December 2017

BMW 3-Series most searched for car at UK Auto Trader

(December 30, 2017) The BMW 3 Series retains its title as the most searched for car in the UK, according to Auto Trader — the United Kingdom's largest online marketplace for new and used cars. The 3 Series has held this title for seven consecutive years, and was searched for over 40 million times on Auto Trader in 2017, closely followed by the hugely popular Volkswagen Golf, which has sat in second position for nine years running.

The annual top ten listing indicates the nation’s enduring interest in premium models, with BMW and Mercedes-Benz featuring five times in the list.

Kelley predicts new-vehicle sales to see annual 7 percent decline

(December 28, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — New-vehicle sales are expected to decline 7 percent year-over-year to a total of 1.57 million units in December 2017, resulting in an estimated 17.6 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book.

"December should be the biggest sales month of the year, and despite our expectations for significant year-over-year declines, the projected SAAR of 17.6 million would be the third highest of the year," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

BMW enjoys an award-winning year in 2017

(December 28, 2017) MUNICH, Germany — In 2017, numerous awards and prizes have again underscored the high degree of recognition BMW automobiles, the brand and the company meet with both nationally and internationally. Not only were the outstanding product attributes offered across all model series honored with accolades, but also their design, innovative technologies, intelligent connectivity and, exceptional level of sustainability.

National Coalition for Safer Roads shows red-light running crash footage

(December 27, 2017) BRADENTON, Fla. — Footage from more than a dozen Florida cities serves as a chilling reminder of the dangers of red-light running. Video from intersections across the sunshine state shows the threat red-light runner pose to drivers, riders, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists every day. 

Holiday driving demand causes temporary increase at the pump

(December 27, 2017) Heading into the final week of the year, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.44, an increase of two cents on the week. As more drivers hit the road for the holidays, the increase in driving demand is likely the cause for increases in some states, according to statistics from AAA.

Jumping the gun

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(December 26, 2017) Car makers are driving auto shows toward irrelevance with early showings of the cars and trucks it will introduce. Some automakers release photos and technical information. Others, like Honda and Jeep, save the details for press days, hoping they can break out of the clutter, entice media attendance with a promise of more information at the show, and thus get two bites at the proverbial apple.

Ford kills clean-sheet Mustang — again; may sack 10,000 engineers

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(December 25, 2017) According to sources who have spoken on the promise of anonymity to The Virtual Driver, Ford executives, under the direction of new CEO Jim Hackett, have canceled the S650 Mustang program, and will cull up to 10,000 development personnel from the company’s engineering ranks by late next year. This happens at a time when GM is moving forward on multiple fronts, and the U.S. economy is growing at levels not seen in decades.

Driving tips for the holiday season from All Star Driver Education

(December 23, 2017) ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The holiday season is here — and so is the snow. All Star Driver Education is here to help you navigate the icy roads this winter. Whether you're packing for a holiday trip or you're simply looking for tips on driving this winter, here's some tips that you might not have thought of when preparing to hit the roads.

Auto sales to close 2017 on high note, Edmunds predicts

(December 22, 2017) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Edmunds forecasts that 1,587,640 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in December, for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 17.7 million. This reflects a 14.0 percent increase in sales from November 2017, but a 5.8 percent decrease from December 2016, which was a record month for the industry.

"Auto sales got off to a sluggish start in 2017 but managed to finish in a fairly decent place," said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds executive director of industry analysis.

Lincoln touts its advanced head-up display on 2018 models

(December 22, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich.— With the winter solstice — the shortest and darkest day of the year on Dec. 21 — Lincoln’s all-new head-up display provides superior visibility for drivers of its all-new Lincoln Navigator and Lincoln Continental.

The advanced technology underpinning what Lincoln calls the clearest and brightest head-up display from any automaker not only allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel, it works to ensure each and every journey is effortless.