THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor | Episode #371
Amazing, massive horsepower machines have become like Alan’s favorite food if he’d eaten it every day for the past 10 years. In short, Alan is… was having a hard time being turned on by cars – until he drove the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, discusses the new 2020 Toyota GR Supra, why Toyota’s partnership with BMW was a very smart move, and how RAM and Dodge have been able to position themselves ahead of Chevrolet in the truck and muscle car categories. Then, we chat with Autotrader Executive Editor, Brian Moody, about his test drive of the Chevrolet Blazer, and three new lists on Autotrader including the 12 Best New Cars. Shifting gears, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, reviews ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’, fills us in on the upcoming movie ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’, and shares his excitement over the Aston Martin DBX. Next, Automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, gives us the pros and cons of the 2019 Toyota Tundra and joins Alan for a little bit of Tesla bashing. Closing the show, Justice Brothers, Inc. President and CEO, Ed Justice, Jr., remembers the life and accomplishments of the late Niki Lauda and gives us an update on where the field stands for the Indianapolis 500. Don’t miss this weeks car reviews and auto news.
- [00:00:00] Toyota Supra Reignites Alan’s Passion
- [00:05:59] Toyota Found Smart Way to Make Supra
- [00:12:30] RAM Vs Chevrolet: Art Vs Science
- [00:19:51] Chevrolet Blazer: The Old Vs The New
- [00:28:06] 2020 Blazer: Wrong Name, Great SUV
- [00:35:46] Autotrader’s 12 Best New Cars
- [00:42:16] The Art of Racing in the Rain
- [00:48:03] John Wick 3 and Aston Martin DBX
- [00:54:47] Things the 2019 Toyota Tundra Got Right
- [01:02:07] Toyota Tundra Is Great, But Outdated
- [01:10:14] Tesla Stocks Fall 38% in 2019
- [01:18:08] Indy 500 / Remembering Niki Lauda
Discover more about segments and guests below…
[00:00:00] Toyota Supra Reignites Alan’s Passion
After years of owning cars like a Dodge Viper, Dodge Demon, Shelby Mustang GT500, and other amazing high performance beasts, Alan has found himself in a doldrum. That is, until he test drove the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. It’s 50/50 weight distribution and dual-mode 8-speed transmission with ZF paddle shift sent Alan gliding gracefully around corners at the track. Executive Publisher for Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, dismisses the naysaying of purists when it comes to the Supra – all that matters is the final execution and how it makes you feel when the rubber meets the road. Are you a fan of the 2020 Toyota GR Supra?
[00:05:59] Toyota Found Smart Way to Make Supra
While the return of the Toyota Supra is panned by some purists out there in the automotive world, Alan loves it! Executive Publisher for Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, praises Toyota for their brilliant idea of partnering with BMW to make the 2020 Toyota GR Supra happen. There’s no other way they could have designed the car that we’re getting and given it a $50,000 price tag as well without outsourcing the engine to BMW. Learn how this partnership awards car lovers everywhere with one of the most amazing cars to ever grace the sub-$50,000 price range.
[00:12:30] RAM Vs Chevrolet: Art Vs Science
For years Chevrolet held the #2 spot when it came to trucks and muscle cars, but that age has come to an end. Recently, Dodge and RAM (formerly the same company) have wrest the honors away from the Chevrolet Camaro and Silverado respectively. Executive Publisher for Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, explains why top-notch engineering wasn’t enough to keep Chevy ahead in the race, and how pure, unadulterated passion rocketed Dodge’s 11+ year old platform and RAM’s award winning 1500 into the limelight. In a world where styling and features reign, engineering alone isn’t enough to win.
[00:19:51] Chevrolet Blazer: The Old Vs The New
Even if you’re not a Chevrolet Blazer fan, you probably have a rough idea of what a 70s Blazer looks like. That’s why Alan and Autotrader Executive Editor, Brian Moody, were taken aback by the design of the new 2020 Chevy Blazer. While there is nothing inherently wrong with the way it looks (it could even be said to have a nice aggressive stance) it’s just not ‘Blazer’. Do you think Chevrolet should have named this newest SUV something else?
[00:28:06] 2020 Blazer: Wrong Name, Great SUV
Okay, so we’ve made it pretty clear that the new 2020 Chevrolet Blazer really doesn’t look like a Blazer, but if we put that aside, how is it as a nameless vehicle? Autotrader Executive Editor, Brian Moody, fills us in on the fairly good features that the new Blazer will come with. 25 mpg highway, a 9-speed automatic transmission, and the choice of FWD or AWD are great, along with the standard interior you’d expect from Chevrolet vehicles; but we just can’t get past the mishap of the name plate. Changing lanes, Brian gives us an overview of a couple new articles out on Autotrader.com: “10 Best Non-Luxury Certified Pre-Owned Programs for 2019” and “10 Best Luxury Certified Pre-Owned Programs for 2019”. Tune in to learn more.
