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The Drive with Alan Taylor

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Rank #154 in Automotive category

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THE DRIVE brings you all the latest automotive news, product reviews, celebrity guests and more. Hosted by award-winning automotive expert, Alan Taylor. For many years, Alan's expertise and quick wit has entertained millions on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, FOX, and the Speed Channel.

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THE DRIVE brings you all the latest automotive news, product reviews, celebrity guests and more. Hosted by award-winning automotive expert, Alan Taylor. For many years, Alan's expertise and quick wit has entertained millions on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, FOX, and the Speed Channel.

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Why all the bad reviews, it’s great!

By E guy - Nov 01 2019
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Listen to this at work and while driving. The host and guests are hilarious and cover the most interesting topics. 5 stars.

I miss new shows!

By Ericcon - Jun 21 2012
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I love this show where are the new ones it's June 20th 2012

iTunes Ratings

30 Ratings
Average Ratings
9
5
2
3
11

Why all the bad reviews, it’s great!

By E guy - Nov 01 2019
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Listen to this at work and while driving. The host and guests are hilarious and cover the most interesting topics. 5 stars.

I miss new shows!

By Ericcon - Jun 21 2012
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I love this show where are the new ones it's June 20th 2012

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The Drive with Alan Taylor

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THE DRIVE brings you all the latest automotive news, product reviews, celebrity guests and more. Hosted by award-winning automotive expert, Alan Taylor. For many years, Alan's expertise and quick wit has entertained millions on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, FOX, and the Speed Channel.

2018 J.D. Power Consumer Studies, Auto News, and Test Drives | #346

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The auto industry is like a fine wine, it gets better with age. First, J.D. Power Vice President of Global Automotive, Dave Sargent, reports on the results of their 2018 US APEAL Study, which found automakers to be doing a tremendous job of delivering to customer expectations. Also, find out which technology advances in cars today have people jumping for joy, and which are making people pull their hair out. Then, Automotive Journalist featured on Automobilemag.com, Steven Cole Smith, fills us in on the North American Car of the Year nominees, North American International Auto Show updates, the access economy, his trek up the Rubicon Trail in a Jeep, and NASCAR news. Steven also chats with Alan about the 2019 Infiniti QX50. Next, after a couple of weeks of intensive travelling, Alan and Automotive Journalist, BJ Killeen, catch up and discuss Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, golf, auto manufacturer luxury channels, and the 2018 Mazda CX-9. BJ got a chance to sit behind the wheel of the new CX-9, and found many things impressive, but was struggling to notice anything that separated it from the pack. Similarly, Alan drove the Mercedes-Benz C 350e and thought it was a very nice car, but it just didn't fit him. Last, Autotrader.com Executive Editor, Brian Moody, extols the 2019 GMC Sierra, saying it's the best full-size pickup there is, with the only caveat being that no truck on the market can match RAM's interiors. The 2019 GMC Sierra has video camera mirrors, a carbon fiber insert for the bed, looks that can kill, and a truly reinvented tailgate. Its tailgate is like something out of transformers, with the ability to fold into several different configurations. Also, Brian fills us in on the insanely depreciated used electric car market. Some amazing cars at a fraction of their 'new' sticker price include various models of BMW i3 for $20,000, previous generation Nissan Leaf and Fiat 500e for $10,000, and even Tesla Model S for $30,000. Tune in for more.

  • [00:00:00] Customers Demand, Manufacturers Deliver
  • [00:06:34] Technology Usage in Vehicles Quantified
  • [00:12:30] North American Car of the Year 2018
  • [00:19:51] 2019 Infiniti QX50
  • [00:29:05] The Rise of the Access Economy
  • [00:35:51] Rubicon Trail and NASCAR News
  • [00:42:12] Golf Is Fun, but It's Great to Be Home
  • [00:48:16] Missed Beats of the 2018 Mazda CX-9
  • [00:54:43] Mazda CX-9 - Stuck Between Two Segments
  • [01:02:04] Mercedes-Benz C 350e, It Doesn't Fit Me
  • [01:09:24] 2019 GMC Sierra: Best Truck Ever?
  • [01:18:05] Used Electric Car Deals on Autotrader

Sep 08 2018

1hr 24mins

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LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, Ferrari 488 Pista, Kia Telluride | #368

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Alan will be on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, April 15th through the 19th, and this year marks his 20th appearance on the show! Watch Alan unveil 20 of the newest cars from the New York Auto Show while attempting to avoid a repeat of the Pontiac C6 backseat incident. First up, automotive journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, fills us in on his test drive of the Ferrari 488 Pista. This $350,000 supercar made Steven feel very out of place at Dollar General, but he got over it when he revved it's 710-HP twin-turbo engine. Steven also discusses Automobile Magazine's All-Stars top picks, including the Ferrari 812 Superfast, Hyundai VELOSTER N, and Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Changing lanes, Kia Motors America Chief Designer, Tom Kearns, shares the inspiration behind their biggest, boldest SUV ever, the Kia Telluride. This gorgeous eight passenger vehicle makes 291-HP with a 3.8L V6 engine and is available in all-wheel drive, starting at just $31,690. Then, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, compares and contrasts the MAZDA CX-9 with the Kia Sorento; when all is said and done, she prefers the Kia Sorento, but encourages us all to test drive to compare for ourselves. Tune in for more details on the 2020 Kia Telluride, Kia Sorento, MAZDA CX-9, and Ferrari 488 Pista.

  • [00:00:00] Alan to Go On LIVE with Kelly and Ryan
  • [00:06:31] Steven Drives the Ferrari 488 Pista
  • [00:12:31] Automobile Magazine's All-Stars
  • [00:19:51] 2020 Kia Telluride: Back to SUV Roots
  • [00:27:58] Kia Sorento Vs MAZDA CX-9
  • [00:35:52] Two Comparable SUVs and Weekend Plans

Apr 06 2019

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Lexus GX 460, 2020 NACTOY, Volvo XC Lineup, and GMC Sierra AT4 | #387

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If you're like us, your vehicle isn't just your mode of transportation. It's an escape, a release, and a form of therapy. Automotive Journalist, BJ Killeen, and Alan chat about the therapeutic value of cars, and BJ gives her review on the Lexus GX 460. Then, Motorsports Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, discusses the 2020 NACTOY nominees for best car, truck, and SUV of the year. We also find out why the Dodge Charger Hellcat is his top pick for car he'd spend the rest of his life driving. Next up, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, fills us in on the amazing design for the mars rovers in the new Brad Pitt movie, Ad Astra, and reviews the Volvo XC40. Changing lanes, Automotive Journalist and World Traveler, Sue Mead, regails us with tales of sleeping under the stars while trekking 4000 miles across the Australian Outback before gushing about her experience at the Volvo test drive event in Banff, Canada. With a lineup of Volvo XC utility vehicles, journalists at the event really got a taste of the diversity, style, comfort, and capability of these vehicles. Closing out the show, Host of TheDrivesSeat, Ron Doron, discusses the difference between the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra AT4. GMC has really been stepping up their game and revolutionizing the tailgate and towing world. Tune in to learn more.

  • [00:00:00] Cars Are a Form of Therapy
  • [00:06:13] Lexus GX 460 Still on Outdated Platform
  • [00:12:33] Positive Points on the Lexus GX 460
  • [00:19:52] Best Car For the Rest of Your Life?
  • [00:27:51] 2020 NACTOY Nominees Are In
  • [00:35:53] 2020 NACTOY SUV and Car Nominee List
  • [00:42:13] Interesting Rovers Made for Ad Astra
  • [00:47:03] Volvo Now Sits Among Luxury Greats
  • [00:54:44] Australia Report and Volvo Stepping Up
  • [01:02:04] An Experience With Volvo in Banff, CDN
  • [01:12:30] Multipro: Swiss Army Knife of Tailgates
  • [01:18:05] GMC Revolutionizes Tailgates and Towing

Sep 14 2019

1hr 24mins

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Monterey Car Week from Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2018 | #345

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Monterey Car Week was in full swing last weekend, and Alan sat down with some of the best guys the car hobby has to offer at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. First off, Justice Brothers, Inc. President and CEO, Ed Justice, Jr., was blown away by the auction of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, which sold for an astounding $48.5 million, awe inspiring historic races, an unrestored IndyCar from the 60s, and a rare 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo Pininfarina Coupe. Monterey Car Week truly is a window into the automotive past. Next, Ken Eberts, President and Co-Founder of the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS), shares his journey from New York City's High School of Music and Art to co-founding AFAS. With a mission to legitimize and promote the work of its members, and build a fellowship among automotive fine artists and enthusiasts, AFAS has been attending Pebble Beach Concours since 1986. Then, Barrett-Jackson Auction Company Chairman and CEO, Craig Jackson, fills us in on new projects he has in the works, including two of the three-car limited run of 1967 Shelby GT500s, Little Red and the Green Hornet. Craig is making use of crowdsourced photos, information, and parts to help restore these beauties to their original glory. Also, we get a snapshot of upcoming Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2018 where a very special 2015 Shelby GT350 will be auctioned off to benefit the Driven Hearts Charity Initiative. Changing gears, ACURA Executive Creative Director for Honda R&D Americas, Inc., Dave Marek, mentions his new podcast, Man Seeks Adventure, and and how he's drawing inspiration for a designer like Dave Marek is in abundance at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Switching lanes, Wade Kawasaki and Corky Coker of Coker Tire Group, Chasing Classic Cars Host, Wayne Carini, and Meguiar's President, Barry Meguiar, discuss all things Pebble Beach, Coker Tire Group, Chasing Classic Cars, SEMA, Car Crazy, and mustache related. Wayne Carini has three classic cars on the green at Pebble Beach: a 1954 Studebaker, Osca MT4 TN, and a Bugatti Type 57SC. Wayne isn't worried about winning any awards, showcasing his cars at Pebble Beach is a win of its own. As Wayne Carini, Corky Coker, and Wade Kawasaki depart, Barry Meguiar is left in the middle of an Alan Taylor sandwich! Classic Car Restorer Alan Taylor's reputation as one of the best car restorers in the hobby precedes him, and he gives us the details on his 1949 Delahaye Gilroy bodied Cabriolet he is showing at Pebble Beach. Alan shares the story of a Bugatti he had on the lawn at Pebble Beach a few years ago whose legitimacy came into question. Then, Kelley Blue Book's Karl Brauer shares his highlights from Monterey Car Week, from a stunning 1937 Cadillac Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet to the premier of the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition at the Laguna Seca race track. We catch up with Barry Meguiar to close out our 25th show from Pebble Beach, as he fills us in on the brand new Preservation Award. Last, we discuss the truly amazing 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta took home the Best in Show award. If you missed out on Monterey Car Week this year, be sure to get your tickets now for the 2019 event! If you love cars, you'll love Monterey Car Week.

