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Fiat Chrysler seeks merger with Renault to weather coming storm

By Casey Williams
MyCarData

(May 30, 2019) While many of us were grilling hotdogs and enjoying the Memorial Day holiday, Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s board was submitting a proposal for merger with the French automaker, Renault.  Renault’s board is considering the details within and will respond by next week.  If accepted, the combined automaker would become the third largest in the world, behind Volkswagen and Toyota, but ahead of General Motors and Hyundai/Kia.

National gas price average drops by more than a nickel since May 1

(May 29, 2019) For the 37.6 million Americans who hit the road this past Memorial Day weekend, the vast majority found savings at the pump compared to last year’s holiday. Today, 42 states and Washington, D.C. have gas price averages that are less expensive year-over-year, with Floridians (-31 cents) seeing the largest yearly change. Motorists in West Coast states are the exception, paying nearly double-digits more than last May to fill up, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

Edmunds unveils its 'Best Family Cars of 2019'

(May 28, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds have announced their 12th annual selection of the Best Family Cars, recognizing the eight vehicles that parents should consider putting on their shopping list. The winners were selected by Edmunds editors after an extensive, engineer-led vehicle testing and rating process using more than 30 criteria in five main areas: driving performance, comfort, interior, utility and technology.

Edmunds also considered the availability of safety, technology and convenience features designed with families in mind.

Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster wins top honors at convertible competition

(May 28, 2019) KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Sporting a 550-horsepower biturbo V8 engine and a top that opens or closes at speeds up to 31 mph, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster earned top honors last week at the annual Topless in Miami Presented by Haartz convertible competition conducted by the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA).

It is the third time in nine years that a Mercedes-Benz model has earned top honors in the annual competition, joining the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster (2012) and Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG (2016).

2019 Ford F-150 Limited — High-performance luxury with a pickup bed

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 27, 2019) The current generation Ford F-150 dates back to 2015, when America’s best-selling vehicle switched to an all-aluminum body, resulting in significant weight savings. Tinkering with success was a huge gamble for Ford, which faced immediate backlash with the stigma that F-150s were now going to be made out of aluminum beer cans.

Auto safety expert questions car safety as millions hit road for holiday

(May 24, 2019) PHOENIX — Millions of Americans will kick off summer road trips this weekend. But an auto safety expert from The Auto Professor says many top-rated cars are not as safe as people think they are.

That's because the 5-star system used by the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) falls short on one important laboratory test. It does not test what happens when a car collides head-on with a larger vehicle, like an SUV.

Nearly 43 million will kick off season this weekend with Memorial Day trip

(May 23, 2019) ORLANDO, Fla. — Nearly 43 million Americans will start their summers on a high note with a Memorial Day weekend getaway. This long holiday weekend, marking the unofficial start of summer vacation season, will see the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes dating back to 2000, trailing only the bar set in 2005.

This may be the weekend to get a great car deal, Edmunds says

(May 23, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Shoppers in the market for a new car could be in store for significant savings this Memorial Day weekend as dealers aim to move mounting inventory off their lots, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. New vehicle inventory hit 4.06 million units in April, marking the third month in a row this year that the industry saw inventory levels above 4 million.

Additionally, the average days to turn (DTT) for new vehicles increased to 75 days for the industry in April, a 6% jump compared to last year.

Nissan-commissioned study finds young buyers love sedans

(May 23, 2019) NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  Recent research reveals that the youngest generations of car buyers – millennials and Generation Z – may have their sights set on sedans. According to a survey of American car owners commissioned by Nissan, desire for sedans remains strong.

Among overall respondents who don't currently own a sedan, 78% would consider buying one, and younger respondents reported an even higher affinity for the body style.

2019 Mazda CX-5 — Leader of the pack

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 22, 2019) Just two years ago Mazda completely redesigned the CX-5 compact SUV, its best-selling model. Mazda said they made over 250 improvements for the second-generation CX-5, none more obvious than the updated exterior styling Mazda designers call “refined toughness.” For the record, the 2019 CX-5 tested here has remained almost mostly unchanged since that time.