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Karl Brauer
Works at Kelley Blue Book
Attended University of Colorado at Boulder
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McLaren is on quite a roll, with sales and dealer count growing substantially in the past 12 months.
McLaren Automotive is in the midst of an aggressive growth plan, but based on the automaker's performance in recent years it seems the company's lofty goals seem well within reach.
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My latest @Forbes story looks at +Jaguar USA's most powerful model, the 575 horsepower F-Type #SVR. Fast and fun.
Jaguar's new product activity has spiked in the past few weeks. The British brand has just unleashed two all-new models, plus an ultra-high-performance version of its seductive F-Type Coupe and Convertible. We drove the latter on the roads and at a track in Spain.
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My latest +Forbes story looks at the state of the muscle car, 50 years after it debuted. Hint: it's still alive and well!!
Fifty years later, the descendants of these iconic hot-rods aren't just better than the originals in terms of sheer performance numbers, they are actually better muscle cars for all the same reason the originals were so endearing.
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The all-new +Aston Martin ‪#‎DB11‬ gives prospective buyers a personalized introduction: their own auto show unveiling at the venue of their choice. Kinda brilliant.
Aston Martin is determined to provide its customers with a very personalized and intimate ownership experience — take a look at its distinctive “Q” program, which offers buyers the ability to request bespoke customizations to create a vehicle precisely to their liking, as one example. Most premium automakers coddle their clients during ownership, as does Aston, but this British automaker is taking things one step further with its all-new coupe — ...
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Where will all these alliances between automakers and tech companies lead? I talk about it on +CNBC Squawkbox.
Tech firms and automakers have noticed that personal transportation systems are changing and they want in, explains Karl Brauer from Kelley Blue Book.
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My latest +Forbes story looks at the all-new 2017 +Honda #Rodgeline and how well it handles serious towing and hauling duty.
Can a unibody pickup that rides like an SUV really serve the serious truck-buyer's needs? Can it handle extreme hauling, towing and off-roading as well as it handles refined highway cruising? Honda says its all-new 2017 Ridgeline can. We drive it like a real truck to find out.
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My latest +Forbes story on the all-new 2017 +Volvo Car USA S90 and V90. Call it XC90, The Sequel, which is not a bad thing.
Volvo's XC90 SUV, the Swedish automaker's first all-new model in 5 years, features some of the most advanced drivetrain, convenience and safety technology currently available. Now its next all-new offering, the 2017 S90 luxury sedan, is arriving in U.S. dealerships with many of those same characteristics. If this latest Volvo follow the XC90's pattern it will disrupt the more established players from Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz.
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Ford just won Le Mans, again. Here's my +Forbes story on the company's return and win on the 50th anniversary of its first victory at La Sartre.
Can Ford really return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and pull off a win on the 50th anniversary of its first victory at the storied European circuit? Or is it too much of a storybook ending to ask for? Oh come on, you already know the answer...
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My latest +Forbes story looks at the 2016 +Honda #Interceptor, 33 years after it debuted as one of the most iconic motorcycles, ever.
The 2016 Honda VFR800 springs from a long line of legendary Honda motorcycles. The common thread, dating back over 30 years to the first Honda Interceptor, is a sleek body wrapped around a flexible V4 engine. The latest VFR doesn't stray from this recipe, offering the same blend of looks and performance that keeps VFR fans coming back for more.
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My latest +Forbes story looks at the all-new 2016 +Mazda USA CX-9 family crossover, with luxury-like amenities at a non-luxury price.
"The most emotionally captivating 3-row SUV on the market." That was the goal for the redesigned 2016 Mazda CX-9. The Japanese automaker known for fun-to-drive sports cars tackles the family car segment with its new three-row crossover featuring premium cabin materials, advanced safety tech and some of the most compelling driving dynamics we've experienced.
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My latest +Forbes story looks at the innovative +Volvo Car USA XC90.
The 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 is one of the most advanced automobiles you can buy. Its combination of performance, efficiency, luxury and safety makes it a unique offering, as well as a technological tour de force that has many competitors scrambling to catch-up. Here are the Top 10 reasons it's such a special SUV.
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Will Japan's automotive industry consolidate from 8 manufacturers down to 3-5 in the next 5 years? I think it will. Also, pay no attention to that oversized earpiece...
Kelley Blue Book's Karl Brauer reckons Japan's auto industry will consolidate in the next five years, resulting in three to four major players.
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Automotive Analyst and Journalist
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  • Kelley Blue Book
    Senior Director, Insights, 2013 - present
  • Total Car Score
    CEO, 2011 - 2013
  • Edmunds.com
    Managing Editor, Editor in Chief, 1998 - 2011
  • Petersen Publishing/Source Interlink
    Feature Editor, Super Street, 1994 - 1998
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Golden, Colorado - Beverly Hills - Malibu
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  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Pepperdine University
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Great experience buying a 2015 Triumph Scrambler. They had the right bike at the right price and provided excellent service throughout the process. Thanks guys!
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reviewed 11 months ago
John Bassett and Alex Tchick were great to work with and very professional. I appreciated their upfront approach and friendly nature. The dealership was throwing a party to introduce the new Macan the night I bought my car, and it was clear Porsche of Monterey has built up a loyal clientele. Thanks guys!
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