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Luxury comes to pickup trucks with GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

By Paul Borden

(December 4, 2020) I don’t know when pickup trucks started coming with price tags that used to be found only on top-end luxury sedans, but there is no question you can spend just as much on a workhorse vehicle these days as you can on a thoroughbred. Not saying you have to, of course, because manufacturers tend to start with lower-end pricing, but they certainly can work their way up rather quickly.

Autotrader Names Best New Automotive Technology of 2021

(December 3, 2020) ATLANTA — Each year automotive technology advances into new territory, and the innovations become more and more exciting for consumers. Whether that's under the hood or inside the cabin, car shoppers will be delighted to find how much new auto innovations can help their daily drives become more efficient, convenient and exciting. To help car buyers navigate the breakthrough technology in vehicles, Autotrader put together a list of the Best New Automotive Technology for 2021.

New-vehicle prices up 1.3% year over year in November

(December 2, 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 $39,259 in November. New vehicle prices increased $499 (up 1.3%) from November 2019, while falling $480 (down 1.2%) from last month.  

States see jump at gas pump following Thanksgiving

(December 1, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the national gas price average is more expensive. At $2.12, it is two cents more than a week ago, but remains cheaper compared to last month (-2 cents) and last year (-46 cents). Across the country, motorists in nearly 30 states are paying more at the pump on the week with states along the I-95 corridor seeing the largest jump: Delaware (+15 cents), Maryland (+8 cents), Pennsylvania (+7 cents), New Jersey (+6 cents) and North Carolina (+6 cents).

2020 Chevrolet Corvette — Sixty grand will buy the best Vette ever

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(November 30, 2020) For decades, the magic of the Chevrolet Corvette is its huge performance bang for the buck. The newest C8-generation Chevrolet Corvette carries on that tradition. This mid-engine Corvette finally spread the curtains, stepping on stage as a 2020 model. Not much, including the price, changes for 2021. What best characterizes the newest Corvette is its beefy big-performance V8, placed amidships, civilized driving manners and Christmas-come-early affordable base price. It may now look and act like a high-performance supercar, but its price certainly doesn't reflect that status.

2021 Honda Civic Type R — Honda’s track-ready hot hatch

By Jim Prueter

(November 28, 2020) Since 2017, Honda has been offering the highly desirable, high-performance Civic Type R (for “race”), with one of the most divisive styling packages on the market, for the relatively affordable price of about $38,000. That is, if you’re able to find a dealer that hasn’t added thousands of dollars in markup. If you can find one at sticker price, we suggest you run out and buy it.

J.D. Power predicts vehicle sales to decline slightly in November

(November 27, 2020) New-vehicle retail sales for November are expected to decline marginally from November 2019, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Retail sales for new vehicles are projected to reach 1,040,000 units, a 0.7% decrease compared with November 2019 when adjusted for selling days. November 2020 contains three fewer selling days and one less selling weekend when compared with November 2019. Comparing the same sales volume without adjusting for the number of selling days translates to a decrease of 12.2% year over year.

Study finds COVID has dramatic impact on California auto safety

(November 26, 2020) VISALIA, Calif. — While 2020 saw a dramatic drop in automobile accidents resulting from COVID-conscious citizens staying at home, reckless speeding drivers have increased on California streets. Maison Law Personal Injury Law Firm in Central Valley recently conducted an accident study comparing 2020 accident statistics to those of 2019. 

Edmunds says finding Black Friday bargains won't be easy for car shoppers

(November 25, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Shoppers seeking Black Friday bargains on new cars will likely need to do some extra research ahead of the holiday weekend, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Edmunds analysts note that automakers have pulled back on incentives for the holiday due to shortages in inventory created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Gas prices ahead of Thanksgiving lowest since 2015

(November 24, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — At $2.10, this Thanksgiving’s national gas price average is shaping up to be the lowest since 2015. The holiday weekend average that year was a nickel cheaper at $2.05. Today, nearly half of all states have gas price averages that are 50 to 75 cents cheaper than a year ago. West coast states are seeing the biggest year-over-year savings, while the majority of southern states’ averages are $1.99/gallon or less.