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Average new-car prices up nearly 4 percent year-over-year for May

(June 4, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book report the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $37,185 in May. New-vehicle prices increased $1,320 (up 3.7 percent) from May 2018, while decreasing $208 (down 0.6 percent) from last month.

Pump prices continue to push lower for majority of motorists

(June 4, 2019) Today’s national average is $2.81, which is two cents cheaper than last week, eight cents less than last month and 13 cents less than last year. With the exception of the Rockies states, Alaska and Indiana, motorists across the country are saving as much as 23 cents/gallon to fill up as compared to last month,, according to data compiled by AAA.

AAA lists key deadly behaviors for teen drivers this summer

(June 3, 2019) WASHINGTON — Over the past five years, nearly 3,500 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when the number of crash fatalities involving a teen driver historically rise.

New crash data from 2013-2017 reveals major factors contributing to fatal teen crashes during the summer driving period include: speeding (28 percent); drinking and driving (17 percent); distraction (9 percent).

Lifestyle vehicles could bring awareness to vehicle subscription programs


(June 3, 2019) Consumers remain largely unaware that they can subscribe to a vehicle rather than buy or lease but a new survey shows one way that subscriptions could become more popular: lifestyle vehicles.

Sports cars, pickup trucks and luxury vehicles are the top three types of vehicles that car shoppers said they would subscribe to, according to the latest survey by The same survey found that overall awareness of subscriptions as an alternative to leasing or buying hadn’t improved from 2018.

2019 Ford Ranger Lariat FX4 — Ford brings back the midsize pickup

By Jim Prueter

(June 2, 2019) It’s been seven years since Ford last sold its midsize Ranger pickup. It was discontinued following the 2011 model year due to slow sales over the previous decade. Dodge/Ram did the same with Dakota, and then, a year later, GM pulled the plug on the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Those moves effectively ceded the midsized truck segment to just two players: Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier.

Autotrader names 10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates in 2019

(May 31, 2019) ATLANTA — After years of late nights in the library and the local pizza shop, a new set of graduates is finally ready to enter the "real world." Now, they just need the right car to get them there. Against the backdrop of rising car prices and looming student loan debt, the editors at Autotrader have identified the 10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates in 2019 – options that are affordable and appealing.

Fiat Chrysler seeks merger with Renault to weather coming storm

By Casey Williams

(May 30, 2019) While many of us were grilling hotdogs and enjoying the Memorial Day holiday, Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s board was submitting a proposal for merger with the French automaker, Renault.  Renault’s board is considering the details within and will respond by next week.  If accepted, the combined automaker would become the third largest in the world, behind Volkswagen and Toyota, but ahead of General Motors and Hyundai/Kia.

National gas price average drops by more than a nickel since May 1

(May 29, 2019) For the 37.6 million Americans who hit the road this past Memorial Day weekend, the vast majority found savings at the pump compared to last year’s holiday. Today, 42 states and Washington, D.C. have gas price averages that are less expensive year-over-year, with Floridians (-31 cents) seeing the largest yearly change. Motorists in West Coast states are the exception, paying nearly double-digits more than last May to fill up, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

Edmunds unveils its 'Best Family Cars of 2019'

(May 28, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds have announced their 12th annual selection of the Best Family Cars, recognizing the eight vehicles that parents should consider putting on their shopping list. The winners were selected by Edmunds editors after an extensive, engineer-led vehicle testing and rating process using more than 30 criteria in five main areas: driving performance, comfort, interior, utility and technology.

Edmunds also considered the availability of safety, technology and convenience features designed with families in mind.

Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster wins top honors at convertible competition

(May 28, 2019) KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Sporting a 550-horsepower biturbo V8 engine and a top that opens or closes at speeds up to 31 mph, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster earned top honors last week at the annual Topless in Miami Presented by Haartz convertible competition conducted by the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA).

It is the third time in nine years that a Mercedes-Benz model has earned top honors in the annual competition, joining the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster (2012) and Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG (2016).