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Karl Brauer
Works at Kelley Blue Book
Attended University of Colorado at Boulder
Lives in Ventura County
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Who wants to be first in line for the all-new 2016 +Mazda USA MX-5 #Miata Launch Edition? Pre-orders start tomorrow at noon EST.
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My latest +Forbes story on the all-new +FIAT USA 500X. This one will put a nice uptick in Fiat's volume when it arrives in showrooms next month.
The 2016 Fiat 500X may look like just another subcompact SUV, arriving in what could be described as "the year of the subcompact SUV." It's stylish, space efficient and offers impressive fuel economy, confirming it checks all the "how to make a successful small crossover" boxes. So what, if anything, sets this version apart from the rest [...]
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My latest +Bottom Line Personal story about 8 cool cars coming to dealerships soon.
At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, automakers unveiled several new car models to be offered in early 2016. The following are worth the wait...
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My latest +Forbes story looks at 10 big global vehicle debuts at this week's New York International Auto Show. #NYIAS
This week the New York International Auto Show opens with a series of high-profile global vehicle debuts. As the competitive energy within the auto industry escalates every carmaker is being pushed to produce models with more compelling design, cutting-edge technology, superior performance and improved fuel efficiency. And while the New York auto show has always [...]
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My latest +Forbes article looks at how all-new 2015 +Ford Motor Company Edge is riding the rising SUV tidal wave
There's no stopping the SUV juggernaut. At Kelley Blue Book we've watched SUVs and crossovers of every size and price range garner increasing shopper interest over the past 2 years (well before the latest drop in fuel prices). The shift from cars to crossovers continues in 2015, putting extra pressure on automakers to [...]
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My latest +Forbes story looks at the 2015 +Bentley Motors Flying Spur V8. It's the ultra-luxury brand's "cheapest" model, yet feels anything but cheap.
Despite the increasing capabilities, and pricing, of mainstream luxury brands there remains a zone of ultra luxury inhabited by few automotive nameplates. Bentley is one of them, with an image steeped in fine craftsmanship, capable performance and smooth driving. The 2015 Bentley Flying Spur maintains Bentley’s image, even in “base” [...]
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My latest +Forbes story on the all-new 2016 #Honda #HRV. This should be an easy win for a company that already sells so many crossovers every year.
Don't look now, but yet another subcompact SUV is about to join the seemingly endless parade of small sport utilities vehicles introduced over the past 6 months. I've personally written about three of these vehicles since mid-December, and with the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V going on sale May 15th it marks an average of [...]
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+Bankrate has a personality test to figure out what kind of car to buy. My results suggest a Ford F-150. I'm okay with that.
Many consumers buy cars to reflect how they see themselves. Which car are you?
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My latest +Forbes story looks at +Volkswagen's challenges in the U.S. market and successes everywhere else.
It’s no secret Volkswagen’s U.S. efforts have struggled over the past couple years. In 2012 the brand sold 438,134 vehicles, while in 2014 that number dipped to 366,970. This slide contrasted industry growth at over 5% annually. We’ve also seen shopper traffic at Kelley Blue Book drop 14 percent over [...]
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My latest +Forbes story looks at the 2015 +Acura RDX and how it's holding up ahead of its 2016 refresh.
The U.S. automotive industry continues its upswing, rising roughly 5 percent last year. But Acura’s growth didn’t keep pace, clocking in at about 1.5 percent. Acura hopes to improve things going forward with a heavily revamped sedan line up. That’s a good area to focus on, because nearly two-thirds of [...]
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A quick look at my favorite world debuts from the Geneva Motor Show on +Forbes  #genevamotorshow2015  
We've entered a new automotive world. Subaru is selling more cars than Volkswagen (in the U.S.), Ford's next ultra-supercar will be powered by a V6, and the Geneva Motor Show matters. That last item is probably the hardest for me to grasp because, though the Geneva Motor Show has always offered [...]
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This was one of the most enjoyable driving experiences I've had, and I've had my fair share. +Aston Martin combines the thrill of rally driving with the low stress of driving on snow and ice. Great idea. #AstonMartinOnIce   
The fantasies inspired by Aston Martin's winged logo, sleek shapes and seductive exhaust notes are many. Ask 100 people what they would do if they could spend a few hours with one of these storied exotic sports cars and you'd likely get 100 different answers. I'm pretty sure none of them would [...]
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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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Ventura County
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Golden, Colorado - Beverly Hills - Malibu
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  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Pepperdine University
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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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