  • [00:00:00] Welcome to 2018 Pebble Beach!
  • [00:06:11] Rich History at Monterey Car Week
  • [00:12:30] Automotive Fine Art Society
  • [00:19:51] Little Red and the Green Hornet
  • [00:28:16] Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Preview
  • [00:35:52] "Man Seeks Adventure" and Inspiration
  • [00:42:12] Coker Tire Group Crashes the Party
  • [00:48:29] Osca MT4 TN and Bugatti Type 57SC
  • [00:54:43] Respect Between Brothers
  • [01:02:04] Alan Taylor Sandwich
  • [01:11:46] Karl Brauer's Top Pebble Beach Picks
  • [01:18:05] The All New Preservation Award

Sep 01 2018

1hr 24mins

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Used Performance Cars for Under $20K, Mazda Miata, Kia Soul, and More! | #367

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If you want performance, but you don't want to spend an arm and a leg for it, tune in for some great tips and reviews. Kicking off the show, Autotrader Executive Editor, Brian Moody, brings us a list of the best used performance cars for under $20,000, including the Ford Fiesta ST, FIAT 500 Abarth, and more! Then, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, gushes over her test drive of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. This jewel of a machine has style, balance, and power enough to get you around the track, all for a very affordable price. We also chat about the Jeep Gladiator, pothole woes, and exorbitant insurance prices. Changing gears, Co-founder of Cartender and automotive journalist for CarGurus, The Boston Globe, and U.S. News and World Report, George Kennedy III, is back for round two of the electric car debate. Also, George gives us his test drive impressions for the 2019 Kia Soul (hint: it's awesome), and the versatile Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. Then, President and CEO of Brembo Brakes North America, Dan Sandberg, tells us why they've decided to launch their all new web marketplace, BrembostoreUSA.com, and what you can expect to find there. Closing the show, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, praises the Tesla Model 3 and its combination of power and handling that give it a uniquely Porsche 911 feel. Listen in for more about these amazing, inexpensive vehicles.

  • [00:00:00] Ford Fiesta ST and FIAT 500 Abarth
  • [00:06:08] Great Performance Cars for Under $20K
  • [00:12:30] Get a 2005-2008 C6 Corvette for $15K!
  • [00:19:51] 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
  • [00:29:25] Mazda Miata, Jeep Gladiator, and Potholes
  • [00:35:52] The Exorbitant Price of Insurance
  • [00:42:13] Alan Just Wants A Wild Visceral Ride
  • [00:48:26] Custom Electric Rides Bring the Power
  • [00:54:44] Kia Soul, an All-Around Amazing Vehicle
  • [01:02:04] Versatile Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
  • [01:10:44] Introducing All-New BremboStoreUSA.com
  • [01:18:06] Tesla Model 3: Great Power and Handling

Mar 30 2019

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Rivian, Subaru, Jeep, Porsche and Others Go Big at LA Auto Show | #356

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While international auto shows start to wane, what is perhaps the most important exhibition in the largest automotive market in the world continues to stand strong. The Los Angeles Auto Show brought us many tasty morsels to digest as we wait for the ambitious unveilings to transform into reality. One of the juiciest bits was the unveiling of Rivian, and Automotive Journalist, Basem Wasef, says it was the big standout of the show for him. Also, Basem shares how world culture has given him a unique automotive perspective, and fills us in on his new book, "Speed Read Supercar". Then, Director of Corporate Communications for Rivian, Michael McHale, reveals where the company came from and gives us the details on the R1T and R1S, their all-electric truck and SUV offerings which were shown off to the world for the first time at the LA Auto Show. Next up, Kelley Blue Book's Karl Brauer remains skeptical as to whether or not anything will come of Rivian - he's seen and heard it all before. What really impressed Karl was the new Gladiator, Jeep's first truck! Shifting gears, President and CEO of Subaru North America, Tom Doll, is excited to discuss the new Crosstrek Hybrid, next generation Outback and Legacy, the 7 to 8-seater Subaru Ascent, and record month-to-month sales. Changing lanes, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, gives us his picks from the LA Auto Show, including the Toyota TJ concept, Lincoln Aviator, and Hyundai Palisade. Last up, Justice Brothers President and CEO, Ed Justice Jr., shares his thoughts on the new Porsche 911, and tells us what to expect from the new book, "Legacy of Justice", available on Amazon.com. Tune in for more from the LA Auto Show.

  • [00:00:00] LA Auto Show, Rivian, World Car Culture
  • [00:06:15] "Speed Read Supercar"
  • [00:12:30] Taking Electric Vehicles Off-Road
  • [00:19:51] Rivian R1T, The Truck of Tomorrow
  • [00:29:17] Vaporware or Reality?
  • [00:35:52] Jaded on New Electric Car Companies
  • [00:42:12] Jeep Gladiator Stealing the Auto Show
  • [00:48:37] Subaru Continues to Dominate
  • [00:54:43] Josh Hancock's Picks from LA Auto Show
  • [01:02:04] Hyundai Palisade and 7-Passenger SUVs
  • [01:10:46] The New Porsche 911 - Is It Too Big?
  • [01:18:04] "Legacy of Justice"

Dec 08 2018

1hr 24mins

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Supercar Test Drives, C8 Corvette, Motorsports, Kia Niro | #381

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News in the automotive industry abound, and first up to help us decipher it all is Executive Publisher for Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer. Did you know that, according to a study, one in five US adults feel pressured into spending more than they should on vehicles? Well, neither did we, but apparently it's true. Karl also reviews the 2020 Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder, chats about Alan's decision to sell his Dodge Demon in favor of a Toyota Supra, praises the new $60,000 Chevrolet C8 Corvette, discusses the horrendous profit drop facing Nissan, and gives an industry report card. Changing lanes, Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, fills us in on his trip to Rome, what he learned about the pooping habits of Colosseum goers, and gives us an update on the world of motorsports. Next up, Manager of Long Range Strategy and Planning at Kia Motors America, Steve Kosowski, explains the three different powertrains of the new 2020 Kia Niro and all of its amazing features. Closing out the show, Co-founder of Cartender, and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, reviews the 2020 Acura RDX and the 2020 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Red Eye. Tune in for the latest auto news and car reviews.

  • [00:00:00] Social Pressure of Owning Awesome Cars
  • [00:05:16] 2020 Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder
  • [00:12:30] Trading Dodge Demon for Toyota Supra
  • [00:19:51] Corvette: An Exotic Killer to the Core
  • [00:27:14] Nissan Faces 99 Percent Profit Drop!
  • [00:35:53] Karl Brauer's Auto Industry Report Card
  • [00:42:13] Steven Cole Smith's Colosseum Tour
  • [00:49:27] Taking Care of Business at the Colosseum
  • [00:54:44] Motorsports Update: Rallycross, Indy Car
  • [01:02:04] Kia Niro Comes In Three Amazing Versions
  • [01:10:51] 2020 Acura RDX's Non Intuitive Console
  • [01:18:06] Challenger Hellcat Red Eye Test Drive

Aug 03 2019

1hr 24mins

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SUVs, Inexpensive Cars, Hyperdrive, and A Tragic Loss | #386

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Have you always wanted a sports car, but couldn't commit because you need a family hauler? Well, thankfully Executive Editor, Brian Moody, and his buddies over at Autotrader.com have come up with a list of the best high performance SUVs on the market. Just remember, when you're talking SUVs like the 576 HP Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63, and the 707 HP Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, you need to be prepared to spend more to get more. Then, we chat with Brian about Lincoln's effective rebranding, and the future of hydrogen powered cars. Up next, Cartender Co-Founder and automotive journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News and World Report, George Kennedy III, reviews the 2020 Nissan Versa and 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. One of these is not like the other, in that it is able to pack a lot of value into its asking price, while the other falls flat. Then, we discuss Alan's offer from Toyota to receive serial number 1500 for his new Toyota GR Supra. Changing gears, NASCAR Personality and Former Host of Top Gear, Rutledge Wood, discusses his involvement with the awesome new Netflix automotive show, Hyperdrive. This mix of Ninja Warrior and car culture is a must see! Switching lanes, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, reviews the 2019 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate; for $32,000 fully loaded, this thing is a bargain! Then, we discuss the difficulties of car shopping when you know too much about cars, and the tragic passing of the fastest woman on four wheels, Jessi Combs. Rest in peace Jessi, you were the best.

  • [00:00:00] Autotrader High Performance SUV List
  • [00:06:22] Lincoln's Rebranding Has Been Effective
  • [00:12:30] Hydrogen Powered Cars Still a Thing?
  • [00:19:51] 2020 Nissan Versa, and Ride Sharing
  • [00:29:26] Overpriced 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
  • [00:35:52] Toyota GR Supra Serial Number 1500
  • [00:42:13] Hyperdrive: Car World's Ninja Warrior
  • [00:48:11] Drivers Compete on Hyperdrive for WHAT?
  • [00:54:44] Netflix Shining Light On Car Culture
  • [01:02:05] 2019 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate Review
  • [01:11:23] So Many Cars to Choose From...
  • [01:18:06] Car Hobby Loses An Amazing Racer

Sep 07 2019

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The Craftsman Garage at SEMA 2018 Part 2 | #354

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We're back with another week of coverage from the Craftsman Garage at SEMA 2018. First up, Wayne Carini from Chasing Classic Cars gives us his origin story and updates us on the shows status in the world of Discovery Network ratings. Next, Art Morrison Enterprises Owner, Art Morrison, and Operations Manager, Craig Morrison, discuss the art of balancing shop work and outdoor play; also, catch some tips for a peaceful working relationship with your family members. Before he was a 3000-HP Tractor Pull racer, Koester Racing's Larry Koester met with an unfortunate accident while mowing his fields in a Ford farm tractor. Learn how his daughters unconditional love was the only thing that could dig him out of the darkest place in his life, after his tractor flipped over and pinned him, resulting in the amputation of both of his legs. Changing lanes, Garage Rehab Project Manager, Russell Holmes, shares how he got into the world of cars with a 1978 Chevrolet Camaro that he got for $75, and why he knows he can keep pace with Richard Rawlings. Then, we chat with NASCAR Rookie of the Year, Hailie Deegan and her father and X-Games Champion, Brian Deegan, about what it's like to live in a family of wild and fast racers. A family of firsts, Hailie Deegan has become the first female to ever win a NASCAR race, while her younger brother has completed the youngest ever backflip on a dirtbike. Shifting gears, Nissan Motor Corporation Truck & SUV/Brand Communications Specialist, Kevin Raftery, fills us in on the new Cummins diesel equiped Nissan Titan XD. Next, Collins Bros Jeep's Dennis and Kelsey Collins discuss their Jeep Wrangler JL Hellcrate, barn finds, and the effect social media has had on the automotive industry with latecomers Dave Hall of Restore a Muscle Car and Jeff Catlin of Barrett-Jackson. Closing the show, Rat Runners Garage Owner, Aaron Hagar, describes his YouTube video series, Design | Cut | Build, and how living around Lake Tahoe has really helped propel him as a car enthusiast. Don't miss out on these exclusive interviews from the Craftsman Garage at SEMA 2018.

