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If The “Crown” Fits, Wear It! The Global introduction of the 2023 Toyota Crown Hybrid Sedan | #510
Alan welcomes contributor and friend 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 guys discuss a recent study on how many drivers have switched over to a hybrid. Where is it changing the most? Where has it gone up the most? Mississippi 241%, Hawaii, then Utah. Growth in unexpected areas says Karl. Next the gentlement discuss the Global unveiling of the new 2023 Toyota Crown Sedan. A standard hybrid, all wheel drive. The base engine will get 38mpg and but the performance version will only go 28mpg, however it will have a turbo charged engine that’s tuned to make maximum torque between 2000 and 3000 rpm. Gonna feel like a rocket ship. Karl says that he is not an “anti” electric car guy. He and Alan talk about how the Ford Mustang Mach E was profitable when they first started selling it, but not anymore. With infrastructure issues, cost issues, profit issues, supply chain issues cars aren’t being made as fast -not only EV’s, but gas powered as well. Projections are not being met, Karl says, the word that should be used is “aspiration” instead of “projection”. Joining Alan next is Brian Moody – Executive Editor of Auto Trader.com. Alan shares with Moody about working on his 1979 Chevy Half Ton C10 Short Bed with a Factory Big Block 454 Engine. He compares it to the 2023 Raptor R with the Shelby GT 500 engine, the TRX with the Dodge Hellcat engine. Alan is gearing up to take it to Hot August Nights. He asks Moody if people put specialty vehicles on Autotrader? Yes, from classics 50-80’s, late 80’s to 90’s, to newer things, in fact he has a 1991 Toyota Land Cruiser Straight 6 Turbo Diesel with 13k Miles, if you know, you know! Next they discuss how BMW is up-charging through subscriptions – In-Car monetization. Brian says that’s a tough sell. Alan calls it “insanity”. Taking a premium brand and holding me hostage in order to use the heated seats. Insane! Brian say’s there are more used vehicles then new vehicles in inventory. Average listing price is now down, because there is an abundance, that’s the good news. Bad news is that new cars, average listing price is $46k, with options and packages over $48k. Credit is hard to get and if you do, there are high interest rates. In the next segment, long time friend and contributor, BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and ‘Voice of Reason’ joins in on the future of car manufacturing. GM and Ford have no control when it comes to driver free vehicles. They want to have up to 2500 vehicles that are self driving. No steering wheel, no brake pedal. Made for ride sharing and package delivery. Alan says this is a problem. In case something malfunctions what do you do? BJ is concerned about being a passenger. Are you brave enough? Alan says it’s taking away jobs and the human touch. BJ says that the supply chains for the car industry are “just nuts”. Getting simple things is absurd. She shares that Stellantis and Ford are talking about shutting down a plant. Alan expresses that the cost of vehicles now is outrageous, price gouging. BJ briefly sheds light on the situation with Carlos Ghosn, former CEO of Nissan who got arrested in Japan and was confined in his home but then escaped. He feels that he was set up. He explains how he escaped from Japan and ended up in Lebanon where he is basically a prisoner. Closing the show with Alan is Dan “Boots” Longenette – Founder and Host of Auto Smarts Radio. Calling from Westerville, Ohio, Dan shares that on his radio show he talks about NASCAR, Good Guys, and Classics. “What do you think about manufacturers becoming all electric?” asked Alan. “It’s coming whether we like it or not.
