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IIHS finds vehicle manufacturers make strides on LATCH ease of use

(June 7, 2019) Nearly three-quarters of 2019 vehicles have LATCH hardware that rates good or acceptable for ease of use, as automakers continue making improvements that help parents and caregivers properly install child restraints, according to testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The results mark a shift from 2015, when IIHS launched its LATCH ease-of-use ratings. At that time, a majority of new vehicles rated poor or marginal.

Gas Stations see business climb 69% during Memorial Day weekend

(June 7, 2019) BOSTON — GasBuddy reveals how impactful the holiday weekend was for fuel and convenience retailers, with gas stations along major highways seeing a 69% lift overall compared to the previous weekend. Meanwhile, quick service restaurants only saw a 27% lift and coffee shops saw a 20% lift.

Lunchtime visits from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. made up 36% of all traffic to gas stations over the holiday weekend. When compared to the previous weekend, gas stations saw a 105% uplift in foot traffic during lunch hours.

Autotrader outlines top certified pre-owned deals for June

(June 7, 2019) ATLANTA — Summer buying season starts full-swing in June as the days get longer and consumers have more free time to shop. With the weather heating up, so are the opportunities to find the perfect car. Certified pre-owned programs provide a great option for getting the vehicle you want at a price that leaves money in the budget for that upcoming summer vacation.

"Whether celebrating dads and grads or looking for the perfect road trip vehicle, there are plenty of reasons to buy a certified pre-owned car in June," said Brian Moody, executive editor of Autotrader.

Volkswagen debuts a new direction for the brand in America

(June 6, 2019) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America on Wednesday began a new direction for the brand in the United States, built around responsibility, innovation and how a major automaker can credibly contribute to the greater good.

Volkswagen has been transforming since 2015, working to atone for the damage of the diesel matter while improving the core business, instituting new ethics and compliance programs with real teeth, and aggressively investing in electric vehicle development and production.

Average new-car prices up nearly 4 percent year-over-year for May

(June 4, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book report the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $37,185 in May. New-vehicle prices increased $1,320 (up 3.7 percent) from May 2018, while decreasing $208 (down 0.6 percent) from last month.

Pump prices continue to push lower for majority of motorists

(June 4, 2019) Today’s national average is $2.81, which is two cents cheaper than last week, eight cents less than last month and 13 cents less than last year. With the exception of the Rockies states, Alaska and Indiana, motorists across the country are saving as much as 23 cents/gallon to fill up as compared to last month,, according to data compiled by AAA.

AAA lists key deadly behaviors for teen drivers this summer

(June 3, 2019) WASHINGTON — Over the past five years, nearly 3,500 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when the number of crash fatalities involving a teen driver historically rise.

New crash data from 2013-2017 reveals major factors contributing to fatal teen crashes during the summer driving period include: speeding (28 percent); drinking and driving (17 percent); distraction (9 percent).

Lifestyle vehicles could bring awareness to vehicle subscription programs


(June 3, 2019) Consumers remain largely unaware that they can subscribe to a vehicle rather than buy or lease but a new survey shows one way that subscriptions could become more popular: lifestyle vehicles.

Sports cars, pickup trucks and luxury vehicles are the top three types of vehicles that car shoppers said they would subscribe to, according to the latest survey by The same survey found that overall awareness of subscriptions as an alternative to leasing or buying hadn’t improved from 2018.

2019 Ford Ranger Lariat FX4 — Ford brings back the midsize pickup

By Jim Prueter

(June 2, 2019) It’s been seven years since Ford last sold its midsize Ranger pickup. It was discontinued following the 2011 model year due to slow sales over the previous decade. Dodge/Ram did the same with Dakota, and then, a year later, GM pulled the plug on the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Those moves effectively ceded the midsized truck segment to just two players: Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier.

Autotrader names 10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates in 2019

(May 31, 2019) ATLANTA — After years of late nights in the library and the local pizza shop, a new set of graduates is finally ready to enter the "real world." Now, they just need the right car to get them there. Against the backdrop of rising car prices and looming student loan debt, the editors at Autotrader have identified the 10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates in 2019 – options that are affordable and appealing.