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Study: Fewer than third of consumers support fuel economy rollback

By Autolist Analytics Team

(August 23, 2018) Fewer than a third of consumers agree with the proposal by the Trump administration to roll back fuel efficiency standards in the U.S., according to a recent study by Autolist.com. Just 29 percent of those polled said they agreed with the Aug. 2 recommendation by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation.

Ford’s problems need leadership, not a huddle

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(August 22, 2018) If you work at the Ford Motor Company, you get a copy of the weekly “CEO Note” in your e-mail inbox. Titled "The Huddle" it’s a memo outlining the latest thoughts from Jim Hackett. Numerous copies ended up in my inbox recently, sent by various and sundry folks in the Ford universe. To put it bluntly, the subject matter is a new generation of “bullshit bingo” that applies seemingly new buzzwords to old ideas.

Gas prices slowly, but steadily declining for majority of motorists

(August 21, 2018) As summer slows to an end, gas prices across the country are getting less expensive. Today’s national gas price average is $2.84, which is three cents less than at the beginning of the month. With the exception of a handful of states, the majority of motorists are seeing slow, but steady pump price drops during the last few weeks.

Habitat for Humanity partners with Subaru in Camden County, N.J.

(August 20, 2018) Habitat for Humanity, known throughout the world for helping families build and improve homes, is working to positively impact the local Camden community by providing decent and affordable places to call home. Since its founding in 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Camden County has partnered with approximately 60 families and nine years ago, opened the ReStore donation center and resale showroom in Pennsauken, N.J. to provide a resource for residents and businesses to donate reusable furniture, appliances, home goods and building supplies.

Large cabin, stargazing sunroof make VW Atlas great for overnight trips

(August 18, 2018) The new VW Atlas is perfect for camping. The cargo area is 7 feet-by-4 feet when both rear rows of seats are folded down. That's plenty of room for a sleeping pad and a couple of sleeping bags, and is in fact larger than many tents. As a new infographic from VWPartsVortex.com  shows, the VW Atlas is the perfect vehicle for car camping.

“Why camp in a tent when you can camp in a VW Atlas with a panoramic sunroof?" says Rocco Demas, director of VWPartsVortex.com.

Atlas gives VW sales a big boost after enjoying its best month yet in July

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 17, 2018) Volkswagen executives were expecting (hoping for?) much success when the Atlas was launched as a replacement for the Touareg in the midsize SUV segment in the U.S., and the latest sales reports seem to confirm their expectations (hopes?).

The Atlas enjoyed its best sales month yet this past July and was one of three vehicles from the German automaker’s stable that helped spur overall sales growth of nearly 13 percent for the company over the same month for the previous year.

An illustration of where the most Honda Ridgelines live In U.S.

(August 16, 2018) There’s a new infographic showing where the Honda Ridgeline is most popular in the USA. The popularity of this unique truck was determined on both a total volume basis and a per-capita basis for the graphic. HondaPartsOnline.net looked at a two-year window — 2016 and 2017 — to collect the information.

Study: Autonomous vehicle awareness rising, acceptance declining

(August 16, 2018) ATLANTA — In the race for self-driving cars, building consumer trust when it comes to safety is just as important as building the technology. According to findings from the 2018 Cox Automotive Evolution of Mobility Study: Autonomous Vehicles, consumer awareness of driverless vehicles has skyrocketed and the desire for autonomous features is high.

Study discovers states where credit scores affect car insurance the most

By Alina Comoreanu
Senior Researcher, WalletHub

(August 15, 2018) Everyone knows you need auto insurance to drive. It’s the law, everywhere but New Hampshire. We also know that our credit scores dictate what types of credit cards and loans we can get. But most of us are in the dark about to the connection between credit scores and car insurance.

So WalletHub set out to see just how much credit data affects the cost of insurance policies in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Study — More than 80 percent of older drivers aren’t talking about driving

(August 15, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly 83 percent of older drivers report never speaking to a family member or physician about their safe driving ability, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Of the small percentage of families who do have the often difficult conversation, 15 percent do so after a crash or traffic infraction has occurred- which could be too late.