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Cars.com finds pandemic has spurred new ways to buy, sell digitally

(July 27, 2020) CHICAGO — Cars.com has  identified six automotive trends for the second half of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has served as an accelerant for automotive, igniting the rapid digital transformation of the industry. Cars.com believes the digital shift will advance the industry and change car buying and selling for the better. 

"The current climate drove dealerships across the country to quickly adapt to meet the changing needs of American car buyers," said Alex Vetter, president and CEO of Cars.com Inc. "It has been incredible to witness an industry as large and established as automotive respond with new technology and adopt new processes to ensure a safe and frictionless car-buying experience.

Harley-Davidson — This year, we’re doing our part by rallying through riding

(July 25, 2020) Rallying and riding together has always been part of who we are. During this unprecedented time, the choices we make about how and where we gather and ride are very important. The COVID-19 pandemic is making an impact on events globally, including the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Aug. 7-16.

How the pandemic has changed the auto industry — and made EVs more inevitable

Volkswagen commentary
By Richard Fischer


(July 25, 2020) As much as people talk about “the new normal” of a pandemic, what such a state looks like exactly changes almost minute by minute. For automakers like Volkswagen, that can mean weighing a host of short and long-term factors, from helping customers who’ve suffered job losses to planning for an electric future.

Auto options need a rethink — What do customers want?

By Patrick Min
Senior director, global automotive consulting, J.D. Power

(July 24, 2020) As the economy works to return to a semblance of normalcy, strategic planners will be expected to better target vehicle content to meet specific consumer demands more efficiently. This will be critical to addressing consumer affordability and industry profitability in the new normal.

Dodge leads J.D. Power APEAL study; most owners satisfied with their vehicles

(July 23, 2020) When it comes to driving sales, as well as generating brand loyalty and advocacy, vehicles that create joy for their owners often overcome any negatives caused by problems they experience. This phenomenon is most effectively seen in the J.D. Power 2020 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, released this week.

Motor vehicle fatality rates rise 23.5% in May despite quarantines

(July 22, 2020) ITASCA, Ill. — Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council based on May data from all 50 states indicate that for the third month in a row, road users in the U.S. were at a higher risk of dying from a motor vehicle crash. As reported in Injury Facts, the fatality rate per miles driven in May — when most of the country was deep in quarantine from the pandemic — jumped a staggering 23.5% compared to the previous year, despite far less traffic on the roads.

Gas price volatility low across the country; national average holds steady

(July 21, 2020) The national gas price average held steady on the week at $2.19 as one-third of states saw gas prices decrease and only 10 states saw gas prices increase by two to four cents. State averages saw minimal fluctuation as demand roughly held steady over the last four weeks.

“During the last month, demand has averaged about 8.6 million barrels a day while, gasoline stocks have steadily declined,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Week by week, we are seeing mostly regional fluctuation at the pump based on gasoline supply and demand.”

2020 Cadillac XT6 — New three-row crossover is enjoyable, indistinctive

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 21, 2020) If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the past few years, it’s that a brand cannot have too many utility vehicles in their lineup of product offerings. Cadillac — the brand that handles the luxury offerings for General Motors — recently introduced yet another SUV to its lineup. This time it’s the XT6, a three-row car-based crossover that slots between the large Escalade and the smaller, two-row XT5 crossover.

Autotrader names 10 most searched cars of summer 2020

(July 20, 2020) ATLANTA — With record temperatures sweeping the nation, this summer is shaping up to be a scorcher. For those who would rather soak up the sun than search online for a new car, Autotrader has made it simple to find the 10 Hottest Cars of Summer 2020. Based on the most-searched vehicles on Autotrader, if you are someone who wants to enjoy the summer in the latest and greatest new ride, this list is for you.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid — Stunning good looks, wow factor gas mileage

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 19, 2020) It’s a fact that nearly 75 percent of all new vehicles sold in America today are SUVs, crossovers and pickup trucks. And while that craze continues, it’s also a fact that people are still buying sedans. The all-new-from-the-ground-up 2020 Hyundai Sonata is proof positive that the Korean automaker is committed to serving those buyers.