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Gas prices hold steady around the country

(August 4, 2020) On the week, the national gas price average held steady at $2.18 as the majority of state averages saw minimal impact at the pump. With the exception of a few outliers —  Florida (+10 cents), Utah (+10 cents) and Idaho (+5 cents) — state averages either decreased by four cents or less or increased by no more than two pennies, according to statistics compiled by AAA. 

BMW expands 2-Series portfolio with launch of M235i Gran Coupe

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 3, 2020) Here we go again. If memory serves, which it doesn’t always, Mercedes-Benz was the first to muddy the coupe-sedan waters when it introduced the idea of a four-door coupe a few years ago. Until then, it had been pretty accepted that a sedan had four doors, a coupe two. Now BMW has jumped in with a version of its 2-Series coupes with a powerful four-door model it dubs a “Gran Coupe.”

How to prepare for a road trip during the pandemic

(July 31, 2020) After months of lockdown, everyone is itching to explore. As the weather warms up and states re-open, the American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts that 97% of summer travel in the United States will be done by car — totaling an estimated 683 million road trips from July to September.

“Most people want to get away while trying to stay safe and distant from others. When you drive, you can travel at your own comfort level,” said Jeanette Casselano, director of Public Relations at AAA. “You decide where you are going, what you are doing, and who you are with.”

Kelley Blue Book experts reveal 10 Tips for Buying a Used Car

(July 29, 2020) IRVINE, Calif. — The used-car market is a great place for shoppers who want a dependable and practical vehicle, without the new-car price tag. Today, used car quality is better than ever, but the buying process can still be daunting. Luckily, the experts at Kelley Blue Book have made it simpler by sharing their insider tips on How to Buy a Used Car. From budgeting to signing the paperwork, these 10 pointers will make purchasing your perfect used car easy, and maybe even fun.

Alfa Romeo continues to refine Stelvio, but it's the performance that counts

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 29, 2020) In just its third year, Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio already has established itself as a go-to vehicle for someone seeking a functional, fun-to-drive SUV in a distinctive, stylish package. With a best-in-class 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque produced by a 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, the Stelvio — it is named for a mountain pass in the easter Alps in northern Italy  — is based on the Alfa Romeo’s popular Giulia sport sedan and delivers breathtaking performance numbers.

Gas prices decline slightly as demand remains low

(July 28, 2020) As COVID-19 case numbers surpass 4 million, demand for gasoline is weakening across the country. The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) demand reading measures at 8.5 million barrels a day, which is about 11% less than a year ago. The lower demand contributed to a cheaper national average on the week — down one penny to $2.18. This is the first time since late April that the national average has declined.

Cars.com finds pandemic has spurred new ways to buy, sell digitally

(July 27, 2020) CHICAGO — Cars.com has  identified six automotive trends for the second half of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has served as an accelerant for automotive, igniting the rapid digital transformation of the industry. Cars.com believes the digital shift will advance the industry and change car buying and selling for the better. 

"The current climate drove dealerships across the country to quickly adapt to meet the changing needs of American car buyers," said Alex Vetter, president and CEO of Cars.com Inc. "It has been incredible to witness an industry as large and established as automotive respond with new technology and adopt new processes to ensure a safe and frictionless car-buying experience.

Harley-Davidson — This year, we’re doing our part by rallying through riding

(July 25, 2020) Rallying and riding together has always been part of who we are. During this unprecedented time, the choices we make about how and where we gather and ride are very important. The COVID-19 pandemic is making an impact on events globally, including the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Aug. 7-16.

How the pandemic has changed the auto industry — and made EVs more inevitable

Volkswagen commentary
By Richard Fischer


(July 25, 2020) As much as people talk about “the new normal” of a pandemic, what such a state looks like exactly changes almost minute by minute. For automakers like Volkswagen, that can mean weighing a host of short and long-term factors, from helping customers who’ve suffered job losses to planning for an electric future.

Auto options need a rethink — What do customers want?

By Patrick Min
Senior director, global automotive consulting, J.D. Power

(July 24, 2020) As the economy works to return to a semblance of normalcy, strategic planners will be expected to better target vehicle content to meet specific consumer demands more efficiently. This will be critical to addressing consumer affordability and industry profitability in the new normal.