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December 31, 2020 50 min
The Ford F-150 is the bestselling vehicle in America, and in our interview segment this week we have one of the men responsible for that remarkable success, Ford F-150 Marketing Manager Brian Bell. AOTR host Jack Nerad caught up with Bell at a recent Ford drive event that featured the new truck in its natural element, and, despite Covid-19 precautions, the conversation about the new truck was lively and informative. In the road test segment co-host Chris Teague will discuss the considerable merits of the Cadillac CT5 sedan. With more sporting potential than you might guess, the CT5 reminded Teague of some of his favorite cars of yesteryear. Hyundai is not a name you would normally associate with performance vehicles, but the N Line version of the all-new 2021 Elantra is a performance sedan with excellent bona fides including its 201-horsepower turbocharged engine. And the power is just the beginning of the tweaks Hyundai engineers made on the new Elantra N Line. The 2021 CT5 provides a refined ride while maintaining handling you might not expect from a Cadillac. The rumors that continue to swirl around the possibility of an electric car from Apple topped the news segment. In a bit of whimsy, Tesla Motors' Elon Musk tweeted that just a few years ago he tried to peddle his company to Apple only to be rebuffed by Tim Cook. What a combination that might have made! And as we come to the end of 2020 we also reflect on some of the biggest news stories in the auto industry from this year and from years gone by. The 2021 Ford F-150 is filled with new tech, according to F-150 Marketing Manager Brian Bell, who was interviewed by host Jack Nerad. Listen to our road test of the 2021 Ford F-150 The following is a transcript of America on the Road Episode 35. It was created with AI, so please forgive some grammatical and spelling errors. The machines are smart but not as smart as we are...yet. America on the Road Episode 35 Introdution / Car News Segment Jack Nerad: This is America on the Road, winner of the International Automotive Media Conference Gold Medal Award for radio and now in its 24th year on the air. Thanks for being with us as we bring you the latest automotive information from around the world and a very happy new year to you. This show is going to air on New Year's eve originally and you might be listening to it then or you might be listening to it some months after new year's eve, who knows? America on the Road is brought to you by and the Coalition for Vehicle Choice. I'm Jack Nerad with me is co-host Chris Teague Chris, thanks so much for being with us. Chris Teague: [00:37] Thank you for having me, Jack. How are things in your current corner of the world? Jack Nerad: [00:41] Things would just swell it was a little cold this morning. We had a hail storm yesterday. It was very uncharacteristic for us -- lightning, thunder, and hail almost never happen in Southern California but we did have it. You would probably welcome that as being good weather compared to what you're experiencing in Maine right? Chris Teague: [00:59] It's actually not been too bad. We had some rain but it's just been very cold. Christmas day was rainy and gross but I can't complain too much. Jack Nerad: [01:08] Okay well very good. It is sunshiny here today as we're putting this together. This week we have a special guest whose name is Brian Bell. He's marketing manager for the 2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck and he'll be giving us a close-up look at that what we can expect from that new truck, which has some pretty cool things. I've driven it. I think I reviewed it on the show already but we'll talk to him about it. And in the car review segment Chris what were you driving this past week? Chris Teague: [01:34] I was driving and I'm still driving the 2021 Cadillac CT5. Jack Nerad: [01:39] Ah very good well. You're not driving it as you're doing the show, right? Chris Teague: No, no.
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