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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.

2019 Cadillac XT4 — All-new small SUV is a sweetheart

By Jim Prueter

(April 28, 2019) There’s no disagreement that one of the fastest growing automotive segments is the compact luxury utility vehicle. It’s a field that’s growing more crowded by the day, which brings us to one of the latest additions, the compact Cadillac XT4 driven here.

Edmunds: Truck sales to prop up new-vehicle market in April

(April 26, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds forecast that 1,357,024 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in April for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 16.8 million. This reflects a 16.2% decrease in sales from March but a 0.3% increase from April 2018. Despite this month-over-month dip, Edmunds experts note that pickup sales were a bright spot. According to Edmunds data, market share for pickup trucks is expected to reach 17%, the highest April level since 2005.

2019 Lexus GX 460 — Old school SUV

By Jim Prueter

(April 25, 2019) The 2019 Lexus GX 460 is part of a generation of mid-size SUVs that time has long since passed by. In a flood of lighter, car-based unibody crossover utility vehicles with independent suspensions and luxury sedan-like driving characteristics, the traditional truck-based body-on-frame GX looks, drives, and feels old school when compared to all-new editions of competitors like the Mercedes GLE, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and even its popular stablemate Lexus RX 350.