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American Muscle continues on with the 2024 Ford Mustang “The Dark Horse” as it stampedes onto the scene | #516
Alan and Karl Brauer – Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Autos Contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror and board member, and Executive Analyst for ISeeCars.com. The Detroit Auto Show last week was a disaster, as both gentlemen agree. Only four automakers participated along with Toyota. It got worse as Biden showed up and had security kick out all the media people. Most did not go back. However, Ford saved the day, just a few blocks down from the auto show as they debut the new 2024 Ford Mustang “The Dark Horse” which has over 500 horsepower. Also in celebration of the muscle car, they hosted the Mustang Stampede to which over 1000 Mustangs were on hand for viewing. Brauer is test-driving the, 2024 Hyundai Genesis GV90 SUV. An absolutely beautiful, luxury brand’s flagship SUV. Up next is Dan Sandberg – Former President and CEO of Brembo Brakes North America. He attended the stampede with his 2020 GT 500. He said there were fields of Mustangs at the Detroit Auto Show. Over 1000 mustangs, From Mach 1 to 67 mustangs, gathered around Ford headquarters. Alan inquired as to where Brembo stands in regards to electric vehicles. Well, cars are still gonna need brakes. Half the braking power at least for now, as most vehicles have built-in stopping power. BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason jump on board as she shares that the Volkswagen ID4 SUV, has an in-person Alexa-guided test drive. You no longer get shadowed by a sales rep, you now get walked through with a specialist, and then you get in the vehicle and allow Alexa to take over. Next, BJ says that the National Transportation Safety Board wants to mandate blood alcohol monitoring systems installed in cars. Adding more complication and cost to the vehicles. BJ’s last bit of news before she leaves is that General Motors is teaming up with Hertz to expand the EVs. Where am I charging it? At whose expense? What’s the answer or solution to all of this nonsense? Hydrogen! Brian Moody Executive Editor of Auto Trader.com closes the show with two questions. The first is, why are electric cars are best in 2023? First, over the long haul, it’s cheaper to operate an electric vehicle. Secondly, you get a 7500 tax break, and third, they are fun to drive like the Kia EV6 GT, and Hyundai Ioniq 5. So, next question is, why gas-powered cars are best in 2023? First and foremost, they are more affordable, and secondly, gas is easy to get. Brian shares that Hybrids are a great solution too. Alan asks Brian, ” What do you do if you over your lease miles?” Well, you could maybe turn the car in early or just buy the car. Perhaps find out what your payoff is and sell the vehicle for the same amount or more. There is always a way out.
[00:00:00] – Contributor Karl Brauer[00:06:27] – Detroit Auto Show[00:12:31] – Mustang Stampede[00:19:52] – 2024 Ford Mustang “The Dark Horse” [00:28:35] – Special Guest Dan Sandberg[00:35:54] – Half the braking power[00:42:14] – Contributor BJ Killeen[00:48:28] – NTSB Mandates[00:54:45] – General Motors and Hertz[01:02:06] – Contributor Brian Moody[01:10:14] – Electric or Gas in 2023[01:18:07] – Over your leased miles?