  • [00:00:00] Chasing Classic Cars, Discovery's #3
  • [00:06:38] Origins of Chasing Classic Cars
  • [00:12:31] Balancing Work and Outdoor Fun
  • [00:19:51] Larry Koester's Tractor Accident
  • [00:27:06] Inspiration from the Mouth of Babes
  • [00:35:51] Russell Holmes - A Mission to Give Back
  • [00:42:11] Hailie Deegan NASCAR Rookie of the Year
  • [00:46:03] A Family of Racers
  • [00:54:42] Cummins Diesel Nissan Titan XD
  • [01:02:03] Jeep Wrangler JL Hellcrate at SEMA
  • [01:08:40] Social Media's Impact on the Auto Hobby
  • [01:18:03] Aaron Hagar and the Rat Runners Garage

Nov 17 2018

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End of the Year Car Panoply and 2019 Preview | #358

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It's the last show of the year, and time to get everything out of our system! First, we chat with Collins Bros Jeep President and Owner, Dennis Collins, about the new Jeep JLU and JKU Wrangler Rubicon, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye wide body, and the exciting list of cars he's bringing to Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona. Changing lanes, automotive journalist, Steven Cole Smith, fills us in on the postseason slump in motorsports, the Nissan Maxima and Murano, and the all-new Ford Ranger; will the Ranger's excessive price put another damper on the small and midsize truck category? Next, Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, catches us up on his Ford GT and tour of the Multimatic Facility where it is being built. Switching gears, Co-founder of Cartender and freelance automotive journalist, George Kennedy III, gives us his take on the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator, and gets us pumped about Wide Open Baja, a touring service that gives us a taste of the Baja 500 and 1000 endurance races. Then, Blinker.com Founder and CEO, Rod Buscher, describes his revolutionary private party car trading app that also functions as a car identifier. Lastly, freelance automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, praises the new 2019 Toyota RAV4's fresh redesign and coaxes some information about Alan's new TV show, THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor, out of him. Don't miss this year-end wrap up with your favorite car experts!

  • [00:00:00] MOPAR or No Car for Dennis Collins
  • [00:06:09] Eclectic Classics at Barrett-Jackson
  • [00:12:31] Nissan Maxima, Murano, and Ford Ranger
  • [00:19:52] Over Pricing to Kill Small Trucks Again?
  • [00:27:26] The Motorsports Off Season
  • [00:35:52] Touring the Ford GT Multimatic Facility
  • [00:42:13] Ford Ranger Returns as Midsize Truck
  • [00:48:12] Will the Jeep Gladiator Dominate 2019?
  • [00:54:44] Wide Open Baja
  • [01:01:57] Blinker.com, Buy or Sell Cars Privately
  • [01:11:17] The Toyota RAV4's New Groove
  • [01:17:58] THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor on TV!

Dec 22 2018

1hr 24mins

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Ford Ranger, Autotrader, Airless Tires, and Car Reviews | #376

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Can most people make full use of a one-ton dually pickup truck? Likely, the answer is no and we could go as far as to question how necessary a 1500 class truck is as well. Co-founder of Cartender and freelance automotive journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, explains why the mid-size Ford Ranger could be the perfect size truck for most Americans; but does that mean the Ranger is George's #1 pick for the category? Not necessarily. Find out why he thinks a Toyota Tacoma would fit his needs better. Then, Autotrader Executive Editor, Brian Moody, discusses Autotrader's "10 Best Cars to Lease in 2019", "Best Pet Accessories for Your Car: 2019 Edition", and "6 Great Used Family Sedans Under $15,000 for 2019" articles. Next up, freelance automotive journalist, Mike Austin, shares some industry news, including a deal between Michelin and General Motors to test airless tires on a fleet of Chevrolet Bolt, Cadillac Super Cruise update, and Ford v Ferrari. Closing the show, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, shares skepticism of Elon Musk's promises of a new pickup to beat all pickups from Tesla, and reviews the Hyundai Accent. Tune in for the latest from the automotive industry.

  • [00:00:00] Do You Really Need A Massive Truck?
  • [00:06:10] Camping and the 2019 Ford Ranger
  • [00:12:31] Ford Ranger Not Worth the Price Tag?
  • [00:19:51] Best Pet Accessories for Your Car
  • [00:27:47] Best Cars to Lease in 2019
  • [00:35:52] Great Used Family Sedans for Under 15k
  • [00:42:13] Mike Austin's 80s and 90s Car Nostalgia
  • [00:48:15] Michelin and GM to Test Airless Tires
  • [00:54:44] Cadillac Super Cruise / Ford v Ferrari
  • [01:02:05] Alan Selling Demon, Tesla Truck Incoming
  • [01:11:39] Hyundai Accent a Great Low Budget Car
  • [01:18:07] Alan On the Hunt for New Kia Telluride

Jun 08 2019

1hr 24mins

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Automotive Super Bowl Ads, Volvo S90, Brembo, and Motorsports | #361

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From Super Bowl LIII ads to a good old fashioned set of brakes, we've got automotive news galore in this week's episode. First up, we chat with automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, about her favorite Super Bowl LIII commercials, the Chicago Auto Show, and import vehicles. Changing lanes, Co-founder of CarTender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, discusses the willful 'sports ball' ignorance, the Super Bowl LIII halftime show, winter vehicles, and the exceptional work being done by Jeep and Hyundai. Then, Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, gives us an insider's look into the film industry, confirming a new entry into the Ghostbusters franchise, and getting us pumped up for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw. Also, Josh reviews his test drive of the fresh 2019 Volvo S90 sedan; it's the epitome of luxury. Closing the show, we explore the decline in popularity of paper publications, the amazing story (and brakes) of Brembo, and motorsports news with freelance automotive journalist, Steven Cole Smith. Don't let this weeks automotive news pass you by.

  • [00:00:00] Amazing Age of Automotive Technology
  • [00:05:30] Our Favorite Super Bowl Commercials
  • [00:12:30] Chicago Auto Show and Import Vehicles
  • [00:19:51] Willful Ignorance of the Sports Ball
  • [00:28:30] Halftime Shows and Winter Vehicles
  • [00:35:51] Jeep and Hyundai, Dressed to Impress
  • [00:42:12] Volvo Steps It Up in Luxury Segment
  • [00:48:31] Volvo S90: Only One Engine Option?
  • [00:54:43] "Hobbs and Shaw" and "Ghostbusters"
  • [01:02:04] The Plight of Paper Publications
  • [01:10:53] Brembo, The Only Brakes You'll Care About
  • [01:18:05] Upcoming Races Update

Feb 09 2019

1hr 24mins

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Mid-Engine Corvette, Luxurious Test Drives, and Auto News | #366

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Horsepower, luxury, and value, what we love in cars here on THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor. We kick off the show with Executive Publisher for Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, who tells us about the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette - a beast of a machine with more horsepower than its chassis can handle. Then we talk about the all-electric Kia Niro with a 250 mile range and the Land Rover Evoque that he test drove in Greece. Next, we discuss the insane $200,000+ Mercedes-Benz Maybach SUV, the affordably luxurious Kia K900, and the release of the Tesla Model Y (but, why?), with automotive journalist, BJ Killeen. Shifting gears, our new friend and Editor and Publisher of Rides and Drives, Harvey Briggs, shares about his test drive of the ultra-luxurious 2020 BMW X7 with Alan Taylor. Harvey also discusses his time cruising down under in a Ford Ranger Wildtrak, the diesel version of the Ranger we all wish we could get our hands on. Changing lanes, automotive journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, gives the update on 12 Hours of Sebring, in which Cadillac dominated (taking first, second, and third place), and gushes about his extended experience with the Acura NSX. Closing out the show, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, reviews the new Ford F-250 Super Duty and gives us new information on the upcoming Ghostbusters movie. Tune in for the latest automotive news and test drive reviews.

  • [00:00:00] A lot of Horsepower, A lot of Problems
  • [00:06:15] Corvette Speculation and Kia Niro
  • [00:12:30] Land Rover Evoque Test Drive in Greece
  • [00:19:51] Redesigned, Luxurious Kia K900
  • [00:29:36] Mercedes-Benz Maybach SUV
  • [00:35:52] Tesla to Release the Model Y
  • [00:42:12] Introducing Harvey Briggs
  • [00:48:03] 2020 BMW X7 xDrive50I - Luxury Supreme
  • [00:54:43] Driving the New Ford Ranger Down Under
  • [01:02:04] Acura NSX and Golden Age of Automobiles
  • [01:11:23] Cadillac Dominates 12 Hours of Sebring
  • [01:18:04] Ford F-250 Super Duty and Ghostbusters

Mar 23 2019

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Mustang Bullitt, Regenerative Braking, and Brian France's DUI | #343

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They really don't make any bad vehicles these days and luckily our favorite automotive experts help us narrow down the right car for us. We begin the show with automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, who discusses why premium SUVs are taking a top spot in the market. BJ and Alan also talk about the 2018 Ford F-150 diesel that Alan drove down to Newport Beach and they excitedly chat about the greatly improved fuel consumption of most new trucks. Then, Karl Brauer, Executive Publisher of Kelley Blue Book, sounds off about the latest rad events he was able to attend. San Francisco played host to a reenactment of the classic Mustang Bullitt car chase as Ford showed off the 2019-2020 redesign of the Mustang Bullitt and Karl said how cool it was to witness. After that, he tells us about his exciting drive down Pikes Peak in the all-new pure EV Audi e-tron and raves about its amazing regenerative brakes. Karl ends the first hour with an update on his greatly anticipated Ford GT, which he has made all of his final designs decisions on and is patiently waiting for its finalization. Next, Executive Editor of Autotrader, Brian Moody, pits the 2018 Toyota Tacoma against the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado. While the Tacoma still has one of the best resale values in the truck market, the Colorado stole Autotrader's vote. Brian explains that he believes the Tacoma played it a little too safe with their redesign, while the Colorado stepped it with their interior, diesel engine option and aggressive ZR2 off-road package. Continuing with the compact truck theme, Brian also addresses the rumors surrounding the U.S. version of the all-new Ford Ranger after a write up from their sister company in Australia, Car Guides. Brian explains that he doesn't believe we will see a diesel engine but to keep an eye out for the 2.3L EcoBoost, 10-speed automatic transmission, and a plethora of safety features. Then, before Brian goes he explains Autotrader's Accelerate, which is an online vehicle buying program that can make it possible for you to shop from the comfort of your own home. Switching gears, automotive journalist, George Kennedy, reviews the impressive handling of the 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody and explains that he really loved that one could tune the individual performance options on the infotainment system. After that he sounds off about the 2018 Lexus NX vs the 2018 Acura RDX and shares that he was excited to drive these two major competitors back-to-back. The NX was a little too small for 6'3" George and the RDX had a frustrating infotainment system but overall, the two were really great cars for under $50k. Changing lanes, Ed Justice, Jr. updates us on the recent DUI of NASCAR's CEO, Brian France's, and what that could mean for the position he has been in for over a decade. Ed ends the hour by sharing about his favorite new documentary, Ferrari: Race to Immortality, which showcased the most dangerous and glamorous time in racing that took place from 1955-1958. Tune in now to fill your cranium with the latest and greatest from the automotive world.

