June 2017

56% of nation's retailers selling gas for less than national average

(June 20, 2017) Consumers can find gas for less than $2.24 a gallon at 56 percent of gas stations nationwide, which is below the current national average price of $2.29 a gallon, according to weekly statistics by AAA. Across the country, gas prices dropped in all but four states this past week.

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport delivers when it comes to a fun driving experience

By Paul Borden

(June 19, 2017) According to Shakespeare, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Maybe that works in cases of love — the quote is from Romeo and Juliet, in case you missed that lit class — but maybe not so much when it comes to automobiles. Consider, for example, the Infiniti Q60.

Hyundai remains top automaker in Brand Keys Customer Loyalty index

(June 19, 2017) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — An impressive streak in customer loyalty continues for its eighth year in a row, as Hyundai has again ranked No. 1 in the automotive industry in the Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. Brand Keys, a New York–based customer loyalty and engagement consultancy, publishes this annual syndicated study, which examines customers’ relationships with 740 brands in 83 categories.

Ford Motor Company finished second in the 2017 rankings.

Give dad a gift that will last — A motor vehicle protection product

(June 17, 2017) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Finding the right gift for Father's Day isn't always easy. This year, forget the toolset or tie clips and get a gift that will last. Give him the gift of peace of mind with useful motor vehicle protection product like windshield repair or replacement and appearance care protection for his car. Protection product service contracts will change the game of Father's Day gift-giving, forever.

Pompous Albert stars in Honda Genuine Parts campaign

(June 17, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda is launching a light-hearted new social media campaign starring Instagram cat sensation Pompous Albert, to remind customers of the importance of keeping their Honda vehicles in tip top condition with Honda Genuine Parts and Service.

Honda went in search of the biggest skeptic on the Internet to win over the social media masses in the new campaign. Enter Pompous Albert, an "Instafamous" (Instagram famous) cat with a hard stare that has generated memes across the Internet and social media.

More than half of midsize SUV headlights tested rate marginal or poor

(June 14, 2017) ARLINGTON, Va. — New midsize SUV ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that headlights are improving when it comes to visibility, but many still need to do a better job of lighting the road ahead while limiting bothersome glare. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2017 Volvo XC60 are the only models available with good-rated headlights among the 19 midsize SUVs and 18 midsize luxury SUVs evaluated in this new round of tests.

Study finds ridesharing used to supplement not replace personal vehicles

(June 13, 2017) BOSTON — With the rise of Uber and alternate transport options for consumers, OEMs are rightfully concerned about the impact the increased usage of these options will have on consumers' interest in purchasing future vehicles. A new report from the Automotive Connected Mobility (ACM) service at Strategy Analytics "Impact of Ride Sharing Frequency on Vehicle Purchase Intention," has found that ridesharing usage may not negatively impact the future vehicle purchase intention of current vehicle owners.

Key report findings include:

Kelley lists top 10 new-car deals for June

(June 13, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — To kick off the summer selldown season, the expert editors at Kelley Blue Book kbb.com have compiled a list of their top 10 lease, financing and cash back deals for new models available this month from a variety of automakers.

"With many of these offers available through the Fourth of July holiday weekend, this month's list of standout deals provides an even longer opportunity for shoppers to get into the car that best fits their needs," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. 

Unexpected buildup of crude oil leads to lower gas prices

(June 13, 2017) At $2.34, the national gas price is cheaper today than it was on this day one year ago. The same trend rings true at the pump in 27 states in the southeast and Midwest — many seeing double-digit price drops. More so, in 46 states consumers are paying, on average, three cents less at the pump than a week ago, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

AAA says the national price drop is due to an unexpected buildup of crude oil last week combined with ongoing high gasoline production runs, an increase in gasoline stocks and a drop in gasoline demand.

Top certified pre-owned deals for June, according to Autotrader

(June 12, 2017) ATLANTA — The editors of Autotrader have compiled their expert picks of the top certified pre-owned (CPO) programs available for June. With the summer season heating up fast, Autotrader doesn't want you to miss the chance to take advantage of some of the hottest deals available for like-new vehicles this month.

"If you're shopping on a budget, there are some great deals to be had among the many certified pre-owned offerings this month," said Brian Moody, Autotrader executive editor.