The New King Of The Hill, Ford’s 2023 F150 Raptor R, It’s Scary Fast!| #509
Lauren Fix – Editor In-Chief for Car Coach Reports starts today’s show with a discussion on how the internet manipulates its content. She goes on to share where half of our 727 million barrels of reserve fuel or “sweet crude oil” is being shipped to. With the president claiming to be releasing it to Americans, our two cent drop in cost for fuel does nothing for the pockets of the working class. Alan is driving a 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid and say’s Ford actually has something goin in their favor with this little model. He believes automakers need to do more hybrids. For automakers to state that they will be going all electric, is an absolute mistake. Lauren chimes in with a excerpt of a study that JD Power and Associates released in regards to electric and plug-in hybrids. There are two and half more problems than regular cars, electric cars are doing more harm to the environment, not to mention the additional cost to own one. Hat’s off to JD Power and Associates for the truth. Up next to the gate is, George Kennedy III, Co-founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report. George is driving a 2022 Hyundai Genesis GV80. It’s an electric luxury sedan. It’s got a 280 mile range with conventional controls that are easy to use. “It’s a swift, quick elegance to drive”, say’s George. Alan and George discuss the “micro transaction hell” to which automakers such as BMW are charging consumers of their vehicles monthly fees to use the seat warmers and the heated steering options just to name a few. In other words you have to pay to use the features of your vehicle – Say What! Dan Sandberg – Former President and CEO of Brembo Brakes North America makes his stand as he is now a “civilian” a retired one at that. He shared that he interviewed Sebastien Bourdais, one of the most successful open wheel racing car drivers in the world. A four time champion and winner of the 24 hour Le Mans’. An attorney by profession, Dan get’s to enjoy his time doing interviews for Brembo Red podcast as well as flying his drones. Though retired, he is still in the game of test driving vehicles. Dan drove the Rivian R1t and gives it two thumbs up. He shares that the fit and finish is excellent. For a luxury electric pickup truck it hauls fast. This adventure vehicle starts at a cool $67k. Closing the gap on today’s episode is Steven Cole Smith – Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine and Grassroots Motorsports. He pumps his brakes to share that in NASCAR news, Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan announced that Tylor Reddick is joining their Toyota crew in 2024. Steven say’s he’s not sure why Tylor would release such news a season and a half prior to. He currently drives for Richard Childress Racing and perhaps has put himself in a very awkward position. Alan and Steven close the show with talk on the new “King of the Hill”, the 2023 Ford F150 Raptor R. It will host a 5.2 supercharged V8 engine straight out of the Ford Mustang GT 500. With 760 horsepower, this “dino” will be scary fast. Well gearhead and grease monkey’s, join us on our next episode as Alan brings in more exciting news of the ever evolving car world on, “The Drive”.
[00:00:00] – Contributor Lauren Fix[00:06:28] – 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid[00:12:31] – JD Power and Associates[00:19:52] – Contributor George Kennedy III [00:28:23] – A.I. In The Drivers Seat[00:35:55] – 2022 Hyundai Genesis GV80[00:42:16] – Special Guest Dan Sandberg[00:48:30] – Licensed to Drone[00:54:48] – 2022 Rivian ...
GOING JURASSIC – The 2022 Ford F150 Raptor Claws Its Way Through The Competition | #508
Alans first guest 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. Karl has been in Ingolstadt, Germany courtesy of Volkswagen Automotive Group. They gave him a sneak peek of their new “secret” product that will be coming out soon. Karl say’s it’s a drivetrain that is electrifying. While there, he got to tour the “Audi Tradition” a Media Center that shows the history of Audi. Karl explains the roots of Audi’s trademark, the four interlocking rings symbolize the 1932 merger of four previously independent automobile manufacturers: Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer. Karl has been driving the 2022 Ford F150 Lightning. He says it uses the same physical dimensions as the other F150’s, yet redesigned in ways that make a difference. Like the frunk or front trunk and the power packs that not only send power to the truck but you can send it out to power your house should you have an outage. It’s got the highest tow rating and can go 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. The only downfall is if you are towing, your 300 mile range will be cut in half and the charging time will take you about an hour minimum. So if your not in a hurry, you will be fine. Karl goes onto share that manufacturers like Tesla are down by 47% in vehicle production because of no access to rare earth metals that are needed. Honda is down 40% and Nissan 34%. Karl shares that those who are waiting on the new GM Hummer can wait on up to 17 years. “Something needs to give”, says Alan. People will get tired of waiting and will head back to internal gas combustion. Up next is Brian Moody – Executive Editor of Auto Trader.com. The duo briefly discuss Buick and it’s surprising survival. They are coming out with the “Wild Cat” as their new all electric concept car. Brian say’s it’s got sort of a Jetson type vibe with a 300 mile range. Brian comes in with a left curve