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Interior restoration firm says hand sanitizer can damage leather steering wheel

(June 11, 2020) ROCKWALL, Texas — Craft Customs, a steering wheel and car dash and interior trim restoration company warns that the use of hand sanitizer on car steering wheels during the COVID-19 crisis could be harming leather steering wheels.

2020 Mazda CX-30 — The look and feel of a more expensive car

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(June 10, 2020) Answering a question not many were asking, Mazda added the all-new 2020 Mazda CX-30 to its lineup. Shoehorned into the narrow crease between the pipsqueak CX-3 and compact CX-5, the CX-30 brings the Mazda CUV count to four. Did the world really need another small CUV? Not really, but no complaint here. The CX-30 is loaded with all manner of technology and it's a hoot to drive.

National gas price average under $2 ends after 66 consecutive days

(June 9, 2020) For 66 days, the national gas price average held below the $2/gallon mark, pushing as cheap as $1.76. In the past week, the average has inched up to $2.03. Despite the consistent increases at the pump, prices are still significantly cheaper year-over-year. In fact, during the first week of June the past five years, gas prices have typically averaged $2.81.

AutoTrader shows car shoppers the ease of online car shopping

(June 8, 2020) ATLANTA — Over the past few months, consumers have adjusted to managing nearly all aspects of life from home, including everything from working to shopping. Even the most difficult tasks can get done from home, like buying a car. Autotrader today announced its latest national advertising campaign, "Dealer Chats," to show shoppers how surprisingly easy car buying can be in the new normal.

Breaking free from a lockdown in style with a 2020 Kia Stinger

By Paul Borden

(June 4, 2020) After nearly two months of self-imposed isolation for you-know-what with trips limited to the grocery and drug stores and takeout food runs, we managed to escape Miami over the Memorial Day weekend to visit our daughter and son and their families near his home in Tampa.

Auto loan interest rates at lowest level since 2013

(June 4, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Interest rates for new vehicles in May dropped to the lowest level seen by the industry in nearly seven years, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. The annual percentage rate (APR) on new financed vehicles averaged 4% in May, compared to 4.3% in April and 6.1% a year ago. This is the lowest average interest rate since August 2013, and the third lowest Edmunds has on record dating back to 2002.

2020 Genesis G90 — Luxury sedan gets a refresh

By Jim Prueter

(June 3, 2020) Genesis is the fully credentialed premium luxury vehicle division of the hugely successful Korean auto giant, Hyundai. The Hyundai Genesis brand debuted back in 2008; the automaker spun Genesis off as a separate luxury entity in 2015, with the intention of directly targeting Toyota’s upmarket Lexus luxury brand.

National gas-price average just short of $2 a gallon

(June 3, 2020)  The national gas price average is $1.97, just one penny more expensive than last week. Part of the incremental jump can be attributed to increases in gasoline demand, which saw a 7% week-over-week increase. However, demand is still down nearly 25% compared to last year, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest reports, according to AAA's weekly analysis

Average new-car prices up 4% year-over-year in May

(June 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 $38,940 in May. New-vehicle prices increased $1,618 (up 4.3%) from May 2019, while prices dropped $244 (down 0.6%) from last month.  

"Though new-car sales will be down significantly for the third month in a row, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, average transaction prices have actually strengthened over this period for several reasons," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Nexen Tire offers comprehensive list of tire tips for safe road trips

(June 2, 2020) DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — As the nation slowly begins getting back to normal, drivers are expected to hit the road again in record numbers. This summer, an estimated 25 million Americans will embark on road trips and family vacations, and with that many drivers back on the road in such a short period of time, Nexen Tire is encouraging safe road trips with a friendly reminder of the importance of proper tire maintenance.