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Kelley Blue Book names 10 best back-to-school cars of 2019

(August 7, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — The 2019-2020 school year is right around the corner, and many parents and students are thinking about their transportation needs to campus and activities. With another semester about to kick-off, the editors at Kelley Blue Book have named the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2019.

"While parents and young drivers may not always agree on the ideal car for going to school, there are some great choices out there that can serve as common ground," said Matt DeLorenzo, senior managing editor for Kelley Blue Book.

Auto loan interest rates at lowest level of the year, Edmunds reports

(August 6, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif.  — The average interest rate for a new-vehicle loan dropped for the third month in a row in July, hitting its lowest level of 2019. According to the car shopping experts at Edmunds, the annual percentage rate (APR) on new financed vehicles averaged 5.8% in July, compared to 6% in June. Edmunds data reveals that 35% of shoppers who financed their vehicle purchases in July got an interest rate below 4%, compared to 31% of those who financed purchases in June.

Gas prices continue to fall across the country

(August 6, 2019) On the week, the average national gas price dropped by two cents to $2.71. This is less expensive than a week, a month (-4 cent) and a year (-15 cents) ago. Prices are cheaper as demand saw a small dip on the week, even though overall demand remains robust for the summer.

Five tips for beating a speeding ticket

By Jason Hargraves
Managing Editor - Insurance Quotes

(August 5, 2019) Flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror may bring a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, but if you don’t handle your speeding ticket properly or try to beat it, this roadside stop will also create a sinking balance in your checkbook.

2019 Edge ST — Ford’s first performance SUV

By Jim Prueter

(August 1, 2019) Fans of Ford Performance vehicles are no doubt well aware that vehicles with an ST badge affixed to the grille are fast, include enhanced handling capabilities and are fun to drive.

Average new-car prices up 3% year over year, according to Kelley

(August 1, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $37,169 in July. New-vehicle prices increased $1,246 (up 3.5%) from July 2018, while decreasing $312 (down 0.8%) from last month. 

"While July is expected to come in below a 17-million SAAR pace, the industry average transaction price continued its steady rise, up 3% year over year," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Another bites the dust — VW ending production of its station wagons

By Paul Borden

(August 1, 2019) Station wagons long ago ceded the role of the favorite family transportation mode to minivans and SUVs, and now two more are being relegated to the scrap heap. Volkswagen recently announced that it was ending production of its popular Golf Sportwagen and Alltrack wagons with the 2019 model year.

Everyday moon landings with Infiniti-computer strength

(July 30, 2019) HONG KONG — Fifty years ago the Apollo 11 moon landing was made possible by technology, with the legendary space craft’s computing power unlike anything else the world had ever seen. Since then, strides in technological development have led to the computerization of objects we take for granted every day, each with a level of processing power that eclipses that of the Eagle landing module.

Pump prices push lower for another week

(July 30, 2019) Today’s national average gas price at the pump is $2.73. While this is two cents more expensive than on the same day last month, it is three cents cheaper than last week and 12-cents less expensive than a year ago, according to weekly statistics prepared by AAA,

“Gas prices this month are on average a dime less expensive than in July 2018. These less expensive gas prices have encouraged summer road trips as evidenced by robust demand numbers since May,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Right now, pump prices are poised to push even cheaper going into August.”

Study finds infotainment systems especially distracting to older drivers

(July 28, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — New in-vehicle infotainment technology has the potential to increase comfort and extend mobility for older drivers, but first it has to stop distracting them. On average, older drivers (ages 55-75) removed their eyes and attention from the road for more than eight seconds longer than younger drivers (ages 21-36) when performing simple tasks like programming navigation or tuning the radio using in-vehicle infotainment technology, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.