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Kelley predicts June new-car sales to fall nearly 4% year-over-year

(June 24, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — New-vehicle sales are expected to fall nearly 4 percent year-over-year to a total of 1.46 million units in June, resulting in an estimated 16.3 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book

"Kelley Blue Book projects June will be yet another down month of sales with expected declines in both fleet and retail," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

The mobility paradox for cities

By John Kwant
Vice President, Ford City Solutions

(June 23, 2017) Here’s the reality: People keep moving to cities because they offer a wealth of cultural and entertainment options, places to eat, and a variety of ways to connect with others. It’s no surprise people want to move to places that provide fun and exciting things to do.

AAA predicts record travel over Independence Day weekend

(June 23, 2017) ORLANDO, Fla. — This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue. With 1.25 million more travelers than last year, 2017 will be marked as the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever.

Kia ranks highest among brands in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

(June 22, 2017) COSTA MESA, Calif. — Kia ranked highest in overall initial quality for a second consecutive year with a score of 72 PP100 in J.D. Powers 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study, released on June 21. Initial quality in this iconic study is measured by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100).

Growing octane needs widen price difference between premium, regular gas

(June 21, 2017) The difference between U.S. average retail prices for premium and regular gasoline reached 50 cents per gallon in late 2016, and it has remained near that level so far in 2017. This price difference, or spread, has been generally increasing since 2000. Many factors on both the supply and demand sides are influencing this trend, according to an analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

56% of nation's retailers selling gas for less than national average

(June 20, 2017) Consumers can find gas for less than $2.24 a gallon at 56 percent of gas stations nationwide, which is below the current national average price of $2.29 a gallon, according to weekly statistics by AAA. Across the country, gas prices dropped in all but four states this past week.

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport delivers when it comes to a fun driving experience

By Paul Borden

(June 19, 2017) According to Shakespeare, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Maybe that works in cases of love — the quote is from Romeo and Juliet, in case you missed that lit class — but maybe not so much when it comes to automobiles. Consider, for example, the Infiniti Q60.

Hyundai remains top automaker in Brand Keys Customer Loyalty index

(June 19, 2017) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — An impressive streak in customer loyalty continues for its eighth year in a row, as Hyundai has again ranked No. 1 in the automotive industry in the Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. Brand Keys, a New York–based customer loyalty and engagement consultancy, publishes this annual syndicated study, which examines customers’ relationships with 740 brands in 83 categories.

Ford Motor Company finished second in the 2017 rankings.

Give dad a gift that will last — A motor vehicle protection product

(June 17, 2017) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Finding the right gift for Father's Day isn't always easy. This year, forget the toolset or tie clips and get a gift that will last. Give him the gift of peace of mind with useful motor vehicle protection product like windshield repair or replacement and appearance care protection for his car. Protection product service contracts will change the game of Father's Day gift-giving, forever.

Pompous Albert stars in Honda Genuine Parts campaign

(June 17, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda is launching a light-hearted new social media campaign starring Instagram cat sensation Pompous Albert, to remind customers of the importance of keeping their Honda vehicles in tip top condition with Honda Genuine Parts and Service.

Honda went in search of the biggest skeptic on the Internet to win over the social media masses in the new campaign. Enter Pompous Albert, an "Instafamous" (Instagram famous) cat with a hard stare that has generated memes across the Internet and social media.