November 2011

Darting animals, poor visibility, bad weather top nighttime driving concerns

(November 6, 2011) HILLSBORO, N.H. — Our nation's forest friends make more motorists nervous when driving at night compared to any other distraction, says a recent survey commissioned by Sylvania, the world leader in automotive lighting. 

Ninety percent of licensed drivers who take to the road after dark are concerned with potential nighttime hazards. Almost half (48 percent) noted animals as their primary concern, while 42 percent indicated poor visibility and 35 percent named bad weather conditions.

General Lee tops Edmunds' list of 100 greatest movie and TV cars

(November 5, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The 1969 Dodge Charger that famously portrayed the General Lee in The Dukes of Hazzard has been named "The Greatest Movie and TV Car of All Time" by Edmunds' Bo and Luke Duke's high-flyin', bootleggin' muscle car topped a list of 100 cars chosen by editors as the most iconic on-screen vehicles in Hollywood's storied history.

Campaign challenges 3,000-mile oil change habit

(November 4, 2011) SACRAMENTO — Should motorists change their vehicle's oil every 3,000 miles? Not necessarily, according to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), which today announced the "Check Your Number" campaign to encourage drivers to rethink their current habits and only change motor oil as needed.

One out of three drivers admit to drowsy driving, study finds

(November 4, 2011) WASHINGTON — Nearly all drivers — 96 percent — feel drowsy driving is an unacceptable behavior, yet almost a third — 32 percent — admitted driving when they were so tired that they had difficulty keeping their eyes open in the past month, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety 's 2011 safety culture survey.

Study: Traffic crashes cost U.S. motorists almost $300 billion per year

(November 3, 2011) WASHINGTON — The annual societal cost of traffic crashes is $299.5 billion, more than three times the $97.7 billion cost of congestion, according to a report released today by AAA. 

AAA's "Crashes vs. Congestion – What's the Cost to Society?" report highlights the overwhelming and far-reaching economic impacts traffic safety crashes have on our nation and encourages policymakers at all levels of government to ensure safety is a top priority. names top 10 Chevys of all time

(November 1, 2011) IRVINE, Calif. — Kelley Blue Book has named the Top 10 Chevys of All Time, including the most significant product and design developments in the company's long and storied 100-year history. 

Formed in November 1911 by pioneering automotive businessman William C. Durant and his then-partner, famed Swiss racing driver and engineer, Louis Chevrolet, the most successful division in General Motors history is finishing preparations to celebrate its 100th year in operation. 

2011 model year inventory running out — 'Days to Turn' rate lowest on record

(November 1, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — noted today that October may officially be the turning point for the automotive model year.

In October, 2012 model year vehicles made up 52.3 percent of new car sales; in September the figure was only 35 percent. Chrysler and Honda were among the brands that practically doubled their 2012 sales penetration from September levels, while Toyota more than tripled its 2012 share this month.