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Study — More than 80 percent of older drivers aren’t talking about driving


AAA photo

(August 15, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly 83 percent of older drivers report never speaking to a family member or physician about their safe driving ability, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Of the small percentage of families who do have the often difficult conversation, 15 percent do so after a crash or traffic infraction has occurred- which could be too late.

2018 BMW M5

MIAMI — You’ve no doubt heard the term “sports sedan” used to describe regular family cars that have enhanced performance characteristics, but did you know that the genre dates as far back as the 1930s? I confess I didn’t until I did a “Google” search (Is there any other kind?) and found it was first used in the 1930s to describe “sports saloon” versions of British-made Rover cars.

2019 Hyundai Veloster

AUSTIN, Texas — I first heard about the Veloster back in 2012 when Hyundai initially launched the quirky little hatchback, and the name reminded me of a carnival ride. “Weird name for a car,” I thought. Fast forward to May 2018, when Hyundai fittingly introduced the second generation 2019 Veloster to the media in Austin, a city that takes immense pride in proclaiming itself the weirdest city in the country (although Portland, Ore., takes exception to that claim).

2019 Toyota Avalon

SAN DIEGO — There’s a pretty good chance that if you’re not wearing reading glasses to read this review, don’t read newspapers or have the slightest clue what the letters AARP stand for, then you probably have no idea what a Toyota Avalon is — let alone have exciting thoughts about trading your current ride for one.
That’s because average age of a current Toyota Avalon buyer starts with the number six. But that isn’t stopping the folks at Toyota who aim to knock a decade or so off the median age of the owner by introducing the fifth-generation 2019 Avalon sedan.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback — A pleasant surprise

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Toyota has sold more than 10 million Corolla compact cars over the years, bringing peace of mind to countless families — reliable transportation that in addition to dependability offers excellent gas mileage and above average resale value. But for the most part Corollas have been as exciting as — well, let's say, the kitchen refrigerator.

Here's the Thing

Study discovers states where credit scores affect car insurance the most

By Alina Comoreanu
Senior Researcher, WalletHub

(August 15, 2018) Everyone knows you need auto insurance to drive. It’s the law, everywhere but New Hampshire. We also know that our credit scores dictate what types of credit cards and loans we can get. But most of us are in the dark about to the connection between credit scores and car insurance.

So WalletHub set out to see just how much credit data affects the cost of insurance policies in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

August’s national gas price average remains flat

(August 14, 2018) The national gas price average has held relatively flat for the last two weeks. Today’s national average is $2.86. The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest reports detail a drop in consumer gasoline demand and a build in gasoline inventories. In fact, this was the first increase in inventories in six-weeks with a substantial addition of 3 million barrels, AAA reported.

Autotrader lists top certified pre-owned deals for August

(August 13, 2018) ATLANTA — As new model year vehicles begin to find their way into dealerships, the back half of the year is a great time to take advantage of deals on available certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles.

"The extra cost of a certified pre-owned vehicle may seem like a lot, but it provides more peace of mind than a regular used car," said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader. "You can't discount the value of a comprehensive inspection, which every CPO vehicle goes through, and the added perks of CPO are a great option for buyers to consider."

Inside the Industry

Aston Martin to debut DBS Superleggera, Lagonda Vision Concept in Carmel

(August 15, 2018)  IRVINE, Calif. — Aston Martin kicks off the 2018 Monterey Automotive Week by again opening the doors of "Aston Martin Club 1913," inviting attendees to get to know the Aston Martin Lagonda Group and its leadership team. This year’s theme, “Boundless,” showcases the group’s world expanding beyond automotive, to include products on land, sea and in the air.

President for Aston Martin The Americas, Laura Schwab said: “While people flock to Monterey Week for its history, this year at Aston Martin Club 1913, we’ll give guests a glimpse into what’s next.

Nissan announces 2019 Sentra to start at $18,685

(August 15, 2018) NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan today announced U.S. pricing for the 2019 Nissan Sentra, which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. For the 2019 model year, all Sentra grades (except Sentra S) receive standard NissanConnect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The new Sentra will start at $18,685 including destination charge for the Sentra S with 6-speed manual transmission. That represents an $850 price hike over the base 2018 model.

Roadkill Nights attracks more than 44,000 to legal drag racing on Woodward

(August 15, 2018) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — It never gets old. In fact, interest continues to grow as this year’s Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge attracted more than 44,000 enthusiasts from around the country to watch and participate in legal street racing on historic Woodward Avenue on Saturday.
"Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge is an absolute larger-than-life event that represents what Dodge is all about: power, performance and excitement,” said Steve Beahm, head of Passenger Car Brands – FCA.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A Dodge SUV forerunner

The Dodge Town Wagon and Panel was built between 1954 and 1966 presumably to give the popular Chevrolet Suburban competition. It could be purchased with windows in a passenger configuration or strictly as a panel van. The Dodge Wagon, a forerunner of the modern sport utility vehicle, could be purchased with four-wheel drive. This circa 1960-65 Town Wagon was discovered in New Mexico.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)