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Demand weakens as motorists continue to see cheaper pump prices

(November 10, 2020) The national gas price average pushed a penny cheaper on the week to $2.11 following an increase in gasoline stocks and a dip in demand. Stocks added 1.5 million bbl to total 227.6 million barrels in the Energy Information Administration’s latest report, while demand decreased to 8.3 million barrels a day.

2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van all about work, work, work

By Paul Borden

(November 9, 2020) MIAMI — After spending a week in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris van, I have a new respect for drivers of commercial vehicles with enclosed rear cargo areas, and I intend to give them plenty of room when driving. How they manage with just side mirrors letting them know what is going on behind them is beyond me. I never did get comfortable in the Metris without the typical interior mirror mounted above the windshield.

GMC Sierra 3500 leads J.D. Power U.S. Resale Value Awards

(November 6, 2020) The J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Resale Value Awards, recognizing the best resale value across 25 model-level vehicle segments following three years of ownership, were announced this week. This is the third year J.D. Power has given these awards, which are based transaction data using customer insights. Included in this list is the model with the best overall resale value, the GMC Sierra 3500.

Crude oil drops to lowest price in five months

(November 3, 2020) Mounting concerns about the increase in global coronavirus cases and the reinstatement of lockdown policies in some countries has driven crude oil prices down to the lowest closing price — $35 a barrel — since June. In comparison, last year at this time crude was pricing at about $20 a barrel more expensive.

Bigger than Escape, smaller than Explorer, Ford Edge is right-size SUV

By Paul Borden

(November 2, 2020) While Ford has given its redesigned Escape crossover an advertising push recently, the Ford Edge remains a nice option for car shoppers looking for something just a tad bigger but don’t care about three-row seating. Around since its debut as a 2007 model, the 2020 Edge slots in between the Escape and familiar Ford Explorer in the company’s SUV fleet and though it would seem a third-row could be squeezed in, thankfully the company has avoided that temptation and provided pretty good cargo space behind the second row.

Celebrate Halloween with a creatively carved Volkswagen pumpkin

(October 30, 2020) Halloween is right around the corner, and whether you’re planning to celebrate indoors or outside, an easy way to get into the holiday spirit is to take on a pumpkin-carving challenge. So get some pumpkins, and grab your carving tools to bring these Volkswagen-themed pumpkin designs to life.

GasBuddy analysis predicts how election will affect gas prices

(October 29, 2020) BOSTON — Gas prices have been out of sight and out of mind for many with 2020’s yearly average likely to be at its lowest in over a decade. However, at last week's presidential debate, President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden had a nearly 12-minute discussion on their starkly different stances on America’s energy resources, putting further emphasis on the fact that which candidate voters elect could have great implications for the future of gasoline prices and how much motorists will spend to fill their tank, according to a recent GasBuddy analysis.

In defense of the sedan over the SUV — Volkswagen style

By Christopher Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(October 29, 2020) Let me get this out of the way up front: I actually like SUVs. They make a certain amount of sense for people, especially as they — after the minivan delivered the initial blow — killed off the station wagon. Or killed it off with the help of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) legislation, trucking deregulation that put many, many more heavy trucks on the road, and concerns about crashworthiness. Plus, if you want to go off-road, all the better, even though the most off-roading your vehicle will do is when the valet parks it on a dirt overflow parking lot.

Gasoline demand drops to lowest level in four months

(October 27, 2020) Gasoline demand has dropped significantly since the beginning of the month, down from 8.8 million barrels a day to 8.2 million, according to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report. This latest demand measurement is the lowest since mid-June. While the drop isn’t out of the ordinary for this time of year, people tend to drive less in the fall, it is a staggering 14% less than last October. On the week, gasoline stocks increased to 227 million barrels, putting total supplies at a 4 million barrels surplus compared to this time last year.

2021 Bentley Flying Spur First Edition — Stunning, muscular, elegant

By Dan Scanlan

(October 25, 2020) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Stare deep into its headlights and you will see cut crystal tumblers lacking only amber liquid over ice cubes nestled inside. The LED lighting units on the 2021 Bentley Flying Spur evoke those, even before we get to the rest of this 626-hp all-wheel-drive ultra-luxury sports sedan, the third generation of Bentley’s four-door Grand Tourer. This is no ordinary Bentley, if any cars from this venerable 101-year-old maker can be called such.