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Study: Top 5% of distracted truck drivers involved in 67% of risky maneuvers

(April 19, 2011) SAN DIEGO (PRNewswire) — Underscoring the importance of April's National Distracted Driving Awareness campaign, SmartDrive Systems, a leader in fleet safety and operational efficiency, today released the 2010 SmartDrive Distracted Driving Index, a revealing look at commercial fleet distracted driving rates during the past year.

Study finds five dollar gas is tipping point for electric vehicle consideration

(April 18, 2011) NEW YORK (PRNewswire) — A new survey released today by Deloitte shows that 78 percent of consumers in the United States would consider purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) when fuel prices reach $5 per gallon. 

The study, "Gaining traction: Will consumers ride the electric vehicle wave?," surveyed 12,000 consumers globally, including more than 1,000 in the U.S., and finds that the higher the price of fuel, the more interested consumers are in EVs.

Americans moving away from Asian autos

By Karl Greenberg
MediaPost

(April 16, 2011) As if things weren't tough enough for Japanese automotive brands since the earthquake, it seems vehicles from brands like Toyota, Honda, and Nissan may face resistance from U.S. consumers for fear that parts won't be available, and tight supply will make the vehicles too expensive.

Car sales surge in early April despite higher prices

(April 16, 2010) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A preliminary analysis of April car sales points to strong numbers through the first half of the month, even as average prices have increased.

The current pace this month suggests that the seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) for car sales in 2011 could rise to 14.1 million new cars sold, according to a study by Edmunds.com. But Edmunds predicts a slowdown in the latter part of the month that will bring the April SAAR closer to the 13.1 million cars originally projected by Edmunds at the end of March.

Survey finds most car buyers don't expect to downsize with next new car purchase

(April 15, 2011) YONKERS, N.Y. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — Most car buyers (56 percent) expect their next new vehicle to be the same size as the model they currently drive, but those who are looking to downsize are motivated by improved fuel economy, lower maintenance and repair costs, environmental concerns, and improved reliability, according to a new survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

New-car inventories expected to shrink next month

(April 14, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — With automakers announcing more pauses in new car production, Edmunds.com is offering a glimpse at what consumers and dealers can anticipate over the next several months before automakers return to full production, which is expected in the fall.

Edmunds.com reports that currently, dealer inventories are still ample for most models, but inventory will start to be noticeably limited next month and automakers will react by adjusting incentives on the models in short supply.

Japan earthquake changes buying decisions, study finds

(April 14, 2011) NEW YORK (PRNewswire) — Over 25 percent of U.S. consumers surveyed report being less likely to purchase automotive brands from Japan or Korea, a strong opinion that is gaining traction since the earthquake and tsunami catastrophe that struck the Japan region in March.

Hispanic car buyers prefer imported brands according to TrueCar.com study

(April 14, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. (PRNewswire) — TrueCar.com , the authoritative voice in new car pricing and industry trend information, today released a study based on Hispanic car-buying behavior in 2010 that shows import brands and models dominating the top 10 list. Hispanic car-buyers in 2010 made up seven percent of all new vehicle retail purchases in the U.S.

Honda vehicles rank as most stolen

(April 13, 2011) WESTWOOD, Mass. (PRNewswire) — Honda is the most popular model with thieves, according to the second annual Vehicle Theft Recovery Report by LoJack Corp. Hondas topped the list of imports, with the 2000 Honda Civic ranking as LoJack's most stolen vehicle recovered.

Drunk driving may be reason for uptick in traffic deaths among 51-to-65-year-old men

(April 13, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — An Edmunds.com analysis of driver fatality data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finds that the death rate of male drivers age 51 to 65 has increased in the last decade, even as traffic deaths in all other male and female age groups decreased over that period.