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AAA finds consumers still slow to adopt electric vehicle technology

(May 10, 2019) ORLANDO, Fla. — AAA’s latest survey reveals that despite many Americans having interest in electric vehicles, when asked if most vehicles will be electric by 2029, only 4 in 10 said yes. Yet, a separate study AAA conducted earlier this year found that more than half of Americans believe that in this same time frame most cars will have the ability to drive themselves — a reality that is much less likely to happen.

Fifi most popular name for Fiat 500

(May 9, 2019) With the recent announcement of the Royal Baby name, Fiat has discovered the most popular name for a Fiat 500 is Fifi. With over 3,000 personalized name stickers now delivered, Fifi was the clear favorite followed closely by Bella and Luigi. Archie unfortunately has not yet featured amongst the chosen names.

New graphic shows Jeep Wranglers most popular in Florida, D.C.

(May 9, 2019) ROCHESTER, N.Y. — MOPARPartsOnSale.com has created a map to show where the Jeep Wrangler is most popular in the U.S., both by total volume and per capita. Using website analytics, researchers looked at data between April 1, 2017 and April 1, 2019, to see where in the country people searched for Jeep Wrangler replacement parts the most. The results are unexpected.

Study reveals younger generations fueling growth of convenience stores

(May 8, 2019) BOSTON — On-demand. One-stop-shop. All-in-one. Now. Americans need for instant gratification and convenience continues to grow, led by the younger generations. While traditional retail chain brick-and-mortar stores have struggled, the U.S. convenience store industry is thriving, experiencing 16 straight years of record in-store sales reaching $242 billion in 2018.

GasBuddy  today released a new study exploring what is “fueling” the success of gas station c-stores across the nation.

Gas prices fluctuate moderately across the country

(May 7, 2019) With the national gas price average at $2.89 — just a penny more expensive than last week — the majority of states are seeing moderate jumps and even declines at the pump. Twenty-seven states saw gas prices decrease or hold steady on the week with Delaware (-4 cents), Kentucky (-3 cents) and North Carolina (-3 cents) seeing the largest declines.

“While gasoline demand remains robust, gasoline inventories built for the first time since early February, which was a surprise, and contributed toward the national average only increasing by a penny” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Q50 Red Sport 400 a credible alternative to German sport sedans

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 6, 2019) Back in 2016, Infiniti made a decision to up its performance game to compete with high-performance German sports sedans like the compact Mercedes AMG C43, BMW M3 and Audi S4 and S5. Infiniti started by discontinuing its outdated VQ-series 328-horsepower V-6 engine and replacing it with an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter 400-horsepower V-6 performance variant called the Red Sport.

Driving the refreshed 6th-generation 2019 Chevrolet Camaro convertible

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 6, 2019) MIAMI — With the demise of brands like Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, and, earlier, Hudson and AMC, the number of Muscle Car makes on the market today falls considerably short from their hey day of the 1960s and early 1970s. Fortunately, Chevrolet resurrected a charter member of the genre when it brought back its Camaro for 2010 after ending production following the 2002 model year.

From package deliveries to car washes, Ford brings services to your car

By Lorin Kennedy
Ford Motor Company

(May 4, 2019) For more than a century, Ford has powered people’s ability to get where they need to go with safe, reliable cars. Now, we think it’s time to flip the script. Instead of using our vehicles solely to get us to our destinations, what if we used them as beacons to bring convenient and secure services to us?

Regular exercise, stretching can help older drivers keep keys longer

(May 3, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that increased fatigue and poor physical functioning are leading factors that can result in older adults limiting their driving. But simple steps, like weekly exercise and stretching, can improve safe driving abilities and keep older adults on the road longer.

Average new-car prices up 2 percent year-over-year for April

(May 1, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $36,843 in April. New-vehicle prices increased $732 (up 2 percent) from April 2018, while rising $93 (up 0.3 percent) from last month.  

"Transaction prices climbed 2 percent in April, still largely due to the shifting sales mix toward SUVs and crossovers," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.