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J.D. Power finds branded audio impacts owner satisfaction

(September 21, 2019) COSTA MESA, Calif. — Branded audio is positively impacting owner satisfaction with in-car multimedia technology, as well as the vehicle, according to the J.D. Power 2019 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study. The overall number of reported problems with audio, communication, entertainment and navigation (ACEN) technologies has also decreased for a fourth consecutive year.

2019 Grand Sport — A better choice for most Corvette buyers

By Jim Prueter

(September 20, 2019) It’s no secret that with the Corvette, Chevrolet delivers one of the best performing sports cars in the world with the best horsepower per dollar and bang for the buck. For 2019, Corvette is offered in four different trim levels, from the base Stingray starting at just $55,900 all the way to the super high performing 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1, reintroduced for 2019 with a starting price of $123,000.

Honda brings back an all-new Passport

By Jim Prueter

(September 19, 2019) Back in 1993, taking notice of the growing interest of sport utility vehicles in the U.S., Honda introduced their first SUV, called the Passport. That first Passport was absent any Honda DNA and was actually a badge engineered version of the now defunct Isuzu Rodeo, a mid-sized SUV.

The Passport was built in Lafayette, Ind., by Subaru Isuzu Automotive between 1994 and 2002 and was subsequently discontinued, giving way to the Honda-engineered Pilot.

Autotrader picks its 12 Best Electric Vehicles for 2019

(September 19, 2019) ATLANTA — Whether a new-car shopper's motivation for buying an electric vehicle (EV) is environmental, political or financial, choices abound now more than ever before in the marketplace. With more than 50 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery-electric vehicle (BEV) models available today, many new-car shoppers need help navigating the terms to master and information to digest among the choices in this continuously growing vehicle category.

Volvo, Ram top-ranked brands in AutoPacific Ideal vehicle awards

(September 18, 2019) NORTH TUSTIN, Calif. –– Automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific has announced the 2019 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA), recognizing vehicles that best meet owners expectations for the product. The 2019 awards are based on responses from more than 50,000 owners of new vehicles across all major manufacturers.

Based solely on owner input, AutoPacific IVAs measure the fusion between owner expectations and reality.

Motorists can expect volatility at the pumps after attack on oil facilities

(September 17, 2019) On the week, the national gas price average held steady at $2.56, but motorists can expect some volatility at the pump in the coming days and weeks. Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia experienced drone attacks on two major oil facilities — including the world’s largest, Abqaiq. The attacks have taken 5.7 million (crude) barrels per day off the market, accounting for about 6% of the global supply, according to AAA.

Want the fastest production SUV? Check out the Alfa Romeo Stelvio

By Paul Borden

(September 17, 2019) Considering that Alfa Romeo participates in Formula racing and is known for producing nifty little roadsters like the 4C Spider it brought to the U.S. just a few years ago, it is not surprising that the Italian automaker’s first venture into the SUV/crossover world would come down heavy on power and performance.

Survey: Parents increasingly anxious about child safety on the road

(September 16, 2019) ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — A new survey from Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll revealed that American parents believe the roads today have never been more dangerous for families. More than six in ten parents believe it is harder to keep children safe while driving than it was two years ago, while more than nine in ten believe too many people drive recklessly and endanger families on the road.

Increased finance charges drive up cost of vehicle ownership

(September 13, 2019) ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s going to cost more for those looking to buy a new car this year. Finance costs on new car purchases have jumped 24% in 2019, according to new AAA research, pushing the average annual cost of vehicle ownership to $9,282, or $773.50 a month. That’s the highest cost associated with new vehicle ownership since AAA began tracking expenses in 1950 and a reminder that the true costs of owning a vehicle extend far beyond maintenance and fuel.

Kelley Blue Book says this is exciting time to buy a new car

(September 11, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — Whether you're on the hunt for a bargain on an outgoing model or eagerly anticipating the hottest new car to come, now is an exciting time to be car shopping. Kelley Blue Book recently examined the marketplace and uncovered which 2019 models are heading into retirement, and which all-new and redesigned vehicles are worth the wait and set to make a splash for 2020.

"Now is a great time to score a deal on one of the models calling it quits for 2019," said Matt DeLorenzo, senior managing editor for Kelley Blue Book.