Host: Alan TaylorProducer: Dave MilliganCopy Editor: Colleen Mahi Contributor: Karl BrauerContributor: BJ KilleenContributor: Brian Moody
Special Guest: Dan Sandberg
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* Contributor: Karl Brauer | Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Autos Contributor,
The Sophisticated and Elegant 2023 BMW 840i Luxury Sports Convertible Breezes by as the 2023 Mercedes CLS AMG 53 continues it’s Luxurious Sporting Heritage | #515
Contributor and friend George Kennedy III – Co-founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report starts the show off with Alan, as electric vehicles are the “hot” topic. George has been driving the Ford F150 Lightning all-electric truck. It’s a fantastic truck and practical for going long distances. George also test-drove the Hyundai Kona EV. Subcompact SUV. An economical car that has a decent range. Meant for commuting, weekend trips, and going through daily life. One of the highlights of this vehicle is how it’s more responsive due to the low placement of the battery. Up next is Brian Moody – Executive Editor of Auto Trader.com, the duo discusses how mainstream media uses 80% to advertise electric vehicles to which only 5% are being used. “It’s not the car, it’s the politics”, exclaims Alan. Brian briefly talks about the Pro Pilot 2, a complete hands-free driving experience. Off the pedal and the wheel. As long as it’s been a mapped road. 15k to have that feature or you can subscribe. Josh Hancock – JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant has been in New England for the past 2 months. Josh says it’s a different car culture there. He drove an F150 Lightning Platinum. Quiet and smooth! He also drove the 2023 Mercedes CLS AMG 53, 4-door, which he says is designed like a Porsche Panamera, with not much room, however, he liked it. Steven Cole Smith – Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports, brings us news that NASCAR, Kyle Busch is moving to Richard Childress Racing.2023 Driving #8 car. Fascinating combination! Also, Bubba Wallace won the first 400 of the year, as NHRA, is just starting their countdown. Steven says that motorsports are slowly recovering. Steven test-drove a 2023 BMW 840i convertible. It was a great, sophisticated, and conservative vehicle. He also drove the 2023 BMW competition M4, now that’s a car he would drive every day. Alan and Steven close the show with their thoughts on how the auto industry is not sustainable when it comes to electric vehicles. In today’s recession people can barely afford food, yet the government wants to stuff EV’s down our throats instead. Join us on our next episode of ‘The Drive’, as Alan searches for more of what’s new in today’s world of automobiles.
[00:00:00] – Contributor George Kennedy III[00:06:24] – 2023 Ford Lightning Platinum[00:12:32] – 2023 Hyundai Kona EV[00:19:53] – Contributor Brian Moody [00:28:46] – Dark interiors are ugly![00:35:55] – Pro Pilot 2[00:42:15] – Contributor Josh Hancock[00:49:09] – Bond Collection[00:54:48] – 2023 Mercedes CLS AMG 53[01:02:08] – Contributor Steven Cole Smith[01:11:51] – Good season for motorsports[01:18:12] – 2023 Mercedes CLS AMG 53
Host: Alan TaylorProducer: Dave MilliganCopy Editor: Colleen Mahi Contributor: George Kennedy IIIContributor: Brian MoodyContributor: Josh Hancock
Contributor: Steven Cole Smith
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* Contributor: George Kennedy III | Co-founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report* Contributor: Brian Moody | Executive Editor of Auto Trader.com* Contributor: Josh Hancock | Hollywood car cons...
“Bring Your Trailer” Auction with Richard Rawlings and the Redefined and Exhilarating 2023 Lexus RX 500H | #514
Alan’s first guest on today’s “The Drive”, is Richard Rawlings – American Entrepreneur and media personality. Star of Fast N’ Loud, Owner of the Gas Monkey Garage. He is selling 92 percent of his car collection. It’s a ” No reserve”, “Bring A Trailer” event. “Bring A Trailer” allows real buyers and real sellers to get together without all the bureaucracy. Vehicles such as the 1966 Fairlane 500, with a 390 in it. Black on Black. Early fords; 1936 Ford Roadster, 1937 Ford Business Coupe, original paint and interior, Zimmer, 1962 Corvette, 1958 Corvette, 1966 Ford GT Mustang Coupe he curated, a King T, and a 1979 Porsche 928 original everything, to name a few. Thoughts on what’s going on in California? He’s not a believer in electric cars. What happens when you have all these electric car batteries laying around? Electric cars are not environmentally friendly. “What are you most proud of?”, asks Alan. Richard responds by saying that he is in a position in his life where he can take care of his dad with advanced Alzheimer’s. BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason jumps on board for a quick ride as she announces that Ford is getting ready to introduce the 2023 Super Duty trucks, with a 6.8-liter V8 engine, that are naturally aspirated. BJ also sheds light on the new Volkswagen electric microbus, ID buzz, that has been receiving good reviews. It’s adorable and coming to America soon. Next is Karl Brauer – Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Autos Contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror and board member, and Executive Analyst for ISeeCars.com., introduces the new 2023 Lexus RX 500 H, Its got an advanced hybrid powertrain and more intuitive technology. Your choice of gas powered, hybrid, and super hybrid. Karl interviewed William Ford Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Company and Jim Farley, President of Ford Motor Company, Both were great interviews. When asked their thoughts on where the auto industry is going, Jim says the world is expecting the car companies to go electric, to go along with the times, and we are doing just that. William Ford Jr., replies, “I think my great grandfather would say what took you so long.” A lot of it would be tough for him but would have been completely on board. William continues with the fact that this has been the most fun time in his career.