  • [00:00:00] Take an Uber or a Cab
  • [00:05:49] Premium SUVs Are Booming
  • [00:12:30] Trucks Are Just Getting Better
  • [00:19:51] Mustang Bullitt Event in San Francisco
  • [00:28:35] Audi e-tron: Tesla Model X's Competitor
  • [00:35:53] Karl's New Ford GT Update
  • [00:42:14] Toyota Tacoma vs. Chevrolet Colorado
  • [00:48:39] Rumors on the new Ford Ranger
  • [00:54:45] Handling of the Hellcat Widebody
  • [01:02:06] 2018 Lexus NX vs 2018 Acura RDX
  • [01:09:42] DUI of NASCAR's Brain France
  • [01:18:07] Ferrari: Race to Immortality

Aug 11 2018

1hr 24mins

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Jeep Gladiator Mods and Reviews, Fast N' Loud, and HAN | #379

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There's nothing quite like setting out across the wild expanse of Alaska, the untamed savannas of Africa, or the outback of Australia. Adventuring is the spice of life, as Alan says; a fact Seven Slot Expeditions Auto Writer, Sue Mead, and Adventure Architects CEO, Chris Collard know well. Chris and Sue fill us in on the history of the 50th anniversary East-West Australia Jeep Expedition, their plans for the journey, and which vehicles they'll me making the 2500km trek in. Next up, Motorsports Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, gives us the details from the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. Then, we chat with Cartender Co-founder and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, about his recent test drive of the bespoke Rolls-Royce Cullinan, their first SUV ever (If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it). Changing gears, Autoblog Editor-In-Chief, Greg Migliore, reviews the 617-HP, 555 lb-ft of torque, 4.4L twin turbo V8 engine sporting BMW M5. Next up, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book & Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, discusses the made-for-TV drama that has become the FCA, Renault, and Nissan relationship, as well as the prevalence of low-cylinder high-performance engines and their apparent replacement for displacement. Lastly, Karl shares his mixed feelings over the Jaguar F-TYPE R-Dynamic and its weak engine. Tune in for the latest car reviews and automotive news.

  • [00:00:00] Genesis, BMW, Lexus' 30th Anniversary
  • [00:05:46] New Ford and Volkswagen Alliance
  • [00:12:30] First 6.4L V8 HEMI 2020 Jeep Gladiator
  • [00:19:50] Black Mountain Jeep and Upcoming Events
  • [00:29:22] Hot August Nights MAG Auction Preview
  • [00:35:52] Mike Whan's Hot August Nights Preview
  • 00:42:13] Epic Fast N' Loud Episode Shuts Down SF
  • [00:48:47] Contract Free, Beer:30, and Malt Liquor
  • [00:54:44] Richard Rawlings, and Cullinan Factoids
  • [01:02:05] Feeling Out of Place in Rolls Royce
  • [01:10:34] George's 2020 Jeep Gladiator Review
  • [01:18:06] The Perfect Weekend Warrior Machine

Jul 20 2019

1hr 24mins

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The Shell Pioneering Performance Stage at SEMA 2018, Part 2 | #357

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The action from the Shell Pioneering Performance Stage is back for our final episode of coverage from SEMA 2018. Among those affected by the string of hurricanes these past few years was legendary designer and CEO of Hennessey Performance, John Hennessey. That's why he's very appreciative of Nissan's Paws One Titan XD build on display at the show, as well as his Shell and Pennzoil extended family that helped him through the crisis of Hurricane Harvey. We also learn more about the Hennessey Venom F5, which is set to break the 300 mph production car barrier. Next up, Brembo North America President and CEO, Dan Sandberg, shares how they're using the power of artificial intelligence (A.I.) to design the toughest brakes in the industry. Then, Dan is joined by Automotive Journalists, Nik Miles, and Automotive/Motorcycle Industry Insider Mike Caudill, from Our Auto Expert to discuss the Nissan Paws One Titan and Nexen Tire's 'American Muscle for American Heroes' initiative. Changing lanes, eBay Motors Parts & Accessories Senior Director, Jordan Hettinga, gives us some astounding stats about the presence of eBay motors, including a catalog of 80 million car parts. Shifting gears, Owner of the 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback (Bullitt - '559), Sean Kiernan, Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) President, Mark Gessler, and "Barn Find Hunter" Host, Tom Cotter, chronicle the unique history of Steve McQueen's legendary film-car. Tom also issues a warning: rust never sleeps, so keep your vehicles out of the weather! Then, "Big Chris" Smith and Dennis Collins of Black Mountain Jeep, and Restore A Muscle Car Owner and Operator, Dave Hall, trade wild car stories, pay their respects to industry icon Chip Foose, and talk about their favorite classics. Closing out the show, Koester Racing Driver, Larry Koester, Tjin Edition Roadshow Automotive Designer, Neil Tjin, and his son, Collin Tjin, talk about the therapeutic properties of getting behind the wheel and going for a drive. We also learn about Tjin family projects, including a Ford Mustang design-off between father and son, in conjunction with Vaughn Gittin, Jr. Don't miss the final episode of SEMA 2018 coverage.

  • [00:00:00] The Shell Pennzoil Extended Family
  • [00:07:18] Making Memories and Fast Cars
  • [00:12:31] Brembo Uses the Power of A.I.
  • [00:19:52] Nissan Titan Paws One Rescue Rig
  • [00:26:04] American Muscle for American Heroes
  • [00:35:52] 80 Million Car Parts on eBay Motors
  • [00:42:12] Wild Ride of the Steve McQueen Bullitt
  • [00:49:52] Rust Never Sleeps, Keep Cars Under Wraps
  • [00:54:44] A Benevolent Soul, and Bull Run Stories
  • [01:02:04] Blazers, Ramchargers, and Coffee Walk
  • [01:10:44] Fast N' Loud and Favorite Cars
  • [01:18:05] Therapy of Driving, and Young Blood

Dec 15 2018

1hr 24mins

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Plug-In Hybrids, Rivian, Trucks, Hollywood Cars, and Auto News | #372

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Alan was on a guest on a radio show in Los Angeles recently and he found it interesting how different their perspective on automotive news was from his. That's not going to stop him from reporting on it just the same way he always has, with automotive journalist, BJ Killeen. We discuss Ram's overtaking of Chevrolet in the truck segment, the decline in Prius sales, Truck Night in America, the 50th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustang BULLITT. Then, we learn about the best, most affordable plug-in hybrids, vehicles with the best in-car tech for technophile dads this Father's Day, and the amazing value of the Kia Telluride, from Autorader Executive Editor, Brian Moody. Changing lanes, Rivian Director of Corporate Communication, Michael McHale gives us an update on the amazing progress Rivian has made in recent years; including receiving huge investments from Ford Motor Company and Amazon. Learn more about the Rivian R1T pick-up truck that touts up to 400 miles of range on one charge, 14 inches of ground clearance, 754-HP, and 11,000+ lbs of towing capacity. Closing out the show, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, fills us in on the "Hollywood Dream Machines" display at the Petersen Automotive Museum, the attention to detail during the filming of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", and his test drive of the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage. Don't miss out on this jam-packed episode.

    [00:00:00] RAM Overtakes Chevrolet Truck Sales
  • [00:06:41] Prius Sales Down and Trucks are Awesome
  • [00:12:30] Truck Night in America / Mustang BULLITT
  • [00:19:51] Upcoming National Hardware Show
  • [00:24:51] Best, Affordable Plug-In Hybrids
  • [00:35:52] Kia Telluride and Technophile Dads
  • [00:42:13] Ford and Amazon Invest in Rivian
  • [00:49:25] Rivian Price Range and Towing Capability
  • [00:54:44] The Origin Story of Rivian
  • [01:02:05] Hollywood Movie Car Update
  • [01:11:49] Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Details
  • [01:18:05] 2019 Aston Martin Vantage

May 11 2019

1hr 24mins

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Craftsman Launch, Fisker Inc., Motorz Project, and Monterey Car Week | #344

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Monterey Car Week is fast approaching and promises to bring us the sexiest, classiest, hottest cars of the year in a slew of amazing events. First, Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock of JoshCAR, is working on the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood." Allegedly, production crews shut down seven blocks of Hollywood Boulevard for five days for an practical effect film shoot for the movie. Josh reveals his favorite part of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - the classics! Also, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is an impressive, relatively inexpensive luxury SUV, but Josh thinks most of what is found in this machine could be accomplished in a sedan. Then, Motorz TV host, Chris Duke, shares his experiences at the Craftsman Launch event, including finally meeting Chip Foose, racing go-karts against Ryan Preece, Erik Jones, Richie Crampton, and Wayne Carini. Switching gears, Chris Duke lets us know about his new project for Motorz TV - a Chevrolet C10. Next, Fisker Inc. Chairman and CEO, Henrik Fisker, divulges what he can about the projects he's working on. While most details are still under wraps, we gleam details about the new all-electric shuttle, Fisker's new high-volume, affordable electric vehicle, and partnerships he has in the works. To close the show, Kelley Blue Book's Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, discusses what most excites him about Monterey Car Week, including Ford's announcement of their next heritage model and $40-50+ million Ferrari 250 GTO. Changing lanes, Karl Brauer explains how Kelley Blue Book can provide such accurate values on cars of all makes and models using data that they pull from public auction results, dealer auctions, dealer-to-individual sales, and the information provided to them by Cox Automotive Group. Karl also got to drive the 2018 McLaren 720S and was blown away by how well they were able to balance performance with comfort - no car can do both as well as the McLaren 720S. Are you ready for Monterey Car Week?

