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Chevrolet offers drowsy driving do's and don'ts

(March 4, 2019) For most states, daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 10. Because many Americans feel like they’ve lost an hour of sleep during the time change, Chevrolet is helping bring awareness to the dangerous effects of being tired while driving.

Maureen Short, Chevy Safety engineer and drowsy driving expert, has provided some helpful do’s and don’ts along with signs that you could be driving drowsy.

Edmunds: Auto loan rates hit highest level in a decade

(March 4, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif.  — The Interest rates on new vehicles are expected to hit their highest level since 2009 in February, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. The annual percentage rate (APR) on new financed vehicles averaged 6.26 percent in February, compared to 5.19 percent last year and 4.56 percent five years ago.

Average new-car prices up nearly 3 percent year-over-year

(March 1, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — The analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $36,590 in February. New-vehicle prices increased $993 (up 2.8 percent) from February 2018, while decreasing $205 from last month.  

"New-vehicle transaction prices climbed nearly 3 percent in February, led by the strength in full-size pickup trucks," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

GasBuddy reveals consumers can’t break money-wasting habits

(February 26, 2019) BOSTON — Old habits die hard, and in this case, it is costly too. GasBuddy, the smartphone app connecting drivers with the "Perfect Pit Stop," today issued its 2019 Pump Habits Study, an annual study to glean insights on how consumers decide where and when to stop for fuel, revealing that drivers can overpay by up to $375 per year due to factors such as laziness, procrastination, and not taking advantage of loyalty programs.

Survey finds 66% of small businesses in Europe to go all electric

(February 26, 2019) Two-thirds — 66% — of small businesses predict their fleets will be fully electric within the next 20 years, with 50% expecting this to happen in half that time, global data shows. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi LCV business — which is part of the Alliance — commissioned the survey to gain insight into thousands of small business owners and decision makers globally and found that 93% of business owners or decision-makers responsible for 50 vehicles or more, consider environmental sustainability of high importance.

As pump prices continue to climb, 80 percent of stations selling below $2.50

(February 26, 2019) Motorists can fill up for $2.50 or less at four in five gas stations throughout the country despite more than 40 states seeing gas price averages increase on the week. At $2.39, the national gas price average is eight cents more expensive than last week and 12 cents more expensive than last month, yet remains 12 cents cheaper year-over-year.

Buick continues to shoot for younger image with 2019 Regal GS

By Paul Borden

(February 24, 2019) In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that before giving my thoughts on the 2019 Regal GS I recently experienced I should have it on record that at one time I wondered why GM was ditching the Oldsmobile, which it seemed to be getting right again, and not the stodgier Buick.

That was in the early 2000s. A few years later I wondered the same thing when the company ended production of the Pontiac, which, much like Oldsmobile, seemed to be getting back on its game.

Consumers pick their favorite vehicles at Chicago Auto Show

(February 22, 2019) CHICAGO — For the 14th consecutive year, consumer voters selected their favorites in five categories in the Chicago Auto Show's "Best of Show" balloting. The Chicago Auto Show is the only major auto show that polls its attendees' favorite vehicles and exhibit.

In voting conducted over the 10-day public run of the nation's biggest auto show, winners in the contest's five categories were:

IIHS ratings address pedestrian crashes with small SUVs

(February 22, 2019) Reducing pedestrian crashes is the goal of new IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) ratings of automatic emergency braking systems that can detect and brake for people on foot. In the first tests of 2018–19 vehicles with this crash avoidance feature, 9 of 11 small SUVs evaluated earned an advanced or superior rating for pedestrian crash prevention.The 2018–19 Honda CR-V, 2019 Subaru Forester, 2019 Toyota RAV4 and 2019 Volvo XC40 earned the highest rating of superior.

Edmunds forecasts continued decline in new-vehicle sales in February

(February 21, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Edmunds forecasts that 1,271,009 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in February for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 16.7 million. This reflects a 12.3 percent increase in sales from January and a 2.2 percent decrease from February 2018.

"Although the drop-off in sales is rather subtle year over year, February is shaping up to be a good barometer of the gradual sales decline we expect through 2019," said Jeremy Acevedo, Edmunds' manager of industry analysis.