Overdrive: Futuristic Toyota Rhombus; Traditional Nissan Z Proto; Subscription Cars; Pedestrian Controls

Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that looks at the latest trends in motoring and transport for serious and not so serious issues.

I’m David Brown

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

Chicago Auto Show – The wacky Toyota Rhombus and the plain yet elegant Nissan Z Proto


  • Nissan Z Proto concept at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show (1:28)
  • Toyota Rhombus – a brave new world (2:16)
  • 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross (3:19)
  • BMW and RMIT University’s second edition of YourMelbourne competition (3:44)
  • Grattan’s zero-emissions push (4:28)

Feature Item

  • We talk to an Australian company that has done research that shows a shift in attitudes to finance and funding cars in the younger generations, that could favor car subscriptions rather than outright ownership (6:21)
  • We continue our look at pedestrian controls at traffic lights and hear some of the history of the many things that have been tried to get a better solution (15:13)

Motoring Minute

  • Hyundai Palisade (23:59)


  • And Brian Smith again talks about what Elon Musk is saying and the nuances of motoring (25:11)

Motoring Minute

  • LDV G10 (28:09)

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Originally broadcast 24 July 2021