as he says he would invest his money in a small chain of service facilities that specialize in gasoline cars, for the future may be in electric, or like Alan anticipates, hydrogen. Brian shares a website called KBB.com/service-repair-guide where you can find out what kind of service your car may need. Type in the make and model, what’s been going on and it will help you narrow down the problem. Alan chimes in and talks about his 2022 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. It’s am diesel with 29 mpg, and tows 6500# with ease. Brian lists the best fuel economy vehicles of 2022 which is the Hyundai Ioniq @ 59mpg, the Toyota Prius @ 56mpg, the Honda Elantra Hybrid @ 54mpg, and the Toyota Corolla Hybrid 2 52mpg. He goes onto say that statistics show that in 1967 there were 186 smog alerts in Los Angeles, by 2019 there were 0 smog alerts. How did we get there? Not because of electric cars, but because gas is cleaner and the emission controls are better. He feels that fuel economy will continue to get better with hybrids being made. BJ Killeen joins Alan next as she talks about Barrett-Jackson in Vegas. They sold over 650 vehicles with no reserve worth over 48 million dollars. Over 300 pieces of automobilia were sold as well. A 1970 Plymouth Superbird sold for $1.65 million, a 1963 Chevy Corvette Split Window Z06 for $566K, a Hemi Cudas ’70 and ’71 for $500k each, Dodge Hemi Challenger $379k, a Ford Mustang “Eleanor” Tribute car for $330k, just to name a few. For charity the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V raised $525K, and a 2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon for $125k to which that went to Ronald McDonald Charity of Detroit. BJ also shared that the Dodge Demons were going for $60-$70K and Bentleys were going between $40-$60k. Alan boasts that the most bodacious automobile that he ever owned was the Dodge Demon.
It’s A Mad, Mad World | #507
BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason opens the show with Alan as they discuss “color” depreciation. Alan quickly wants to know if his choice of color on his new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was the right one. BJ says, “as long as it’s not yellow, orange, purple, red, green, blue or gray you’re good!” BJ announces that Barrett Jackson is heading to Las Vegas at the West Hall. Showcasing around 650 vehicles, 250 memorabilia, along with auctioning off a 2023 Cadillac Escalade V, serial number 0001, with profits being 100% donated to charity. BJ and Alan are guessing a value of 600-700K. It’s got all the bells and whistles. Alan shares that his newest media car he drove was a 2022 John Cooper Works Mini 2 door coupe. He said it has a 7k trim package and car sells for around $41k. Lots of fun to drive with its 2 liter twin power turbo 228 horsepower engine. He felt like a kid again. Before BJ leaves, she shares news on the passing of Burton Smith. He was the founder and creator of Speedway Motorsports. His story is a rags to riches piece with him donating over 61 million towards charity over the years. Up next is Lauren Fix, Editor-in-Chief for Car Coach Reports. Gas Prices and Gimmicks are her topics. Is the president giving us a ‘Gas Holiday’? Lauren breaks it down for us – 18.4% off regular gasoline and 24.4% off diesel. That’s approximately between $25-$35 dollars worth of savings in 3 months…Whoopie! Only for it to turn around and bite us back when that savings ‘borrows’ the budget from road maintenance. Somehow, someway we will end up paying for it. Lauren briefly switches the topic and shares how there was a Tesla that caught on fire in California and it took 24 hours and over 4500 gallons of water to extinguish the car. She and Alan then discuss what is the best way to purchase a vehicle. Lease or buy? Well, in the world of finance, rates are rising in car loans and the average car payment is around $700 a month. They both agree financing through a credit union may be your best option. Rolling in next is Josh Hancock – JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant as he points out that Ford is the only company who is not pledging to become all electric. They plan to be about 40% electric based on customer demand. Josh shares the the European Union is really pushing Germany to become all electric, but Germany refuses to stop producing internal combustion engines. Mic Drop! Josh and Alan talk about provisions in your contract when purchasing new vehicles. For instance, Ford Lightning contract stipulates that you cannot sell the vehicle for a 1 year period. This allows market adjustments for dealerships so they can survive. Purchasing vehicles from the manufacturer and doubling the price to make up for lost revenue. Bringing in the rear and closing the show today 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. He chimes in with his bit on the “contract provisions’ as he says that when purchasing his new 2022 Ford GT, his contracts states that he can’t sell the vehicle for 2 years. Alan shares his frustration of how he feels that the industry is forcing people to buy electric. Both he and Karl say that is a huge mistake for a manufacturer to say they will be all electric. It’s like saying you can only have one tool to fix everything on your car or in your home. People want choices. Alan inquires, “What is the greatest invention in auto history?” Karl replies that plug-in hybrids like the Chrysler Pacifica, are “fabulous vehicles”. He got to drive the new Volvo Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid that can go 70 miles on a charge and 300+ miles for gas. No range anxiety there.
