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Ho Ho Go! brand social series 'Jolly Fast Man' takes viewers behind scenes

(December 5, 2018) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Dodge brand is launching “Jolly Fast Man,” a seven-part social series campaign across its digital and social channels that chronicles the entire process of overhauling Santa’s sleigh — the Redeye Express. The series launches on the brand’s YouTube channel, with content running across the brand's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels throughout the month of December.

For first time in 18 months, gas price average cheaper than year before

(December 4, 2018) On the week, motorists in 32 states are paying less to fill up compared to a year ago. As the national gas price average drops to $2.46 it sets a new low price for the year and is cheaper than a year ago by two cents. The last time the daily national gas price average was cheaper year-over-year was 18 months ago on July 6, 2017, when gas prices were $2.24 (versus $2.26 on July 6, 2016).

Not only is today’s national gas price average cheaper year-over-year, but also is 31-cents cheaper than a month ago. On the week, 24 states saw gas prices drop double digits.

Automakers lead smart manufacturing advances with close to 50% automation

(December 4, 2018) LONDON — The adoption of smart manufacturing technologies is growing in almost all industries within the leading manufacturing countries such as the United States, Japan, and Germany, and the automotive industry has been a pioneer for most technologies in each of them, finds ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transformative technologies.

No, it's not the end of the world, but Rolls-Royce now has an SUV

By Paul Borden

(December 4, 2018) MIAMI — If you are among those who think the rising popularity of SUVs/crossovers and the decline of the family sedan is the coming of the end of the world, I have some bad news for you. In what could be interpreted as confirmation of the impending apocalypse, Rolls-Royce has brought an SUV to the market.

Kelley: Average new-car prices up 2 percent year-over-year

(December 3, 2018) RVINE, Calif. — The analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States was $36,978 in November . New-vehicle prices increased by $769 (up 2.1 percent) from November 2017, while remaining flat (down 0.1 percent) from last month.  

"There were mixed average transaction price results among automakers in November 2018, even though the industry average did rise 2 percent," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

2019 Ram takes truck to a new level in full-size pickup segment

By Paul Borden

(December 2, 2018) When Ram designers and engineers sat down four years or so ago to create the next generation half-ton 1500 pickup, they were given a blank sheet of paper and the goal of producing a no-compromise truck that, according to Brad Pinter, 1500 brand manager, would be the strongest and most technologically advanced Ram the company had ever built.

Autolist study finds consumers bullish on lifestyle truck segment

(November 30, 2018) Good news for the growing lifestyle truck segment, including Jeep’s new Wrangler-based Gladiator pickup unveiled this week at the L.A. Auto Show. That’s according to’s latest study on compact and midsize trucks — dubbed lifestyle trucks by many in the industry.

Autolist found that 62 percent of consumers would "definitely" or "probably" consider buying a compact or midsize truck for their next vehicle.

National gas price average dropping toward lowest of the year

(November 28, 2018) On the week, the national gas price average has dropped seven cents to land at $2.56. As pump prices steadily decline, they are headed toward some of the cheapest gas prices in 2018. The national average was lowest in January at $2.49 while May brought the most expensive price of $2.97, according to AAA's weekly gas report.

“Trends are indicating that the month of December may bring some of the cheapest gas prices of the year,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Edmunds predicts November auto sales will slip for first time since 2009

(November 26, 2018) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Edmunds forecasts that 1,376,253 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in November for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 17.3 million. This reflects a 1.3 percent increase in sales from October, but a 1.3 percent decrease from November 2017.

Edmunds analysts note that this month marks the first drop since 2009 in November sales, which have grown year over year in part due to increasing demand following the recession, and in part due to November becoming a bigger sales month thanks to automakers and dealers capitalizing on Black Friday.

AAA study finds consumers do not understand automated technologies

(November 26, 20118) ORLANDO, Fla. — A new survey from AAA finds that 40 percent of Americans expect partially automated driving systems, with names like Autopilot, ProPILOT or Pilot Assist, to have the ability to drive the car by itself, indicating a gap in consumer understanding of these technologies and reality.