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Average new-vehicle prices hit all-time high, according to Kelley Blue Book

(July 21, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — The estimated average transaction price (ATP) for a light vehicle in the United States was $42,258 in June, according to the analysts at Kelley Blue Book. New-vehicle prices increased $2,527 (up 6.4%) from June 2020, while increasing $928 (up 2.2%) from May 2021.  

Study finds Ford and Chevrolet hardest hit by chip shortage

(July 21, 2021) Carmakers across the globe have been struggling to meet customer demand for new cars as the shortage of critical microchips led to plant closures and left dealers with a shrinking inventory. Unfortunately, the U.S. automakers seem to be the worst hit by this situation. According to data presented by,  Ford and Chevrolet have taken the worst hit by the global microchip shortage, with almost 370,000 vehicles taken out of the production as of May.

Looking for Hell on wheels? Check out the 2021 Dodge Durango

By Paul Borden

(July 20, 2021) The big news for the Dodge Durango this year is the introduction of the SRT Hellcat model at the top of the SUV’s portfolio for 2021. Yes, for a limited time (more on that later), Dodge is offering the mid-size Durango with the 710-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 engine under the hood. With its 645 pound-feet of torque, it zips from zero-to-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, according to the company, and has recorded a time of 11.5 seconds for the quarter-mile as certified by the National Hot Rod Association. Top speed is 180 mph.

It's a cruel summer at the gas pumps

(July 20, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since Memorial Day weekend, the national gas price average has increased 13 cents to $3.17. That is 98 cents more than a year ago, but 41 cents cheaper than this time in July 2014, when the national average was last above $3/gallon.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible — Escaping in top-down luxury

By Jim Prueter

(July 18, 2021) When first introduced for 2018 almost everything about Lexus’ new flagship coupes screamed “irresistible.” Inspired by the 2012 LF-LC concept car, the LC 500 and LC 500h hybrid have presence and savoir-faire that are nearly off the charts. Now for 2021 Lexus has dropped the top on the LC introducing a gorgeous grand touring 2+2 convertible, a fantastically well rounded, tasteful, luxurious automobile-and it is thrilling.

Americans cut driving nearly in half in early stage of COVID crisis

(July 17, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions in the spring of 2020, such as stay-at-home orders, led to a drastic drop in U.S. road travel and a sharp increase in the number of people who chose to stay home all day. While the dramatic change in traffic patterns was widely noted last year, new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s New American Driving Survey (2020) provides compelling month-by-month data that examines the types of trips and the characteristics of the people who altered their driving habits.

Subaru, Lexus rank highest for third straight year in J.D. Power loyalty study

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

(July 15, 2021) Vehicle owners remain vastly loyal to their specific brands, in part due to the effects of pandemic lockdowns, according to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Automotive Brand Loyalty Study, released today. With many vehicle shoppers hesitant to venture out to showrooms, they often relied on their relationship with their current dealer.

Vehicles with more than 100,000 miles commanding high prices

(July 15, 2021) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Car owners with older, higher-mileage vehicles sitting in their driveway might be a bit shocked to see how much their vehicle is worth right now. According to the car shopping experts at Edmunds, the average transaction price (ATP) for all vehicles sold at dealerships with mileage between 100,000-109,999 miles climbed to $16,489 in June, compared to $12,626 last year, which is a 31% year-over-year increase and the highest ATP that Edmunds has on record for those vehicles.

Gasoline demand reaches record, prices continue to rise

(July 13, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — At 10 million barrels a day, gasoline demand reached a new Energy Information Administration (EIA) record last week, and that number only partially reflects Independence Day holiday weekend travel. The nearly 1 million barrel a day jump in demand drove down gasoline supplies by 6.1 million barrels to 235,000 million barrels and consequently pushed the national average pump price up to $3.14.

Corsair stands out from imports among compact luxury crossovers

By Paul Borden

(July 12, 2021) If you are in the market for a compact luxury crossover SUV and are in a “buy American” mood, you’re going to find your choices somewhat limited. Imports from Germany and Japan pretty much have taken over the segment. Fortunately, however, one of the best — a couple of sources even rate it No. 1 — choices among the compact luxury crossover SUVs is as American as complaining about election results. It also carries a well-known American name.