  • [00:00:00] Once Upon A Time
  • [00:06:25] 2018 Mercedes GLE SUV
  • [00:12:31] Craftsman Launch Event
  • [00:19:52] Go-Kart Races at Craftsman Launch
  • [00:28:26] Go-Kart Workout and New Craftsman Tools
  • [00:35:53] New Motorz Project: Chevrolet C10
  • [00:42:14] Catching Up With Fisker
  • [00:48:36] Solid State EV Future
  • [00:54:45] Part Sharing Is Caring
  • [01:02:06] Fisker Appreciation and Musk Woes
  • [01:10:43] Monterey Car Week On the Horizon
  • [01:18:07] 2018 McLaren 720S

Aug 25 2018

1hr 24mins

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Geneva Motor Show, Auto News, Dodge Charger AWD, and Kia Imagine | #365

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If there's one thing that the Swiss people are known for, it's having a lot of money! Which is why it is fitting that the Geneva Motor Show would showcase some of the wackiest, most outlandish, and of course, ridiculously expensive concept cars on the planet. Reporting from Geneva, Switzerland so we don't have to, Autotrader Executive Editor, Brian Moody, fills us in on some of the craziest concept cars he's witnessed. It isn't all highfalutin dream-cars in Geneva; the Mazda CX-30, Subaru e-Boxer engine, and Honda e Prototype have much more grounded philosophies in mind. Changing gears, Executive Publisher for Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, gives us his drive review of his new Ford GT (finally!), and discusses electric vehicles and the effects of trade tariffs on the automotive industry. Next, Co-founder of CarTender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News and World Report, George Kennedy III, makes a case for electric cars and showers praise upon the 2019 Dodge Charger SXT AWD. Closing the show, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, offers her opinion about some of the strange (and amazing) designs at the Geneva Motor Show. While the Gumpert Nathalie Race and Engler F.F. Super Quad may be goofier looking than Donald Duck's best buddy, cars like the Bugatti La Voiture Noire and Kia Imagine are inspired and beautiful.

  • [00:00:00] MAT Stratos and GFG Style Kangaroo
  • [00:06:27] Mazda CX-30 and Honda e Prototype
  • [00:12:32] Subaru e-Boxer and Electric Vehicles
  • [00:19:53] Electric Vehicles Just Need Good Range
  • [00:28:24] Finally Behind the Wheel of the Ford GT
  • [00:35:54] Tariffs Causing a Ripple Effect
  • [00:42:15] Appeal of Formula E and EVs
  • [00:48:28] Electric Cars: Novelty or the Future?
  • [00:54:45] 2019 Dodge Charger All-Wheel Drive
  • [01:02:06] Horrible Designs from Geneva Motor Show
  • [01:12:39] La Voiture Noire and Mini Cooper Hybrid
  • [01:18:07] Kia Imagine and VW I.D. Buggy Concepts

Mar 09 2019

1hr 24mins

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2020 GMC Sierra 1500, SEMA, Tesla Truck, Motorsports Update | #394

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Fords, Ferraris, and Teslas, oh my! Kicking off the show, we chat with Motorsports Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, about the last Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR finale to be held at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, the HSR Classic 24 Hour race in Daytona, and his trip to Florence, Italy for the Ferrari Challenge. Up next, Co-founder of Cartender, and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, reviews the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 and gives credit to GMC for listening to their customers. Then, Automotive Journalist, BJ Killeen, chats with Alan about his trip to SEMA, SEMA IGNITED, and the Toyota Mirai and hydrogen powered cars. Closing out the show, Executive Publisher for Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, shares what he knows about the new Tesla truck set to be revealed just after Automobility LA (formerly the LA Auto Show), Ford's new electric vehicle, and reviews Ford v Ferrari. Tune in for more.

  • [00:00:00] Last Homestead Finale Race for NASCAR
  • [00:06:38] IMSA HSR Classic 24 Hour Race at Daytona
  • [00:12:31] Ferrari Challenge In Florence, Italy
  • [00:19:52] 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 Review
  • [00:29:55] Props to GMC for New Sierra Design
  • [00:35:54] SEMA: A Huge Automotive Trade Show
  • [00:42:15] SEMA IGNITED is Open to the Public
  • [00:48:13] Imaginative Designs at SEMA 2019
  • [00:54:46] Toyota Mirai and Hydrogen Powered Cars
  • [01:02:07] Tesla, Ford Reveals Outside LA Auto Show
  • [01:10:57] Tesla new truck from Blade Runner?
  • [01:18:08] Ford v Ferrari Gets the History Right

Nov 16 2019

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"Ford v Ferrari", "Big Red" Camaro, Toyota Prius Prime and GR Supra | #393

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If you're a Toyota fan we have quite the episode in store for you. Before we get to Toyota, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, reviews the new movie starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale about the famous Le Mans race in 1966 that threw the racing world on its head, "Ford v Ferrari", or "Le Mans 66" as its known in other parts of the world. Find out why veteran car fans and novices alike will love this movie. Next up, Automotive Journalist, BJ Killeen, discusses the new book she and her husband co-authored for the famous "Big Red" Camaro, the Toyota Prius Prime redesign for 2020, and newly proposed electric vehicle buyer incentives. Shifting gears, Cartender Co-Founder, and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, chats about the new Toyota GR Supra that he's finally getting to take an extended period of time to review; from looks to legacy, we go in depth! Closing out the show, George chats about electric car conversions and Alan gets pumped up for the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, or the SEMA Show coming up in Vegas. Don't miss this episode!

  • [00:00:00] "Ford v Ferrari", aka "Le Mans 66"
  • [00:06:01] Car Guy or Not - Watch Ford v Ferrari
  • [00:12:31] All-Star Cast Nails It in Ford v Ferrari
  • [00:19:51] "Big Red" Camaro Build Book
  • [00:28:05] Toyota Prius Prime / Mustang Mischief
  • [00:35:53] Updated Prius Prime, New EV Incentives
  • [00:42:14] The Toyota GR Supra Is Polarizing
  • [00:48:19] Photos Don't Do Toyota GR Supra Justice
  • [00:54:45] Toyota GR Supra Melting Pot
  • [01:02:05] Driving and Living in Toyota GR Supra
  • [01:11:12] What To Know About Electric Conversions
  • [01:18:07] SEMA: Massive Automotive Expo in Vegas

Oct 26 2019

1hr 24mins

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Dodge Durango SRT, Unvarnished Story of Tesla, and EVs | #391

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Kicking off the show, Autotrader Executive Editor, Brian Moody, reviews the Dodge Durango SRT - Dodge's relatively inexpensive entry into the performance SUV category - and fills us in on a slew of 'forgotten' hybrid vehicles that are right for the money. Then, Justice Brothers, Inc. President and CEO, Ed Justice, Jr. reports on Jay Leno's new car show, Audrain's Newport Concours and Motor Week. Changing lanes, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, describes his trip through the Henry Ford Museum and his experience with the Ford Edge ST before filling us in on the utilitarian Bollinger B2 all-electric truck. Up next, Author of "Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors", Ed Niedermeyer, exposes some of the skeleton's in Elon Musk and Tesla's closet. Closing out the show, Automotive Journalist, BJ Killeen, compares and contrasts the values of Tesla Motors and Toyota vehicles and explains how Toyota might actually be leading the charge on a green future. Tune in for more reviews, test drives, and automotive news.

  • [00:00:00] Dodge Durango SRT is Right for the Money
  • [00:06:44] Durango Wrap-up / Forgotten Hybrids
  • [00:12:31] Land Rover Defender Returns to U.S.
  • [00:19:51] Audrain's Newport Concours, Motor Week
  • [00:27:39] Ford Edge ST, and Henry Ford Museum
  • [00:35:53] Bollinger B2, Utilitarian EV Truck
  • [00:42:14] The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors
  • [00:48:11] How Hype, Venture Capital Carried Tesla
  • [00:54:44] Tesla Requires NDA for Warranty Repair?
  • [01:02:05] Cutting Corners for Short Term Hype
  • [01:12:24] Tesla, Toyota, and the Future of Cars
  • [01:18:07] Toyota Green Initiatives for 2025, 2050

Oct 12 2019

1hr 24mins

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GM Strike, Kia Stinger, Subaru Ascent, Car Review Palooza | #390

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We like to give Elon Musk and Tesla a hard time on this show, but when a car is good, it's good! Executive Publisher of Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, got a chance to drive the Tesla Model 3 and was wow'd to say the least. Also, we uncover the mystery behind Tesla's naming scheme, chat about the Ford GT's rain-driving viability (as compared to the Dodge Demon), and learn about the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards. Next up, Automotive Journalist, BJ Killeen, gives us her updated review of the Kia Stinger GT, and fills us in on the two-week GM worker strike. Changing lanes, Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, reviews the spacious 2020 Toyota Sienna minivan, and the feature-rich, functional Subaru Ascent 7-8 passenger SUV. Closing out the show, Autoblog Editor-in-Chief, Greg Migliore, discusses some high dollar cars: the AMG GT 63 S 4-door Coupe, and the Audi e-tron. Tune in to get more information on these amazing vehicles and reviews.

  • [00:00:00] Karl Brauer Wowed by the Tesla Model 3
  • [00:05:58] The Tesla Model 3 is... S 3 X Y!
  • [00:12:32] To Drive or Not to Drive in the Rain
  • [00:19:53] Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards
  • [00:25:19] Kia Stinger Rated Best Bang Per Buck
  • [00:35:54] Ongoing GM Strike Enters Weeks Two
  • [00:42:15] 2020 Toyota Sienna Has Most Cargo Space
  • [00:48:23] Toyota's Pragmatic Approach to Updating
  • [00:54:46] Subaru Ascent Designed for Function
  • [01:02:07] AMG GT 63 S 4-door Coupe is a Riot
  • [01:10:16] Wrapping Up AMG GT 63 S / Audi e-tron
  • [01:18:09] Audi e-tron Is A Very Livable SUV

Oct 05 2019

1hr 24mins

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Auto News, Subaru ST209, Brembo Red, Hyundai, Car Reviews | #389

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At the recent Motor Press Guild Drive Day event, they held a benefit for a journalist that was hit by a drunk driver. This reminds us how important it is to spread awareness about drinking and driving, and now texting and driving as well! Do NOT drink or text and drive, it isn't just your life on the line. First up, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, shares his anti-drunk driving sentiments with Alan, and then reviews the Ford Explorer ST that he drove recently. We also talk about up-and-coming Netflix car shows like Hyperdrive, and Kevin Hart's wreck. Then, Automotive Journalist, BJ Killeen, re-reviews the Hyundai Kona after getting to drive it in an urban environment - yep, this thing is still impressively equipped for $28,000. Also, Hyundai has decided to pack more value into their cars with a center console airbag, designed to keep front seat passengers and drivers from bonking heads in the event of a side impact collision. Next up, Motorsports Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, gets pumped up for his upcoming Dodge Charger Widebody test drive and reviews the Subaru ST209. Then, we get a motorsports update on the world of IndyCar and NASCAR. Closing out the show, President and CEO of Brembo North America, Dan Sandberg, tells us about his podcast, Brembo Red, where he chats with industry experts and celebrities about their lives and experiences - with the occasional Brembo plug. When you work for the best brake company in the world, it's tough not to try to work it into the conversation; but what makes Brembo the best? Well, tune in to find out why everyone from prolific manufacturers to cutting edge Formula E racers trust Brembo to stop their cars on a dime.

