THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor | Episode #295

Whether you’re into muscle, horsepower, electric vehicles, or even celebrity car guys, we’ve got a little something for every gearhead. Automotive journalist BJ Killeen reviews the luxurious 2018 Lincoln Navigator and tells us about the pure glamour of this large SUV. Next, we chat with Michelle Krebs, Senior Analyst at Autotrader, who talks about the fate of sedans, the sales of EVs, and gives some insight on Tesla. Then, we talk with Greg Migliore, Editor-in-Chief of Autoblog, who takes us on a journey into the future with discussions on the 2020 Ford Bronco and Aston Martin Valkyrie. He also has some inside information on his co-worker’s  test drive of the Dodge Demon and the power of the  Jeep Trackhawk. We end the hour with excitement from Ed Justice, Jr., President and CEO of Justice Brothers, Inc., about Monterey Car Week. This week is full of must attend parties including Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival and The Quail. Tune in.

  • [00:00:00] Rapid Changes in the Automotive Hobby
  • [00:06:23] 2018 Lincoln Navigator Exudes Excellence
  • [00:12:30] Expedition and Navigator Shared Platform
  • [00:19:51] Utility Vehicles Replace Sedan Sales
  • [00:26:52] Will Tesla Model 3 Live Up to Expectations?
  • [00:35:51] EV Sales Less the 1% of Auto Market
  • [00:42:11] We Eagerly Await the 2020 Ford Bronco
  • [00:48:12] The Future is the Aston Martin Valkyrie
  • [00:54:42] Dodge Demon and Jeep Trackhawk Represent
  • [01:02:03] Monterey Car Week is Just Around the Corner
  • [01:10:30] Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld Wouldn’t Miss It
  • [01:18:01] Exclusive, Sophisticated Parties at Pebble Beach

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[00:00:00] Rapid Changes in the Automotive Hobby

We all know that the only constant is change, and the automotive world has had its fair share of changes. Hobbyists will have to decide if they will go with the flow or stick to their big engines and hearty exhausts. Alan chats with BJ Killeen about the 2017 Chevrolet Volt that he just test drove. He really liked the car, but he is used to a loud, growling motor and this car was silent. Many buyers are overlooking the Volt and Alan thinks this is a bad idea. In this car you can drive over 80% of the time on electricity, making it extremely affordable and efficient. Are you a car enthusiast who is going to hold tightly to nostalgia, or will you become a part of the new wave of auto lovers?

[00:06:23] 2018 Lincoln Navigator Exudes Excellence

“Who are you driving?” If there was a fancy award show where vehicles cruise down the notorious red carpet, we know just the car you’d want. Automotive journalist BJ Killeen reviews the sleek design of the 2018 Lincoln Navigator. The designers did not overlook a single thing on this ride, and the quality of the wood and leather are there to prove it. They even went as far as putting plush 40 oz. carpet inside the Black Label trim model. This luxury SUV exudes class, no matter the trim package. Are you ready for a glamorous ride?

[00:12:30] Expedition and Navigator Shared Platform

The chassis is the most expensive part of the machines that we drive around every day. One platform can be the base to a bevy of various vehicles. Automotive journalist BJ Killeen shares the differences between the perfect example of a shared chassis; the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. These two builds share many similarities, but the Navigator takes it to the next level. Geared towards towing power the Expedition doesn’t have the opulent feel of the Navigator. The Black Label trim package of the Navigator offers a premium experience and even luxury service options. So, do you want beauty or utility?

[00:19:51] Utility Vehicles Replace Sedan Sales

Sales of the sedan are falling drastically, but there are cars out there that are trying to save this category. Honda recently had the global unveiling of their new Accord, and it looks good. Both the Accord and the Toyota Camry have come up with much sportier designs – Michelle Krebbs, Senior Analyst at Autotrader, believes that these two cars are the last hope to save the sedan sector.  As many families are transitioning to single car households and require increased utility, do you think the sedan will survive?

[00:26:52] Will Tesla Model 3 Live Up to Expectations?

It is officially in the works, the Tesla Model 3 has started production and we can’t wait to hear all about it. Alan and Michelle Krebs, Senior Analyst at Autotrader, talk about what is going on with Tesla. The Model 3 will be Tesla’s first stab at a mainstream production vehicle. With 400,000 pre-orders, the pressure is on for this company to deliver a flawless vehicle. Bodacious business man, Elon Musk, seems to know exactly what he is doing. The sexy cache that comes with the Tesla keeps demand high, and Michelle foresees a possible fleet in the future. Do you see yourself cruising on electric soon?

