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Kelley — New-vehicle prices jump nearly 4% year-over-year in August

(September 2, 2020) 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 $38,635 in August. New-vehicle prices increased $1,442 (up 3.9%) from August 2019, while raising $72 (up 0.2%) from last month.  

Demand and gas pump prices jump across the country

(September 1, 2020) The national gas price average spiked by a nickel on the week to $2.23, but is expected to push cheaper in the week ahead. Pump prices jumped as a result of Hurricane Laura and an increase in demand for one of the highest measurements of the year, according to weekly statistics by AAA.

“It’s typical to see increased demand and more expensive gas prices ahead of a storm, especially one that threatens rigs and refineries in the Gulf of Mexico region,” said AAA's Jeanette Casselano.

Auto industry skids to all-time low in customer satisfaction, ACSI data show

(September 1, 2020) ANN ARBOR, Mich.  — The U.S. automobile industry, like the economy at large, couldn’t escape the crosshairs of the COVID-19 global pandemic. But that’s not the only hurdle the industry has to overcome: New data indicate an ongoing, industrywide customer satisfaction decline. Overall customer satisfaction with automobiles and light vehicles has dropped 1.3% to a score of 78 (out of 100), and 17 brands post downturns year over year, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) Automobile Report 2019-2020.

Kelley Blue Book names 10 most awarded cars and brands of 2020

(August 31, 2020) IRVINE, Calif. — In this age of uncertainty, car buyers are looking for vehicles and brands they can trust to take on the road ahead. With an overwhelming amount of choices on the market, consumers are looking for a simple way to identify their best options. For shoppers wanting to search for a new vehicle with ease and confidence, the editors at Kelley Blue Book have named the 10 Most Awarded Cars of 2020 and the 10 Most Awarded Brands of 2020.

High Performance in a turbocharged 4-cylinder 2020 Ford Mustang

By Jim Prueter

(August 28, 2020) Back in 2014 when Ford introduced its sixth-generation Mustang it created no shortage of controversy with its retro styling design. It also made news with the return of a four-cylinder under the hood after nearly three decades and for the first time it was being sold globally in places like Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Trucks top list of vehicles with most retained value, Edmunds finds

(August 28, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds say all vehicle owners could benefit from checking how much their car is worth as trade-in values continue to spike during the pandemic, but note that truck owners in particular are in the best position to cash in on their vehicles right now. According to trade-in data from Edmunds, trucks are retaining the greatest value and commanding the highest trade-in prices of all consumer vehicles.

Autotrader announces its Best Cars for Dog Lovers list

(August 26, 2020) ATLANTA — One bright spot amid the COVID-19 pandemic is that pet adoptions have surged across the country as people look for companionship and new additions to their families; and as your family grows by four feet, you might find yourself needing the right vehicle that accommodates everyone. For the seventh consecutive year, Autotrader celebrates National Dog Day, today (August 26), by unveiling its list of the Best Cars for Dog Lovers and announcing limited-edition dog vests, to make dog hair clean up quick and easy while on the road, keeping your car looking its best.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid add fun to fuel-sipping performance

By Paul Borden

(August 25, 2020) If you still cling to the notion that a gas-electric powertrain has to be a boring vehicle that is no fun to drive, you need to check out the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. You will likely change your mind. The Sonata offers a different kind of hybrid performance. Though it wouldn’t be your first choice for a drag race, it is a peppy performer around town and a steady cruiser on the highway.

How to give your vehicle the detailing TLC it needs at home

(August 25, 2020) When shelter-in-place orders took effect in cities across the U.S. this spring, a hobby renaissance began. Images of people comfort baking, knitting and puzzling flooded social media, along with car enthusiasts showing off their new DIY car detailing projects.

“Our business was doing some doomsday planning as most small businesses were at the start of the pandemic, waiting for the wall to close in and it just never did,” said Jared Toops, general manager and director of E-Commerce at Car Supplies Warehouse, a subsidiary of the Chicago Auto Pros detail shop.

Slow movement at the gas pump; all eyes on tropical storms

(August 25, 2020) At $2.18, the national gas price average increased by one cent this past week. That is the same price as a month ago and 41 cents cheaper than a year ago. The minimal change reflects the slow movement at pumps across the country on the week. The vast majority of states (30) saw pump prices fluctuate by a penny, if at all, according to AAA.