August 2017

Motor vehicle deaths down slightly in first half of 2017

(August 15, 2017) ITASCA, Ill. — Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths in the first six months of 2017 are 1 percent lower than they were during the same six-month period in 2016. However, the country is fresh off the steepest estimated two-year increase in motor vehicle deaths since 1964, and it is too early to conclude whether the upward trend is over.

Study determines most popular models and states for ragtop buyers

(August 15, 2017) CHICAGO — With peak convertible season upon us, dug into the data to determine the current state of the ragtop. While convertibles remain popular in some parts of the country, they account for a small piece of overall vehicle sales, so analysts looked at what's available, what's popular and where in the U.S. shoppers are buying the most and least of these iconic summertime cars.

Autotrader lists top certified pre-owned deals for August

(August 14, 2017) ATLANTA — It's the time of year to fall back into daily routines as summer winds down. Many retailers start offering back-to-school deals, and these discounts aren't just for students. If your end-of-summer shopping includes looking for a new vehicle, consider some great incentives on current certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles.

"Going CPO is a great option for car shoppers looking to get a lot while spending less," said Brian Moody, Autotrader executive editor.

Thermal Club to display rare BMW M1 Procar at Monterey event

(August 9, 2017) PALM DESERT, Calif.  — The Thermal Club has announced it will display the world’s only street-legal BMW M1 Procar and offer a virtual reality track experience at the 26th Annual McCall’s Motorworks Revival in Monterey on Aug. 16.

The 1979 BMW M1 Procar was restored by renowned racer Bruce Canepa. BMW produced 40 Procars, which raced in a championship support series during the 1979 and 1980 Formula One seasons.

Kelley Blue Book lists best new-car deals for August

(August 9, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — Following the announcement of the 10 Most Awarded Cars and 10 Most Awarded Brands of 2017, the expert editors at Kelley Blue Book have compiled a list of their top 10 lease, financing and cash back deals for new models available this month — all from a handful of the automaker brands we recognized most this year.

Pump prices climb as gasoline demand hits weekly record

(August 8, 2017) Today’s national average price for regular unleaded gasoline across the country is $2.35 per gallon, three cents more than last week, nine cents more than one month ago, and 23 cents more than at the same time last year, according to weekly statistics provided by AAA.

The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report shows gasoline demand reached a new weekly record of 9.842 million barrels a day.

Success story continues for Ford with 2017 Mustang convertible

By Paul Borden

(August 5, 2017) Sales of the Ford Mustang have dipped in the U.S. recently, but the car that inspired the Pony Car craze over a half-century ago may be more popular than it ever has been. That’s because the demand for it globally continues to rise even as monthly U.S. sales numbers, which are still good enough to lead the segment by a wide margin, begin to fade just a bit.

Adults admit to not always using safety belts in the back seat

(August 4, 2017) ARLINGTON, Va. — Adults have gotten the message that it's safer for kids to ride in the back seat properly restrained, but when it comes to their own safety, there is a common misperception that buckling up is optional. Among adults who admit to not always using safety belts in the back seat, 4 out of 5 surveyed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety say short trips or traveling by taxi or ride-hailing service are times they don't bother to use the belt.

EVgo reveals that eight California cities among 10 'most charged up in U.S.'

(August 3, 2017) LOS ANGELES — EVgo, the nation's largest network of public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations, today revealed the top 10 cities with the highest usage of DC Fast Chargers in the U.S. Eight California cities are on the list along with one in Georgia and one in Virginia.

Resurgent Land Rover gives Discovery its name back for 2017

Paul Borden

(August 3, 2017) A recently released list of the world’s Top 100 most valuable brands from BrandZ, an international firm that complies such lists from a database of information, contains the usual automotive suspects.

Toyota checks in at No. 30, BMW at 35, Mercedes-Benz at 40, Ford at 83, and Honda at 91 on the ranking of most valuable global brands. Not making the Top 100 overall companies but checking in at spots 6-8 on a side list of the Top 10 automotive brands are Nissan, Audi, and Tesla.