  • [00:00:00] Don't Drink or Text and Drive!
  • [00:06:05] Ford Explorer ST and RAM 1500
  • [00:12:30] Netflix Car Shows and Kevin Hart Wreck
  • [00:19:51] Hyundai Kona is Feature Packed for 28k
  • [00:29:38] Hyundai Adds Center Console Airbag
  • [00:35:53] Buying Distractions and GM Strike
  • [00:42:13] Upcoming Dodge Charger Widebody Test
  • [00:48:07] Subaru ST209 Rips Up the Track
  • [00:54:44] Ganassi Ford GT, IndyCar, NASCAR Update
  • [01:02:04] Brembo Red - A Car Guy's Podcast
  • [01:10:33] Why Nothing Matches Brembo Brakes
  • [01:18:06] High Tech Brembo Brakes for Formula E

Sep 28 2019

1hr 24mins

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SUVs, SUVs, SUVs, August Bounce Back, and 12 Best 2019 EVs | #388

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Small SUVs, performance SUVs, luxury SUVs, specialty SUVs - everybody is making SUVs these days, they're all the craze. After Alan reminisce about his trip to Washington D.C. with Automotive Journalist, BJ Killeen, she reviews the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio that she drove at Motorpress Guild Drive Days. Then we learn about the Hyundai Palisade and Genesis G80 and their amazing features and low-cost high-value pricing. Next up, Co-Founder of Cartender, and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News and World Report, George Kennedy III, reviews the Jaguar F-Pace SVR and it's amazing engine sound, and the 2019 Audi Q3 with updated MMI touch screen controls. Changing lanes, Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, discusses the Lamborghini Urus and how its the number 1 selling Lamborghini on the market right now and what this means for SUVs. Then we chat about the Monterey Car Week auction prices dip, the rise of mid engine cars and the upcoming unveiling of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible, and August's bounce back in auto sales. Closing out the show, Executive Editor for Autotrader, Brian Moody, gives us a list of Autotrader's top 12 picks for best new electric cars of 2019. Tune in to find out why the Lincoln Aviator and Hyundai Kona are his favorites.

  • [00:00:00] Alan's Trip to Washington D.C.
  • [00:05:46] Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio at MPG
  • [00:12:31] Hyundai Palisade and Genesis G80 at MPG
  • [00:19:52] Jaguar F-Pace, and Mercedes Peddling
  • [00:28:07] 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR: a GT Experience
  • [00:35:53] 2019 Audi Q3's New MMI Is a Nice Touch
  • [00:42:14] Lamborghini Urus Is Now #1 Selling Lambo
  • [00:48:56] Monterey Car Auction Dip Indicates Reset
  • [00:54:44] It All Started With Lamborghini Miura
  • [01:02:05] August Auto Sales Fix Industry Supply
  • [01:08:41] 12 Best New Electric Cars for 2019 pt1
  • [01:18:06] 12 Best New Electric Cars for 2019 pt2

Sep 21 2019

1hr 24mins

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Lexus GX 460, 2020 NACTOY, Volvo XC Lineup, and GMC Sierra AT4 | #387

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If you're like us, your vehicle isn't just your mode of transportation. It's an escape, a release, and a form of therapy. Automotive Journalist, BJ Killeen, and Alan chat about the therapeutic value of cars, and BJ gives her review on the Lexus GX 460. Then, Motorsports Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, discusses the 2020 NACTOY nominees for best car, truck, and SUV of the year. We also find out why the Dodge Charger Hellcat is his top pick for car he'd spend the rest of his life driving. Next up, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, fills us in on the amazing design for the mars rovers in the new Brad Pitt movie, Ad Astra, and reviews the Volvo XC40. Changing lanes, Automotive Journalist and World Traveler, Sue Mead, regails us with tales of sleeping under the stars while trekking 4000 miles across the Australian Outback before gushing about her experience at the Volvo test drive event in Banff, Canada. With a lineup of Volvo XC utility vehicles, journalists at the event really got a taste of the diversity, style, comfort, and capability of these vehicles. Closing out the show, Host of TheDrivesSeat, Ron Doron, discusses the difference between the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra AT4. GMC has really been stepping up their game and revolutionizing the tailgate and towing world. Tune in to learn more.

  • [00:00:00] Cars Are a Form of Therapy
  • [00:06:13] Lexus GX 460 Still on Outdated Platform
  • [00:12:33] Positive Points on the Lexus GX 460
  • [00:19:52] Best Car For the Rest of Your Life?
  • [00:27:51] 2020 NACTOY Nominees Are In
  • [00:35:53] 2020 NACTOY SUV and Car Nominee List
  • [00:42:13] Interesting Rovers Made for Ad Astra
  • [00:47:03] Volvo Now Sits Among Luxury Greats
  • [00:54:44] Australia Report and Volvo Stepping Up
  • [01:02:04] An Experience With Volvo in Banff, CDN
  • [01:12:30] Multipro: Swiss Army Knife of Tailgates
  • [01:18:05] GMC Revolutionizes Tailgates and Towing

Sep 14 2019

1hr 24mins

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SUVs, Inexpensive Cars, Hyperdrive, and A Tragic Loss | #386

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Have you always wanted a sports car, but couldn't commit because you need a family hauler? Well, thankfully Executive Editor, Brian Moody, and his buddies over at Autotrader.com have come up with a list of the best high performance SUVs on the market. Just remember, when you're talking SUVs like the 576 HP Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63, and the 707 HP Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, you need to be prepared to spend more to get more. Then, we chat with Brian about Lincoln's effective rebranding, and the future of hydrogen powered cars. Up next, Cartender Co-Founder and automotive journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News and World Report, George Kennedy III, reviews the 2020 Nissan Versa and 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. One of these is not like the other, in that it is able to pack a lot of value into its asking price, while the other falls flat. Then, we discuss Alan's offer from Toyota to receive serial number 1500 for his new Toyota GR Supra. Changing gears, NASCAR Personality and Former Host of Top Gear, Rutledge Wood, discusses his involvement with the awesome new Netflix automotive show, Hyperdrive. This mix of Ninja Warrior and car culture is a must see! Switching lanes, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, reviews the 2019 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate; for $32,000 fully loaded, this thing is a bargain! Then, we discuss the difficulties of car shopping when you know too much about cars, and the tragic passing of the fastest woman on four wheels, Jessi Combs. Rest in peace Jessi, you were the best.

  • [00:00:00] Autotrader High Performance SUV List
  • [00:06:22] Lincoln's Rebranding Has Been Effective
  • [00:12:30] Hydrogen Powered Cars Still a Thing?
  • [00:19:51] 2020 Nissan Versa, and Ride Sharing
  • [00:29:26] Overpriced 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
  • [00:35:52] Toyota GR Supra Serial Number 1500
  • [00:42:13] Hyperdrive: Car World's Ninja Warrior
  • [00:48:11] Drivers Compete on Hyperdrive for WHAT?
  • [00:54:44] Netflix Shining Light On Car Culture
  • [01:02:05] 2019 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate Review
  • [01:11:23] So Many Cars to Choose From...
  • [01:18:06] Car Hobby Loses An Amazing Racer

Sep 07 2019

1hr 24mins

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2019 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Wrap Up | #385

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Back from Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Alan is ready to talk cars and fill us in on his time at the amazing, high-class event. First up, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, chats with Alan about his time at Pebble Beach, the Dawn Patrol, wacky auction activity, and the impressive 2020 Toyota Corolla. Then, we catch up with Executive Publisher for Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, after his experience riding around Laguna Seca in the Limited Edition Ford GT MkII with professional race car driver, Billy Johnson. Also, we chat about how the automotive industry has been influenced into inaction by the current tariffs and trade war with China. Changing lanes, CEO of Bondurant High Performance Driving School, Bruce Belser, tells us why we should take a course at his driving school even if we don't have aspirations to become the next big racing star. Shifting gears, Meguiar's President, Barry Meguiar, and Event Chairman, Frank DiPaola, tell us about the breath taking Carmel Mission Classic held at a 250 year old mission on the Monterey Peninsula. This concours sets itself apart from others during Monterey Car Week with a uniquely religious focus, in which cars are even blessed by a priest! Up next, Executive Director of the Council for National Policy and former United States Congressman, Bob McEwen, chat about the car hobby, the impact of American on the rest of the world, and how you can get involved with the Council for National Policy. Closing out the show, we get an update on next year's Amelia Island Concours from Founder and Chairman, Bill Warner. The next Amelia Island Concours will feature honor Roger Penske, feature Penske racing cars from over the years, as well as Scaglietti, and 'Porsche firsts'. Tune in to for more from Pebble Beach Concours.

  • [00:00:00] Alan's Weekend at Pebble Beach Concours
  • [00:06:13] Dawn Patrol, Pebble Beach Auction Gaffe
  • [00:12:31] 2020 Toyota Corolla a Very Impressive Car
  • [00:19:51] Limited Ford GT MkII at Laguna Seca
  • [00:27:37] Laguna Seca Ride/ Lincoln Nautilus
  • [00:35:53] Tariffs Cause Uncertainty in Auto Market
  • [00:42:13] Bondurant High Performance Driving School
  • [00:49:38] Performance School For All Driver Types
  • [00:54:44] Carmel Mission Classics: Blessed Cars
  • [01:02:05] Bob McEwen Celebrates Americana
  • [01:09:55] What is the Council for National Policy
  • [01:18:06] Amelia Island Update from Pebble Beach

Aug 31 2019

1hr 24mins

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Automotive Industry Greats at 2019 Pebble Beach Concours | #384

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It's one of the greatest weeks of the year for those in the car hobby; it's Monterey Car Week, and Alan is set up on the green of the 18th hole at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Kicking off the show, President and CEO of Justice Brothers, Inc., Ed Justice, Jr., chats about the impact Jay Leno has had on the car hobby, the Quail and its $1,000 ticket prices, the Rolex Historic Races, and the amazing display at the Jet Center. Then, Hagerty Publisher & Director of Business Development, Doug Clark, and Director of Business Development Automotive Lifestyle, Brad Phillips, discuss Hagerty's enrichment of the classic car ownership experience and the hobby in general. Also, Hagerty is more than just insurance these days, it's a lifestyle brand with a variety of media designed to capture the passion of the automotive industry. Changing lanes, we check in with Chasing Classic Cars Host, Wayne Carini, and Coker Group President and COO, Wade Kawasaki, on the state of the classic car hobby, the new wave of younger people getting involved, the Baja Boot on display at Pebble Beach, and the upcoming season of Chasing Classic Cars. Up next, automotive internet sensation, Supercar Blondie, describes how she blew up internationally as an automotive reviewer on social media and meets Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO, Craig Jackson for the first time! Did you know Supercar Blondie has never been to Barrett-Jackson or SEMA!? Shifting gears, we discuss the important role Barrett-Jackson has played in making the car hobby a vibrant piece of American culture today, with Meguiar's President, Barry Meguiar, and Craig Jackson. Then, Craig fills us in on Barrett-Jackson's expanded focus on digital media and teaching a new generation of car enthusiasts. Next in the hot seat, Saleen, Inc. Founder, Steve Saleen, divulges as much as he can about his expanded operations in China, the Saleen S1, the discontinuation of the S7 series, and the Saleen Cup. Last up, Head of Global Design for FCA, Ralph Gilles, shares his experience judging closed coupes of the 1930s at Pebble Beach, his love for the Dodge Viper, and what it's like to walk a mile in the shoes of the Head of Global Design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Tune in for a jam-packed episode of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance fun.

