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You’ll fall in love with the 2019 Volkswagen GTI Rabbit Edition

By Jim Prueter

(February 7, 2019) To begin, let’s try to clear this part up: The Volkswagen tested here is named the Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T Rabbit Edition. Yes, the Rabbit name is back as a heritage-inspired edition, new for the 2019 model year. The original Volkswagen GTI made its first American appearance back in 1983 and is now in its seventh-generation.

Subaru, Lexus win Kelley Blue Book's 2019 'cost to own' awards

(February 7, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — Subaru was named Kelley Blue Book's 2019 Five-Year Cost to Own mainstream brand and Lexus won the luxury brand title announced Wednesday.  Five-Year Cost to Own information takes into consideration depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees.

The awards recognize new vehicles with the lowest projected ownership costs.

Audi, Toyota generate most advertising excitement, Edmunds finds

(February 6, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — While the Super Bowl may not go down as the most exciting in recent memory, ads for flashy new vehicles from Audi and Toyota generated excitement from car shoppers on Edmunds. Audi's "Cashew" ad promoting the e-tron lineup was the most successful ad of the night, boosting traffic to the e-tron GT by 13,578 percent, and helping Audi enjoy the most traffic growth of any advertised brand, up 116 percent. Toyota's "Wizard" ad was also a big success, with traffic to Supra pages also up more than 13,000 percent.

National gas price average holds flat at $2.26

(February 5, 2019) For most states, gas prices are starting off the first week in February cheaper than the last week in January. On the week, only eight states saw gas prices increase which is a big shift from the week prior that saw increases for 25 states. With the majority of state gas price averages decreasing, the national gas price average held flat at $2.26 even though the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest demand rate reflected summer-like numbers. according to AAA's weekly report.

Average new-car prices up more than 4 percent year-over-year

(February 1, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — The analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $37,149 in January. New-vehicle prices increased $1,481 (up 4.2 percent) from January 2018, while decreasing $643 (down 1.7 percent) from last month.  

"There are several factors contributing to strong average transaction prices, which climbed 4 percent year-over-year," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Gas price averages inching up amid rising demand

(January 29, 2019) Many motorists filling up across the country are noticing gas prices that are increasing slightly. While nearly 25 states’ averages increased on the week, the national average is only a penny more than a week ago at $2.26. The fluctuating national and state gas price averages come alongside an increase in gasoline demand and reflect the higher crude oil prices as of late, but it’s likely not to be a long-term trend, according to AAA.

2019 Acura MDX A-SPEC — An age defying product for the MDX

By Jim Prueter

(January 28, 2019) I’m inclined to think that when it comes to the automobile business, the slight difference between considerable success and downright failure is not altogether an imaginary phenomenon. Acura, the upscale premium brand of vehicles from Honda, has experienced both phenomena in its history. Take, for example, the effluvium, if you will, of the ZDX, Vigor, EL or RL.

GMC Sierra conquers all (or no) roads

By Casey Williams

(January 27, 2019) GMC Sierrra sales are up 32 percent year over year thanks to the redesigned model released last year, so it is clear truck buyers are giving it a vote of confidence.  But, there’s always room for improvement — like a serious off-road version and fortified Heavy Duty models.  I had a chance to sample both recently at their recent launch in San Diego, Calif.

January new-vehicle sales expected to be better than 2018

(January 26, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Edmunds forecasts that 1,169,804 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in January for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 17.2 million. This reflects a 28.1 percent decrease in sales from December, but a 1.3 percent increase from January 2018.

"January's sales strength shows car shoppers are still feeling optimistic, even in the midst of the government shutdown and talk of a slowing economy," said Jeremy Acevedo, Edmunds' manager of industry analysis.

G-Wagon retains iconic looks after first full update in four decades

By Paul Borden

(January 26, 2019) Frankly, you can’t tell much of a difference at first glance, and maybe even second or third, but for the first time in 40 years Mercedes-Benz has put its iconic G-Class SUV through a myriad of updates and changes for 2019.