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Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone: Bruce McLaren

(June 2, 2020) McLaren today remembers the life and achievements of Bruce McLaren, who in 1963 founded Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd, the company that has evolved through almost six decades to become today’s McLaren. June 2, 2020, marks half a century since the death of the pioneering racing driver and engineer, who was killed in 1970 while testing one of his Can-Am racing cars at the Goodwood Circuit in West Sussex, UK.

A perfect storm? COVID-19 restrictions ease as 'Deadliest Days' begin for teens

(June 1, 2020) WASHINGTON — Nationwide, more than 8,300 people died in crashes involving teen drivers from 2008 to 2018 during the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  That’s more than seven people a day each summer. The combination of schools closed, activities curtailed, summer jobs canceled, and COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, could prove deadly as teens take to the road this summer. 

Memorial Day weekend sales expected to prop up May new vehicle sales

(May 29, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds say that generous financing offers and incentives during Memorial Day weekend helped give the auto industry a much-needed boost in May, forecasting that 1,074,542 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 11.8 million. This reflects a 32.5% decrease in sales from May 2019, but a 50.5% increase from April 2020.

Autotrader names Lexus, Hyundai best certified pre-owned programs for 2020

(May 28, 2020) ATLANTA — A certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle offers some of the advantages of both new and used cars. CPO is a pre-owned car, meaning a lower price for shoppers, and the car is also certified, which means it's gone through a thorough inspection and comes with a manufacturer's warranty and often a few other perks. Nearly every carmaker offers a CPO program, making it difficult to know which CPO programs are the best.

National gas price average returning to $2 a gallon

(May 27, 2020) After dropping to a low of $1.76 in April, the national gas price average is pennies away from hitting the $2/gallon mark. Today’s average is $1.96, which is eight cents higher than a week ago, 19 cents more than last month, but still a significant 87 cents cheaper than the end of May 2019.

Hyundai launches Clean Assurance as its commitment to consumer health

(May 25, 2020) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif.  — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hyundai Motor America is providing its dealer body with Clean Assurance guidelines to help safeguard the health of its customers. As communities across the country reopen, customers can expect Hyundai dealers to follow their local state, county and city guidelines that include social distancing and cleaning measures at their facilities.

Car shoppers can expect big discounts this weekend, according to Edmunds

(May 22, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Consumers in a position to purchase a new car can look forward to bigger bargains than usual this Memorial Day weekend, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Edmunds' experts say that prior model year selldown efforts were severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic: Edmunds data shows that 1 out of 10 new vehicles on dealer lots in May were 2019 model year vehicles, which means that shoppers can find more clearance vehicles to choose from this holiday weekend compared to years past.

Motorists to see cheapest Memorial Day pump prices in nearly two decades

(May 22, 2020) Pump prices continue to increase across the country with nearly every state’s average pushing more expensive on the week, on average by four cents. At the start of the Memorial Day work week, the national gas price average is $1.87.

The last time the national gas price average leading into the holiday was under $2/gallon was 17 years ago in 2003. That year motorists paid, on average, $1.50 to fill-up. Gas prices this year won’t be as cheap as 2003, but today’s national average is a dollar cheaper than one year ago.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S is powerful brute, but in a refined package

By Paul Borden

(May 22, 2020) MIAMI — So, you want a vehicle with lots of pop but need one with lots of room for hauling stuff? Well, how about getting one for both. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S performs both functions in luxurious fashion, befitting the company that introduced the concept of the performance-oriented SUV when it brought forth the 342-horsepower 1999 Mercedes-Benz GL 55 AMG.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 53 is Wunderbar

By Jim Prueter

(May 20, 2020) Introduced last year, Mercedes launched its first dedicated four-door only AMG model that the brand calls a Coupe. Previously, AMG’s models with four-doors were brought to life via the modification of existing Mercedes-Benz product offerings adding it as a trim level. The GT is only available as an AMG model.