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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.

Hyundai creates soapbox ride that families can create together

(September 14, 2020) Hyundai Motor has designed the Hyundai Soapbox ride which parents can build together with their children and groups of friends can create. The soapbox was developed by engineers and designers from the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC) using affordable and easily-available materials. Intended to promote quality time for customers, families and friends, Hyundai has made the instructions available to download so the vehicle can be built at home.

Cadillac invites you to its live online showroom

By Casey Williams

(September 13, 2020) Almost nobody likes going to a dealer to shop for a new vehicle.  That was true before COVID and it is especially true now.  Despite some genuinely excellent sales people across brands and dealers, the idea of going to a showroom ranks right there with getting teeth extracted.  Launched right before the pandemic, Cadillac Live, the brand’s digital showroom, lets you log in to select your next new car.  I recently logged in myself as part of a demonstration for the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

Research shows automaker marketing may lead to overconfidence

(September 11, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Motorists using active driving assistance systems, which combine vehicle acceleration with braking and steering, tend to overlook safety limitations when the branding and marketing used to sell it suggest an “automated” driving experience, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. 

As summer fades away, cheaper gas prices may be here to stay

(September 8, 2020) Motorists saw plenty of savings at the pump from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The national gas price average during the unofficial start and stop to summer was $2.15 — the cheapest since 2004. Demand was decimated this summer, which ultimately meant increased supply and cheap gas prices. That trend continues, according to statistics by AAA.

Best, worst driving cities rated by WalletHub

(September 7, 2020) WalletHub has released its 2020's Best and Worst Cities to Drive In, rating 100 cities across the U.S. The study found that Lincoln, Neb., is the best city while Oakland, Calif., is the worst. To determine those places, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 31 key indicators of driver-friendliness. Our data set ranges from average gas prices to annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter to auto-repair shops per capita. Read on for our findings, tips and insight from a panel of experts, and a full description of our methodology.

Manual transmissions fading, but Genesis offers one on G70 sedan

By Paul Borden

(September 4, 2020) With automatic transmissions coming with Sport and Sport+ modes and manual gear selection via paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel or, in some cases, the steering wheel column, vehicles equipped with manual transmissions continue to fade from the market.

Survey finds road trips among happiest times for Americans this summer

(September 4, 2020) DETROIT — The challenges of quarantine and social distancing helped spur a resurgence in the American road trip, a new survey from Chevrolet and The Harris Poll shows. In fact, nearly 80 percent of Americans credited road trips as helping to keep their sanity during the pandemic.

In advance of Labor Day — typically one of the nation’s busiest travel weekends — Chevrolet worked with The Harris Poll to survey over 1,000 Americans to discover exactly how they spent their time on the road over the past six months, and the effect it had.

Road trips become more popular as travelers shy away from flying

(September 3, 2020) HOUSTON — Seventy-two percent of respondents have cancelled a vacation since the onset of COVID-19 restrictions, a survey commissioned by Conoco found. The brand surveyed 2,000 Americans to gauge their travel concerns and plans in a year unlike any other.  Despite these setbacks, however, travelers are still turning to the road — 58% said they had changed travel plans from flying to driving since March and 60% of those surveyed said they felt comfortable taking a road trip this fall.

Labor Day gas prices lowest since 2004, according to GasBuddy

(September 2, 2020) BOSTON — Gasoline prices this Labor Day are set to be the lowest since 2004 according to GasBuddy, the travel and navigation app. The company predicts a national average of $2.19 per gallon, down nearly 37 cents from last year and the lowest priced Labor Day since 2004’s $1.82 per gallon average.

“With Hurricane Laura now behind us and many refineries returning to service, gas prices will begin to head lower just in time for the Labor Day weekend,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis.