THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor | Episode #276
A month long road trip has taken Alan to some great trade shows! We catch up with Motorz TV host, Chris Duke, to swap traveling tales, and review the Ford F-150 Raptor and Volkswagen Dune. BJ Killeen and Josh Hancock discuss new rides hitting the market including the Kia Niro Hybrid. Then, Kelley Blue Book’s Karl Brauer considers challenges of classifying late model cars. The gang also throws out some guesses on what the new Dodge Demon will look and drive like.
- [00:00:00] The Traveling Man Returns from a Month on the Road
- [00:06:09] Alan Taylor Announces 18th Year on Live with Kelly
- [00:12:30] Getting Airborne in the New Ford F-150 Raptor Truck
- [00:19:51] Chris Duke Reviews Volkswagen Dune Convertible
- [00:29:30] Aftermarket Upgrades for Late Model Vehicles
- [00:35:52] Rumor Mill: Style Predictions for 2020 Ford Bronco
- [00:42:12] Burt Reynolds’ 1977 Trans AM Sold at Barrett-Jackson
- [00:48:10] Josh Hancock Reports from The Classic Auto Show
- [00:54:43] Technology Paves Way for Safer Car Security
- [01:02:04] BJ Killeen Reviews New Kia Niro Hybrid
- [01:08:21] Dodge Demon Release Coming Soon
- [01:18:04] Exploring Future Ford Innovations with Karl Brauer
Discover more about segments and guests below…
[00:00:00] The Traveling Man Returns from a Month on the Road
Alan has had an exciting month of traveling to trade shows and conducted a whopping 50+ interviews on the Shell Pioneering Performance Stage during SEMA 2016. Alan recaps his favorite interview moments with Chris Duke of Motorz. Welcome back, Alan!
[00:06:09] Alan Taylor Announces 18th Year on Live with Kelly
Alan is getting even busier these days, and doesn’t expect to slow down any time soon. He is excited to announce his 18th year on Live with Kelly coming in April. Plus, Alan shares details on the upcoming City Gala in Los Angeles where he’ll be interviewing your favorite Hollywood celebrities including the winner of the City Gala Lifetime Achievement Award, Quincy Jones.
[00:12:30] Getting Airborne in the New Ford F-150 Raptor Truck
Is getting airborne in a truck one of those things you want to check off of your bucket list? Well, the Ford F-150 Raptor truck may make your dreams come true (at least if your name is Alan Taylor). This truck is not just an F-150, it’s an epic race machine with a 10-speed transmission and six drive modes. Built with a military-grade aluminum body, this lightweight truck can fly over just about anything you put in front of it. From the suspension to drive train, this truck was built for racing with comfort and performance in mind. Whether it be mud, sand, street, or highway, you can choose the best option for any terrain. Alan and Chris dive into the features of this revolutionary truck.
[00:19:51] Chris Duke Reviews Volkswagen Dune Convertible
Slug bug! The new Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible takes the classic heritage Beetle to another level, and opens the door for exploring some new terrain. Chris Duke reviews this dune buggy inspired Beetle which boasts some real get-up-and-go power. The 1.8-L 4-cylinder turbo gives this bug just the edge we we’re looking for. With a push button convertible top you can lower it while driving and a sweet Fender edition sound system, we’re craving a road trip! She is not an “off-road machine”, but still a well-handling vehicle in her own right. Explore more exciting features of the Volkswagen Beetle Dune!
[00:29:30] Aftermarket Upgrades for Late Model Vehicles
Newer cars are filled with so many innovative ideas these days, the need for aftermarket parts is greatly diminished. You can throw down a little bit more money in the beginning and get all the bells and whistles built right in. Chris Duke shares with us some of his recent car reviews and challenges he faces when suggesting upgrades and additions to car enthusiasts. Alan and Chris also discuss the highly-secretive Dodge Demon. It’s believed that this car will be the fastest muscle car yet, outdoing the Hellcat by about 200-HP. Wow! Dodge is teasing us with trailers about the car that is to be revealed in April. Join us for more on the Dodge Demon and the new era of aftermarket additions.
[00:35:52] Rumor Mill: Style Predictions for 2020 Ford Bronco
Ford Motor Company has a historic record of manufacturing best-of-category trucks. Alan recently interviewed, Mark Fields, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, while at the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction where he was able to gain insights regarding the future release of the re-imagined Ford Bronco. Scheduled to be released in 2020, the Ford Bronco is still a bit of a mystery to truck lovers. After squeezing design hints from Ford’s top brass, Alan makes some styling predictions. If built on the 2019 Ford Ranger global platform, it should be a small, yet mighty truck. We’ll look into Alan’s crystal ball for the future of the 2020 Ford Bronco.