  • [00:00:00] Jay Leno is a Boon to the Car Hobby
  • [00:06:08] The Quail, Historic Races, Jet Center
  • [00:12:30] Hagerty Enriches Classic Car Experience
  • [00:19:51] Hagerty is More than Insurance
  • [00:27:30] Coker Tire, Baja Boot, and Wayne Carini
  • [00:35:53] Young Timers and Evolution of Car Hobby
  • [00:42:13] Supercar Blondie's Rise to Success
  • [00:48:36] Craig Jackson and Supercar Blondie Meet
  • [00:54:44] Barry Meguiar Praises Craig Jackson
  • [01:02:05] Barrett-Jackson Launching More Digital
  • [01:07:57] Steve Saleen at Pebble Beach Concours
  • [01:18:07] Ralph Gilles Judges at Pebble Beach

Aug 24 2019

1hr 24mins

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Toyota GR Supra, Lexus RC F, Motorsports, and Car Shows | #383

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This week we trade in our high-horsepower dragsters for graceful, sleek rides that can take corners like no other. First up, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, chats about the Mercedes E 450 4MATIC Wagon, how SUVs killed the wagon market, and a car show dedicated to woodys. Then, Co-founder of Cartender and freelance automotive journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, praises the 2019 Lexus RCF; is this the true successor to the Supra name? Changing gears, automotive journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, discusses the sale of Alan's Dodge Demon, his impending purchase of a 2020 Toyota GR Supra Launch Edition, and gives us a mid-August motorsports update. Closing out the show, Executive Publisher for Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, shares about his 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, discusses Alan's catch and release car theory, and gears up for Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Tune in for a jam-packed week of reviews, automotive news, and car events.

  • [00:00:00] SUV Craze Pushes Wagons Out of Market
  • [00:05:23] A Salad of Cars
  • [00:12:30] Car Shows, and Lyft and Uber Business
  • [00:19:50] Lexus RCF - Better Claim to Supra Name?
  • [00:29:35] 2019 Lexus RCF: Less Cramped than Supra
  • [00:35:52] RCF Final Thoughts and Pebble Beach
  • [00:42:13] Alan Changes Cars, Not Women
  • [00:48:29] Can't Wait for 2020 Toyota GR Supra
  • [00:54:44] Mid August Motorsports Update
  • [01:02:04] The Catch and Release Car Theory
  • [01:10:46] 2004 Malibu: Utility, Zero Market Value
  • [01:18:05] Getting Ready for Pebble Beach Concours

Aug 17 2019

1hr 24mins

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Dealership Shopping Tips, Radio Biz, Hemmings Auctions | #382

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We know, we know, the new Chevrolet C8 Corvette is awesome at an attractive price; but don't count the older generations of Corvette out. Kicking off the show, Autotrader Executive Editor, Brain Moody, talks about all of the sweet Corvettes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s that you can get for pretty dang cheap, and the previous generation C7 Corvette that is still an amazing ride. We also discuss language that will help you be more car dealer savvy, and Toyota's upgrade to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Then, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, chats about Alan's recent appearance on Drivers Talk Radio, and her test drive of the Lexus UX 200. Switching lanes, A Mile A Way Productions Producer, Michael Miles, gives us the inspiration for his soon-to-be-released film, "Rapid Response", which covers the evolution and importance of safety in racing. Next up, Alan fills us in on how he made the transition from wrecking yard owner to nationwide automotive radio host. Student at Hennessey Tuner School, Jason Kutner, is also making moves in his life to become a car-crazy automotive journalist and describes how following his passions has lead to a more fulfilling life. Changing gears, Hemmings Motor News Editor-in-Chief, Terry McGean, fills us in on their brand-new online auction website. Hemmingsauctions.com will have a host of full support staff ready to help sellers create an auction posting for their car that is sure to grab the eye of any prospective buyers. Tune in for more automotive insights, news, and reviews.

  • [00:00:00] Past Generations of Corvette Still Great
  • [00:05:56] Know How to Talk To Your Car Dealer
  • [00:12:30] Toyota Cars Will Have Apple Car Play
  • [00:19:51] Alan Goes on Drivers Talk Radio
  • [00:29:20] BJ Killeen Reviews the Lexus UX 200
  • [00:35:53] Rapid Response Spreads Safety Awareness
  • [00:42:14] Alan Taylor's Big Break in Radio
  • [00:48:04] Trying to Make it as an Auto Journalist
  • [00:54:45] Satisfaction of Following Your Passion
  • [01:02:05] Hemmings to Open Online Auctions
  • [01:11:21] Tons of Tools on Hemmings Auctions
  • [01:18:07] Upcoming Events, Terry's Cars, Model Ts

Aug 10 2019

1hr 24mins

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Supercar Test Drives, C8 Corvette, Motorsports, Kia Niro | #381

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News in the automotive industry abound, and first up to help us decipher it all is Executive Publisher for Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer. Did you know that, according to a study, one in five US adults feel pressured into spending more than they should on vehicles? Well, neither did we, but apparently it's true. Karl also reviews the 2020 Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder, chats about Alan's decision to sell his Dodge Demon in favor of a Toyota Supra, praises the new $60,000 Chevrolet C8 Corvette, discusses the horrendous profit drop facing Nissan, and gives an industry report card. Changing lanes, Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, fills us in on his trip to Rome, what he learned about the pooping habits of Colosseum goers, and gives us an update on the world of motorsports. Next up, Manager of Long Range Strategy and Planning at Kia Motors America, Steve Kosowski, explains the three different powertrains of the new 2020 Kia Niro and all of its amazing features. Closing out the show, Co-founder of Cartender, and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, reviews the 2020 Acura RDX and the 2020 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Red Eye. Tune in for the latest auto news and car reviews.

  • [00:00:00] Social Pressure of Owning Awesome Cars
  • [00:05:16] 2020 Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder
  • [00:12:30] Trading Dodge Demon for Toyota Supra
  • [00:19:51] Corvette: An Exotic Killer to the Core
  • [00:27:14] Nissan Faces 99 Percent Profit Drop!
  • [00:35:53] Karl Brauer's Auto Industry Report Card
  • [00:42:13] Steven Cole Smith's Colosseum Tour
  • [00:49:27] Taking Care of Business at the Colosseum
  • [00:54:44] Motorsports Update: Rallycross, Indy Car
  • [01:02:04] Kia Niro Comes In Three Amazing Versions
  • [01:10:51] 2020 Acura RDX's Non Intuitive Console
  • [01:18:06] Challenger Hellcat Red Eye Test Drive

Aug 03 2019

1hr 24mins

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A Taste of China, Saleen S1, Autotrader, and C8 Corvette | #380

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Alan just got back from his first ever trip to China to visit Steve Saleen's new mega-factory, and his mind is blown! JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, chats about Alan's trip to China, the Saleen S1, Steve Saleen, the premier of Quentin Tarrantio's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", and more! Next up, freelance automotive journalist, Mike Austin, discusses the new testing ground for Mercedes-Daimler's self-parking garage, the upcoming electric Ford F-150, and the prevalence of green cars in China. Changing lanes, Autotrader Executive Editor, Brian Moody, fills us in on the extravagant Chevrolet C8 Corvette reveal, its mind blowing pricing, and somewhat underwhelming specs. Brian also shares a few Autotrader lists, covering the most affordable mid-engine cars, lowest cost hybrid SUVs, and the most popular cars on Autotrader.com. Closing out the show, freelance journalist, Tom Wilson, chats with Alan about their trip to China, Steve Saleen's 2.5 million square foot factory, and his first hand experience with the Saleen S1. Listen in to stay up to date with the automotive industry.

  • [00:00:00] Alan and Josh Talk China, GT, and Demon
  • [00:06:15] Steve Saleen S1, Mega Factory in China
  • [00:12:30] Alan's Eye-Opening Trip to China
  • [00:19:51] Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Premier
  • [00:27:45] Mercedes Tests Self Parking Garage
  • [00:35:52] Electric Ford F-150, Green Cars in China
  • [00:42:12] Bombastic Chevrolet C8 Corvette Reveal
  • [00:48:37] 495 HP Mid-Engine Corvette - $60,000?!
  • [00:54:43] Affordable Mid-Engine Cars, Hybrid SUVs
  • [01:02:04] Most Popular Cars on Autotrader
  • [01:10:35] Steve Saleen's 2.5 Million SqFt Factory
  • [01:18:05] The Saleen S1 is a Roomy Sports Car

Jul 27 2019

1hr 24mins

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Jeep Gladiator Mods and Reviews, Fast N' Loud, and HAN | #379

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There's nothing quite like setting out across the wild expanse of Alaska, the untamed savannas of Africa, or the outback of Australia. Adventuring is the spice of life, as Alan says; a fact Seven Slot Expeditions Auto Writer, Sue Mead, and Adventure Architects CEO, Chris Collard know well. Chris and Sue fill us in on the history of the 50th anniversary East-West Australia Jeep Expedition, their plans for the journey, and which vehicles they'll me making the 2500km trek in. Next up, Motorsports Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, gives us the details from the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. Then, we chat with Cartender Co-founder and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, about his recent test drive of the bespoke Rolls-Royce Cullinan, their first SUV ever (If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it). Changing gears, Autoblog Editor-In-Chief, Greg Migliore, reviews the 617-HP, 555 lb-ft of torque, 4.4L twin turbo V8 engine sporting BMW M5. Next up, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book & Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, discusses the made-for-TV drama that has become the FCA, Renault, and Nissan relationship, as well as the prevalence of low-cylinder high-performance engines and their apparent replacement for displacement. Lastly, Karl shares his mixed feelings over the Jaguar F-TYPE R-Dynamic and its weak engine. Tune in for the latest car reviews and automotive news.

