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Rising demand and the cost of oil reflected in higher pump prices

(October 11, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — OPEC+ recent announcement that the group of oil-producing nations would slash output by 2 million barrels per day led to the price of oil creeping above $90 a barrel for the first time in several weeks. A higher cost for oil usually means more expensive gasoline. Meanwhile, domestic demand increased as more drivers fueled up last week. The national average pump price for a gallon of gas rose 12 cents over the past week to hit $3.91.

VNC Automotive — Like it or loathe it, auto subscription services here to stay

(October 11, 2022) As car manufacturers increasingly turn to the controversial concept of subscription services, vehicle connectivity expert VNC Automotive questions whether consumers are as against the idea of subscribing to vehicle features as many believe. Consumers are no stranger to the subscription model, now firmly a part of daily life for many, with millions of people regularly paying to use services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Spotify, as well as subscribing to deliveries of groceries.

2023 Cadillac XT5 — Generally fine, but nothing really stands out from crowd

By Jim Prueter

(October 9, 2022) In recent years, luxury crossovers have gotten wildly popular, with the segment featuring excellent vehicles like the Mercedes GLE, BMW X3, Audi Q5, Lincoln and others. As the luxury marquee for General Motors, Cadillac is aiming for a large slice of the pie with its two-row, five-passenger XT5 that slots above the subcompact XT4 and below the larger three-row XT6 and Escalade.

2022 Kia Niro PHEV EX — Easing pain at the pump

By Jim Prueter

(October 6, 2022) The Kia Niro PHEV isn’t especially engaging to drive, its looks are on the generic side, it’s classified as a sport utility vehicle but to be honest it falls quite short of sport and utility. It also isn’t a massively interesting or beguiling styled vehicle. What it is, however, is every bit a clever piece of automotive engineering that’s loaded with advanced technology presented to those who want the benefits of it without necessarily wanting  to engage in it.

Auto loan interest rates climb to highest level since 2019

(October 5, 2022) SANTA MONICA, Calif.  — Consumers are digging deeper into their pockets to finance new vehicles, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. "High prices and rising interest rates are dealing consumers a one-two punch by catapulting monthly payments into a new realm," said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds’ executive director of insights.

Tight supply and more demand cause pump prices to rise

(October 4, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average pump price for a gallon of gas maintained its recent surge, rising seven cents over the past week to hit $3.79. Tight supply and increased demand as more drivers fuel up are the main culprits.

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning — Electric version of America’s favorite truck

By Jim Prueter

(October 4, 2022) The Ford F-150 is not only been the best-selling truck in the U.S. for most of its 45-year history, but also the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. and has been for decades. But just over a year ago Ford announced it would build an all-electric F-150 named the Lightning and shortly thereafter put it into production.

Phoenix Coyotes Zamboni — We drive the coolest ride on four wheels

By Jim Prueter

(September 30, 2022) PHOENIX — Snoopy drove one in the Peanuts comic strip, The Gear Daddies had a minor hit song “I Want to Drive the Zamboni,” on the television sitcom “Cheers,” Carla’s hockey-playing husband, Eddie LeBec, died when he was run over by a Zamboni, and even former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told People magazine she thought it would be a great name for a son.

Grand Cherokee gets electrified with plug-in model for 2022

By Paul Borden

(October 1, 2022) Jeep kicks off the fifth generation of its flagship SUV by introducing its first electrified Grand Cherokee a year after the debut of the 2021 plug-in Wrangler. No, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is not a fully electric vehicle, but a plug-in that includes a gasoline engine to allay any fears of running out of power while on an extended trip.

September sales pace shows incremental improvement

(September 29, 2022) New-vehicle retail sales for September are expected to increase when compared with September 2021, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Retail sales of new vehicles this month are expected to reach 958,948 units, a 5.4% increase compared with September 2021. September 2022 has the same number of selling days compared with September 2021.