Small SUVs, performance SUVs, luxury SUVs, specialty SUVs – everybody is making SUVs these days, they’re all the craze. After Alan reminisce about his trip to Washington D.C. with Automotive Journalist, BJ Killeen, she reviews the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio that she drove at Motorpress Guild Drive Days. Then we learn about the Hyundai Palisade and Genesis G80 and their amazing features and low-cost high-value pricing. Next up, Co-Founder of Cartender, and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News and World Report, George Kennedy III, reviews the Jaguar F-Pace SVR and it’s amazing engine sound, and the 2019 Audi Q3 with updated MMI touch screen controls. Changing lanes, Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer, discusses the Lamborghini Urus and how its the number 1 selling Lamborghini on the market right now and what this means for SUVs. Then we chat about the Monterey Car Week auction prices dip, the rise of mid engine cars and the upcoming unveiling of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible, and August’s bounce back in auto sales. Closing out the show, Executive Editor for Autotrader, Brian Moody, gives us a list of Autotrader’s top 12 picks for best new electric cars of 2019. Tune in to find out why the Lincoln Aviator and Hyundai Kona are his favorites.
·[00:00:00] Alan’s Trip to Washington D.C.
·[00:05:46] Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio at MPG
·[00:12:31] Hyundai Palisade and Genesis G80 at MPG
·[00:19:52] Jaguar F-Pace, and Mercedes Peddling
·[00:28:07] 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR: a GT Experience
·[00:35:53] 2019 Audi Q3’s New MMI Is a Nice Touch
·[00:42:14] Lamborghini Urus Is Now #1 Selling Lambo
·[00:48:56] Monterey Car Auction Dip Indicates Reset
·[00:54:44] It All Started With Lamborghini Miura
·[01:02:05] August Auto Sales Fix Industry Supply
·[01:08:41] 12 Best New Electric Cars for 2019 pt1
·[01:18:06] 12 Best New Electric Cars for 2019 pt2
[00:00:00] Alan’s Trip to Washington D.C.
When you think of Washington D.C. you might think of politicians, but that’s not everything that the United States capital is about. Alan recently visited the District of Columbia with his wife and shares his awe with Automotive Journalist, BJ Killeen. From the larger-than-life statue of Abraham Lincoln, to the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, this amount of history packed into that city is inspiring. Tune in to hear a different side of the nation’s capital.
[00:05:46] Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio at MPG
There are certain perks to being an automotive journalist, and the Motor Press Guild Drive Day are definitely one. Automotive Journalist, BJ Killeen, loves attending this event every year because of the amazing cars they pack out to the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California. This time around she got to drive the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, a refined and powerful SUV that touts a twin turbo 505 HP V8 engine, sleek design, comfortable seats. This performance SUV starts at $80,000, but don’t let the high price tag scare you away, it’s worth every penny.
[00:12:31] Hyundai Palisade and Genesis G80 at MPG
The Motor Press Guild Drive Day is more than a social hangout for automotive journalists, they give out awards for journalistic endeavors in radio, television, and other mediums to recognize top journalists. That said, Automotive Journalist, BJ Killeen, really just loves to drive the cars. She got to jump behind the seat of the Hyundai Palisade and Genesis G80 at the MPG Drive Day and was very impressed by the value these companies were able to pack into their cars for such a low price. Coming in at $47,600 and $56,245 on the upper trim levels, the Hyundai Palisade and Genesis G80 are two of the best bargains on the market. Test them out at a local dealership today and see if you don’t drive one of them off the lot and into your garage.
[00:19:52] Jaguar F-Pace, and Mercedes Peddling
Alan’s wife really, really… REALLY wants a Kia Telluride – trouble is, they’re extremely hard to find because they are in such high demand! So naturally Alan has been trying to distract-buy other SUVs he thinks might be comparable, like a Mercedes ML360 Bluetec diesel, and a Mercedes 350 R Station wagon; but as they say, when you know what you want, you KNOW what you want! Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, tells Alan to just get his wife the damn Telluride already! Changing gears, George reviews the Jaguar F-Pace SVR. Find out why the engine really got George excited while driving this vehicle.
[00:28:07] 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR: a GT Experience
Whether you want to roar around the race track, or zip through town in an elegant machine, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR is for you. With ample space for your luggage, your little ones, and your legs, combined with a supercharged 550 HP V8 engine, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR is a score for any car enthusiast family. Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, gushes about his experience behind the wheel of Jaguar’s mid-size SUV. Cornering, power, acceleration, interior space and design, this SUV has it all. Tune in to learn more.
[00:35:53] 2019 Audi Q3’s New MMI Is a Nice Touch
Vehicles in the small SUV range are selling like hot cakes. Like the beautiful Volvo XC40, BMW X1, and the 2019 Audi Q3. Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, fills us in on the 2019 Audi Q3, which he and his compatriots over at CarGurus reviewed recently. Is this a spacious off-road beast? No, but what it lacks in those areas it makes up for in commuting, other utility features, and a 228 HP turbocharged 2L in-line 4 cylinder engine. The key feature of the Q3 for George was the updated MMI infotainment system relies on on-screen buttons rather than funky controller schemes. Listen in for more details.
[00:42:14] Lamborghini Urus Is Now #1 Selling Lambo
Lamborghini is doing what every other high-end manufacturer has been doing: making an SUV when you would have never guessed they’d do such a thing before. And the results are in – the Lamborghini Urus is now their number one selling vehicle. It just goes to show that the rise of the SUV is all-consuming. Executive Publisher for Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, and Alan discuss the $199,000 (base) utility vehicle and it’s amazing 641 HP, 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds, and 190 mph top speed. Are you a Lamborghini Urus fan?
[00:48:56] Monterey Car Auction Dip Indicates Reset
The various auctions that regularly take place during Monterey Car Week took a 30% loss in earnings year, missing the mark by $115 million! What does this mean for the classic car, and automotive industry as a whole? Executive Publisher for Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com, Karl Brauer, says this could be an indication of a market price reset. There are a lot of factors at play right now, from stock market instability, tariff concerns, and the unsustainably high prices people were paying for cars in previous years. Tune in to learn more.
[00:54:44] It All Started With Lamborghini Miura
Chevrolet is set to unveil the convertible version of their new Corvette C8 Stingray. We discuss what this could look like in a mid-engine car, with Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Dealer.com Executive Publisher, Karl Brauer. Then, we get to the roots of the mid-engine concept; the first car to do it right was the Lamborghini Miura in 1966. Yep, that’s the car that started it all. We reminisce about the heyday of mid-engine supercars that followed. Are you a mid-engine fan?
[01:02:05] August Auto Sales Fix Industry Supply
The first half of this year was worrying to the auto industry in terms of sales, even though to be fair it wasn’t off by much. August has seemingly fixed the over-supply issue, according to Kelley Blue Book’s Karl Brauer. An increase of anywhere from 10% to 30% of sales per brand over August last year has cleared out inventory without a widespread use of incentives. Speaking of incentives, don’t forget to check out your local Dodge dealer right now to score on their Dodge Power Dollars deal. Tune in to learn more.
[01:08:41] 12 Best New Electric Cars for 2019 pt1
Electric cars have been gaining traction and representation in the automotive market, so it’s time to get some perspective on what the best vehicles available in the segment might be. Autotrader Executive Editor, Brian Moody, gives us his list of the 12 best electric cars for 2019. From the $41,000 premier level Chevrolet Bolt with 260 miles of all-electric range, to the $81,000 Jaguar I-Pace which come packed with luxury, there’s something on this list for everyone. Tune in to learn more.
[01:18:06] 12 Best New Electric Cars for 2019 pt2
If you’ve been thinking about dumping that old gas guzzler, it’s time to check out some electric vehicles to take you into the future. We continue our list of the 12 best new electric cars for 2019, with Autotrader Executive Editor, Brian Moody. Find out why the 2019 Mitsubish Outlander Plug-In Hybrid, Nissan Leaf S+, Porsche Panamera 4E Hybrid Sport Tourismo, Tesla Model 3, and Volvo XC60 T8 are all amazing choices for your next purchase. Find out which of these vehicles Alan and Brian would take home.
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