October 2017

Pump prices continue slow decline dropping 7 cents in 20 days

(October 24, 2017) The average price at the gas pump has fallen for 15 of the last 20 days, for a total savings of seven cents per gallon. The national average currently sits at $2.46 per gallon, which is one cent less than one week ago, 12 cents less than one month ago and 24 cents more year-over-year, according to AAA's weekly report.

The national average is down 17 cents per gallon versus the 2017 peak price reached in September.

Bidding starts on eBay Mustang rebuild for 1967 to benefit charity

(October 24, 2017) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Leading up to National Diabetes Month in November, eBay Motors has opened bidding on a modern rebuild of a classic 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through eBay for Charity.

AEV: Building specialty Jeeps and Rams like the factory would

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(October 22, 2017) Outside the front door of American Expedition Vehicle’s Wixom, Mich., design, engineering and assembly facility stands an AEV Prospector XL Tray Bed Edition, one of only 10 the company will build. Based on a concept created by company founder and President Dave Harriton, and first shown at the 2013 SEMA show, the Tray Bed is built off the Ram 2500 Regular Cab/Long Bed platform, and brings to mind images of the famed Dodge Power Wagon.

2018 Ford F-150 named Truck of Texas by TAWA

(October 19, 2017) AUSTIN, Texas — The 2018 Ford F150 was named the 2018 Truck of Texas by The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) following the Texas Truck Rodeo in Dripping Springs, Texas, where 75 journalists evaluated and voted on the best in class vehicles in 21 categories.

Sixty-four vehicles, with a combined value of nearly $4 million were test driven and compared over a two-day period at Longhorn River Ranch just outside of Austin.

AAA finds nearly one-third of new vehicles are missing spare tire

(October 19, 2017) ORLANDO, Fla. — In an effort to reduce weight and improve fuel economy, automakers continue to eliminate spare tires from new vehicles. According to new research from AAA, nearly one‐third (28 percent) of 2017 model year vehicles do not come with a spare tire as standard equipment, creating an unnecessary hassle and expense for drivers. Last year alone, AAA came to the rescue to more than 450,000 members faced with a flat tire whose cars did not have a spare tire.

Biggest threat to teens — the family car

(October 18, 2017) ITASCA, Ill. — The biggest threat to teens' safety is the vehicle sitting in their parents' driveways. Yet, many parents remain under-educated about the risks new drivers face. In observance of National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 15-21, the National Safety Council compiled a list of statistics and facts many parents do not – but should – know about teen driver safety.

New decision tree for Miata owners — Know when to say no

(October 17, 2017) A new decision tree from RealMazdaParts.com helps Mazda MX-5 Miata owners make an educated decision about whether or not to loan their car to a friend. Whether a long-term office buddy has finally scored a date with his crush on the first floor or a best girlfriend is asking to arrive at a beach party weekend in a convertible, a Miata owner may face the stress-inducing ‘can I borrow your car?’ question.

The step-by-step chart below guides Miata owners through the important questions that must be asked before handing over the keys.

States east of Mississippi see steady declines in gas prices

(October 17, 2017) As the national gas price average drops just two cents on the week to $2.47, states east of the Mississippi are paying as much as eight cents less at the start of this week. While gas prices are more expensive than a year ago, the past five weeks of sustained weekly declines indicate that demand may be leveling out alongside refineries and pipelines returning to pre-hurricane operations, according to AAA.

It wasn't the first, but Ford Explorer set the bar for SUVs to come

By Paul Borden

(October 16, 2017) The Ford Explorer wasn’t the first SUV, which dates back to the 1930s with the wagon-like Chevrolet Carryall Suburban, nor was it the first of the modern version inspired by the post-World War II Land Rover and Jeep.

Edmunds: Trucks make comeback as SUV alternative for families

(October 15, 2017) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Large trucks are becoming just as common in the school drop-off line as they are at the job site, according to new data from Edmunds. Full-size trucks are on pace to become the second-best selling vehicle segment in the U.S. in 2017 and achieve the segment's highest market share since 2007.