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Study finds 70% of older adults favorable to self-driving vehicles

(July 27, 2021) ARLINGTON, Va.— The National Council on Aging (NCOA) and Volkswagen Group of America released the results of an online survey of older adults designed to better understand attitudes and perceptions about self-driving and ride hailing (SDRH) services and their perceptions about alternative transportation options.

National gas price average dips as crude oil prices fluctuate

(July 27, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Motorists saw some positive change at the pump on the week with 31 state gas price averages declining one to five cents. The national gas price average pushed two cents cheaper to $3.15. One factor contributing to the decline was U.S. gasoline demand remaining relatively flat on the week.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy a near-luxury winner

By Jim Prueter

(July 27, 2021) For 2021 the popular Hyundai Santa Fe that fits above the smaller Tucson and below the larger, three-row Palisade SUV receives an update that’s less than a full-on redesign but more than your average refreshing that includes a new look, new technology, the first-ever Santa Fe hybrid and a new range-topping Calligraphy trim level tested here.

Electrified vehicle sales accelerate significantly in second quarter

(July 26, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — While the U.S. automotive market has experienced growth this year in nearly every vehicle segment, Kelley Blue Book today reports no segment is growing more quickly and relentlessly than electrified vehicles — defined as the combined total of electric vehicles (EVs), hybrids and plug-in hybrids. New-vehicle demand is up across the board as the country emerges from the depths of last year's pandemic-ridden 2020, and while inventory-shortage challenges and supply-chain struggles remain, the general public's interest in electrified vehicles continues to grow.

Average new-vehicle prices hit all-time high, according to Kelley Blue Book

(July 21, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — The estimated average transaction price (ATP) for a light vehicle in the United States was $42,258 in June, according to the analysts at Kelley Blue Book. New-vehicle prices increased $2,527 (up 6.4%) from June 2020, while increasing $928 (up 2.2%) from May 2021.  

Study finds Ford and Chevrolet hardest hit by chip shortage

(July 21, 2021) Carmakers across the globe have been struggling to meet customer demand for new cars as the shortage of critical microchips led to plant closures and left dealers with a shrinking inventory. Unfortunately, the U.S. automakers seem to be the worst hit by this situation. According to data presented by,  Ford and Chevrolet have taken the worst hit by the global microchip shortage, with almost 370,000 vehicles taken out of the production as of May.

Looking for Hell on wheels? Check out the 2021 Dodge Durango

By Paul Borden

(July 20, 2021) The big news for the Dodge Durango this year is the introduction of the SRT Hellcat model at the top of the SUV’s portfolio for 2021. Yes, for a limited time (more on that later), Dodge is offering the mid-size Durango with the 710-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 engine under the hood. With its 645 pound-feet of torque, it zips from zero-to-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, according to the company, and has recorded a time of 11.5 seconds for the quarter-mile as certified by the National Hot Rod Association. Top speed is 180 mph.

It's a cruel summer at the gas pumps

(July 20, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since Memorial Day weekend, the national gas price average has increased 13 cents to $3.17. That is 98 cents more than a year ago, but 41 cents cheaper than this time in July 2014, when the national average was last above $3/gallon.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible — Escaping in top-down luxury

By Jim Prueter

(July 18, 2021) When first introduced for 2018 almost everything about Lexus’ new flagship coupes screamed “irresistible.” Inspired by the 2012 LF-LC concept car, the LC 500 and LC 500h hybrid have presence and savoir-faire that are nearly off the charts. Now for 2021 Lexus has dropped the top on the LC introducing a gorgeous grand touring 2+2 convertible, a fantastically well rounded, tasteful, luxurious automobile-and it is thrilling.

Americans cut driving nearly in half in early stage of COVID crisis

(July 17, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions in the spring of 2020, such as stay-at-home orders, led to a drastic drop in U.S. road travel and a sharp increase in the number of people who chose to stay home all day. While the dramatic change in traffic patterns was widely noted last year, new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s New American Driving Survey (2020) provides compelling month-by-month data that examines the types of trips and the characteristics of the people who altered their driving habits.