Myths and Legends | #506
Alan welcomes Lauren Fix, Editor in-Chief for Car Coach Reports. Lauren shares that in her area of Buffalo, NY, gas jumped overnight from $5.85 to $6.09. Who’s to blame? The GOVERNMENT! Lauren says that oil manufacturers are in the business to make money. However our president stopped the pipe lines AND stopped the banks from loaning money to oil companies. Inflation is out of control! Alan and Lauren both say that car dealers don’t have much stock. Every vehicle that comes in is ‘presold’. Parts are hard to get as well and that’s where most dealerships make their money. Manufacturers like Ford are cracking down on dealerships that are selling vehicles over the sticker price. Market adjustments! The manufacturer says they will have the customers buy direct from them instead of at the dealership if they continue to do that. Alan shares that he is test driving the new Kia Telluride. He exclaims that it’s hard to get your hands on one. Lauren drove one and she loved it. The dealers call it the Kia “Sell-U-Ride for as soon as it hits the floor its sold. Lauren shares that she’s been driving some of the coolest technology vehicles. From the 2022 Hyundai Palisades to the 2022 luxury electric Genesis GV60 as well as the 2022 Hyundai’s Ioniq 5. Facial recognition to open the door to fingerprint start, these vehicles have it all. Lauren suggests that before you go and buy an electric vehicle, to call your insurance company and find out what the rates are, then find out what a charger costs to have a certified electrician to install. Alan feels this is not sustainable. Brian Moody – Executive Editor of Auto Trader.com joins the convo as Alan reiterates what Lauren say’s about electric cars, for there are expenses that go beyond just a car payment. The duo discuss the myths and fears of owning an electric car. Brian say’s you don’t have to buy a charger to adapt to your home. You can use the outlets that you have, however you will end up charging your car between 12 to 18 hours. Brian goes onto say that people assume electric cars are ugly, not true, the 2022 Genesis GV60, the 2022 Lucid Air, the 2022 Mercedes Benz EQS, and the Kia EV6 are just a few electric beauties. Next Brian shares 10 best used convertibles for under 20k. The 2013 Audi TT, 2014 BMW 4 Series, 2015 Camaro, 2014 Ford Mustang, 2016 MX5 Miata, 2012 Mercedes Benz SLK Class, 2016 Mini Coupe, 2013 Nissan 370Z, 2005 Porsche Boxster, 2016 Volkswagen Beetle, and the GM Saab 9-3 Arrow. Alan shares that he has a 2003 SL500 AMG Mercedes Roadster that he’s getting rid of for $20k. Brian ends his ride with Alan as the duo discuss financing vehicles. Brian says that the average car payment is around $712 a month as credit is becoming less available. He goes onto say if you’re going to finance, try to do it for a short period as possible, put as much money down as you can, and know your credit score before buying. Taking the next lap with Alan, is Steven Cole Smith – Automotive Journalist for Autoweek, Automobile Magazine, and Grassroots Motorsports. Steven sheds light on the 24 Hour Le Man Race winning team Toyota Gazoo taking first and second place. Glickenhaus took third and fourth place. Stephen say’s 12 million dollars went in to develop and build the engine and the car for these top 2 winners. They are hyper cars, built with one purpose – to win! Stephen feels that they kind of ‘bought’ the win by pouring money into the technology. The RedBull team took first and second in the Grand Prix in Bach Khoa. Daniel Suarez #99 won the NASCAR cup series in Sonoma. NASCAR is excited about this win for he is the first Mexican national to win NASCAR which opens a whole new window of opportunity. Coming up next is the Thunder Valley Nationals in Tennessee. On Father’s Day, this 11,
