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Where will millennials take the car industry?

(August 23, 2017) Cars and the automobile industry have long been backbones of both the American economy and way of life. In the early 20th century, Henry Ford had the foresight to envision a process where cars could be mass produced on an assembly-line so that each and every American could own an automobile.

Porsche top brand; Ford has most segment wins in AutoPacific awards

(August 23, 2017) TUSTIN, Calif.  — Automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific, Inc. has announced its 2017 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA), recognizing vehicles that best meet their owner’s expectations and desires. Porsche was named top brand and top overall vehicle. And Ford took home more wins than any other nameplate.

Gas prices fluctuate across the country

(August 22, 2017) At $2.33, the national gas price average is two cents cheaper than a week ago. Consumers in most Midwest, East Coast and Southern states are paying, on average, two cents less on the week, while most West Coast and Rockies states are seeing pump prices increase on average by three cents, AAA reported Monday.

Today’s national average is five cents more than a month ago and 17 cents more expensive than a year ago.

U.S. News & World Report picks its best new cars for teens

(August 22, 2017) WASHINGTON — U.S. News & World Report today unveiled the Best New Cars for Teens. The eight models have the best combination of reliability, crash protection, accident avoidance features and critic recommendations.

"While driving is a rite of passage for many teens, it's also a major source of worry for parents," says Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars. "We selected cars with top-of-the-line safety features, including accident prevention and crash protection technologies, as well as features that allow parents to track their new drivers."

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has more going for it than fuel-saving virtues

By Paul Borden

(August 19, 2017) Having resurrected the Pacifica nameplate in 2016 with the introduction of a full-fledged minivan replacing the combination wagon/SUV that went out of production after the 2007 model, Chrysler has unveiled a plug-in hybrid version of the same for the more fuel-conscious among you.

AAA adds new 'Best of' designations for top rated hotels, restaurants

(August 16, 2017) ORLANDO, Fla. — With 59,000 Diamond Rated establishments from which to choose, AAA has unveiled a new "Best Of" designation to give travelers another way to find great options for any trip or budget. Currently just seven percent of AAA Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants have earned the “Best Of” distinction.

These establishments have overall ratings in the top 20 percent for their Diamond Rating level, no member complaints in the past 12 months and, for hotels only, A Rated cleanliness and condition.

Motor vehicle deaths down slightly in first half of 2017

(August 15, 2017) ITASCA, Ill. — Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths in the first six months of 2017 are 1 percent lower than they were during the same six-month period in 2016. However, the country is fresh off the steepest estimated two-year increase in motor vehicle deaths since 1964, and it is too early to conclude whether the upward trend is over.

Study determines most popular models and states for ragtop buyers

(August 15, 2017) CHICAGO — With peak convertible season upon us, dug into the data to determine the current state of the ragtop. While convertibles remain popular in some parts of the country, they account for a small piece of overall vehicle sales, so analysts looked at what's available, what's popular and where in the U.S. shoppers are buying the most and least of these iconic summertime cars.

Autotrader lists top certified pre-owned deals for August

(August 14, 2017) ATLANTA — It's the time of year to fall back into daily routines as summer winds down. Many retailers start offering back-to-school deals, and these discounts aren't just for students. If your end-of-summer shopping includes looking for a new vehicle, consider some great incentives on current certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles.

"Going CPO is a great option for car shoppers looking to get a lot while spending less," said Brian Moody, Autotrader executive editor.

Thermal Club to display rare BMW M1 Procar at Monterey event

(August 9, 2017) PALM DESERT, Calif.  — The Thermal Club has announced it will display the world’s only street-legal BMW M1 Procar and offer a virtual reality track experience at the 26th Annual McCall’s Motorworks Revival in Monterey on Aug. 16.

The 1979 BMW M1 Procar was restored by renowned racer Bruce Canepa. BMW produced 40 Procars, which raced in a championship support series during the 1979 and 1980 Formula One seasons.