[00:00:00] – Special Guest Richard Rawlings[00:06:23] – Bring Your Trailer[00:12:31] – Gasmonkeygarage.com[00:19:53] – Thomas Crown Affair [00:28:37] – Not a believer[00:35:53] – Family Bond[00:42:14] – Contributor BJ Killeen[00:48:28] – Volkswagen Electric Mini Bus[00:54:45] – Contributor Karl Brauer[01:02:05] – 2023 Lexus RX 500H[01:12:14] – Interview with Jim Farley, President of Ford Motor Company,[01:18:06] – Interview with William Ford Jr. Generation Strong
Host: Alan TaylorProducer: Dave MilliganCopy Editor: Colleen Mahi Contributor: BJ KilleenContributor: Karl BrauerSpecial Guest: Richard Rawlings
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* Contributor: Karl Brauer | Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Autos Contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror and board member and Executive Analyst for ISeeCars.com.* Contributor: BJ Killeen | Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason* Special Guest: Richard Rawlings | Am...
America’s automotive legacy is moving over for Dodge’s New Concept Electric Charger, that will leave the “Hellcat” purring like a Kitten, | #513
The “hot” topic of the hour is the insane news that California will ban purchasing internal combustion vehicles as of 2035. This is the 3rd time they have threatened to do so. Eleven states are planning to jump on the ban. New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Washington by 2030, Connecticut, Oregon, New Jersey, Maryland, Colorado, Rhode Island, Minnesota, New Mexico, Virginia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. You will be able to buy used ICV’s, just not new. All electric, hybrid, or hydrogen-powered is the goal to be 100% by 2035. Lauren Fix, Editor-in-Chief for Car Coach Reports joins Alan as she reiterates how the World Economic Forum wants to take away your vehicle, so Vote! It matters. Steven Cole Smith – Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports. On Labor Day, US Nationals NHRA, the biggest drag race of the year will debut. Highlight: The Dodge Hemi’s shootout! Tony Stewart will be attending. NASCAR was a washout at the Coke 400, as Austin Dylan won the playoff spots. Formula 1 will run from Belgium to the Netherlands, and the week after will be at the Formula Grand Prix in Italy. They briefly discuss the electric muscle car concept by Dodge. Its new Charger will have more power than the Hellcat, with the style of its 1969 look. Dan Sandberg – Former President and CEO of Brembo Brakes North America, continues the discussion on how California is poised to phase out sales of new gas-power cars by 2035. Studies have shown that only 6% of vehicles on the road are electric California already has a problem with power grids. Dan says not gonna happen anytime soon. There aren’t enough vehicles to supply and electric cars are super expensive. It’s not sustainable. The Detroit National Auto Show will be on September 14th, as Ford will unveil the new 2024 Mustang. BJ Killeen -Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason, says Hydrogen is the way to go, not electric, as Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia are working on hydrogen vehicles. BJ shares a little tidbit before the show ends. AND…. A town in Arkansas is no longer allowed to issue speeding tickets, for the next year.