[00:35:46] Autotrader’s 12 Best New Cars
Autotrader is one of the internet’s best resources for anyone looking to purchase a new car – whether you want to use their ‘Cars for Sale’ services or read articles that can guide you in your buying process. Autotrader Executive Editor, Brian Moody, shares about one of Autotrader’s most recent articles, “12 Best New Cars for 2019”. Among the contenders, the vehicle that stood out the most to Brian was the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450. Find out why this and other cars like the Acura RDX, 2019 Ford Ranger, Genesis G70, and more are deemed worthy of your attention by the Autotrader staff.
[00:42:16] The Art of Racing in the Rain
It’s time for our slice of Hollywood news, and that of course means Josh Hancock, JoshCAR Hollywood Car consultant, is here to tell us what’s going on in the movie capital of the world. “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is a movie based on the book of the same title which seems to be more about the relationship between a man and his dog (voiced by Kevin Costern) than it is about the cars. But don’t let that fool you, there will be some very beautiful cars – classic Ferraris, Fords and more – all throughout the movie. It should be a good time for any automotive enthusiast family. Learn more about this upcoming feature film.
[00:48:03] John Wick 3 and Aston Martin DBX
Did you know that Keanu Reeves is a big fan of motorcycles? Yeah, he’s even co-founded the company Arch Motorcycle, which produces $75,000 motorcycles that are works of art. JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, recently saw John Wick 3, starring Keanu Reeves, and says his love for motorcycles shines through in a few scenes. The movie picks up where the first two left off, but *SPOILER ALERT* the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 isn’t a central character in this film. Changing gears, we discuss the new Aston Martin DBX SUV and wonder if the world can stand any more of these utility vehicles. Apparently we can, as SUVs like the Bentley Bentayaga, Lincoln Navigator, and Lamborghini Urus sales are all doing very well (and these vehicles all cost well over $100,000!). Tune in to learn more about John Wick 3 and the new Aston Martin DBX.
[00:54:47] Things the 2019 Toyota Tundra Got Right
In a world dominated by the latest flashy trucks like Ford F Series, Chevrolet Silverado, and RAM 1500, one truck offers a different perspective by staying the same. Automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, recently drove the 2019 Toyota Tundra and was very impressed. It may not have the newest tech, but what it does have tons of interior room, big manly mirrors, knobs, and grab handles, and 5.7L i-FORCE V8 engine with 381-HP and 401 lb-ft of torque. Bj was surprised by how comfortable this truck was to drive on the highway and offroad alike. Listen in to learn more about the 2019 Toyota Tundra.
[01:02:07] Toyota Tundra Is Great, But Outdated
While the Toyota Tundra is priced fairly at $45,145, sporting Intune Premium Audio, TRD Sport package, and the ability to scale mountains like a billy goat, it does feel a bit outdated. Automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, gives a few critiques of Toyota’s latest full-size truck. The Tundra can only muster up a meager 14 mpg combined fuel economy, which is not competitive with F Series trucks that are said to be approaching 30 mpg. Combined with the fact that the Tundra does not have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, a tiny infotainment screen, and an old platform, Toyota is going to have to step up their game with the next generation of this truck to meet their competition. Are you a fan of the Toyota Tundra?
[01:10:14] Tesla Stocks Fall 38% in 2019
When Alan and automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, get together, Tesla is sure to get a bashing, and for good reason. While we can appreciate the entrepreneurial initiative Elon Musk flaunts wherever he goes, reports of discontented employees and a massive drop in stock market value of Tesla make us question his ability to consistently lead the all-star electric vehicle company. After dropping 38% from a 52 week high of $387.46 a share to just under $200 per share Tesla stock is in trouble. Some brazen analysts even suggest that Tesla stock could be seen as low as $10 per share in the future. Ouch! How ever you look at it, plunging stock, growing competition, and a loss of government credits are not good news for Tesla and Musk. Do you think Tesla is doomed?
[01:18:08] Indy 500 / Remembering Niki Lauda
Motorsports recently lost a legend, and the aviation industry lost a visionary. Justice Brothers, Inc. President and CEO, Ed Justice, Jr. joins us to honor the life and accomplishments of the late Niki Lauda. Ed recalls the time he shot a picture of Niki Lauda in his Ferrari F1 racecar in 1977 and tells the tale of his Nurburgring wreck that nearly killed him. Changing gears, Ed fills us in on the historically close qualifying field for this year’s Indianapolis 500 formula one race and gives us his predictions.
Explore More with Helpful Links:
- Contributor: Karl Brauer | Executive Publisher, Autotrader/ Kelley Blue Book/ Dealer.com
- Contributor: Brian Moody | Executive Editor, Autotrader
- Contributor: Josh Hancock | Hollywood Car Consultant, JoshCAR
- Contributor: BJ Killeen | Automotive Journalist
- Contributor: Ed Justice, Jr. | President and CEO, Justice Brothers, Inc.
- Website: Indianapolis 500
- Vehicle Mention: 2020 Toyota Supra
- Program Host: Alan Taylor
- Producer: Dave Milligan
- Production Assistant: Joanne Bolden
- Audio Engineer: Dave Milligan
- Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
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