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GasBuddy reveals U.S. cities with the most aggressive drivers

(March 14, 2019) BOSTON — Honking, squeaking brakes and bumper-to-bumper traffic are common problems in many of America’s congested cities. Frustrated drivers can get agitated quickly, and their aggressive driving habits like speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower gas mileage by as much as 40 percent, costing them as much as $477 per year in additional fuel consumption.

GasBuddy today reveals the major metropolitan areas in the United States with the most aggressive drivers, causing them to pay more for gasoline by making more frequent trips to the pump.

Can you spot the Subaru model that is truly a station wagon?

(March 13, 2019) BOSTON, Mass. — A new graphic asks viewers to identify the Subaru wagon. While this may sound easy, the EPA has parameters around which vehicles they classify as wagons and which ones they classify as SUVs. The team at SubaruPartsPlus.com was surprised to learn how many Subaru models do not meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s criteria to be labeled a wagon. So, they thought they’d put the challenge of spotting the Subaru wagon to the public.

Gas demand increases for second week and national average jumps nickel

(March 12, 2019) On the week, the national gas price average and that of 26 states jumped a nickel or more. The national gas price average has been steadily increasing for the last three weeks. During that time, gasoline stocks have gradually decreased while demand has started to increase and crude oil prices have been fluctuating. Combined, these factors are driving up gas prices across the country, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

Survey finds Americans spend 70 billion hours a year behind the wheel

(March 12, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans spend an additional 20 minutes driving each week compared to 2014, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Over the course of the year, Americans collectively spent 70 billion hours behind the wheel — an eight percent increase since 2014.

New graphic reveals differences between trucks in Texas and Colorado

(March 11, 2019) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A new graphic compares the unique characteristics of trucks driven in Colorado versus trucks driven in Texas. The team at GMPartsCenter.net took a look at the Silverado, Colorado, and Avalanche trucks driven by pickup enthusiasts in these two states to create the graphic. While this isn’t a complete list, it does touch on specific truck features preferred by drivers in each state.

Bertha Benz: The journey that changed everything (watch the film)

(March 9, 2019) STUTTGART, Germany — The Mercedes star is now shone on the woman without whom the company would perhaps never have existed in this form: Bertha Benz. To mark her 170th birthday on May 3, Mercedes-Benz relates Bertha's historic long-distance journey in cinema quality, thus encouraging men and women throughout the world to make their visions come true with courage and self-confidence.

Record number of people with car leases ending in 2019 face sticker shock

(March 7, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The record 4.3 million Americans who will be turning in leased vehicles this year will be in for sticker shock when they return to the dealership, according to new analysis from the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Consumers who are leasing some of the most popular vehicles and want to lease the same vehicle again will find themselves paying as much as 26 percent more than they did in 2016, and more than $1,600 over the life of the lease on average.

'Grown up' Santa Fe helps fuel Hyundai's surge as its best-selling SUV

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 6, 2019) The Santa Fe no doubt has had a prominent role in the resurgence Hyundai has experienced in the U.S. over the last two decades with sales of over 1.6 million since the South Korean automaker introduced the crossover SUV in 2000 as a 2001 model.

Autotrader picks its 10 Best Car Interiors under $50,000 for 2019

(March 6, 2019) ATLANTA — American drivers spend on average more than 290 hours behind the wheel each year, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey data. With so much time spent in their vehicles, consumers deserve an interior that factors in style, comfort, design and the latest technology.

Helping car buyers look beyond outward appearances to find vehicles that also the best of the best on the inside, Autotrader editors selected the 10 Best Car Interiors Under $50,000 for 2019.

National gas price average nearly 20-cents higher than two months ago

(March 5, 2019) The national gas price average has increased nearly 20-cents since the beginning of the year, which is the largest jump during the January-February timeframe since 2015, according to weekly statistics compiled by AAA. 

Pump prices rose steadily across the country in February, a month that saw a number of refineries undergoing planned and unplanned maintenance, and an increase in crude oil prices.