June 2013

Speed bumps remain for electric cars; incentives could recharge interest

(June 20, 2013) NEW YORK — Electric cars are beginning to post all sorts of impressive numbers. Recently the 100,000th plug-in vehicle was sold. And last year, roughly 440,000 cars deriving some degree of "go" from a battery — including hybrids, plug-in hybrids and cars running on electricity alone —– were sold in this country, with approximately 50,000 of them being pure electrics.

Kelley picks '10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000'

(June 20, 2013) IRVINE, Calif. — Shoppers in the market for a cool, affordable new car can get some help from the experts at Kelley Blue Book who have recommended  the "10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000."  Each year, the KBB.com editors collectively pool their wisdom and expert opinions as they choose the 10 coolest affordable new cars, and this year the 2013 Hyundai Veloster ranks number one on the list.

Tips on what to do after an automobile crash

(June 19, 2013) HARRISBURG, Pa. — With many people hitting the road for summer vacation, the Pennsylvania State Police and Insurance Department are reminding motorists what to do in the event of a traffic accident.

UK celebrities heap praise on their Ford 'Max' models

(June 16, 2013) BRENTWOOD, Essex, UK — Ford fans from TV, film and sport wheeled out their award-winning “MAX” models this past week to mark the cars’ UK sales success. Ford’s versatile and stylish B-MAX, as driven by TV’s Vicki Butler-Henderson, is celebrating taking leadership of the small car MAV market within only six months of going on volume sale. 

Edmunds finds car buyers spent an average of $30,803 on new car purchase

(June 14, 2013) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Car buyers spent an average of $30,803 on new car purchases last year — an all-time high, according to Edmunds.com. Edmunds.com also found that an average of $2,200 — or about 7 percent above base prices — was spent on optional equipment for those cars.

Save money, buy a base model car — here are 10 good ones

(June 13, 2013) CHICAGO — Cars.com has released a list of its editors' picks for top 10 base models. The list includes cars that have a lot to offer drivers, even at the base model level.

"Just because you might not be able to afford all of the bells and whistles in a car doesn't mean you have to sing the base-model blues," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com's Editor-in-Chief.

Study confirms the brain's inability to safely drive and use cellphone

(June 13, 2013) ITASCA, Ill. — The National Safety Council acknowledges that the results announced this week by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety of a new distracted driving study, again confirm the presence and crash risk of cognitive distraction. The human brain is incapable of performing, at the same time, the tasks necessary to safely operate a motor vehicle while engaged in other cognitively demanding tasks such as a phone conversation or speech to text.

New research finds voice-activated in-car technologies dangerous

(June 13, 2013) WASHINGTON, DC — Hands-free technologies might make it easier for motorists to text, talk on the phone, or even use Facebook while they drive, but new findings from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety show dangerous mental distractions exist even when drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

Compare cost of electric car to gas-engine car with eGallon calculator

(June 12, 2013) The Energy Department has released a new tool which allows motorists to compare the benefit of fueling electric vehicles to the cost of gasoline-powered engines. The eGallon calculator determines the price for gasoline in each state and compares it with the cost to power an electric car to travel the same distance achieved by a gallon of gasoline.

Preventing car fatalities among seniors — Some advice

(June 12, 2013) MONTCLAIR, N.J. — According to the most recent data available, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2011, 5,401 people age 65 and older were killed and 185,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Seniors made up 17 percent of all traffic fatalities and 8 percent of all people injured in traffic crashes during that year.