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2020 Infiniti Q60S Red Sport — Killer good looks will only get you so far

By Jim Prueter

(August 10, 2020) With just five percent of the automotive market share, two-door coupes are considered objects of desire rather than vehicles that fill a mainstream transportation need. People buy them because they want one, not because they are necessarily a practical choice. The Infiniti Q60 is a stunningly gorgeous sports coupe that’s slugging it out with some of the best that Germany has to offer.

AAA: Active driving assistance does less to assist drivers and more to interfere

(August 7, 2020) ORLANDO, Fla. — AAA automotive researchers have found that over the course of 4,000 miles of real-world driving, vehicles equipped with active driving assistance systems experienced some type of issue every eight miles, on average. Researchers noted instances of trouble with the systems keeping the vehicles tested in their lane and coming too close to other vehicles or guardrails.

Used vehicle prices on the rise according to Edmunds

(August 6, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Used vehicle prices are seeing an unseasonal sharp uptick due to unique market conditions created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Edmunds data reveals that the average listing price for all used vehicles climbed to $21,558 in July, marking a $708 increase compared to June. Edmunds experts note that this is an unprecedented historical shift in the used vehicle market, where listing prices typically decrease during this time period due to depreciation.

Kelley: Average new-vehicle prices up 2% year-over-year in July

(August 4, 2020) IRVINE, Calif. — The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book have reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $38,378 in July. New-vehicle prices increased $749 (up 2%) from July 2019, while decreasing $473 (down 1.2%) from last month.  
"While up from last year, new-car transaction prices are finally starting to dip from last month," said Steve Lind, vice president of operations for Kelley Blue Book.

Gas prices hold steady around the country

(August 4, 2020) On the week, the national gas price average held steady at $2.18 as the majority of state averages saw minimal impact at the pump. With the exception of a few outliers —  Florida (+10 cents), Utah (+10 cents) and Idaho (+5 cents) — state averages either decreased by four cents or less or increased by no more than two pennies, according to statistics compiled by AAA. 

BMW expands 2-Series portfolio with launch of M235i Gran Coupe

By Paul Borden

(August 3, 2020) Here we go again. If memory serves, which it doesn’t always, Mercedes-Benz was the first to muddy the coupe-sedan waters when it introduced the idea of a four-door coupe a few years ago. Until then, it had been pretty accepted that a sedan had four doors, a coupe two. Now BMW has jumped in with a version of its 2-Series coupes with a powerful four-door model it dubs a “Gran Coupe.”

How to prepare for a road trip during the pandemic

(July 31, 2020) After months of lockdown, everyone is itching to explore. As the weather warms up and states re-open, the American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts that 97% of summer travel in the United States will be done by car — totaling an estimated 683 million road trips from July to September.

“Most people want to get away while trying to stay safe and distant from others. When you drive, you can travel at your own comfort level,” said Jeanette Casselano, director of Public Relations at AAA. “You decide where you are going, what you are doing, and who you are with.”

Kelley Blue Book experts reveal 10 Tips for Buying a Used Car

(July 29, 2020) IRVINE, Calif. — The used-car market is a great place for shoppers who want a dependable and practical vehicle, without the new-car price tag. Today, used car quality is better than ever, but the buying process can still be daunting. Luckily, the experts at Kelley Blue Book have made it simpler by sharing their insider tips on How to Buy a Used Car. From budgeting to signing the paperwork, these 10 pointers will make purchasing your perfect used car easy, and maybe even fun.

Alfa Romeo continues to refine Stelvio, but it's the performance that counts

By Paul Borden

(July 29, 2020) In just its third year, Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio already has established itself as a go-to vehicle for someone seeking a functional, fun-to-drive SUV in a distinctive, stylish package. With a best-in-class 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque produced by a 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, the Stelvio — it is named for a mountain pass in the easter Alps in northern Italy  — is based on the Alfa Romeo’s popular Giulia sport sedan and delivers breathtaking performance numbers.

Gas prices decline slightly as demand remains low

(July 28, 2020) As COVID-19 case numbers surpass 4 million, demand for gasoline is weakening across the country. The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) demand reading measures at 8.5 million barrels a day, which is about 11% less than a year ago. The lower demand contributed to a cheaper national average on the week — down one penny to $2.18. This is the first time since late April that the national average has declined.