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Pump price trends falling into place for autumn

(September 10, 2019) Gas prices continue to trend — slowly, but surely — cheaper with half of all states seeing pump prices drop two-cents on the week. This caused the national average to push cheaper by a penny down to $2.56. Today’s average is 11-cents less than a month ago and 28-cents cheaper than a year ago, according to weekly statistic compiled by AAA.

Audi A7 moves into second generation with new engine for 2019

By Paul Borden

(September 8, 2019) It was a case of love at first sight. No sooner had I stepped out my front door to see the white Audi A7 parked in my driveway than I knew this was going to be a great week. It was stunning enough just sitting there motionless — a sedan that looks like a coupe but really is a hatchback.

J.D. Power study finds safety technology threatened by overbearing alerts

(September 8, 2019) COSTA MESA, Calif. — Some alerts on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are so annoying or bothersome that many drivers disable the systems and may try to avoid them on future vehicle purchases, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study.

2020 Nissan Altima SV AWD — Likable but not lovable

By Jim Prueter

(September 7, 2019) It was just a few years ago that the mid-size Nissan Altima was sedan the fifth best-selling vehicle in the U.S. behind nameplates like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry sedans. But in the last couple of years sedans have mostly fallen out of favor with car shoppers who prefer SUVs, crossover utility vehicles and pickup trucks. And despite a vastly improved all-new sixth-generation Altima for 2019 with it’s significantly improved driving dynamics and sharp contemporary new styling sales have continued to fall and are down another 14 percent so far this year.

Marking the 62nd anniversary of Edsel's introduction

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(September 5, 2019) The Edsel was introduced to an awaiting — and over-hyped — public on Sept. 4, 1957. Exactly the wrong car at the wrong time, and saddled with the wrong name, it began as a vehicle designed to sit above Mercury and below Lincoln.

Edmunds: Auto loan interest rates stay below 6% in August

(September 5, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The average interest rate for a new-vehicle loan stayed under 6% for the second month in a row in August, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. The annual percentage rate (APR) on new financed vehicles averaged 5.8% in August, compared to 5.8% in July and 6% in June.

Edmunds data reveals that the share of sales with zero percent finance deals saw a slight lift in August, constituting 6.1% of financed purchases in August compared to 5.8% in July.

Average new-car price up 2 percent year-over-year for August

(September 4, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $37,401 in August. New-vehicle prices increased $723 (up 2%) from August 2018, while decreasing $54 (down 0.1%) from last month. 

"Although new-vehicle pricing growth has been strong this year, we've also seen greater incentives to offset rising monthly payments and move slower selling new-car inventories," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Most motorists continue to see decreases at the pump

(September 4, 2019) On the week, gas prices are as much as nine cents cheaper in every state except California, (+5 cents), Florida (+4 cents), Ohio (+2 cents) and South Carolina (+1 cent). Hurricane Dorian has been the driver for the increases in Florida and, most likely, South Carolina.

“As an east coast storm, Hurricane Dorian is not threatening major oil and gas infrastructure so its impact is localized to its path along the East Coast,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

BMW adds droptop to 8 Series lineup with M850i xDrive convertible

By Paul Borden

(September 2, 2019) “Bigger is better” is pretty much engrained in our DNA as Americans, but apparently it isn’t necessarily so for our European cousins, particularly those of Teutonic stock. Evidence for this comes courtesy of BMW.

Edmunds says hunt for Labor Day deals will be tougher this year

(August 31, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Shoppers seeking Labor Day deals on new cars will likely need to do some extra research before heading to the dealership this holiday weekend. According to the car shopping experts at Edmunds, the average advertised discount for 2019 model year vehicles hit 6.4% this July and isn't expected to climb much higher in September.