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E-scooter users say riding helps improve mental health

(October 8, 2021) LONDON — World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10) survey data released by Spin, the micro-mobility unit of Ford Motor Company, reveals how e-scooters have a wide range of benefits on one’s mental well being. The majority (70%) of respondents believe riding an e-scooter rented via a hire company helps improve their mental health.

Study finds manufacturers loading cars with tech consumers don't use

(October 7, 2021) While new-vehicle technology is a leading reason why buyers choose one vehicle over another, many new vehicles are equipped with some features that they want no part of, according to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study, released Tuesday. This ends up being costly to automakers and buyers alike.

2021 Toyota Supra GR 3.0 Premium — More horsepower, better handling

By Jim Prueter

(October 7, 2021) Last year we reviewed the 2020 Toyota Supra that returned 21 years after its last appearance. That Supra was powered by a 335-horsepower twin-scroll turbocharged inline six-cylinder paired with a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and with standard launch control reached 60 mph from a resting stop in just 4.1 seconds with thanks in part to the 365 lb.-ft of torque. That’s made it the quickest production Toyota ever.

Gas prices highest since October 2014 averaging $3.20 a gallon

(October 5, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gas prices rose two cents to $3.20, a level not seen since October 2014. The probable causes for the increase are a slight uptick in demand and the high price of crude oil, which is stubbornly staying above $73 a barrel, according to AAA.

Average used car payments expected to surpass $500, according to Edmunds

(October 3, 2021) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Consumers are paying more than ever to finance used vehicle purchases as tighter inventory and fewer discounts in the new car market push shoppers to seek alternatives in the used market. And Edmunds experts note that used purchase conditions are likely to continue to be unfavorable for car shoppers through the rest of the year and advise consumers who need to make a car purchase to consider alternatives such as leasing or exploring certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles.

Ford Ranger bigger, but still a good option in pickup market

By Paul Borden

(October 3, 2021) MIAMI — If you are thinking about buying a pickup truck but don’t want, or need, a full-size model, the Ford Ranger may be just vehicle for you. Though it has grown a bit since its debut as a compact pickup nearly four decades ago, the Ranger is not so big that it is going to cause concerns as you encounter tight spaces but
still is up to handling the light hauling that comes with those weekend do-it-yourself chores.

Mini survey finds half of Americans expect fast electric market growth

(October 1, 2021) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.   — A new consumer survey carried out by MINI USA finds that American consumers are increasingly looking to electrify their daily on-road travel. Releasing the results during National Drive Electric Week, the survey commissioned by Engine’s CARAVAN reveals that half of all consumers expect the American automotive market to be mostly electric within just 15 years.

Cox finds COVID swings pendulum back to traditional vehicle ownership

(October 1, 2021) ATLANTA — Vehicle ownership (buy/lease) is more important than ever, according to the Cox Automotive 2021 Evolution of Mobility Study. This is a dramatic shift from Cox Automotive's research in 2018, which signaled that consumer acceptance of alternative shared mobility solutions would begin to supplement traditional vehicle ownership if costs and accessibility of ride-hailing, car-sharing and subscription services were comparable.

Autotrader helps elevate the game with top vehicles for tailgating

(September 30, 2021) ATLANTA —  With football season underway, fans are ready to cheer on their favorite teams. There are many game day traditions, but one of the best parts about going to the games is tailgating. Experienced fans know what food, playlist and games to bring, but even the most seasoned fan needs help finding the best vehicle for pre-game festivities. Some vehicles are better equipped than others, and to help you score big, Autotrader has released the "7 Outstanding Vehicles for Tailgating" list, highlighting the best cars to make your tailgate unforgettable.

Edmunds — Third quarter vehicle sales to drop

(September 30, 2021) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds forecast that 3,416,266 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2021, which reflects a 13% decrease from the third quarter of 2020 and a 22.7% decrease compared to the second quarter of 2021.