Leaving A Legacy with the 2022 Honda Acura NSX, As The Exotic 2022 Maserati MC20 Cielo Takes You To The Skies | #505
Ed Justice Jr. – Justice Brothers, Inc. President and CEO joins Alan on this weeks “The Drive” as they both discuss the ridiculous rise of gas prices. Ed say’s some stations have a $100 cut off, so if you need to fill up your tank you will have to go to another gas station. Ed believes it’s the freight cost that is causing the ever increasing price of gas as well as food and products. United States is the largest producer of oil in the world and there should be no reason for what’s happening. The duo discuss how people are leaning towards electric vehicles and the possibility of installing wires in the highways to charge your car as you drive. Ed makes a point by stating, “if they can’t fix the potholes, what makes you think they can afford to install “wires” in the roads? Ed also feels that politicians should be business owners or entrepreneurs before becoming a government official in order to understand what it takes to manage people. Before Ed leaves he shares that over 325,000 plus people showed up to watch the Indy 500 as it was the first year back from COVID. The largest single day sporting event in the world. His highlight was Marcus Ericsson taking the win and the lowlight, Jimmy Johnson hitting the wall as soon as he hit the apron. Up 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. He shares with Alan that he sitting on the side of a lookout mountain in his hometown of Denver, in a 2022 Acura NSX. He is doing the 8 day, 2000 mile odyssey, 2022 Longtail Rally. The NSX is super refined with its all wheel drive, hybrid powertrain and of course it’s combination of an electric motor and combustion engine. Karl says with a push of the button you can be in “quiet” mode as if you were in the luxurious Lexus or sports mode where you get the need for speed. Karl also got to drive the 2022 Maserati MC20 Cielo which is the convertible version of the new MC20 while he was in Italy, a smooth ride as if you were driving in the clouds. BJ Killeen drops in as she briefly shares the struggles of Rivian. $1.6 billion dollar loss in the first quarter. Due to the supply chain disruption and the material cost rising, manufacturers such as Rivian are taking a hit. BJ also announces that Genesis is talking about a new division called, “One of One”. You can modify anything from the power train transmission to the interior and exterior color. A personalized pick. Before BJ leaves she gives us a list of the upcoming NACTOY vehicles, “2023’s”, Acura Integra, BMW IX4, Genesis G80 & 90, Mercedes C Class, Mercedes EQE, Nissan Z, Subaru WRX, Toyota GL Corolla, Chevy Silverado, Ford F150 Lightning, Cadillac Lyriq, Audi Q4 and the Fisker Ocean. Rounding up the show is George Kennedy III – Co-Founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, stops by to share his experience with driving the 2022 Mercedes S580, the same vehicle Alan is test driving. He explains that it is an “experience” from how you sit in it to the MBUX Interior system. The dynamics control, air suspension, 4 wheel steering is just a few reasons you would enjoy driving this mild hybrid. Your taking the traditional engine and tacking on different hybrid components. It’s got a twin turbo 4 liter V8 engine, with 496 horsepower and 516# ft of torque. It’s a beautiful, amazing luxury machine that is absolutely completely loaded. Well car junkies and gear heads that’s a wrap. Stay tuned as we bring more gear wrenching, head-to-toe, throttle blipping auto news on the next episode of, “The Drive”.
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.
Thanks, and take care brother,
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