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BMW 740e gives buyers opportunity for plug-in power in a luxury sedan

By Paul Borden

(March 22, 2018) If your concept of a plugin hybrid vehicle is a little econobox with the styling flair of a Model T, then we have a surprise for you. BMW now offers a plugin hybrid version of its top-of-the-line 7 Series sedan.

White and black most popular VW Beetle paint colors in 2018

(March 21, 2018) A new graphic illustrates the most and least popular Beetle colors of 2018. Using search data available on, the team at VW Parts Vortex was able to determine the most popular Beetle paint colors for 2018. While the most common tints are white and black, 10 percent of the available Beetles fall into the “other” category.

“Due to the Beetle’s unique profile, we think it’s perfect for vibrant colors,” says Rocco Demas, manager at VW Parts Vortex.

Online and in-store — Study finds car buyers looking for change

(March 21, 2018) ATLANTA — Understanding the evolving nature of car buying behavior and how consumers complete their vehicle purchase process has never been more critical for dealers. Helping advise dealers where they should focus their attention to earn car shopper business and loyalty, the Cox Automotive 2018 Car Buyer Journey Study uncovers the latest online shopping trends and customer satisfaction insights on the various aspects of the dealership experience.

Top certified pre-owned deals for March, according to Autotrader

(March 20, 2018) ATLANTA  — Spring is just around the corner and car shoppers are finding it might be the right time to score deals this month on certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles. Dealers and automakers are offering unique and optimized sales to further entice customers.

"With the average transaction price of new cars topping $35,000, many shoppers might be surprised how expensive it can be to simply get a new version of their existing car," said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader.

Infiniti, Buick rank highest in J.D. Power customer satisfaction study

(March 18, 2018) COSTA MESA, Calif. — Service quality continues to be the main driver of customer satisfaction among individuals who get their vehicles serviced which, in turn, leads to greater brand advocacy, according to the J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Customer Service Index (CSI) Study. Additionally, overall satisfaction in 2018 improved 12 index points from 2017.

Spring surge at the gas pump shows prices up over last year

(March 18, 2018) BOSTON — GasBuddy reveals that motorists in the Greater Tampa Area will be paying an average of $398 for gas this spring, up nearly a quarter per gallon versus last year, adding up to an extra $72 in seasonal gasoline expenses for the average Tampa driver.

The hikes are mainly due to higher oil prices and summer’s more expensive blend of gasoline, regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act, as well as refinery maintenance work lasting several months that causes gasoline production to drop, creating a pinch at the pump.

Data shows manual transmissions being phased out of Ram diesels

(March 13, 2018)  A new graphic charts the popularity of automatic and manual transmissions on 2018 RAM HD diesel trucks. Using data collected from, the team at Performance Truck Products discovered that only 281 of available 2018 RAM 2500 diesels have a manual six-speed transmission. That’s a mere 1 percent of the 13,466 listings.

Furthermore, only 155 of the 2018 RAM 3500 diesel trucks currently listed had manual transmissions. That leaves 5,740 automatic transmissions in these one-ton diesel trucks.

Range Rover Sport SVR takes on fearsome mountain road in China

(March 13, 2018) HUNAN PROVINCE, China — An SUV is not meant to outperform a supercar, but that’s exactly what happened when the new Range Rover Sport SVR took on a fearsome mountain road in China. Land Rover’s performance SUV, driven by Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung, has smashed the record for negotiating the 99 corners of the famous Tianmen Road.

National gas price average holds steady

(March 12, 2018) At $2.53, the national gas price average has held steady for nine days. Factors contributing to the flat price include increased gasoline production that has kept pace with higher than usual demand this winter. The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report shows that demand increased week-over-week, registering at 9.2 barrels a day — the highest gasoline demand level seen this year.

“On the week, the majority of motorists are paying less at the pump with 67 percent However, the West Coast, Great Lakes and Central states are mostly seeing a gas price increase.”

2018 Genesis G90 takes on best the luxury segment has to offer

By Paul Borden

(March 12, 2018) The Genesis G90 sedan may not be first on your list if you’re shopping in the full-size luxury segment, but it should be on there somewhere and pretty high up at that. Don’t let its Hyundai roots throw you off. This is a true luxury vehicle with all the trimmings you expect of the segment.