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Highest volume of convenience store visits between lunch and dinner

(July 27, 2019) BOSTON  — GasBuddy has released its second quarterly study examining foot traffic in the $654 billion fuel and convenience retailing industry across the United States. This analysis examined more than 24 million consumer visits between April 1 - June 30, 2019.

The report separates fuel and convenience brands into four segments based on their number of locations. Brands who received the highest average foot traffic per station in their respective categories include Ohio-based Speedway (1000+ locations), Washington-based Costco (250 – 999 locations), Kentucky-based Thorntons (50 – 249 locations) and Texas-based Buc-ee’s (30 – 49 locations).

Extra selling day to give auto sales a boost in July, Edmunds says

(July 26, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds forecast that 1,380,771 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in July for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 16.5 million. This reflects a 9.3% decrease in sales from June 2019, but a 0.5% increase from July 2018.

July is expected to be the first month in 2019 to show a boost in monthly auto sales compared to 2018; however, Edmunds experts caution this is not the first sign of a turnaround.

Porsche regains top spot in annual J.D. Power new-vehicle appeal study

(July 25, 2019) COSTA MESA, Calif.  — Porsche regained the top spot in J.D. Power's annual study of new-vehicle appeal, edging past BMW and 2018 leader Genesis, while Ram led mass-market brands and was the most improved marque from last year.  Last year Genesis snapped Porsche's 13-year streak at the top.

Tech and tools to keep your 
new driver safe behind the wheel

By Jim Prueter

(July 25, 2019) As a parent, handing over the keys to your teen driver, watching them back out of the driveway, and head out on their own for the first time is more than scary. And, with good reason. Statistics show that teen drivers have the highest crash risk of any age group.

Gas price increases slowing across the country

(July 23, 2019) On the week, all but eight states saw gas price averages push cheaper or remain stable. At $2.76, the national gas price average is three cents less expensive than last Monday. This is the first time in four weeks that the national average has seen a weekly decline, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

GasBuddy reveals how quickly gas stations run out of fuel during a hurricane

(July 23, 2019) BOSTON — Hurricane Barry was the first storm to strike the U.S. coast this year, bringing extensive rain and flooding to Louisiana and the region. With hurricane season in full effect, GasBuddy offers information on fuel outages and fuel replenishment efforts during major hurricanes in the past three years based on millions of real-time fuel outage reports provided by consumers and gas stations on GasBuddy’s fuel outage tracker.

Sport model gives updated 2019 Hyundai Elantra boost in performance

By Paul Borden

(July 22, 2019) Launched nearly two decades ago with Mitsubishi power, Hyundai Elantra has overcome a shaky past that earned it a reputation for unreliability and sloppy workmanship to become a viable competitor in the compact market.

Honda named most awarded brand; Jeep Wrangler most awarded vehicle

(July 20, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — With more than 350 automotive models available in the marketplace and new nameplates being introduced each year, the process of choosing a new car can be overwhelming. To provide shoppers with helpful, bite-sized lists they can use to start their new-car research with confidence, the editors at Kelley Blue Book have named the 10 Most Awarded Cars of 2019 and the 10 Most Awarded Brands of 2019.

Chevy Corvette's journey to mid-engine

(July 19, 2019) TUSTIN, Calif. — The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the culmination of 60 years of mid-engine experimentation. While the eighth generation Corvette marks a radical leap forward in terms of capability from the seventh generation, it also incorporates lessons learned from past engineering exercises such as the Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicles (CERVs) I-III, the Aerovette and others.

Zora Arkus-Duntov, considered the father of Corvette, first encountered early mid-engine vehicles in his youth, including the Auto Union Types C and D Grand Prix racing vehicles.

Car Care Council urges periodic spark plug replacement

(July 17, 2019) BETHESDA, Md. — That little engine part called the spark plug performs a huge job in delivering a vehicle's power, performance, dependability and fuel efficiency and, according to the non-profit Car Care Council, should be replaced periodically.

"Spark plugs are one of the hardest working parts of a vehicle. A spark plug can fire 400 times per minute per cylinder or 1,600 times a minute on a four-cylinder engine," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.