Kicking off the show, we chat with Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason, BJ Killeen, about her new Lincoln Corsair, which is the rename and refresh of the Lincoln MKC. It’s an amazing luxury vehicle for the price and has almost no negative points, except for the lack of a rear cargo cover! Next up, Co-founder of Cartender and Freelance Automotive Journalist for CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, George Kennedy III, reports on the new Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel and Lincoln Aviator he got to drive. Then, Cadillac Marketing Manager, Bob Benbow, fills us in on the new, recently unveiled Cadillac Escalade and its host of segment-first features. An AKG sound system, super quiet Duramax Turbo Diesel engine, 36” OLED dashboard screen, and Cadillac Super Cruise are just a few of the high-tech features of the new Escalade. Up next, we chat with Jeff Bucknum, Stunt Driver for Ford V Ferrari and son of the third place finisher in the historic race which the movie is based around, about working with the actors and on the film set, and the film’s historical accuracy. Closing out the show, Editor in Chief of Auto Exotica and The Median, Jill Ciminillo, discusses her favorite vehicles from the Chicago Auto show and gives us the genesis of Auto Exotica. Tune in for more automotive news.
·[00:00:00] BJ Trades Lincoln MKC for Corsair
·[00:06:12] Lincoln Corsair: Great Luxury Vehicle
·[00:12:30] Ford V Ferrari Wins at Academy Awards
·[00:19:50] George Drives Jeep Wrangler Diesel
·[00:28:03] Jeep Gladiator Sales Struggling
·[00:35:52] The Sanctuary Effect of Lincoln Aviator
·[00:42:14] New Escalade has Duramax Turbo Diesel
·[00:48:29] AKG Sound, OLED Screen, Super Cruise
·[00:54:44] Ford V Ferrari Stunt Driver Jeff Bucknum
·[01:02:05] Auto Exotica: A New Magazine Experience
·[01:10:23] Mustang Mach-E and Land Rover Defender
·[01:18:06] 2021 Pacifica, Wrangler/Gladiator Mojave
[00:00:00] BJ Trades Lincoln MKC for Corsair
After two and a half years with the Lincoln MKC, Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason, BJ Killeen, needed something new. So she got her hands on the new Lincoln Corsair! This replacement for the MKC does a lot of things right. From a beautiful, more spacious interior, to a powerful 2.0L or 2.3L engine, the Lincoln Corsair provides a lot of bang for your buck. Find out more about why this luxury crossover might be right for you.
[00:06:12] Lincoln Corsair: Great Luxury Vehicle
You might not be towing your yacht with a Lincoln Corsair, but it is respectable enough in terms of performance. Most people know that isn’t the main draw of a Lincoln, anyway, but Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason, BJ Killeen, gives us the stats. The Lincoln Corsair provides the option of a 2.0L and 2.3L engine that put out 250 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque or 295 HP and 310 lb-ft of torque respectively, a choice of FWD or AWD, and an 8 speed Almanac transmission. Tune in to hear BJ’s final thoughts on the Corsair.
[00:12:30] Ford V Ferrari Wins at Academy Awards
Recently the automotive hobby scored some big wins at the Academy Awards when Ford v Ferrari was nominated for four awards, taking home two of them – Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing. Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason, BJ Killeen, and Alan discuss the importance of these nominations and victories, and how rare it is for an automotive film to do as well as Ford v Ferrari did. Tune in to get more of our takes on the film industry.
[00:19:50] George Drives Jeep Wrangler Diesel
Freelance Automotive Journalist Cartender, CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report and our resident Jeep fanatic, George Kennedy III, has finally gotten behind the wheel of the new diesel powered Jeep Wrangler and is excited to report the results. This is just where the Jeep Wrangler was always meant to be, with the extra torque that a diesel engine can eek out and the gurgly grumbly sounds that the engine produces. Are you a fan of the diesel Wrangler?
[00:28:03] Jeep Gladiator Sales Struggling
Everybody was hot on the idea of a Jeep Wrangler based truck when the Jeep Gladiator was announced, but here we are almost a year later and sales seem to be struggling. Freelance Automotive Journalist Cartender, CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report and Co-Founder of CarTender, George Kennedy III, shares the news that Jeep Gladiator incentives have been spotted as high as $9,000! Now’s the time to pick one up if you’ve been waiting for the right opportunity. Tune in as we discuss the possible causes for the struggling sales.