[00:35:51] EV Sales Less the 1% of Auto Market

Electric vehicles seem to be all the buzz these days. Technology is getting better and ‘range anxiety’ has been drastically diminished. Michelle Krebs, Senior Analyst at Autotrader, tells us why the EV market still has a long way to go. Not including Tesla, EVs are barely moving the needle in sales, coming in at 0.4% as of June 2017. There are some large rebates out there if you are looking into an electric ride, but Michelle warns that the resale value may not be worth it. Tesla is in a category all its own, but not many can afford one just yet. Should you think twice before buying an EV?

[00:42:11] We Eagerly Await the 2020 Ford Bronco

Many hold a special place in their heart for the classic Ford Bronco of the 60s and 70s. It’s making its way back to the market and it has Bronco lovers excited. Greg Migliore, Editor-in-Chief of Autoblog, sounds off on his thoughts about the latest renderings of the 2020 Ford Bronco. Greg thinks that it will have a rough-and-ready flexible platform with similar elements to the Ford Ranger. He has seen some versions that make it look pretty retro which has encouraged some people to hold off on buying a new ride until this one hits the dealerships in 2019. What does your dream Bronco look like?

[00:48:12] Aston Martin Valkyrie and Fiat 124 Spider

Do you have an extra $3-million lying around? Sure ya do, and we know you want to buy the coolest car of the future. Greg Migliore, Editor-in-Chief of Autoblog, discusses the limited production Aston Martin Valkyrie with a body shape that looks like something out of Star Wars. Only 175 vehicles will be built! While we patiently wait for this epic supercar, we switch gears to something that is in the price range for the average Joe. Greg tells us about the Fiat 124 Spider, a rear-drive turbo roadster with a base price coming in at less than $30,000. How thick is your wallet; $30,000 or $3 million?

[00:54:42] Dodge Demon and Jeep Trackhawk Represent

Finally, it is time to start hearing about the test drives of the infamous Dodge Demon. Greg Migliore, Editor-in-Chief of Autotrader, talks to us about his co-worker’s test drive of the 840-HP monster. Greg believes that this was a way for FCA to pay homage to the ‘real racers’ out there. The Demon may tear up the track, but perhaps you’re looking for something a little more versatile. Don’t worry, FCA also has an SUV with some insane power. The Jeep Trackhawk houses the 707-HP Hellcat drive train and is one of the most robust SUVs out there. Are you craving horsepower? Tune in now.

[01:02:03] Monterey Car Week is Just Around the Corner

Carmel-by-the-Sea, McCall’s Motorworks Revival, Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance – just to name a few of the fabulous events that Monterey Car Week is comprised of. Ed Justice, Jr., President and CEO of Justice Brothers, Inc., delves into what we can expect from this family-friendly concours that has a spectacular collection world class cars. There are historic vehicle races throughout the week where you’ll see million dollar cars rushing around the track. If you’re looking for some classy days gazing at gorgeous cars, this should be a bucket-list event! Find out more now.

[01:10:30] Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld Wouldn’t Miss It

The Monterey Car Week is one for the books for car buffs, and the shared interest in the hobby creates some great crowds. Ed Justice, Jr., President and CEO of Justice Brothers, Inc., tells us about the awesome parties that surround this eventful week. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the granddaddy of all the concours, and they do it up right. Stars like Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld attend this excellent week of festivities. Parties like Gordon McCalls Motorworks Revival at the Jet Center have tickets starting at $395 and up. Also, if you’re into photography, you can get some excellent photos without a press pass at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. If you’ve got style, class, and an obsession with cars – GO!

[01:18:01] Exclusive, Sophisticated Parties at Pebble Beach

If you’re going to attend the Monterey Car Week, then you should save up for one of the most exclusive events of the week. Ed Justice, Jr., President and CEO of Justice Brothers, Inc., gushes about The Quail, a sophisticated, all-inclusive party with gourmet food and expensive libations. Basically a black tie affair, tickets start at $650 and up. With the price of admission, you will get to see concept cars and talk with auto designers and makers. Wallet a little thin these days? If you can’t attend that premier event, hop over to the Pebble Beach Golf Course and join Dawn Patrol. As the sun comes up, car aficionados can find a comfortable place to sit and watch the cars roll out onto the lawn at the 18th fairway. Sound like the event of your dreams? Time to save up!

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 Episode Credits:

  • Program Host: Alan Taylor
  • Producer: Dave Milligan
  • Production Assistant: Joanne Bolden
  • Audio Engineer: Dave Milligan
  • Copy Editor: Jess Baumgardner

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