THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor | Episode #264

The Paris International Auto Show is in full swing, and Alan isn’t there! Never fear, we’re bringing in our friends from Kelley Blue Book and Auto Trader to fill us in on all the excitement. We’ll be covering the rise of the electric car, consumer feelings on autonomous vehicles, and personal favorites such as the wacky and wonderful Renault Trezor.


  • [00:00:00] Mainstream Electric
  • [00:06:32] Auto Trader
  • [00:12:30] A Great Concept
  • [00:19:53] Executive Publisher Karl
  • [00:29:49] Car Sales and Trends
  • [00:35:58] Renault Trezor GT
  • [00:42:14] Rise of the Electric Car
  • [00:50:29] 2017 GMC Acadia
  • [00:54:47] Something for the Mrs.
  • [01:02:05] Save Me, Kelley Blue Book!
  • [01:11:31] The Bygone Days
  • [01:18:09] Power and Luxury
  • [01:24:31 ] In Capable Hands
  • [01:30:15] What’s Hot this Season
  • [01:37:03] Fearing the Future
  • [01:44:24] The End of an Era
  • [01:53:22] Honda Rediscovering Youth
  • [02:00:28] Best of Show


Discover more about segments and guests below…


[00:00:00] Mainstream Electric

Could electric cars replace diesel in the future? It seems likely! At the Paris International Auto Show (@MondialAuto), Brian Moody (@verymoody) from Autotrader (@AutoTrader_com) witnessed time and time again concept cars that were either hybrid, or full electric. We find out what he thinks about this latest trend.


[00:06:32] Auto Trader

Looking to buy a used car? Check out Autotrader (@AutoTrader_com) before you do anything. Not only do they help you compare prices, you can also check out some of their articles and videos that will help you make the best decision possible. Visit Autotrader (@AutoTrader_com) here.


[00:12:30] A Great Concept

There were some amazing concept cars at the Paris International Auto Show (@MondialAuto), but we want to know which one stood out the most to Brian Moody (@verymoody). Find out which European beauty he would love to bring home in this segment.


[00:19:53] Executive Publisher Karl

Our good friend Karl Brauer (@karlbrauer) is now the Executive Publisher of both Kelley Blue Book (@KelleyBlueBook) and Autotrader (@AutoTrader_com)! These two sites are invaluable to those both buying and selling cars. Let’s see what insider knowledge Karl has for us.


[00:29:49] Car Sales and Trends

How have trends in car sales changed over the years? Are we plateauing? Karl Brauer (@karlbrauer) shares his two cents on the subject.


[00:35:58] Renault Trezor GT

It’s Karl Brauer’s (@karlbrauer) turn to tell us what his favorite car from the Paris International Auto Show (@MondialAuto) is. And it’s a bizarre one! The Renault Trezor GT looks like an extreme Dodge Viper, with a massive front end and crazy big wheels. See for yourself!


[00:42:14] Rise of the Electric Car

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again; electric cars are the future. Karl Brauer (@karlbrauer) gives us a history lesson on the origins of the electric car, and how today’s technology has made it possible for consumers to buy one with the same range and at the same price as gas powered vehicles. We also hear what Alan’s been driving lately.


[00:50:29] 2017 GMC Acadia

Thanks to today’s technology, cars can have a good deal of power and still get great gas mileage. Alan’s been especially impressed by the 2017 GMC Acadia, considering it houses a V6 engine. Find out more about the Acadia here.


[00:54:47] Something for the Mrs.

Alan loves cars, and he really loves buying them for his wife! Does Karl Brauer (@karlbrauer) have any mid-sized SUV suggestions that would suit the family?


[01:02:05] Save Me, Kelley Blue Book!

Buying a car can get very complicated. Not only do you have to decide what kind you want, you then have to research what version! Vehicle packages boil down to one core question: Do you want a mobile home, or do you want a mansion? Kelley Blue Book (@KelleyBlueBook) might be just what you need to help sort out your priorities.


[01:11:31] The Bygone Days

The most common place to look for auto information is the World Wide Web. What ever happened to the long forgotten car magazines that generation after generation relied on? As an executive publisher, Karl Brauer (@karlbrauer) knows just how important it is to stay modern and keep up in a world where information travels at 60% the speed of light.


[01:18:09] Power and Luxury

How do the Porshe 911 Turbo, Nissan GT-R, and McLaren 570S measure up against one another? Karl Brauer (@karlbrauer) from Kelley Blue Book (@KelleyBlueBook) recently had the chance to compare these three high end performance vehicles. Find out what he discovered!


[01:24:31 ] In Capable Hands

It’s time for Karl Brauer (@karlbrauer) to head out, but not before he introduces us to Jack Nerad (@kbb_jackrnerad), Executive Editorial Director for Kelley Blue Book (@KelleyBlueBook). Jack is an industry professional, former co-host of a radio show, and he really knows his way around the auto world.


[01:30:15] What’s Hot this Season

We’re right at the beginning of the 2017 model year; is there anything we should be looking out for? Jack Nerad (@kbb_jackrnerad) brings our attention to the hottest cars of the season, including the Chevy Bolt and the Genesis G90.


[01:37:03] Fearing the Future

How do consumers feel about autonomous cars? Is there a lot of fear, or just a general lack of understanding? Kelley Blue Book (@KelleyBlueBook) did a recent study on this topic, and Jack Nerad (@kbb_jackrnerad) fills us in on some of the findings.


[01:44:24] The End of an Era

Our next guest is a guy who just might be the most well traveled auto journalist Alan has ever met. Michael Harley (@Schnell_Auto), Director of Industry Insights at Kelley Blue Book (@KelleyBlueBook), shares his thoughts on the end of the combustion engine era and picks his favorite vehicle from the Paris International Auto Show (@MondialAuto).


[01:53:22] Honda Rediscovering Youth

We’ve heard about all of the luxury and sports car brands at the Paris International Auto Show (@MondialAuto); was there anything worth talking about from Honda? The brand has come to be synonymous with an economy car, but it looks like they might be moving towards a “youthful” car soon! Michael Harley (@Schnell_Auto) fills us in.


[02:00:28] Best of Show

Earlier in the show, we spoke with Karl Brauer (@karlbrauer) about the “trio test drive” and comparison between the Porshe 911 TurboNissan GT-R, and McLaren 570S. Michael Harley (@Schnell_Auto) was lucky enough to participate – does he have a favorite?


Special Guests and Contributors:

Episode Credits:

  • Host: Alan Taylor
  • Producer: Jason Masters
  • Production Asst: Joanne Bolden
  • Copy Editor: Sara Antonuccio

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