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Edmunds: New vehicle sales expected to drop in first quarter

(March 31, 2022) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds forecast that 3,296,280 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2022, which reflects a 15.2% decrease from the first quarter of 2021 but a 0.4% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. Although Q1 new-vehicle sales volumes are expected to see a year-over-year decline, Edmunds analysts note that vehicles are selling quickly: Edmunds data reveals that in Q1 2022, 41% of all new vehicles sold within the first week of arriving on a dealer lot, compared to 20% in Q1 2021.

BMW kicks up performance with Competition model for M3 sedan

By Paul Borden

(March 30, 2022) The 2022 BMW M3 Competition xDrive sedan is a “hot take” on the German automaker’s fleet of M performance models that are at home on the track as well as country club drives.

Gas prices stabilize, but for how long?

(March 29, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the cost of a barrel of oil has remained near $110, the gas price decline has slowed. After hitting $4.33 on March 11, the national average for a gallon of gasoline is now $4.24, but only down a penny since last week. Domestically, gasoline demand is again defying seasonal trends and has dipped for the second straight week, perhaps due to higher pump prices and consumers altering their driving habits.

2022 Honda Civic Si takes us back to our commutes

By Casey Williams

(March 27, 2022) Honda Civics are durable and efficient, the kind of cars you buy for commuting to work and back while dropping Jr. and Little Miss off at early band practice.  But, unlike some of their competitors, they also have souls, the kind of cars you buy for a little you time on a twisting two-lane with your favorite playlist.  Both of these cars come together in one with the 2022 Civic Si sedan.

Los Angeles becomes first major U.S. city to reach $6 average gas price

(March 23, 2022) BOSTON — Los Angeles on Mach 22 became the first major city in the U.S. to reach an average gas price of $6 or more, according to GasBuddy, a fuel savings platform designed to save money on gas. The national average gas price in the U.S. has begun to decline since its peak of $4.35 per gallon, set on March 10, but prices on the West Coast, and specifically California, have continued to soar.

Gas prices sink slowly, but will they rebound?

(March 22, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — After hitting a record $4.33 on March 11, the national average for a gallon of gasoline has fallen to $4.25. The primary reason is the lower global price of crude oil, which peaked shortly after Russia launched its war in Ukraine, but is now more than $20 lower and hovering near $105 a barrel. Domestically, gasoline demand is defying seasonal trends and has dipped slightly, perhaps in response to higher prices at the pump.

2022 Mercedes GLE AMG 53 — Impressively classy with tech galore

By Jim Prueter

(March 22, 2021) I headed east out of Casa Grande Ariz., taking the backroads home avoiding the interstate. I wanted to go slow, to savor the ride and experience. I wanted it to last. I was behind the wheel of the AMG variant of Mercedes’ mid-sized GLE SUV powered by the hand built 429-horsepower turbocharged AMG-enhanced inline 6-cylinder and paired with a 9-speed AMG Speedshift automatic transmission.

Edmunds says consumers can make thousands on expiring leases

(March 21, 2022) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Consumers with a lease expiring in 2022 could be leaving thousands of dollars in cash on the table if they don't plan ahead and check on the equity in their vehicle. According to the car shopping experts at Edmunds, skyrocketing demand in the used car market is driving up trade-in values and therefore putting a large number of consumers in an unprecedented position to take advantage of positive equity.

2022 Infiniti QX50 compact SUV offers intriguing choice

By Paul Birden

(March 20, 2022) Infiniti gave its QX50 a redesign for 2019 models, moving the luxury compact SUV into its second generation since replacing the EX in the 2014 model year. For this year’s models, the Japanese automaker adds to the list of standard equipment for the 2022 Infiniti QX50 with such features as its ProPilot Assist system and Apple CarPlay and convenience items like a charge port for rear-seat riders, welcome lights on the rear door handles, and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.

More American car shoppers consider going green as gas prices climb

(March 18, 2022) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — More Americans are researching green vehicles as gas prices climb to record levels, according to the experts at Edmunds, an online car shopping resource that generates more than 20 million visits every month. On-site shopper consideration of green vehicle (hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric) pages on Edmunds jumped 39% over the past month and increased 18% over the last week. Of the shoppers who visited Edmunds during the week ending March 6, 17.9% researched a green vehicle.