[00:00:00] – Contributor Lauren Fix[00:05:48] – California Ban[00:12:30] – Elections Matter[00:19:52] – Contributor Steven Cole Smith [00:28:13] – Formula 1 the Elite[00:35:54] – Electric Charger[00:42:14] – Contributor Dan Sandberg[00:48:17] – Not Sustainable[00:54:45] – Mustang Stampede[01:02:05] – Contributor: BJ Killeen[01:10:04] – Hydrogen! Hydrogen![01:18:05] – Little Town in Arkansas
Host: Alan TaylorProducer: Dave MilliganCopy Editor: Colleen Mahi
Contributor: Lauren Fix Contributor: Steven Cole SmithContributor: Dan SandbergContributor: BJ Killeen
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* Contributor: Lauren Fix. | Editor in-Chief for Car Coach Reports* Contributor: Steven Cole Smith | Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports* Contributor: Dan Sandberg | Former President and CEO of Brembo Brakes North America* Contributor: BJ Killeen |Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason
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The 2023 Genesis G90 Luxury Sedan sets the mood, as the Bodacious AMG Mercedes E53 Class Cabriolet says it will outrun the sun | #512
Ed Justice Jr. – Justice Brothers, Inc. President and CEO starts the show with Alan and the controversial news of California banning the sale of any internal combustion vehicles by the year 2035. Can they do that? Both men attended the Monterey Car Week and noticed a few changes this year. Hagerty put on an event called Motorlux which used to be McCalls Cars and Jets. The difference is better food, and more of it, more places to sit, and the airplanes are now placed outside. It’s the kick-off event of the week. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the granddaddy of them all. People will fly in their cars from around the world and most are happy to just get a car on the lawn, feels like a winner to some. Karl Brauer – Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Autos Contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror and board member, and Executive Analyst for ISeeCars.com, drove into the event in a Lamborghini Huracan STO. Karl shares that the steering is razor sharp and precise, the suspension is communicative, and he enjoyed the ride. The price tag is $327,000. Hagerty has bought half of the enthusiast’s industries events. They discuss the rise in electric car pricing. Within a year, the average gas-powered went up 10.1 percent, electric went up 54 percent. Iseecars.com, all-electric by 2035, most people cannot afford these cars. Insanity! BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason. takes the hot seat as she shares her experience driving the new 2023 Genesis G90, Flagship Sedan. It’s got a 3.5 T E-Supercharger AWD. Clean and contemporary. It’s also got new technology called the “Mood curator”, which will create a mood for you using ambient lighting, massage seats, and scents. Premier sound system with 26 speakers., 3.5 v6 twin turbo with an electronic supercharger, 409 horsepower 405# ft of torque. Eight-speed automatic transmission, with rear-wheel steer. Up next is, George Kennedy III – Co-founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report. George test drove an AMG Mercedes E53 class cabriolet. Twin turbo inline 6, 429 horsepower, with 389# ft of torque. A refined performance car. $97k of an elegant piece of equipment, comfortable and stylish. Brian Moody, the Executive Editor of Auto Trader.com, closes the show with Alan as they discuss other options California’s lawmakers could take into consideration with the ban of internal combustion vehicles by 2035. Brian says 50 percent sounds more ideal than 100 percent all-electric. Brian shares the top 10 vehicles that will accommodate your fur babies. Vehicles that have durable seats, low cargo floor, accessories, and tie-downs in the back are ideal. The Volvo xc60, Toyota sienna hybrid, tesla model 3, Subaru Outback, RAM pro master city wagon, Kia Soul, Jeep Wrangler, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Bronco Sport, and lastly, the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica. Join us on our next episode for more auto world news.
