear-wheel drive version of the ID.4.

Sandy starts off with a walk around the vehicle giving his impressions on the wheel choice, fit, finish, and quality, and the overall look of the vehicle.

Sandy then moves on to the interior where he discusses the seats, stearing wheel, infotainment system, and more.  There is a slight mishap where Sandy also get locked in the back seat because the child locks are on; this also causes him to reveal his true feelings about child locks.

After that Sandy Looks at the trunk and gives his final impressions.  To watch this episode, click below:

Aptera Gives an Update On Track Performance of its Alpha Units

Aptera Alpha Barona Test Track

Aptera Gives an Update On Track Performance of its Alpha Units

Aptera gives the world a peek into how the Aptera Alpha units performed on their first track day at the Barona drag strip in Lakeside California.

The vehicle beat everyone’s expectations from handling and suspension to maneuverability and speed.  Watch this short update to see proof of what the Aptera Alpha is capable of:

Sandy Gives Future Predictions Regarding Chinese Cars On E for Electric

E for Electric Chinese Automakers NIO Xpeng

Sandy Gives Future Predictions Regarding Chinese Cars On E for Electric

MBA’s “Sunshine Forever” will be upheaved by the future of the EVs… coming from China!  In this episode of E for Electric, Sandy talks about how history repeats itself – specifically that the legacy carmakers are moving too slow to see the future, and will be surprised and upheaved by Chinese car companies such as NIO and Xpeng  coming into the US and world market and sucking up huge market share.

Sandy recounts his past experiences in Japan in the 80’s and 90’s when Toyota came along and revolutionized car manufacturing, while the “Big 3” automotive companies sat on their hands while staring out of their ivory towers oblivious to the rapid change happening in the car market around them.  Just as the American companies underestimated the Japanese then, the US car companies are once again underestimating how fast the market is going to turn to EV as the primary choice for vehicles in the coming future with fierce competition coming out of China.

If you think that Chinese vehicles are low quality or far behind the US in technology, think again.  This is a must watch interview from Sandy giving prognostications and warnings far in advance of the modern paradigms.