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Study reveals younger generations fueling growth of convenience stores

(May 8, 2019) BOSTON — On-demand. One-stop-shop. All-in-one. Now. Americans need for instant gratification and convenience continues to grow, led by the younger generations. While traditional retail chain brick-and-mortar stores have struggled, the U.S. convenience store industry is thriving, experiencing 16 straight years of record in-store sales reaching $242 billion in 2018.

GasBuddy  today released a new study exploring what is “fueling” the success of gas station c-stores across the nation.

Gas prices fluctuate moderately across the country

(May 7, 2019) With the national gas price average at $2.89 — just a penny more expensive than last week — the majority of states are seeing moderate jumps and even declines at the pump. Twenty-seven states saw gas prices decrease or hold steady on the week with Delaware (-4 cents), Kentucky (-3 cents) and North Carolina (-3 cents) seeing the largest declines.

“While gasoline demand remains robust, gasoline inventories built for the first time since early February, which was a surprise, and contributed toward the national average only increasing by a penny” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Q50 Red Sport 400 a credible alternative to German sport sedans

By Jim Prueter

(May 6, 2019) Back in 2016, Infiniti made a decision to up its performance game to compete with high-performance German sports sedans like the compact Mercedes AMG C43, BMW M3 and Audi S4 and S5. Infiniti started by discontinuing its outdated VQ-series 328-horsepower V-6 engine and replacing it with an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter 400-horsepower V-6 performance variant called the Red Sport.

Driving the refreshed 6th-generation 2019 Chevrolet Camaro convertible

By Paul Borden

(May 6, 2019) MIAMI — With the demise of brands like Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, and, earlier, Hudson and AMC, the number of Muscle Car makes on the market today falls considerably short from their hey day of the 1960s and early 1970s. Fortunately, Chevrolet resurrected a charter member of the genre when it brought back its Camaro for 2010 after ending production following the 2002 model year.

From package deliveries to car washes, Ford brings services to your car

By Lorin Kennedy
Ford Motor Company

(May 4, 2019) For more than a century, Ford has powered people’s ability to get where they need to go with safe, reliable cars. Now, we think it’s time to flip the script. Instead of using our vehicles solely to get us to our destinations, what if we used them as beacons to bring convenient and secure services to us?

Regular exercise, stretching can help older drivers keep keys longer

(May 3, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that increased fatigue and poor physical functioning are leading factors that can result in older adults limiting their driving. But simple steps, like weekly exercise and stretching, can improve safe driving abilities and keep older adults on the road longer.

Average new-car prices up 2 percent year-over-year for April

(May 1, 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 $36,843 in April. New-vehicle prices increased $732 (up 2 percent) from April 2018, while rising $93 (up 0.3 percent) from last month.  

"Transaction prices climbed 2 percent in April, still largely due to the shifting sales mix toward SUVs and crossovers," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

2020 Mercedes GLE 450 — A technology tour de force

By Jim Prueter

(April 30, 2019) For 2020, Mercedes introduces its fourth-generation, mid-sized GLE with five trim levels: GLE 350, GLE 450, and the performance AMG GLE 43, GLE 63 and GLE 63 S. At this time, Mercedes has not indicated if a plug-in hybrid or diesel variant will come later. The new GLE is unquestionably the most technologically complex vehicle we’ve ever driven and tested.

Gas pricea have increased 63 cents since the beginning of the year

(April 30, 2019) One week after the U.S. State Department announced the end of waivers for countries to import oil from Iran, increasing crude oil prices and pump prices show no signs of slowing down. With a four-cent jump on the week, today’s national gas price average sets a new high for the year at $2.88, according to weekly statistics from AAA.

Autotrader names its Best New Cars for 2019 award winners

(April 29, 2019) ATLANTA — Finding your perfect automobile match can be difficult, and everyone is searching for that one vehicle that checks all the boxes. With more than 300 vehicle models available, this becomes a daunting task that leaves consumers with more questions than answers. The options are endless, examining vehicle technology, safety features, driving condition options, style, make, model and trim level.