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Major upgrades coming for 2020 model Mercedes-Benz GLE Class

By Paul Borden

(December 17, 2018) If you happen to have your eye on a Mercedes-Benz GLE crossover SUV for your next vehicle, you may want to wait until next spring (it’s not that far off) when the new 2020 GLE hits U.S. showrooms. The German automaker is really taking its midsize SUV, which began life over 20 years ago bearing M-Class badging, up to a new level, even offering a three-row seating as an option for those with growing families.

Original Bullitt teams with Drive Toward a Cure offering automotive history

(December 17, 2018) LOS ANGELES — When non-profit Drive Toward a Cure teamed with Sean Kiernan, family custodian for the original 1968 Bullitt Mustang, to further celebrate the iconic film and cars’ 50th anniversary, it was the start of an all-new movement — one that included nearly a one-gram size paint fragment from the famed vehicle to be placed inside a BRM Chronographes watch for charity, valued at $35,000.

And all to support the very ailment that claimed Sean’s father Robert E. Kiernan Jr.’s life – Parkinson’s Disease.

Study: Tesla Model X and Model S continue to hold values better than rivals

(December 14, 2018) Despite growing competition from its own Model 3 electric sedan, and continued news about upcoming electric vehicles from legacy automakers, Tesla’s Model S and Model X vehicles have continued to hold their resale value better than all of their gas-powered competitors, a study by has found.

Audi Q7 reflects balance between power, functionality

By Paul Borden

(December 13, 2018) Manufacturers of luxury SUVs tend to lean toward the performance side when it comes to the engineering and the design of their products, but aside from some issues with available storage space behind the third row, Audi’s Q7 hits the sweet spot between get-up-and-go and comfort/functionality.

National gas price average cheaper on the week, month and year

(December 11, 2018) The national gas price average of $2.42 is the lowest pump price of the year, a price point not seen since mid-December last year. The average sits at four cents cheaper than last week, 28-cents cheaper than last month and four cents less than last year. The last time the national average was cheaper on the week, month and year was during July 2017, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

Autotrader lists top certified pre-owned deals for December

(December 11, 2018) ATLANTA — Car buyers can expect the deals to continue this month as dealerships look to clear inventory and close the year strong. December typically has a high monthly volume of new car sales with many car shoppers looking to buy luxury vehicles, which also can translate into attractive used car options from trade-ins.

"Dealerships are highly motivated in December to close sales across their entire inventory, both new and used," said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader.

GasBuddy finds drivers more aggressive during holidays

(December 11, 2018) BOSTON — It's no surprise that the holiday season is the most stressful time of the year. With the extra errands and traveling the holidays call for, a lot of that jingle-bell stress is transferred to the roads by the way consumers drive. In fact, GasBuddy data shows that consumers driving habits are 175 percent more “aggressive” during the holidays compared to the rest of the year.

Taking multiple medications can increase crash risk for older drivers

(December 7, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly 50 percent of older adults report using seven or more medications while remaining active drivers, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. An evaluation of the medications people are taking found that nearly 20 percent of older drivers are using medications that generally should be avoided because they have very limited therapeutic benefit, pose excess harm, or both.

Newly redesigned 2019 Chevy Traverse — Room with a view

By Jim Prueter

(December 6, 2018) Last year, for 2018, Chevrolet completely redesigned the Traverse, a popular three-row family crossover utility vehicle that seats up to eight passengers and starts under $30,000. The Traverse competes against the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, VW Atlas, Dodge Durango, Kia Sorento, and Nissan Pathfinder, as well as its up-market sibling, Buick Enclave.

Honda uses virtual reality to transport patients into a magical snow globe

(December 6, 2018) TORRANCE, Calif. — For the holiday season, Honda is using virtual reality to create a one-of-a-kind winter wonderland in "The Magic Snow Globe," an interactive world personalized for patients at the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's).