[00:42:12] Burt Reynolds’ 1977 Trans AM Sold at Barrett-Jackson
The whole gang is back together after a month-long traveling spree!. Alan, BJ Killeen, and Josh Hancock recap the latest automotive news, share thoughts on multi-car restorations, and lament over some out-of-business companies of yesteryear. Plus, Alan recently interviewed the legendary American actor, Burt Reynolds, and share significant highlights including details of his 1977 Pontiac Trans Am and his relationship with Sally Field.
[00:48:10] Josh Hancock Reports from The Classic Auto Show
Sometimes an auto show is full of cars you would never expect! Josh Hancock recently attended The Classic Auto Show sponsored by the Velocity Channel in Los Angeles. The price of entry wasn’t cheap, but the event was packed with TV stars and an interesting array of autos. With all of the Velocity’s top stars in attendance, fans flocked in from all over to be regaled by some exceptional car restorations and a fair amount of what Josh dubs “odd-ball cars.”.Hear about some of the out-of-the-ordinary restorations on display.
[00:54:43] Technology Paves Way for Safer Car Security
With technology always advancing, we are facing new issues with poorly executed designs. BJ Killeen and Josh Hancock talk about the dangerous and unattractive location of rotary shifters in cars. Changing gears, have you ever considered the safety of your car’s electronic systems? It’s a brave new world, folks, and with key-less entry and remote-starts available in standard equipment packages, security should be on your mind. Engineers are rapidly evolving technology for higher security standards, and will soon incorporate facial recognition to access future vehicles. Learn what’s next for automotive electronics and design.
[01:02:04] BJ Killeen Reviews New Kia Niro Hybrid
Setting a Guinness World Record title for Lowest Fuel Consumption by a Hybrid Vehicle, the Kia Niro is the next big thing when it comes to hybrid cars. With an average of 55-MPG, the Niro reached a fuel efficiency of 76-MPG in the recent record-breaking journey from LA to New York. This car is so awesome, Melissa McCarthy agreed to star in Kia’s (surprisingly entertaining) commercials. Our very own BJ Killeen got behind the wheel of the Niro and it has her raving! Thanks to the dual-clutch transmission, you’re nearly guaranteed a smooth drive. Equipped with heated seats, smart cruise control and many other tech-forward additions, don’t miss our real-world review of this new economy ride.
[01:08:21] Dodge Demon Release Coming Soon
Alan brings BJ Killeen, Josh Hancock, and Karl Brauer back together to chat about the new Dodge Demon. Karl has some pretty solid guesses on what this mystery car will be like, predicting it will be a souped-up version of the Challenger. Karl also chats about classifying the new Kia Niro Hybrid and the challenges it presents.
[01:18:04] Exploring Future Ford Innovations with Karl Brauer
Alan talks with BJ Killeen, Josh Hancock, and Karl Brauer about the history of the Ford Bronco and how it may influence future design cues for the 2020 edition. Karl believes the new Bronco will be a serious off-road machine. Next, we discuss Ford’s brilliant idea for prospective buyers of the Ford GT. buyer’s kit. Before purchasing a new GT, consumers will receive a carbon fiber Buyer’s Kit; filled with miniature models of wheels, upholstery fabric swatches, and paint samples, buyers can customize their dream GT from start to finish.
Explore More with Helpful Links:
- Contributor: Chris Duke | Host, “Motorz”
- Contributor: BJ Killeen | Automotive Journalist, Team Killeen
- Contributor: Josh Hancock | Hollywood Car Consultant, JoshCAR
- Contributor: Karl Brauer | Senior Director of Insights, Kelley Blue Book
- Vehicle: Ford F-150 Raptor
- Vehicle: Volkswagen Beetle Dune
- Vehicle: Kia Niro Hybrid
- Vehicle: Dodge Demon
- Event: City Gala Life Time Achievement Award
- Event: The Classic Car Show
- Article: Everything We Think We Know About The 2020 Ford Bronco
- Article: Burt Reynold’s ’77 Trans Am
- Article: Kia Sets Guinness World Record
- Article: Ford’s GT Carbon Fiber Buyers Kit
- Video: Dodge Demon Teaser
- Program Host: Alan Taylor
- Producer: Dave Milligan
- Production Assistant: Joanne Bolden
- Audio Engineer: Dave Milligan
- Copy Editor: Jess Baumgardner
- Graphic Design: Becky Vaughn
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About THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor
THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor puts you in the driver’s seat for a unique, fast paced look at today’s automotive industry. This is your pedal-to-the-metal, two-hour thrill ride devoted to the latest car news and test-drive results, how-to tips car maintenance tips, auto show coverage, expert insights and behind-the-scenes race day action. Don’t miss exclusive interviews with top auto executives, athletes, celebrities and prominent newsmakers from around the world.