Rank #1: GM Strike, Kia Stinger, Subaru Ascent, Car Review Palooza | #390
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
Rank #2: Dodge Durango SRT, Unvarnished Story of Tesla, and EVs | #391
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
Rank #3: Geneva Motor Show, Auto News, Dodge Charger AWD, and Kia Imagine | #365
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
Rank #4: Supercar Test Drives, C8 Corvette, Motorsports, Kia Niro | #381
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
Rank #5: A Taste of China, Saleen S1, Autotrader, and C8 Corvette | #380
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
Rank #6: LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, Ferrari 488 Pista, Kia Telluride | #368
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
Rank #7: Porsche, NAIAS, EVs, Ford GT Fiasco, NACTOY, Cadillac, and Tesla | #360
As January turns to February, the industry is awash with news, scandals, and car companies struggling to stake out their place. Starting off the show, Kelley Blue Book Executive Editor, Michael Harley, fills us in on his recent test drives of the new Porsche 911 and Panamera. We also tackle Porsche's foray into the electric vehicle (EV) with their Taycan, and Michael shares a couple of wacky experiences he had riding in autonomous cars. Next, while we may have missed the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI, Autotrader Executive Editor, Brian Moody, remained faithful and is here to give us some highlights from the show. Also, Brian questions whether all of these automakers that are pumping out three-row SUVs will be faced with a rude awakening when consumer price fatigue sets in. Changing gears, Executive Publisher for KBB, Autotrader, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, discusses the Ford GT resale scandal and his new Ford GT (which went straight from the delivery truck to the detail shop). Then, Automotive Expert, "The Car Coach", and President of NACTOY Awards, Lauren Fix, shares the winners of the Car, Truck, and Utility vehicle categories, which were revealed at NAIAS recently. Lauren also gives a preview of what's in store at the Chicago Auto Show as Alan blows her mind with statistics from Barrett-Jackson's most recent Scottsdale auction. Closing the show, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, discusses Cadillac's decision to become an EV company, Elon Musk and Tesla's shaky public perception, Lincoln's amazing concierge services, and Carlos Ghosn's situation in Japan. Tune in for the latest automotive insights.
- [00:00:00] Porsche Finally Gets the Panamera Right
- [00:06:18] Next Generation of the Porsche 911
- [00:12:30] Porsche Taycan, EVs, and Autonomy
- [00:19:51] Toyota Supra: The Buzz of NAIAS
- [00:28:55] Three-Row SUVs and Buyer Price Fatigue
- [00:35:52] Look Out for Kia Telluride and Mazda3
- [00:42:12] Karl's Ford GT: Delivered but not Driven
- [00:48:08] Ford GT Resale Embargo Fiasco
- [00:54:43] NACTOY Awards and EV Tax Credit Slash
- [01:02:04] Chicago Auto Show and Barrett-Jackson
- [01:07:40] Cadillac Goes EV, Tesla Looking Shaky
- [01:18:05] Lincoln's Concierge and Ghosn's Woes
Feb 02 2019
Rank #8: Rivian, Subaru, Jeep, Porsche and Others Go Big at LA Auto Show | #356
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
Rank #9: Automotive Industry Greats at 2019 Pebble Beach Concours | #384
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
Rank #10: Lexus GX 460, 2020 NACTOY, Volvo XC Lineup, and GMC Sierra AT4 | #387
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
Rank #11: End of the Year Car Panoply and 2019 Preview | #358
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
Rank #12: Plug-In Hybrids, Rivian, Trucks, Hollywood Cars, and Auto News | #372
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
Rank #13: Auto News, Subaru ST209, Brembo Red, Hyundai, Car Reviews | #389
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
Rank #14: The Life of Enzo Ferrari, Richard Rawlings, and Auto News with BJ Killeen | #364
Periodically, a person is born who perseveres through the thick and thin to do great things. We pay homage to one such man with our first guest, industry veteran and author of "Enzo Ferrari: Power, Politics and the Making of an Automobile Empire", Luca Dal Monte. Enzo's life was a rollercoaster ride, from his involvement in World War 1, to the death of his first born son, to the founding of Scuderia Ferrari, and eventual creation of one of the most iconic brand of cars the world has ever known. Shifting gears, we chat with serial entrepreneur and host of Fast N' Loud and Garage Rehab, Richard Rawlings, about the new season of Garage Rehab and upcoming season of Fast N' Loud. Also, hear about Richard's planned reveal of a 1972 Boattail Riviera at the SEMA Show 2019, thoughts on the new Chevrolet Blazer and Ford Bronco, wayward Ferrari F40, and other upcoming events. Closing the show, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, updates us on the financial woes of Elon Musk and Tesla, Carlos Ghosn situation in Japanese prison, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recent pedestrian safety test results in which the BMW X1 didn't fare so well. Tune in for more on Enzo Ferrari, Garage Rehab, Fast N' Loud, and the latest automotive news.
- [00:00:00] Luca Dal Monte's "Enzo Ferrari"
- [00:05:56] A Life of Triumph and Tragedy
- [00:12:31] Enzo Ferrari's 1920s Nervous Breakdown
- [00:19:52] From Failure to the Birth of Ferrari
- [00:28:30] Racing Priority and Ferrari's Second Son
- [00:35:53] A Life in Search of True Love
- [00:42:13] Garage Rehab, Fast N' Loud, Ford Bronco
- [00:48:09] Social Media and Upcoming Projects
- [00:54:44] Boattail Riviera and Ferrari F40
- [01:02:04] Elon Musk Financial Problems?