[00:00:00] – Contributor Ed Justice Jr.[00:06:49] – Monterey Car Week[00:12:31] – Bonhams Quail Auction[00:19:52] – Contributor Karl Brauer [00:28:21] – “Le Monstre”[00:35:53] – The Rise in Electric Vehicles[00:42:14] – Contributor BJ Killeen[00:49:19] – 2023 Genesis G90[00:54:45] – Contributor George Kennedy III[01:02:06] – Refined Elegance[01:09:42] – Contributor: Brian Moody[01:18:106 – Fittin’ The Fur Babies
“Roadkill Nights”, Street Legal Racing Powered by Dodge, and introducing the next generation 2023 Nissan Z, Packing Power in Style | #511
Contributor and long-time friend, BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason start today’s show inquiring about Alan’s new automobile purchase, the 2005 Maserati Spyder Cambio Corsa. He couldn’t pass it up with only 11,000 original miles. What a steal for around $20,000. Next BJ shares that organizations such as Consumer Reports, AAA, JD Power, National Safety Council, and Society of Automotive Engineers, came up with a list of terms that they want every manufacturer to start using in regards to the ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistance Systems). The systems description or name changes with every manufacturer which leads to confusion for the consumers. BJ then shares that Lexus is coming out with a TX, a monstrous SUV. Dodge is also reintroducing the Hornet, which is going to be a crossover SUV hybrid. Ford is also coming out with the Ranger Raptor in 2023, as well as Rolls Royce’s introduction to their electric crossover in 2025. Kia will be introducing a 3 row, cross-electric vehicle by the end of the year. Up next is Steven Cole Smith – Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports. Steven shares that he has been driving a 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate and says it has every option you can imagine. The only thing it’s missing is the park assist, due to the chip shortage. He says it’s a nice ride and the interior is quite lovely. He also test drove a 2023 Range Rover, and says out of all the Range Rovers he has driven, this has got to be the best. A wonderful vehicle with 9 drive modes, for anything you’re going to drive in, it will take care of you. Before Steven leaves, he shares that Sebastian Vettel, Formula One driver to Aston Martin is retiring at 35 to be a family man. He’s retiring with having 13 wins in one season. Alan welcomes Bob Broderdorf, Dodge Brand Director of Sales Operations, to announce the 7th annual Roadkill Nights, street legal racing event. It’s an iconic venue with incredible auto influencers and is expecting 40,000 plus attendees. Dodge is showcasing product reveals, such as what’s going on with the 2023 model year, performance programs, the new car for the gateway of muscle, and the future of muscle cars in an electrified world. Automobile personalities such as Tavarish, West Chaplain, Demonology, and Christina Roki to name a few, will be competing against Roadkill Nights champion, Alex Taylor. Dodge sent each racer a crate motor, paired up with a manual transmission, and they had to find their car to install it in. Vehicles such as a 69 ‘Cuda, a Magnum SXT, and a Lancer GT will be used in this 7th edition of Roadkill Nights. Bob says this is a brotherhood of muscle-heads and loads of fun. Lauren Fix – Editor-in-chief of Car Coach Reports joins Alan next as she shares what she’s been reading about the World Economic Forum, and what it is pushing for. Lauren has the impression they want consumers to give up their vehicles. Private ownership of vehicles is considered to be wasteful. The WEF is advocating communal sharing of cars to help lessen the global demand for precious metals and fossil fuels. “It’s all about money, power, and greed,” states Lauren. She goes on to share that electric vehicle tax credits are for individuals who make less than $300k a year and you have to have an electric vehicle that was manufactured in America as well as its battery. If you purchased a used electric vehicle you may apply for a $4000 tax credit. Closing the show with Alan is another long-time friend and contributor, George Kennedy III – Co-founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus. George has been driving the new 2023 Nissan Z. A 2 door performance coupe that he absolutely loves, and its affordable! It’s got a twin turbo, 3 liter, V6 that pushes 400 horsepower,
I hope everything is okay with Alan and his family. It has been a few months since the last episode and I’m concerned. I’m sure being a public figure is difficult, but if there is a chance of just a brief update I, for one, would be happy to hear that things are okay. Beyond that, if you would care to give an update on your podcast that would also be nice.
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