THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor | Episode #374
We kick off the show with Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, as we discuss the possibility of Alan selling his serial #8 Dodge Demon, Mid-Engine Corvette rumors, the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, and the rapidly changing automotive industry how KBB keeps up. Next, automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, reviews the Kia Telluride and Toyota Sienna. Both of these amazing vehicles should be considered for any family looking to upgrade to a spacious ride. Then, JoshCAR Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, gives us his impressions on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and a quick Hollywood car update. Closing the show, Co-founder of Cartender and freelance automotive journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, U.S. News and World Report, George Kennedy III, gushes about his love for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, reviews the 2019 GMC Acadia SLT 1 Black Edition, and chats with Alan about his 1973 Chevrolet Blazer with full removable hardtop. Tune in for more on the latest performance SUVs, racing news, and sports car talk.
- [00:00:00] Specialty Sports Cars Hold Value
- [00:06:02] Market Oversaturated with Special Cars?
- [00:12:30] Mid-Engine Corvette Mass Production?
- [00:19:51] Performance SUVs and Decline of Sedans
- [00:28:24] Le Mans: A 24 Hour Race of Endurance
- [00:35:53] Auto Industry in Flux, How KBB Keeps Up
- [00:42:13] BJ Killeen Finally Reviews Kia Telluride
- [00:48:56] Kia Low Quality No More and Rental Cars
- [00:54:44] Minivan Market and Toyota Sienna Review
- [01:02:05] Stelvio Quadrifoglio Review / Movie News
- [01:09:58] GMC Acadia SLT 1 and ‘73 Blazer
- [01:18:06] Hypercars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Discover more about segments and guests below…
[00:00:00] Specialty Sports Cars Hold Value
When Alan and Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com, Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, bought their Dodge Demons they had to sign a contract that forbade them from reselling them for 18 months! Now those 18 months have passed, and Alan is looking to sell his Demon. Remarkably, in those 18 months, the value of the Dodge Demon has gone up, if not remained the same. We reflect on how well specialty sports cars with limited runs hold their value compared to other production vehicles.
[00:06:02] Market Oversaturated with Special Cars?
How many special cars can a manufacturer make before they just aren’t special anymore? Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com, Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, and Alan compare the hype surrounding the Dodge Demon and Ford GT compared to that of the Dodge Red Eye. Do you think over using limited run cars cheapens their exclusivity?
[00:12:30] Mid-Engine Corvette Mass Production?
The Corvette has always been a front-engine car, but that’s all about to change with the Chevrolet Corvette C8. Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com, Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, shares some of the latest details about this upcoming 900-HP mid-engine beast. We speculate on whether GM will make it a limited production car, or will mass produce it as an everyman’s supercar. Are you excited for the Chevrolet Corvette C8?
[00:19:51] Performance SUVs and Decline of Sedans
Alan recently got to take a test drive in the new 2020 Ford Explorer. While he can’t tell us much due to embargo, he can tellus that this beast boasts a 400-HP 3L EcoBoost TwinTurbo V6 engine and really hauls ass. Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com, Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, chat about the proliferation of performance SUVs and the declining numbers of sedan sales in recent years. Everyone seems to have a performance SUV, including exotic car brands like Maserati, Lamborghini, and Porsche. Are you a fan of high-octane sport utility vehicles?
[00:28:24] Le Mans: A 24 Hour Race of Endurance
Anyone who knows Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com, Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, knows he’s a huge Ford GT fan, its no wonder he’s pumped for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. There are several teams running Ford GTs sporting liveries that pay homage to the 1960’s Le Mans GTs. Karl shares details about the line up at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Tune in for more.
[00:35:53] Auto Industry in Flux, How KBB Keeps Up
Car manufacturers that we used to know as bad, like Kia and Hyundai, are making some damn good vehicles these days. It’s in part due to the fact that the auto industry is playing musical chairs with its designers and engineers. Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealer.com, Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, comments on the constant state of change the automotive industry has been in over the past decade, and how Kelley Blue Book can keep up with the ever changing value of cars. When an established car company comes out with an all-new model, no problem, KBB can just go off of similar car and manufacturer data to come up with a value. But when a car comes out that’s backed by a completely new company, in a new category, as a new model… well, things get a bit tougher. Find out how KBB can keep up with an automotive industry in flux.
