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Average new-car transaction price hits $35,742 in September

(October 2, 2018) IRVINE, Calif. — The analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States was $35,742 in September. New-vehicle prices increased by $687 (up 2 percent) from September 2017, while remaining flat (down 0.4 percent) from last month.

"While September sales are expected to decline, average transaction prices remained strong, rising 2 percent year-over-year," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Subaru helps animals in need during October 'Subaru Loves Pets' month

(October 1, 2018) CAMDEN, N.J. — Subaru of America today announced the return of its Subaru Loves Pets initiative in October to help improve the safety and well-being of animals in communities nationwide. As the pets-focused initiative of the automaker's Love Promise philanthropic platform, Subaru will once again team up with long-standing partners The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and BARK, the world's most dog-centric company and makers of BarkBox, to help the approximately 6.5 million companion animals that enter shelters each year.

Edmunds predicts new vehicle sales to dip year-over-year

(September 28, 2018) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Edmunds forecasts that 1,392,434 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in September for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 17.0 million. This reflects a 5.4 percent decrease in sales from August and an 8.3 percent decrease from September 2017.

AAA: Drivers rely too heavily on new vehicle safety technologies

(September 28, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — More and more, drivers are recognizing the value in having vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) like blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning and lane keeping assist. However, while many of these technologies are rapidly being offered as standard, many drivers are unaware of the safety limitations of ADAS in their vehicles, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

GasBuddy rates favorite coffee stops around U.S.

(September 27, 2018) In honor of National Coffee Day on Sept 29, GasBuddy today reveals which gas station brands have the highest-rated coffee in each state, making them the best bet when you need a caffeine fix.

According to NPD Group Inc, traffic growth to large coffee chains is slowing and traffic to small coffee chains and independent shops is declining. Consumers are noticing the growing number of other options available to them, including gas station convenience stores.

Honda vehicles continue to dominate NICB's 'most stolen' list

(September 26, 2018) DES PLAINES, Ill. — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released its annual Hot Wheels report, which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen in 2017.

Pump prices trend lower for majority of motorists

(September 25, 2018) Motorists in 32 states are welcoming cheaper or stable gas prices at the start of the workweek. Today’s national gas price average is $2.85, which is the same price as last Monday, one-cent more than last month and 27-cents more expensive than this time last year, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

Study finds parents feel pressure when making child safety choices

(September 25, 2018) ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — Despite the joys of adding a new member to the family, an incredible 92 percent of parents feel overwhelmed when researching child safety products, according to a wide-ranging survey of Americans, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo Car USA leading into Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 23-29).

Chevy moves Traverse into second generation with redesign for 2018

By Paul Borden

(September 24, 2018) Chevrolet apparently has been busy lately in updating its fleet of crossovers and SUVs. The 2018 Traverse is the fourth SUV/crossover that the manufacturer has updated within a year, joining the Equinox, Trax, and Bolt EV in that category.

Volkswagen Atlas is perfect for the chores of life

By Russ Heaps

(September 24, 2018) There is nothing terribly glamorous about the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. It exhibits the two-box design typical of crossovers and SUVs. The emphasis being on “box.” But, don't let the uninspired styling lull you into thinking it's a boring vehicle to drive. That's simply not the case. Its driving dynamics are engaging and, although it's a crossover, “Utility” is its middle name.