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AAA — Teen driver with teen passenger a deadly combination


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(October 20, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Teen drivers put everyone on the roadway at risk of a deadly crash, especially if they are bringing teen passengers along for the ride. New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that when a teen driver has only teen passengers in their vehicle, the fatality rate for all people involved in a crash increased 51 percent.

2019 Acura RDX

PHOENIX — RDX is Acura’s premium compact to mid-sized crossover utility vehicle that first arrived for 2007. With its turbo-powered engine and upscale appointments, it was an enjoyable vehicle to drive but, unfortunately, didn’t catch on with the car-buying public. Later, the second-generation RDX added more luxury and a standard 279-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine. But it was predominantly a gussied up Honda CR-V, sharing the same basic chassis architecture.

2019 Nissan Altima

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Nissan has not given up on cars — sedans in particular — as several other major automakers have done in favor of crossover SUVs. Sedan sales have slipped from 50 to 30 percent of the U.S. market in recent years and Nissan figures 30 percent is the bottom. That implies there's no where to go but up and Nissan wants to be there for the comeback.

2018 Volvo V90

PHOENIX — The all-new 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country is one of the best luxury wagons in the world. But is it good enough to persuade SUV-crazed new car shoppers to forego their high-end utes and opt for the Swedish built Volvo Wagon?
You do remember station wagons, don’t you? Although both demand and product availability in the wagon market has shrunk dramatically in recent years, thanks to the immense popularity of SUVs and crossover vehicles, few automakers have remained as dedicated to the station wagon as Volvo, having sold millions worldwide to date.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 Subaru Ascent — Checking all the boxes

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Virtually every mainstream automaker has at least one large crossover SUV in its lineup. So it is only fitting that Subaru, a pioneer in the crossover segment with its long-running Outback, has joined the fray with the three-row 2019 Ascent.

Here's the Thing

Edmunds ranks new-car shopping behavior by state

(October 20, 2018) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — With average transaction prices, loan term lengths and interest rates for new vehicle purchases sustaining highs not seen since before the recession, buying conditions are becoming far less favorable for American car shoppers.

To get a sense of how consumers are adapting to this changing environment, the car shopping experts at Edmunds conducted an in-depth analysis of transaction and finance data to rank all 50 states on responsible car shopping behavior.

GasBuddy lists five major convenience store trends from NACS show

(October 19, 2018) BOSTON — GasBuddy has unveiled five major trends it has identified from the recent National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) annual conference in Las Vegas that will make gas stations a one-stop-shop in 2019.

"Convenience retailers have experienced in-store sales growth for the past 15 years, and the industry continues to keep pace with the needs of today's consumers," said Frank Beard, GasBuddy's analyst/evangelist for convenience store and retail trends.

Chevy honors muscle car tradition with 2018 convertible

By Paul Borden

(October 18, 2018) The glory days for Muscle Cars may go back four or five decades, but even though there are fewer of them around today, you can still learn what they were all about without having to shop the collector's car market. Take the Chevrolet Camaro, launched in 1967 as a competitor to Ford's Mustang.

Inside the Industry

BMW Motorrad USA launches e-commerce site for parts, accessories

(October 19, 2018) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW Motorrad USA has introduced, an online platform that enhances the shopping experience for BMW motorcycle parts, accessories, and gear. The new e-commerce site gives shoppers easy access to a full and up-to-date range of BMW Motorrad parts, accessories, apparel, product information, fitment, images, videos and pricing with just a few clicks on their desktop or mobile devices.

Electrify America expanding EV charging network

(October 19, 2018) RESTON, Va. — Future Electrify America charging customers will benefit from agreements announced this week that will allow them to charge their electric vehicles at non-Electrify America charging stations.

The company has reached network interoperability agreements with EV Connect, Greenlots and SemaConnect. The deal will increase the range confidence of EV drivers, and will feature an interconnected network of approximately 12,500 chargers, located at shopping centers, gas stations, convenience stores, workplaces, and multi-family dwellings, as of June 30, 2019.

2019 Ram 1500 named Truck of Texas

(October 19, 2018) BEE CAVE, Texas — After two days of evaluations, journalist members of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) selected the 2019 Ram 1500 as Truck of Texas.

The award was presented Oct. 16 at the culmination of the Texas Truck Rodeo, presented by the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), in which 69 journalists drove 57 vehicles and voted on winners across a range of consumer categories.

Abandoned Car of the Week

One-year look Ranchero

The fifth generation Ford Ranchero was built from 1972-1976, but the 1972 is a distinct — at least from the front — one-year model because the front of the 1973 was changed to meet federal crash-test standards. There were four engine choices including three V-8s in 1972. This "retired" copy was found in South Carolina.
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