  • [00:00:00] Genesis, BMW, Lexus' 30th Anniversary
  • [00:05:46] New Ford and Volkswagen Alliance
  • [00:12:30] First 6.4L V8 HEMI 2020 Jeep Gladiator
  • [00:19:50] Black Mountain Jeep and Upcoming Events
  • [00:29:22] Hot August Nights MAG Auction Preview
  • [00:35:52] Mike Whan's Hot August Nights Preview
  • 00:42:13] Epic Fast N' Loud Episode Shuts Down SF
  • [00:48:47] Contract Free, Beer:30, and Malt Liquor
  • [00:54:44] Richard Rawlings, and Cullinan Factoids
  • [01:02:05] Feeling Out of Place in Rolls Royce
  • [01:10:34] George's 2020 Jeep Gladiator Review
  • [01:18:06] The Perfect Weekend Warrior Machine

Jul 20 2019

1hr 24mins

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Australian Jeep Expedition, Nurburgring, Rolls-Royce Cullinan | #378

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There's nothing quite like setting out across the wild expanse of Alaska, the untamed savannas of Africa, or the outback of Australia. Adventuring is the spice of life, as Alan says; a fact Seven Slot Expeditions Auto Writer, Sue Mead, and Adventure Architects CEO, Chris Collard know well. Chris and Sue fill us in on the history of the 50th anniversary East-West Australia Jeep Expedition, their plans for the journey, and which vehicles they'll me making the 2500km trek in. Next up, Motorsports Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, gives us the details from the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. Then, we chat with Cartender Co-founder and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, about his recent test drive of the bespoke Rolls-Royce Cullinan, their first SUV ever (If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it). Changing gears, Autoblog Editor-In-Chief, Greg Migliore, reviews the 617-HP, 555 lb-ft of torque, 4.4L twin turbo V8 engine sporting BMW M5. Next up, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book & Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, discusses the made-for-TV drama that has become the FCA, Renault, and Nissan relationship, as well as the prevalence of low-cylinder high-performance engines and their apparent replacement for displacement. Lastly, Karl shares his mixed feelings over the Jaguar F-TYPE R-Dynamic and its weak engine. Tune in for the latest car reviews and automotive news.

  • [00:00:00] Adventuring is the Spice of Life
  • [00:05:47] East-West Australia Jeep Expedition
  • [00:12:30] RIP Rod Hall / Adventure Architects
  • [00:19:51] Nurburgring and the Hyundai Veloster N
  • [00:28:49] Bronze Buffalo Club Fishing Golf Course
  • [00:35:52] Winners of the 24 Hours of Nurburgring
  • [00:42:13] Rolls-Royce Cullinan Drives Like Butter
  • [00:48:34] Rolls-Royce Cullinan's Bespoke Features
  • [00:54:43] BMW M5 Packs A Punch
  • [01:02:04] FCA, Renault, Nissan - A Bad TV Drama
  • [01:11:12] A Replacement for Displacement?
  • [01:18:05] Jaguar F-TYPE R-Dynamic Lacks Power

Jun 29 2019

1hr 24mins

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Performance SUVs, Mid-Engine Corvette, 24 Hours of Le Mans | #377

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We kick off the show with Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, as we discuss the possibility of Alan selling his serial #8 Dodge Demon, Mid-Engine Corvette rumors, the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, and the rapidly changing automotive industry how KBB keeps up. Next, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, reviews the Kia Telluride and Toyota Sienna. Both of these amazing vehicles should be considered for any family looking to upgrade to a spacious ride. Then, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, gives us his impressions on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and a quick Hollywood car update. Closing the show, Co-founder of Cartender and freelance automotive journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, U.S. News and World Report, George Kennedy III, gushes about his love for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, reviews the 2019 GMC Acadia SLT 1 Black Edition, and chats with Alan about his 1973 Chevrolet Blazer with full removable hardtop. Tune in for more on the latest performance SUVs, racing news, and sports car talk.

  • [00:00:00] Specialty Sports Cars Hold Value
  • [00:06:02] Market Oversaturated with Special Cars?
  • [00:12:30] Mid-Engine Corvette Mass Production?
  • [00:19:51] Performance SUVs and Decline of Sedans
  • [00:28:24] Le Mans: A 24 Hour Race of Endurance
  • [00:35:53] Auto Industry in Flux, How KBB Keeps Up
  • [00:42:13] BJ Killeen Finally Reviews Kia Telluride
  • [00:48:56] Kia Low Quality No More and Rental Cars
  • [00:54:44] Minivan Market and Toyota Sienna Review
  • [01:02:05] Stelvio Quadrifoglio Review / Movie News
  • [01:09:58] GMC Acadia SLT 1 and '73 Blazer
  • [01:18:06] Hypercars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Jun 15 2019

1hr 24mins

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Ford Ranger, Autotrader, Airless Tires, and Car Reviews | #376

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Can most people make full use of a one-ton dually pickup truck? Likely, the answer is no and we could go as far as to question how necessary a 1500 class truck is as well. Co-founder of Cartender and freelance automotive journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, explains why the mid-size Ford Ranger could be the perfect size truck for most Americans; but does that mean the Ranger is George's #1 pick for the category? Not necessarily. Find out why he thinks a Toyota Tacoma would fit his needs better. Then, Autotrader Executive Editor, Brian Moody, discusses Autotrader's "10 Best Cars to Lease in 2019", "Best Pet Accessories for Your Car: 2019 Edition", and "6 Great Used Family Sedans Under $15,000 for 2019" articles. Next up, freelance automotive journalist, Mike Austin, shares some industry news, including a deal between Michelin and General Motors to test airless tires on a fleet of Chevrolet Bolt, Cadillac Super Cruise update, and Ford v Ferrari. Closing the show, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, shares skepticism of Elon Musk's promises of a new pickup to beat all pickups from Tesla, and reviews the Hyundai Accent. Tune in for the latest from the automotive industry.

  • [00:00:00] Do You Really Need A Massive Truck?
  • [00:06:10] Camping and the 2019 Ford Ranger
  • [00:12:31] Ford Ranger Not Worth the Price Tag?
  • [00:19:51] Best Pet Accessories for Your Car
  • [00:27:47] Best Cars to Lease in 2019
  • [00:35:52] Great Used Family Sedans for Under 15k
  • [00:42:13] Mike Austin's 80s and 90s Car Nostalgia
  • [00:48:15] Michelin and GM to Test Airless Tires
  • [00:54:44] Cadillac Super Cruise / Ford v Ferrari
  • [01:02:05] Alan Selling Demon, Tesla Truck Incoming
  • [01:11:39] Hyundai Accent a Great Low Budget Car
  • [01:18:07] Alan On the Hunt for New Kia Telluride

Jun 08 2019

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Motorsports Recap, Auto News, Lexus and Cadillac Reviews | #375

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Kicking off the show, Justice Brothers, Inc. President and CEO, Ed Justice, Jr., fills us in on the 2019 Indianapolis 500, Roger Penske's 18th win at the age of 82, and how an over abundance of content are likely responsible for the decline in big race-day viewership. Next, Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, Steven Cole Smith, chats about everything from Alexander Rossi in the Indy 500 to $21 hotdogs to Dollar General bargains. Steve also reviews the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V and CT4-V. Changing gears, Automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, discusses FCA's rumored courting of France-based Renault for a potential merger and what effects such a merger could have. We also hear about BJ's tear-inducing test drive of the 2019 Lexus RC F. Closing the show, Autoblog Editor-in-Chief, Greg Migliore, gives us his take on the proposed FCA/Renault merger, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, 2020 Toyota GR Supra, 2020 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, and more! Tune in for another great week of coverage from all over the automotive industry.

  • [00:00:00] 2019 Indianapolis 500 Recap
  • [00:06:08] 82 Year Old Roger Penske's 18th Win
  • [00:12:31] Content Overload Edges Out Coca-Cola 600
  • [00:19:51] Indy 500, $21 Hotdogs, Dollar Bargains
  • [00:27:49] Alexander Rossi Steals Show at Indy 500
  • [00:35:53] 2020 Cadillac CT5-V and CT4-V
  • [00:42:14] FCA Courting Renault for Merger
  • [00:47:45] Audi and Cadillac Making Changes
  • [00:54:44] 2019 Lexus RC F and LC 500 Reviews
  • [01:02:05] Lexus and Toyota Really Growing on Alan
  • [01:08:50] Autoblog, FCA Renault, SF90 Stradali
  • [01:18:06] Autoblog's Take on Supra and TrailBlazer

Jun 01 2019

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John Wick 3, Toyota GR Supra, Chevy Blazer, and Tesla | #374

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Amazing, massive horsepower machines have become like Alan's favorite food if he'd eaten it every day for the past 10 years. In short, Alan is... was having a hard time being turned on by cars; until he drove the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book & Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, discusses the new 2020 Toyota GR Supra, why Toyota's partnership with BMW was a very smart move, and how RAM and Dodge have been able to position themselves ahead of Chevrolet in the truck and muscle car categories. Then, we chat with Autotrader Executive Editor, Brian Moody, about his test drive of the Chevrolet Blazer, and three new lists on Autotrader.com including the 12 Best New Cars. Shifting gears, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, reviews John Wick 3, fills us in on the upcoming movie 'The Art of Racing in the Rain', and shares his excitement over the Aston Martin DBX. Next, Automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, gives us the pros and cons of the 2019 Toyota Tundra and joins Alan for a little bit of Tesla bashing. Closing the show, Justice Brothers, Inc. President and CEO, Ed Justice, Jr., remembers the life and accomplishments of the late Niki Lauda and gives us an update on where the field stands for the Indianapolis 500. Don't miss this weeks car reviews and auto news.

  • [00:00:00] Toyota Supra Reignites Alan's Passion
  • [00:05:59] Toyota Found Smart Way to Make Supra
  • [00:12:30] RAM Vs Chevrolet: Art Vs Science
  • [00:19:51] Chevrolet Blazer: The Old Vs The New
  • [00:28:06] 2020 Blazer: Wrong Name, Great SUV
  • [00:35:46] Autotrader's 12 Best New Cars
  • [00:42:16] The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • [00:48:03] John Wick 3 and Aston Martin DBX
  • [00:54:47] Things the 2019 Toyota Tundra Got Right
  • [01:02:07] Toyota Tundra Is Great, But Outdated
  • [01:10:14] Tesla Stocks Fall 38% in 2019
  • [01:18:08] Indy 500 / Remembering Niki Lauda

May 25 2019

1hr 24mins

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