- [01:10:45] The Carlos Ghosn Saga Continues
- [01:18:05] BMW X1 Fails IIHS Safety Test!?
Mar 02 2019
Rank #15: Motorsports Recap, Auto News, Lexus and Cadillac Reviews | #375
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
Rank #16: Mid-Engine Corvette, Luxurious Test Drives, and Auto News | #366
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
Rank #17: Used Performance Cars for Under $20K, Mazda Miata, Kia Soul, and More! | #367
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
Rank #18: Automotive and Tech Worlds Collide at CES 2019 | #359
Industry experts weigh in on the ever-blending automotive and technology worlds from the floor of CES 2019. First up, Ford Motor Company Executive Director of Connected Vehicle and Services, Don Butler, describes how C-V2X, the next big tech upgrade in their vehicles, can save and improve the lives of drivers and pedestrians everywhere. Shifting gears, What3Words CMO, Giles Rhys Jones, fills us in on the progress they've made since we last spoke with them - they are now integrated into Mercedes vehicles! Then, we chat with Lume Cube, Inc. President and CEO, Mike Bieker, about their compact, on-the-go light source made with content creators and auto enthusiasts in mind, the AIR VC. Next, Trucks.com Adventure Editor, Rick Stella, has seen a lot of exciting technology revealed at CES, but as an outdoor guy, What3Words really hits the sweet spot for him. Changing lanes, CTA Senior Director of Event Communications, Sarah Brown, explains why auto shows and CES can co-exist; auto shows show what OEMs have available now or in the near future, while CES is a window to a more distant future. Adding to the conversation, Automotive and Motorcycle Industry Insider for Fox News Channel, Mike Caudill, describes why CES is an amazing event for the automotive industry. After that, President & CEO of Brembo Brakes North America, Dan Sandberg, gushes about the tech that has him excited and shares what a brake company like Brembo hopes to accomplish at CES 2019. Then, National Inventors Hall of Fame VP of Museums & Engineering, Vince Greczanik, and Chief Strategic Officer, Hannah Paulin, celebrate 50 years of automotive innovation with a custom split-model Ford Mustang and teach adults and children about the importance of patents and intellectual property. Joining us on stage, we catch up with Dave Buchko who is now the Product Communications Manager for BYTON, a revolutionary new electric vehicle company set to give Tesla a run for their money. Closing the show, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, gives us a lightning round of interesting tech innovations she witnessed at the Consumer Electronics Show, including Bell's new Nexus air taxi. Learn more about the melding of automotive and tech industries at CES 2019.
- [00:00:00] Ford and the Future of C-V2X Technology
- [00:06:43] What3Words Now in Mercedes-Benz Cars!
- [00:12:31] Lume Cube AIR VC Lights Up Your Content
- [00:19:52] Rick Stella Loves What3Words
- [00:29:15] Automotive Tech Trends at CES 2019
- [00:35:52] Auto Shows vs Consumer Electronics Show
- [00:42:13] Brembo Keeps Up on Tech at CES
- [00:48:26] Regenerative Braking and BYTON
- [00:54:43] Big Data is Big Business
- [01:02:04] NIHF Brings Split Mustang to CES
- [01:07:58] BYTON Launches 39 Months after Founding
- [01:18:05] BJ Killeen's CES 2019 Whirlwind Round
Jan 26 2019
Rank #19: News, Test Drives, and Auto Week on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan | #369
Alan is slated to appear on ABC's LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, April 15th through the 19th, ahead of the New York International Auto Show, which means we have tons of auto news! Starting the show, Executive Publisher for Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, brings us the details of the brand new, tough, and rugged Ford Escape. We also learn about the state of the automotive industry (don't worry, it's doing just fine), and the finalization of the Ford GT production run. Changing lanes, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, dispels the myth that big auto shows are going to start to die off, reviews the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, and tells us about Vaughn Gittin Jr's appearance at Galpin Ford. Next up, LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Executive Producer, Michael Gelman, gives us a preview of the cars and categories we can expect to see when tuning into LIVE with Kelly and Ryan for Auto Week. Closing the show, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, discusses turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder engines, and the amazing vehicles set to be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show and on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan. BJ also talks about the great time she had at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, and gives the Kia Optima SX top marks. Tune in for more test drives and auto news.
- [00:00:00] Brand New Ford Escape a Tough SUV
- [00:06:24] New Features of the Ford Escape
- [00:12:30] Ford GT News and Auto Industry Numbers
- [00:19:51] Auto Shows Not Doomed as Journalists Say
- [00:28:11] Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio is Amazing
- [00:35:51] Vaughn Gittin Jr. at Galpin Ford Event
- [00:42:12] Michael Gelman Shares Debut Cars
- [00:47:43] Category Preview for Kelly and Ryan
- [00:54:42] Ford: The Pioneer of Turbo 4-Cylinders
- [01:02:03] Keep An Eye Out for These Cars on LIVE!
- [01:12:46] DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide
- [01:18:04] Kia Optima SX - Huge Bang for Your Buck
Apr 13 2019