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New year sees gas prices steadily increase

(January 20, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C.  —  Since the beginning of the year, the national gas price average has increased 13 cents. Today’s average is $2.38. That's a nickel more than last week. However, still cheaper year-over-year by 17 cents. The last time the nation saw a substantial January pump price increase was in 2009. That year, the national gas price average jumped 23 cents inside of the first three weeks of the year. At that time U.S. gasoline demand and supply were lower and crude oil prices had been increasing, similar to today.

The best and worst states to drive in according to WalletHub study

(January 19, 2021) Everyone hates being stuck in traffic. It makes you late, and causes many people’s tempers to flare up. But it’s also quite bad for your wallet — in fact, congestion cost U.S. drivers $88 billion in 2019, as well as an average of 99 hours of their time. The U.S. also has five out of the world’s 25 worst cities for traffic, and 19 of the worst 25 in North America, according to statistics compiled by WalletHub.

Kelley Blue Book names 10 Best Automotive Technologies of 2021

(January 18, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — As cars become more advanced, electronic technology and integrated systems are musts to consider when shopping for a new vehicle. The array of safety, security, connectivity, and communication systems available in today's cars makes life on the road easier without causing driver distraction. Today, Kelley Blue Book names the 10 Best Automotive Technologies of 2021 to help consumers make sense of what to look for when it comes to the latest and greatest car tech this year.

2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel: Is it worth the cost?

By Jim Prueter

(January 17, 2021) Prior to introducing Gladiator, one of the most commonly asked questions by Jeep customers was, “Will you please offer a Jeep truck?” Followed closely by, “Will it be offered with a diesel engine?” The first question was answered with the Gladiator almost a year ago. It was Jeep’s first pickup truck in 28 years after the discontinuation of the Comanche, which was sold from 1986 to 1992.

Why winter isn't a worry for modern electric vehicles like the VW ID.4 SUV

(January 15, 2021) As winter takes hold in much of the United States, Americans’ interest in electric vehicles continues to warm up – driven by models such as the Volkswagen ID.4 SUV, due to hit dealers in a matter of weeks. But the season can spark questions among EV-curious drivers about how an electric vehicle can stand up when the temperatures drop. The answer is: quite well, if owners prepare a bit and take advantage of the benefits EV technology can offer.

How Volkswagen Automotive Cloud will help shape the connected car of tomorrow

(January 13, 2021) Seattle may not be kno
wn as a hotbed for the U.S. automotive industry, but that’s changing thanks to the increasing importance of cloud computing for connected and autonomous vehicles. In recent years, Seattle’s nickname of “Cloud City” has not only referred to the weather, but for the industry built around some of the best cloud companies and experts in the world. That’s why Volkswagen Group chose the city to help shape the future of connected vehicles with the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud.

Gas prices rising despite plummeting demand

(January 12, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — At $2.31, the national gas price average is at its highest in 10 months. Pump prices have increased despite gas demand falling from 8.1 million barrels a day to 7.4 million barrels a day — the lowest level recorded since the end of May 2020, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest weekly report. Today’s average is six cents more than last week, 16 cents more than a month ago, but still cheaper than last year by 27 cents, according to AAA.

Electric pioneers: Marking fifty years since humankind first drove on the moon

(January 11, 2021) This year marks half a century since humankind first drove a car on the moon. The car, which was fully electric, was called the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). Three made it to the lunar surface, the first of which touched down as part of the Apollo 15 mission on July 30, 1971. 

Auto insurance rates decreasing in 2021 for the first time in decade

(January 11, 2021) NEW YORK, —Auto insurance rates have fallen for the first time in over a decade — decreasing by 1.7% across the U.S. for 2021 according to's State of Auto Insurance in 2021 report published today. The rate decrease in 2021 is an anomaly caused by fewer Americans driving in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Less drivers on the road, and a steep reduction in claims brings the average cost of Auto Insurance in 2021 to $1,636.

Chevrolet stands out in midsize SUV segment with 2021 Traverse

By Paul Borden

(January 10, 2021) Introduced as a 2009 model, fully redesigned for 2018, and updated with some minor changes two years later, the Chevrolet Traverse goes into 2021 with no major changes from its immediate predecessor. But don’t hold that against it. When it comes to family transportation and all that goes with it (carpooling, weekend road trips, family vacations, etc.), the Traverse has a lot in its favor as a midsize SUV segment.