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Dodge Challenger wins ‘Car of Texas’ at TAWA spring event

(April 18, 2019) DENTON, Texas — A Dodge muscle car won the top award at the 2019 Texas Auto Roundup. After 44 journalist members of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) evaluated 29 vehicles April 14-16, the 2019 Dodge Challenger was crowned the overall Car of Texas. 

“Driving enthusiasts in Texas love horsepower, and the Challenger’s classic muscular lines and monumental power won over our voters,” said Michael Marrs, president of TAWA and co-host of the In Wheel Time radio show in Houston.

Honda wins best overall brand in Kelley Blue Book's Image Awards

(April 17, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — Automotive brands are among the most recognizable and most valued brands in the world. There are few products more ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives than the automobile and capturing the hearts and minds of car shoppers could mean more sales in the long run. Recognizing automakers' outstanding achievements in creating and maintaining brand attributes that earn the attention and enthusiasm of new-car buyers, Kelley Blue Book today announces the 2019 Brand Image Award winners, based on annual new-car buyer perception data.

National gas price average jumps 10 cents in a week

(April 16, 2019) Pump prices on the West Coast increased as much as 20 cents this past week, driving the national average up nearly 10 cents to $2.83 on the week. As stocks tighten out West due to unplanned and planned maintenance, California’s average jumped to $4.00, the most expensive state average this week and a price point not seen in the Golden State since July 2014.

Majority of people say they would use EV for commuting, city driving

(April 13, 2019) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — As the popularity and availability of electric vehicles (EV) continues to grow in the U.S., consumers are zeroing in on how they want to use an EV. Sixty-three percent of consumers said the best way to use an EV is for commuting or city driving, according to a new survey MINI USA recently commissioned from market research and business intelligence firm Engine International, Inc.

GasBuddy says best day to buy gas is Monday

(April 11, 2019) BOSTON — Americans have been getting hit hard at the pump with average gasoline prices in the U.S. up 50 cents per gallon since January. With many metro areas across the nation seeing the largest seasonal rise in prices since 2012, GasBuddy today released a new study that found the best and worst days of the week to buy gas to maximize savings and avoid the lines during the busy summer travel season.

The beloved Lexus RX is still great — in fact, better, but skip the hybrid

By Jim Prueter

(April 10, 2019) It’s been quite some time since I last slipped behind the wheel of Lexus’ industry-first midsize luxury SUV. Recently, I was again reminded how enjoyable it is to not just spend a day in, but for an entire week of driving.

Dodge 'most loved' automotive brand on Facebook

(April 10, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Dodge brand doesn’t just break records on the track, it also crossed the Facebook finish line in 2018 as the most “loved” automotive brand on Facebook, according to a study by Crisp. Dodge came out on top in 2018 through posts that celebrate the brand’s passion for high-octane muscle and irreverence, coupled with a heavy dose of humor.
“The Dodge//SRT brand’s personality and voice across its social channels are representative of our millions of die-hard fans,” said Steve Beahm, head of Passenger Car Brands – FCA North America.

National gasoline average jumps a nickel on the week

(April 9, 2019) At $2.74, the national gas price average increased a nickel on the week and is eight cents more than last year at this time. And compared to one month ago, gas prices are 28 cents more expensive. As demand holds steady and inventories continue to tighten, motorists continue to see gas prices increase in every region, according to AAA.

20 million vehicles will have Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant by 2023

(April 9, 2019) LONDON — As voice control continues to gain popularity in the home, consumers are increasingly hoping to use Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Siri in the vehicle too. An increasing number of OEMs are now poised to give into popular consumer demands and integrate Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant in-vehicle, without the need for a handset and despite concerns over data and OEM-branding.

OnStar's stolen vehicle assistance can help counteract vehicle thefts

(April 8, 2019) A new advertising campaign highlights how OnStar can quickly and safely recover stolen vehicles. With vehicle theft recently hitting an eight-year high, OnStar’s Stolen Vehicle Assistance can provide members with peace of mind if their vehicle is stolen.