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Chevrolet goes bold with new color for 2022 Blazer

By Paul Borden

(May 8, 2022) MIAMI — Usually, I refrain from commenting on the color of vehicles I review, figuring that it is such a matter of personal taste and preference it is not something for me to judge. But the 2022 Chevrolet Blazer that recently showed up in my driveway calls for an exception to that rule.

2022 Audi Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI Quattro — Refined elegance

By Jim Prueter

(May 5, 2022) Oh yes, looks matter. The luxury compact SUV segment that began well over a decade ago and sells by the bucketloads has moved on to a supposedly more stylish SUV-coupe iteration and as expected sells in big numbers. Luxury automakers Porsche, Genesis, Mercedes and BMW all offer slope-backed variants of their mid-sized SUV product offerings like Mercedes GLC Coupe, BMW’s X4 and X6, Porsche Macan and Genesis GV70.

Drivers not catching a break as gas prices rise again

(May 3, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pump prices rose again over the past week due primarily to the high cost of crude oil. Fear of a global energy supply disruption due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine outweighs the demand concerns prompted by the impact of COVID-19 on China’s economy, according to AAA. The cost of a barrel of crude continues to hover around $100.

Diesel prices reach new all-time high

(May 2, 2022) BOSTON — Diesel prices have reached a new average all-time high of $5.16 per gallon, surpassing the previous record of $5.15 per gallon set on March 10, according to GasBuddy. In addition, a second record has been set — diesel prices are now $1 per gallon higher than gasoline prices, surpassing the previous record 98 cent difference set in November, 2008.

Catalytic converter thefts skyrocket across country

(April 29, 2022) There has been a big increase in the number of catalytic converters thefts across the country forcing car owners to endure costly and lengthy repairs, and manufacturers, police and legislators searching for a way to curb the thefts, according to Automotive News.

Auto sales forecast — April will be off 23% compared to 2021

(April 27, 2022) New-vehicle retail sales for April are expected to decline when compared with April 2021, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Retail sales of new vehicles this month are expected to reach 1,076,200 units, a 23% decrease compared with April 2021 when adjusted for selling days. April 2022 has one more selling day compared to April 2021. Comparing the same sales volume without adjusting for the number of selling days translates to a decrease of 20.9% from 2021.

Gas prices edge higher on oil market volatility

(April 26, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The recent dip in pump prices has reversed, with the national average for a gallon of regular gas rising four cents over the past week to $4.12. Upward pricing pressure on concerns that less Russian oil will enter the global market is countered by fears of a COVID-induced economic slowdown in China, the world’s leading oil consumer. These opposing forces are causing the oil price to hover around $100 a barrel.

Ford funds stream restoration at University of Tennessee’s Lone Oaks Farm

(April 23, 2022) MEMPHIS, Tenn. — At the 2022 Memphis International Auto Show, Ford  and the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture announced an historic agreement that will propel economic development, education, and conservation throughout the mid-south. The two have signed a stream mitigation and restoration agreement that will restore the stream waters flowing through the University’s Lone Oaks Farm.

Toyota’s new Corolla Crossover — What took you so long?

By Jim Prueter

(April 22, 2022) For over 50 years, one of the most well-known and popular new car choices has been the reliable Toyota Corolla. Now, for 2022, Toyota has an all-new option for shoppers, extending the Corolla brand with the small, fuel-efficient Corolla Cross crossover that slots neatly between the smaller and quirky Toyota C-HR and the larger, best-selling RAV4. It will be available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions.

2022 Mazda CX-30 – Here’s why we absolutely love this vehicle

By Jim Prueter

(April 21, 2021) Based on the Mazda3, the sub-compact CX-30 tested here slots just below the larger CX-5 and the smaller CX-3 that was discontinued for the 2022 model year. Its stylish exterior design and premium interior cabin renders the CX-30 a close competitor to subcompact luxury crossovers such as the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA, but for thousands of dollars less.