June 2011

Pain at the pump driving sales of smaller vehicles

(June 23, 2011) NEW YORK (PRNewswire) — As the price of gas remains high, consumers are increasingly looking for more cost-effective and fuel-efficient vehicles, with compact cars rapidly gaining in demand.

Researchers from GfK Custom Research North America's Automotive sector found that, while demand for compact cars is high, that same demand doesn't carry over into smaller sub-compact cars or Alternative Energy Vehicles (AEVs), including hybrid and electric vehicles.

EV range anxiety? Turn off the air, says the EPGAA

(June 23, 2011) DEARBORN, Mich., (PRNewswire) — The EPGAA, a glass industry association, says that Advanced Solar Control Glass can significantly reduce the need for air conditioning, extending EV range.

The announcement was made in response to a prevalent theme heard while attending the Automotive News Green Car Conference held in Detroit on June 13 and 14.

AAA projects 2.5 percent decrease in July 4th travel

(June 23, 2011) ORLANDO, Fla. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — AAA forecasts 39 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 2.5 percent decline from the 40 million people who traveled a year ago. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4.

Edmunds picks its 15 best used car bets

(June 22, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Edmunds.com has released its 15 best used car bets for 2011. A total of 11 makes are represented on the list, with four makes (Ford, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota) each contributing two models.

U.S. Conference of Mayors backs red light and speed safety cameras

(June 21, 2011) WASHINGTON — The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) has commended the U.S. Conference of Mayors for passing a resolution Sunday strongly supporting the use of red light and speed safety cameras. The resolution says this technology helps reduce injuries and fatalities on the nation's roadways.

42 percent say fuel economy Is key in new vehicle purchase

(June 21, 2011) DEARBORN, Mich. (PRNewswire) — Forty-two percent of all consumers surveyed in a 2011 Maritz Research study say fuel economy is an "extremely important" new vehicle purchase driver — up 13.5 percent versus a decade ago. Millennials rank its importance even higher and rate it most often as having the "greatest impact" on future vehicle purchases.

Consumer Reports: Chrysler vehicles getting better, but level of improvement varies

(June 21, 2011) Consumer Reports’ tests of eight Chrysler vehicles revealed the automakers’ cars are getting better, but their level of improvement varies considerably.

The Dodge Durango and Charger, which received significant redesigns, have improved the most. Both the V6 and V8 tested versions of the Durango SUV received “Very Good” road test scores which now makes them comparable with the redesigned 2011 Ford Explorer.

Troopers find high number of improperly installed child seats

(June 20, 2011) HARRISBURG, Pa. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — Child passenger safety seats were found improperly installed in an alarming number of cars inspected by Pennsylvania state troopers in a recent random check.

While the findings pertain to just one state, they can probably be applied to the other 49 states as well. Drivers are not taking enough care when installing the seats putting children in additional danger in accident situations.

Mercedes-Benz receives three awards in German vehicle satisfaction study

(June 17, 2011) MUNICH  — Satisfaction among owners of two-year-old vehicles in Germany has declined from 2010, as has industry-wide performance in vehicle quality and reliability, vehicle appeal and service satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Germany Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Study released today.

Chevy Cruze, Toyota Prius among AAA's top road trip cars

(June 16, 2011) ORLANDO, Fla. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — American drivers love to spend their vacations hitting the open road. AAA anticipated nine out of 10 travelers over the recent Memorial Day holiday weekend took a road trip as opposed to traveling by plane, train or other mode of transportation.

For those in the market for a new vehicle that they hope to log plenty of miles in while traveling, AAA has released its top vehicle picks for road trips.