Episodes
Brian Moody, Executive Editor of Auto Trader.com and KBB.com shared some good news on the show. According to Cox Automotive, new vehicle affordability is at its best in 31 months. The typical payment has decreased by 0.7% for February, and the new average monthly payment for a new car is $744, down from $749 in January. Brian test drove the BMW XM, a fast and aggressive plug-in hybrid SUV that provides an immersive driving experience. The Mustang Dark Horse costs $58,000, but its performance...
Published 03/23/24
Published 03/23/24
Alan and Karl, Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Autos Contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror, and board member and Executive Analyst for ISeeCars.com, are both proud owners of the 2023 Dodge Demon 170, discussed how some automakers are hesitant about electric cars and are now going back to building hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Companies like GM, Porsche, and Hertz are struggling with the shift to electric cars, but Honda has recently unveiled their new electric vehicle...
Published 02/10/24
Alan is at the Barrett Jackson event in Scottsdale. Our guest, Mark Valentino, Director of Business Development at Radford Racing School, boasts highly-skilled instructors who teach driving skills. They are developing a course program for the new Demon 170 to help drivers get the most out of it. Radford offers driving courses to people who do not own a Dodge, a youth driving program, SCCA license program, and an F4 program. They also offer courses for straight-line, drag, and twisting tracks,...
Published 02/03/24
Alan welcomes back friend and contributor BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason.  Barrett-Jackson, the renowned auction house, is back with a new online streaming feature available at tv.barrett-jackson.com. Alan will be attending their symposiums. BJ Killeen shares a few details about the upcoming auctions, including the sale of Frank Teague’s collection, which includes classic cars like the Plymouth Hemi Super bird, Yenko Camaro, and pre-war classics such as the 37 Bugatti,...
Published 01/20/24
Revolution is underway as technology revolutionizes the way we live our daily lives. From robotic kitchens to autonomous driving, the advancements in technology are changing the way we communicate, work, and play. It’s an exciting time to be alive, and every day, we witness new innovations that make our lives easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable. We must embrace these changes and learn to adapt to them because the future is now and technology is leading the way. Alan welcomes...
Published 01/13/24
Alan welcomes Karl Brauer- an automotive industry analyst, Forbes Autos contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror, board member, and executive analyst for ISeeCars.com. Recently, Karl decided to install an infotainment system in his 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S, but Alan joked about the potential difficulties of doing it himself. Karl then changed the topic and shared the latest study by ISeeCars.com, which shows an increase in the sales of non-Tesla electric vehicles...
Published 01/06/24
Closing the year with Alan is George Kennedy III – co-founder of Cartender.com and Vice President of the New England Motor Press Association, who contributes to U.S. News & World Report, CarGurus, Forbes Wheels, and The Drive. Alan asked George about his favorite cars of the year. George mentioned the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V, the 2023 Nissan Z, and the 2024 Kia Seltos – an affordable crossover with excellent technology and a ton of safety features. Additionally, George had the chance to...
Published 12/23/23
Alan is joined by BJ Killeen, an automotive journalist and voice of reason. The TESLA Cyber truck is still a popular topic of discussion. TESLA filed a recall for over 2 million vehicles due to the auto-pilot feature not doing enough to prevent misuse. This recall includes all Model S, X, 3, and Y vehicles from 2012 to 2023. In other news, Ford announced that they are going to cut their Lightning truck in half. Alan asks about the Chevrolet Silverado EV, which has a range of 450 miles on a...
Published 12/16/23
BJ Killeen, an automotive journalist, and the voice of reason. BJ Killeen talks about the latest automotive news, particularly on electric vehicles. She says that the general public has mixed feelings about them – some love them, while others hate them. However, the government seems to favor them. Volkswagen has announced that its vehicles are no longer competitive, as the cost of producing them is too high. BJ notes that Volkswagen used to have popular cars but not anymore since electric...
Published 12/03/23
Alan attended the F1 race in Las Vegas, NV, and starts the show with special guest, Mark Wang – President and Chief Executive Officer at Hilton Grand Vacations. Mark shares how the spirit of experience and hospitality drives the Hilton brand, as people are looking for a connection. Mark loves cars, and his first Formula 1 experience was in 1979 in Long Beach, California. Now, he is attending his 27th Formula 1 race. He believes bringing F1 to Vegas was a wise investment, especially...
Published 11/25/23
Alan starts off the show with Lauren Fix – Editor-in-Chief for Car Coach Reports. Lauren shares her experience of the L.A. Auto Show where Toyota showcased its new 2025 Toyota Tacoma, 2025 Toyota Camry, 2025 Toyota Crown SUV,  “The Signia”. Lauren also drove some exciting vehicles, including an electric Hyundai Ioniq 5N, which produces V8 exhaust sound in ignite mode. The car handles smoothly and powerfully with its rev-matching synthesized sound. The L.A. Auto Show featured the new 2025...
Published 11/19/23
Joining Alan today is Karl Brauer, an Automotive Industry Analyst, Forbes Autos Contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror, board member, and Executive Analyst for ISeeCars.com. The good news is that the strike is over, and workers will now receive a 25% pay raise, lots of incentives, reduced time for tier advancements, and access to working in the battery plants. However, Toyota sales are not going well, as EV cars are taking longer to sell. Elon Musk started dropping...
