Rank #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: SUVs, Inexpensive Cars, Hyperdrive, and A Tragic Loss | #386
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
Rank #4: 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 #5: 2018 J.D. Power Consumer Studies, Auto News, and Test Drives | #346
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
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: Corvette C8, Kia Telluride, Tesla, 4Runner, and Auto News | #371
From amazing car reviews to crushing automotive news, we've got you covered this week with all you need to know. Kicking off the show automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, discusses the limited capabilities of Cadillac Super Cruise, the announcement of the Corvette C8 reveal date, the explosion of driving courses in the United States. Then, Co-founder of CarTender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, fills us in on his test drive of the time tested Toyota 4Runner. How does the Toyota 4Runner stack up next to other off-road vehicles, and what makes an off-roader great? Next up, we chat with Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, about the death of Mercedes-Daimler's smart car division, the staggering first quarter losses of Tesla, the absolutely amazing Kia Telluride, and the boon of e-commerce on dealerships. Changing lanes, CEO and Co-Founder of LM Industries, Jay Rogers, gives us an update on Local Motors, the birth of LM Industries, and their biggest 3D printed vehicle yet, Olli. Closing out the show automotive journalist, Steven Cole Smith, shares his experience at a local equestrian competition, remembers Ayrton Senna and other drives lost through the years, and discusses the Corvette C8 reveal scheduled for July.
- [00:00:00] Cadillac Super Cruise Not So Super
[00:06:25] Mid-Engine Corvette C8 News
[00:12:30] Driving Courses, the New Golf Courses
[00:19:50] 2019 Toyota 4Runner - Time Tested Champ
[00:29:06] 4Runner Interior Needs an Overhaul!
[00:35:52] What Makes A Vehicle an Off-Roader?
[00:42:12] Tesla Faces Staggering $702m Loss
[00:48:31] Death of the Smart Car
[00:54:43] Kia Telluride and E-Commerce Dealerships
[01:02:04] LM Industries Olli Around the World!
[01:12:09] Horse Competition and Ayrton Senna
[01:18:06] Corvette C8 to be Revealed in July
May 04 2019
Rank #8: Performance SUVs, Mid-Engine Corvette, 24 Hours of Le Mans | #377
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
Rank #9: NYIAS, Tesla, Ford, Rivian, ALL OUT Live, and Auto News | #370
While Alan was in New York providing the audience of LIVE with Kelly and Ryan with rapid fire automotive information on exclusive debuts, the industry was awash with news. Alan also didn't get to attend the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), but thankfully Founder, Editor, and Publisher of Rides and Drives, Harvey Briggs, fills us in on some of the SUVs, the Cadillac CT5, BAC Mono, and other exciting vehicles he saw at the show. Also, learn about Alan's test drive of the amazing 2020 Kia Telluride, and Harvey's ride in the BMW M5 Competition. Next up, President of Boss One Media and ALL OUT Live, Brian Bossone, tells us about the first ever drag race game show, made for the grassroots motorsports enthusiast. Changing lanes, Collins Bros. Jeep and Black Mountain Jeep Owner, Dennis Collins, gives us an update on his businesses, "Bring A Trailer", One Lap of America, and his most recent barn finds. Then, we chat about waning public interest in electric vehicles, Ford's deal with Rivian, and Tesla 's bad stock and production performance with automotive journalist, BJ Killeen. Shifting gears, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, shares his favorite displays and cars from NYIAS, including Subaru's spectacular forest display. Also, Josh informs us about the Petersen Automotive Museum's new exhibit: Hollywood Dream Machines. Closing out the show, Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, discusses why he thinks there might not be a road back from where Tesla has fallen in this past quarter, and how Ford's exceeding of expectations and partnership with Rivian set them up to dominate in the future. Tune in for the latest automotive news.
- [00:00:00] SUVs, Cadillac CT5, BAC Mono at NYIAS
- [00:06:07] Kia Telluride: Two Thumbs Up
- [00:12:30] Rides and Drives and BMW M5 Competition
- [00:19:51] ALL OUT Live: Live Grassroots Racing
- [00:27:25] Black Mountain Jeep and Bring A Trailer
- [00:35:52] One Lap of America and Rare Barn Finds
- [00:42:13] People Still Not That Interested in EVs
- [00:48:07] Ford, Rivian, and Future of Electric
- [00:54:44] Tesla's First Quarter Woes
- [01:02:05] Magazines, New York Auto Show, and More
- [01:10:35] Hollywood Dream Machines at Petersen
- [01:18:06] Tesla Bombs While Ford Booms
Apr 27 2019
Rank #10: Dealership Shopping Tips, Radio Biz, Hemmings Auctions | #382
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
Rank #11: 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 #12: Mustang Bullitt, Regenerative Braking, and Brian France's DUI | #343
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
Rank #13: Craftsman Launch, Fisker Inc., Motorz Project, and Monterey Car Week | #344
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
Rank #14: Goodwood Festival of Speed, Hyundai Sonata Eco, and Chevy Traverse | #342
Are you ready to have your senses teased by the latest automotive news? We begin the show with Karl Brauer, Executive Publisher of Kelley Blue Book, who just attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed. He gushes about this amazing event that takes place on the estate an English Royal and explains that it was an opportunity for manufacturers to show off their newest designs as well as vintage models. He excitedly sounds off about his opportunity to drive a McLaren 570S Spider and be driven in a McLaren Senna by Bruce Senna up the hill climb at the event. Karl then tells us that he is about to attend an event for the 2018 Mustang Bullitt and for the pure electric Audi e-tron(R) that they will be racing up Pike's Peak. Changing gears, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, reviews the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Eco which comes with an MSRP of $22,000. This great little car achieves 28-mpg in the city and 37-mph on the highway - talk about efficiency! Then Alan shares his review of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody and tells us that this car is almost as amazing to drive as his Demon. It has a V8 supercharged Hemi, a widebody 26Z package, and had an MSRP of $77,770. Next up, Steven Cole Smith raves about his love for the 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat and tells us that he can't help but drive around to show it off when he has one. He then talks about the answer to the question that no one is asking - autonomous racing. He doesn't understand why they are trying to take the human element out of the equation, which is what keeps the races interesting. He also discusses Chevrolet's lack of success in NASCAR this year and presumes that it is because of the Camaro body they are using. Lastly, we are joined by Chris Duke, Host of Motorz TV, who reviews the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and explains why it is well worth the price. He also riles us up about the Craftsman Re-launch coming up in August, which will feature celebrity guests such as Alan Taylor, Richard Rawlings, Chip Foose, and Wayne Carini. This episode is packed full of automotive goodness you don't want to miss!
- [00:00:00] Goodwood Festival of Speed
- [00:06:05] McLaren Senna Tops the Bucket List
- [00:12:30] Weight, Torque, and Horsepower
- [00:19:51] Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
- [00:29:36] 2018 Hyundai Sonata
- [00:35:53] Dueling Car Reviews
- [00:42:14] Hellcats Deserve Amazing Praise
- [00:48:30] Autonomous Racing at Goodwood
- [00:54:45] Chevrolet Falls Short in NASCAR
- [01:02:06] Alan's Alaskan Adventure
- [01:11:21] Craftsman Re-Launch in August
- [01:18:08] 2018 Chevrolet Traverse
Jul 21 2018
Rank #15: 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Wrap Up | #385
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
Rank #16: Monterey Car Week from Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2018 | #345
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
Rank #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: Australian Jeep Expedition, Nurburgring, Rolls-Royce Cullinan | #378
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