April 2019

AAA says it's time to bring U.S. headlight standards out of dark ages

(April 19, 2019) ORLANDO, Fla. — Driving at night carries the highest fatality rate for both drivers and pedestrians but could be made safer by headlight technology already on the roads in Europe and Canada. New research from AAA found that European vehicles equipped with adaptive driving beam headlights (ADB) increase roadway lighting by as much as 86 percent when compared to U.S. low beam headlights.

Study reveals Americans spending more time at gas stations

(April 18, 2019) BOSTON — GasBuddy has released its quarterly study examining foot traffic in the $654 billion fuel and convenience retailing industry across the United States. This analysis examined more than 20.3 million consumer visits between January 1 - March 31, 2019. The report separates fuel and convenience brands into four segments based on their number of locations.

Honda wins best overall brand in Kelley Blue Book's Image Awards

(April 17, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — Automotive brands are among the most recognizable and most valued brands in the world. There are few products more ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives than the automobile and capturing the hearts and minds of car shoppers could mean more sales in the long run. Recognizing automakers' outstanding achievements in creating and maintaining brand attributes that earn the attention and enthusiasm of new-car buyers, Kelley Blue Book today announces the 2019 Brand Image Award winners, based on annual new-car buyer perception data.

National gas price average jumps 10 cents in a week

(April 16, 2019) Pump prices on the West Coast increased as much as 20 cents this past week, driving the national average up nearly 10 cents to $2.83 on the week. As stocks tighten out West due to unplanned and planned maintenance, California’s average jumped to $4.00, the most expensive state average this week and a price point not seen in the Golden State since July 2014.

2020 Jeep Gladiator — Everything you’d expect in a Jeep plus a truck bed

By Jim Prueter

(April 14, 2019) It’s been 28 years since there’s been a Jeep-branded pickup, the Comanche, sold from 1986 through 1992. As one of the most highly anticipated new vehicles to launch in years the Gladiator finally arrives amid renewed interest in midsize pickups among the likes of Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and Ford Ranger entries.

Majority of people say they would use EV for commuting, city driving

(April 13, 2019) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — As the popularity and availability of electric vehicles (EV) continues to grow in the U.S., consumers are zeroing in on how they want to use an EV. Sixty-three percent of consumers said the best way to use an EV is for commuting or city driving, according to a new survey MINI USA recently commissioned from market research and business intelligence firm Engine International, Inc.

GasBuddy says best day to buy gas is Monday

(April 11, 2019) BOSTON — Americans have been getting hit hard at the pump with average gasoline prices in the U.S. up 50 cents per gallon since January. With many metro areas across the nation seeing the largest seasonal rise in prices since 2012, GasBuddy today released a new study that found the best and worst days of the week to buy gas to maximize savings and avoid the lines during the busy summer travel season.

The beloved Lexus RX is still great — in fact, better, but skip the hybrid

By Jim Prueter

(April 10, 2019) It’s been quite some time since I last slipped behind the wheel of Lexus’ industry-first midsize luxury SUV. Recently, I was again reminded how enjoyable it is to not just spend a day in, but for an entire week of driving.

Dodge 'most loved' automotive brand on Facebook

(April 10, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Dodge brand doesn’t just break records on the track, it also crossed the Facebook finish line in 2018 as the most “loved” automotive brand on Facebook, according to a study by Crisp. Dodge came out on top in 2018 through posts that celebrate the brand’s passion for high-octane muscle and irreverence, coupled with a heavy dose of humor.
“The Dodge//SRT brand’s personality and voice across its social channels are representative of our millions of die-hard fans,” said Steve Beahm, head of Passenger Car Brands – FCA North America.

National gasoline average jumps a nickel on the week

(April 9, 2019) At $2.74, the national gas price average increased a nickel on the week and is eight cents more than last year at this time. And compared to one month ago, gas prices are 28 cents more expensive. As demand holds steady and inventories continue to tighten, motorists continue to see gas prices increase in every region, according to AAA.