Published 11/12/23
Alan and BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason start todays episode of “The Drive” discussing Stellantis’ withdrawal from the Consumer Electronics Show due to the UAW strike’s impact. They talk about the challenge automakers face to meet the fuel economy standards set by the Biden-Harris administration and the lack of success in promoting electric vehicles. BJ shares her experience of test-driving the 2023 Lexus Ultra Luxury, which comes in five trims, has three rows of...
Published 10/21/23
BJ Killeen is a well-known automotive journalist, known for her fair and balanced reporting. In recent news, Subaru of America has announced their “Share the Love” event, where they will donate $250 to charities when you purchase or lease a vehicle between November 16th and January 2nd. This annual event has raised over $256 million for charities over the past 16 years. Moving on to the latest developments in the electric vehicle world, there is a shortage of technicians to fix charging...
Published 10/15/23
Karl Brauer, an automotive industry analyst, Forbes Autos contributor, North American Car and Truck of the Year juror, and board member, as well as the Executive Analyst for ISeeCars.com, joins Alan to open the show today. Environmentalists are the new threat to the auto industry, as they suggest that we may have to stop driving cars due to the newest emissions. According to activists, tires are emitting harmful substances that we inhale, and as they come apart, they release toxic fumes and...
Published 10/08/23
Today’s show features George Kennedy, the co-founder of Cartender.com, and the Vice President of the New England Motor Press Association. George is a prominent contributor to various publications including U.S. News & World Report, CarGurus, Forbes Wheels, and The Drive with Alan Taylor. In today’s segment, George shares with us a list of the most expensive trucks, starting with the Dodge Ram TRX, Ford Raptor R, GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate, Rivian RI, Ford F150 Lightning Platinum, and...
Published 09/23/23
Alan welcomes Lauren Fix, Editor-in-Chief for Car Coach Reports, to the show. Alan asks the question on everyone’s mind: why are gas prices skyrocketing? It’s all politics. The US oil reserve has hit a minimum thanks to the current administration, causing fluctuating prices. The duo also discusses Jim Farley, President and CEO of Ford, and his uncomfortable interview on Fox regarding his drive with The Ford F150 Lightning. With only 40 minutes for a 40% charge, Farley realized there was a...
Published 09/16/23
Today, Alan’s guest and contributor is BJ Killeen. BJ is an automotive journalist and a voice of reason. She joins the show to discuss the latest news from the automotive industry. The Mercedes Benz G Wagon is a status symbol machine that is incredibly capable off-road. In fact, the company is planning to introduce a new baby G Wagon model in 2026. Moving on to the political landscape of the industry, the UAW is requesting a 46% pay raise over a couple of years, a 32-hour workweek with pay...
Published 09/09/23
Opening the show today with Alan is BJ Killeen, an automotive journalist and voice of reason. BJ announces that Fisker, the automaker, has added a new electric vehicle called the Pear (Personal Electric Automotive Revolution) to its fleet. This is a small crossover electric SUV that comes with two battery options. Fisker will collaborate with Foxconn to build a factory that will produce a vehicle they call, “a glimpse into the future of urban mobility and sustainable transportation.” The Pear...
Published 09/02/23
Lauren Fix, the Editor-in-Chief for Car Coach Reports, has warned that if the United Auto Workers (UAW) decide to go on strike, it could cause major trouble. UAW is demanding an increase in wages of up to $150 an hour, which could significantly increase the cost of vehicles. However, it’s important to note that the majority of these raises won’t go to the workers, but rather to the UAW. This has been criticized as a money-grab by the union, who are threatening to strike if their demands...
Published 08/19/23
In this report, Lauren Fix, the Editor-in-Chief for Car Coach Reports, discusses the challenges faced by car manufacturers who are forced to produce specific products by the government. Failure to comply with regulations can result in hefty fines and fees. Even though the government feels that electric vehicles are the future, they are not profitable in the short term. Lauren shares how dealerships want the cars to move quickly to avoid accruing charges. However, the rotation of electric...
Published 08/05/23
We are excited to have BJ Killeen, an automotive journalist and voice of reason, back on The Drive. There is currently a competition between GM, BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Stellantis to install 30,000 new DC fast charging stations by 2030. However, there seems to be some disagreement over where these charging stations will be placed. In other news, Tesla has been accused of exaggerating the driving range of their vehicles by rigging the range estimated software on the car...
Published 07/29/23
Alan is joined by BJ Killeen, an automotive journalist and voice of reason, to discuss VinFast, a new Vietnamese automaker. With only 128 registrations in America, BJ suggests that due to the lack of brand recognition and high price tag, VinFast isn’t making much of an impression. The conversation then shifts to GM’s request to the government to allow them to produce a self-driving vehicle without certain standard regulated items such as a steering wheel, mirrors, turn signals, and windshield...
Published 07/22/23
During a brief conversation, Alan and BJ Killeen, an automotive journalist and friend, discussed the possibility of a strike with the United Auto Workers. Stellantis, Ford, and GM need to renegotiate a list of demands before their contract ends. Some of the demands include different wage tiers and a 32-hour work week to allow workers to spend more time with their families. Additionally, BJ mentioned that Tesla is currently seeking part-time drivers. Tesla would like individuals to drive...
Published 07/15/23