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2018 Buick Regal GS — Replanting Buick's flag in performance arena

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(November 4, 2018) “That's not a Buick,” were the first words about the 2018 Buick Regal GS out of the mouth of one of the valets at my favorite downtown hangout as he waved the key fob at me. “I had to look around for a minute to find it. I never believed those commercials,” he continued referring to Buick's current TV campaign with people unable to identify the brand's vehicles. “But they are dead on!”

No small decision — IIHS used car lists help families choose safest vehicles

(November 2, 2018) When it's time for a new driver's first set of wheels, many young people and their parents opt for something cute and inexpensive — in other words, small. In terms of safety, that's a mistake. IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) recently conducted a pair of front-to-front crash tests demonstrating what happens to small cars and minicars — even new ones with stellar safety ratings — when they collide with larger used vehicles from the same manufacturer.

All-new 2019 VW Jetta — Perfectly sufficient for most drivers

By Jim Prueter

(November 1, 2018) Lately, Volkswagen, the people’s car brand, has been spending a lot of time and effort on their excellent SUV products like the recently introduced mid-sized Atlas and completely restyled and redesigned compact Tiguan. They’ve also been making a lot of noise relative to their goal of rolling out 80 new electric cars across its multi-brand group within the next six years. VW says they will invest more than $24 billion in that effort.

Average new-car prices up 3 percent year-over-year

(November 1, 2018) IRVINE, Calif. — The analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States was $37,007 in October. New-vehicle prices increased by $1,118 (up 3.1 percent) from October 2017, while remaining flat (down 0.2 percent) from last month.  

"October was a strong month for transaction prices, as the new-car average rose 3 percent," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Lunchtime most popular time to buy gas, GasBuddy study finds

(October 31, 2018) BOSTON — GasBuddy today released its quarterly study examining foot traffic in the $600 billion convenience store and fuel retailing industry across the U.S. in the third quarter of 2018. According to the report, average dwell time shot up 14 percent quarter over the previous quarter, with consumers spending an additional minute on the property.

Additionally, the report found that consumers frequented gas stations the most during lunch hours — fuel and convenience stores saw daily peak traffic times shift specifically to 12 p.m. from later afternoon hours in the second quarter.

Audi A4 an outstanding choice in field that has a lot of good ones

By Paul Borden

(October 30, 2018) The A4 has been a stalwart seller for Audi for well over two decades now, moving into its ninth generation with the redesign for 2017.In fact, the A4 and two crossover SUVs, the Q5 and the Q7, are largely responsible for keeping the company from a decrease in year-to-date sale through September comparing 2018 figures to those for 2017.

New vehicle technologies can double repair bills for minor collisions

(October 29, 2018) ORLANDO, Fla. — According to new research from AAA, vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and others, can cost twice as much to repair following a collision due to expensive sensors and their calibration requirements.

Even minor incidents that cause damage to this technology found behind windshields, bumpers and door mirrors can add up to $3,000 in extra repair costs.

Edmunds predicts new vehicle sales to cool slightly in October

(October 26, 2018) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Edmunds forecasts that 1,322,340 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in October for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 17.1 million. This reflects a 6.7 percent decrease in sales from September and a 2.1 percent decrease from October 2017.

"The fourth quarter is off to a slow, but not alarming, start for the auto market," said Jeremy Acevedo, Edmunds manager of industry analysis.

Domestic brands tumble in latest Consumer Reports reliability ratings

(October 25, 2018) YONKERS, N.Y. — It was a rough year for domestic brands, according to Consumer Reports’ (CR) latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey, which collected data from its members about their experiences with more than half a million vehicles. Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, and Tesla are among the brands that tumbled in the organization’s predicted new-car reliability rankings announced at a news conference before the Automotive Press Association in Detroit on Wednesday.

October is finally falling into cheaper gas prices

(October 24, 2018) The national gas price average is $2.85 — six-cents cheaper than this month’s highest price of $2.91, which was the most expensive average during the month of October since 2014. Today’s price is also four cents cheaper than last week, the same price as last month and 39- cent more than this time last year according to statistics from AAA.

Reduced refinery runs, due to peak maintenance season, have contributed to stable gasoline inventories amid lower demand, which is a contributing factor driving gas prices down.