[00:35:52] The Sanctuary Effect of Lincoln Aviator
If you’re looking for a serene, comfortable drive, then the Lincoln Aviator is for you. Freelance Automotive Journalist Cartender, CarGurus, Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report and our resident Jeep fanatic, George Kennedy III, gives us his review of the Lincoln Aviator. You might not notice at first glance, but the Aviator is based on the Ford Explorer platform, and that’s because they’ve done a great job making it their own. With all of the luxurious amenities and safety technology you’d expect in a high-end luxury brand these days, the Aviator creates a sort of moving sanctuary that you never want to leave. But don’t let that fool you, this luxury SUV also sports a 460 HP V8 engine. Tune in to get the details.
[00:42:14] New Escalade has Duramax Turbo Diesel
If you have been paying attention to recent automotive news, you may have noticed that Cadillac unveiled their newest Escalade in grand fashion. Cadillac Marketing Manager, Bob Benbow, discusses Spike Lee’s involvement in the reveal and how he came up with the concept for the film he showed at the event on his own! Bob also confirms rumors that have been floating around – Yes! The new Escalade will have a 3L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine option! Are you a fan of the Cadillac Escalade?
[00:48:29] AKG Sound, OLED Screen, Super Cruise
The new Escalade doesn’t just bring a new diesel engine option to the table, they’ve expanded upon the technology package and are now one of the leaders in the field. From a 36 inch OLED driver display to an industry first AKG audio system, the team at Cadillac has spared no expense. Cadillac Marketing Manager, Bob Benbow, fills us in on the host of amazing features that will adorn your future Escalade’s cockpit. One of the most amazing new features is Cadillac Super Cruise (also available on the CT8), which offers a hands and feet free mode for certain parts of the roadway. Tune in to learn more.
[00:54:44] Ford V Ferrari Stunt Driver Jeff Bucknum
Being a stunt driver isn’t exactly the experience you might expect. Ford v Ferrari Stunt Driver, Jeff Bucknum, shares how he didn’t even know what was going on in the scenes he was doing stunt driving for, and what it was like to meet Christian Bale and Matt Damon. Also, we find out that Jeff’s father was actually the third place finisher in the legendary 1966 Le Mans race that the film is based on. Tune in to learn more.
[01:02:05] Auto Exotica: A New Magazine Experience
Are you tired of automotive magazines writing the same stories for the same cars and putting out the same images for surface level reviews? Editor-in-Chief of Auto Exotica, Jill Ciminillo, tells us how Jenifer Jensen set out with a different mission in mind in 2009; a mission to dive in-depth into the cars we all idolize and love. An issue of Auto Exotica is typically 100 pages of thick, heavy paper, focusing on four to five cars per issue (roughly 25 pages of deep-diving content!). Are you an Auto Exotica subscriber yet?
[01:10:23] Mustang Mach-E and Land Rover Defender
Auto Exotica Editor-In-Chief, Jill Ciminillo, was on assignment at the Chicago Auto Show and is here to divulge her favorite vehicles of the show. The Mustang Mach-E makes her list due to the curiosity of what an “SUV” Mustang looks like, and boy did she like what she saw. We also learn about the Land Rover Defender 110 and where it fits into Land Rover’s line up, and the new Chevrolet Corvette on display at the Chicago Auto Show. Tune in to learn more.
[01:18:06] 2021 Pacifica, Wrangler/Gladiator Mojave
The amazing engineers over at Chrysler have done it again! Auto Exotica Editor-In-Chief, Jill Ciminillo, fills us in on the refreshed version of the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica. They managed to pack an AWD system into this minivan (second in segment) without compromising the Stow and Go storage space. We also learn about the all-new Mojave versions of the Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler. This is a high speed, off-road capable model that was designed with dune racing and the Baja 500 in mind. Tune in to learn more.
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·Contributor: BJ Killeen | Voice of Reason, Automotive Journalist
·Special Guest: Bob Benbow | Marketing Manager, Cadillac
·Special Guest: Jeff Bucknum | Stunt Driver, Ford v Ferrari
·Special Guest: Jill Ciminillo | Editor in Chief, Auto Exotica/ The Median
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