[00:42:13] BJ Killeen Finally Reviews Kia Telluride
We’ve all heard it from Alan: the Kia Telluride is freaking amazing. Automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, finally got behind the wheel of the all-star Kia SUV and is here to tell us what she thinks. Brace yourselves… Yeah, it’s freaking amazing. While we’re on the subject, all of Kia’s vehicles have been outstanding in the past few years. BJ shares her favorite Telluride features, like the Smart Power Liftgate, wireless phone charger, and Harmon-Kardon audio system.
[00:48:56] Kia Low Quality No More and Rental Cars
Did you know that the Kia Telluride was not their first forray into the large SUV segment? Automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, chats about the Kia Borrego and the problems it faced upon release. Unfortunate timing doomed the Borrego to abysmal sales, but right now is the best time there has ever been for large SUVs, so the Kia Telluride is making waves. Changing gears, Alan thinks car manufacturers should make an effort to sell better equipped cars to rental fleets. A rental is often a person’s first interaction with a car, and if you’ve only got base models being test driven on a daily basis, they’re probably not going to impress anybody.
[00:54:44] Minivan Market and Toyota Sienna Review
Reportedly, the minivan segment is not doing very well as SUV sales have begun to steal pieces of their pie. Automotive journalist, BJ Killeen, assures us minivans aren’t going anywhere. There’s always that segment of people who will want a spacious road-trip-mobile to cart their family across the country,and nothing can fit the bill quite like a good minivan. Speaking of minivans, BJ has been driving the Toyota Sienna and compares it to the Kia Sedona. Listen in to see why she still prefers the Sedona.
[01:02:05] Stelvio Quadrifoglio Review / Movie News
Everyone’s favorite Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock of JoshCAR, has been driving the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and is very impressed. The 503-HP engine made it the fastest SUV on the planet when it first came out, and it has the style to boot. Cheaper than it’s Lamborghini, Porsche, and Aston Martin brothers, the Stelvio comes in at a modest $80,000 and provides $125,000 of value. Changing gears, Josh fills us in on the John Delorian movie featuring Alec Baldwin, and a new G.I. Joe spin-off.
[01:09:58] GMC Acadia SLT 1 and ‘73 Blazer
Are you a fan of chrome rimmed cars? According to Cartender Co-founder and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News and World Report, George Kennedy III, you may be part of a shrinking minority. Buyer tastes are moving away from bling and towards black, earth tones, and monochromatic styles. That’s why GMC released the Acadia SLT 1 Black Edition that George has been driving. George shares his thoughts on this sharp dressed SUV. Also, we discuss Alan’s love for his 1973 Chevrolet Blazer. Are you a Blazer fan?
[01:18:06] Hypercars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
For true sports car racing fans, there is no weekend like the 24 Hours of Le Mans weekend. Cartender Co-founder and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News and World Report, George Kennedy III, shares his excitement for the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans race. This year the’ve added a new Hypercar category for the most extreme super cars out there, like Ferrari La Ferrari, Koenigseggs, Paganis, and Porsche 918s. Tune in to learn more about the hypercars of 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Explore More with Helpful Links:
- Contributor: Karl Brauer | Executive Publisher, Autotrader/ Kelley Blue Book/ Dealer.com
- Contributor: BJ Killeen | Automotive Journalist
- Contributor: Josh Hancock | Hollywood Car Consultant, JoshCAR
- Contributor: George Kennedy III | Co-founder, Cartender | Freelance Automotive Journalist, CarGurus/ Boston Globe/ U.S. News & World Report
- Website: 24 Hours of Le Mans
- Vehicle Mention: Toyota Sienna
- Vehicle Mention: Kia Telluride
- Vehicle Mention: 2020 Ford Explorer
- Vehicle Mention: BMW X5
- Vehicle Mention: Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
- Vehicle Mention: 2019 GMC Acadia SLT 1 Black Edition
- Program Host: Alan Taylor
- Producer: Dave Milligan
- Production Assistant: Joanne Bolden
- Audio Engineer: Dave Milligan
- Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
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