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2020 Encore GX a larger version of Buick's Encore

By Paul Borden

(September 27, 2020) “Trickle down” is not just an economic theory that either works or doesn’t work mostly depending on your political views, but there is no doubt that “trickle down” when referred to in the automotive world works. Today safety and driver assistant features that once were exclusive to high-end luxury cars often are showing up on much less expensive vehicles, and not just as options.

Hyundai design center head talks about the all-new 2021 Tucson

(September 25, 2020) — Following the recent world premiere of the all-new Tucson, SangYup Lee, head of Hyundai Global Design Centre and senior vice president at Hyundai Motor Company, has given an interview about its revolutionary design. The all-new Tucson is the fourth generation of Hyundai’s successful best-selling model.

Since it launched in 2004, more than 7 million units have been sold worldwide. Hyundai’s new compact SUV arrives on the market with a progressive and ambitious new look that follows the company’s new Sensuous Sportiness design identity.

Edmunds: New vehicle retail sales make a big comeback in third quarter

(September 25, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds say that the third quarter represents a positive turning point for the automotive industry despite challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Edmunds analysts forecast that 3,850,707 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S., which reflects an 11% decrease from the third quarter of 2019, but a 30.6% increase compared to the second quarter of the year.

Low demand continues to pull national gas price lower

(September 22, 2020) The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report measures demand at 8.48 million barrels a day, which is a slight uptick from the previous week’s 8.39 million barrels a day. However, the small increase — likely due to holiday road trips — is still 461,000 barrels lower than last year at this time. Low demand, even as total domestic stocks of gasoline declined to 231.5 million barrels, has helped keep pump prices low, according to AAA.

Cox Automotive Mobility white paper explores post-COVID-19 EV market

(September 21, 2020) ATLANTA — While the electric vehicle (EV) market will take a hit in 2020, it will be more of a stall out than a vanishing act. Electric adoption is inevitable, but its pace is a big question. The latest white paper from Cox Automotive Mobility — titled "COVID-19 Recovery: Speed Bump or Accelerant for the EV Market?" — addresses the tailwinds, headwinds and whirlwinds impacting the EV future in the wake of the pandemic.

Pacifica plug-in offers more than 30 miles of electric driving

By Paul Borden

(September 17, 2020) With a major refreshing due for 2021, the Chrysler Pacific doesn’t get much in the way of major changes for 2020, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss this year’s version of the company’s familiar minivan out of hand. Since introducing the Pacifica as a replacement for the company’s Caravan in 2017, Chrysler has continued to issue updates that has kept the Pacifica at the forefront of the segment, second only in popularity and sales to the Honda Odyssey.

VW explains why battery power will drive the future of transportation

(September 17, 2020) Chances are you might have at least two lithium-ion batteries on your body right now — one on your wrist, and one in the phone in your pocket. You may have multiple more if you’re holding a car key fob or have a pacemaker or any other electronic device. But do you know how those batteries actually work?

For a technology at the heart of modern life, batteries remain something of a mystery. While humans have used batteries for hundreds of years, it’s only within the past decade that the science of batteries has advanced enough to make long-range electric vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.4 electric vehicle possible.

Kelley names discontinued 2020 models and 12 cars worth waiting for in '21

(September 16, 2020) IRVINE, Calif., — The fall season brings new beginnings and opportunities, even for car shoppers. Now is a great time for potential buyers to decide if they want to jump on a 2020 vehicle purchase that they have had their eye on for a while or wait for a highly anticipated brand-new model. To help shoppers make that decision, Kelley Blue Book studied the marketplace and unearthed which 2020 models will be heading into retirement, and which all-new vehicles are worth waiting for in 2021.

Hyundai, Kia lead AutoPacific's vehicle satisfaction awards

(September 15, 2020) NORTH TUSTIN, Calif. — AutoPacific has announced the 2020 Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) winners according to the results of its annual New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey of over 73,000 new car and light truck owners. Now in its 24th year, the VSAs identify the most satisfying vehicles in the market. This year’s winners are spread across 12 manufacturers and 17 brands.

Gas demand plummets to lowest level in nearly 12 weeks

(September 15, 2020) The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report measures gasoline demand at 8.3 million billion barrels a day, which is the lowest level since mid-June. As demand dropped for a second week, so did gasoline supply levels — down nearly 3 million bbl to 231 million barrels. While consistently decreasing week-over-week, supplies also sit at a 3 million barrels year-over-year surplus.