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Autotrader names 10 Best Electric Vehicles for 2022

(April 20, 2022) ATLANTA — In an industry that boasts more than 300 new-car models available to the public each year, perhaps nothing has more radically changed the face of automotive than the rapid rise in production and popularity of electric cars. Fueled by both environmental and economic pressures, automakers have overhauled their lineups to include more and more electric vehicles (EVs) with each passing year.

BMW 2-Series takes role as gateway to luxury automotive class

By Pul Borden

(April 19, 2022) For years, decades even, BMW’s 3-Series served for many as an introduction to the luxury automotive segment. Its popularity even led to a nickname for its competitors: BMW fighter. But after reaching six figures in U.S. sales in 2001 and hitting that mark in 13 of the next 16 years, U.S. sales of the 3-Series have failed to reach even 50,000 over the last four years, falling from 72,290 in 2016 to less than 40,000 for the Covid year of 2020 to 49,458 in 2021.

Pump prices stabilize as demand and oil costs rebound

(April 19, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The slide in gas prices slowed to a crawl over concerns about increased global oil prices and the return of seasonal domestic gas demands. The war in Ukraine and fear of less Russian oil entering the market caused the price of crude to creep back above $100 a barrel. Meanwhile, as more places in the U.S. see pump prices fall below $4 a gallon, demand is ticking back up. Domestically, the national average for a gallon of gas has fallen to $4.08.

Six reasons why proper vehicle maintenance is important

Tips from Toyota

(April 16, 2022) Keeping your vehicle well maintained is one of the best things that can be done to help keep it on the road for years to come. Many drivers might not realize the impact regular maintenance can make on the longevity and performance of their vehicles. Outside of oil changes and checking tire tread, there are a lot of things a trained mechanic will know to look for that could otherwise go unnoticed. So, this National Car Care Month, drivers should schedule that service appointment they may have been putting off.

Consumers finding some relief at the pump

(April 12, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The cost of gasoline has continued to slide due to falling oil prices. The global oil market has seen lower prices since the U.S. and its allies agreed to significant releases of oil reserves. Also weighing down oil prices is the fear of resurgent COVID-19 infections in China and its potential for an economic slowdown in one of the world’s largest oil-consuming nations. Domestically, the national average for a gallon of gas has fallen to $4.11.

New-vehicle transaction prices decline, but remain about MSRP

(April 11, 2022) ATLANTA — New-vehicle average transaction prices (ATPs) decreased to $45,927 in March after reaching a record high in December, according to new data released by Kelley Blue Book. Prices fell 0.3% ($156) month over month, but remain elevated compared to one year ago, up 12.9% ($5,247) from March 2021.

When it comes to new vehicle technology, practice doesn’t make perfect

AAA photo

(April 11, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Owners of new vehicles equipped with driving assistance technology may understand it better after six months of use, but the depth of their knowledge is limited. New AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research shows that a “learn as you go” approach still leaves gaps in understanding when compared to another group of drivers who had a very strong grasp of the technology, partially due to a brief intensive hands-on training session.

Chevy Corvette Stingray assumes 'Super Car' status

Paul Borden photos

By Paul Borden

(April 7, 2022) MIAMI — The Great American Sports Car will celebrate its 70th birthday next year, but like fine wine and quality bourbon, it just keeps getting better with age. The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is every bit as revolutionary as the first production model that rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Mich., on June 30, 1953 (the famed Bowling Green, Ky., plant didn’t open until June 1, 1981).

Oil prices fall after release from Strategic Petroleum Reserve

(April 5, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Biden’s decision to release one million barrels of oil per day for six months (180 million barrels) from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) helped send the global oil price tumbling to near $100 barrel. The release is intended to stem rising energy prices. The national average for a gallon of gas has fallen 6 cents to $4.18.

Average monthly car payments expected to climb to record highs

(April 4, 2022) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Car shoppers are digging deeper into their pockets to finance new and used vehicle purchases as inventory shortages continue to squeeze the automotive industry. According to the car shopping experts at Edmunds, the average monthly payment for new vehicles purchased in the first quarter 2022 is expected to climb to $648, the highest level that Edmunds has on record.