November 2019

Increase in gasoline stocks pushes gas prices cheaper

(November 19, 2019) On the week, gas prices are mostly cheaper across the country. A small number of states saw pump prices decrease more than a dime, though the majority saw fluctuation of a few pennies. Today’s national average of $2.59 is two cents cheaper than last week.

“An increase in gasoline stocks amid robust demand helped to push gas prices cheaper on the week,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Ford expands Mustang lineup with electric sport utility — The Mach-E

(November 18, 2018) LOS ANGELES — For the first time in 55 years, Ford is expanding the Mustang family, bringing the famous pony into the electric age with Mustang Mach-E, an all-new, all-electric SUV born of the same all-American ideals that inspired the best-selling sports coupe in the world.

AAA predicts more than 55 million will travel this Thanksgiving

(November 17, 2019) ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 55 million travelers are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. This will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005.

Road trip with an electric Mini Cooper from Silicon Valley to Hollywood

First-person account of an electric road trip

(November 16, 2019) SAN FRANCISCO — The Silicon Valley, synonymous with digital giants like Google, Apple and Facebook, is an innovation hub and considered the innovation factory of the world. If the first premium electric small car hasn’t been invented in Munich it would have been invented here.

Edmunds — GM, Ford sacrifice loyal buyers by abandoning small cars

(November 15, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif.  — Now that more than a year has passed since Ford and GM announced the strategic decision to end production of several popular small car models, the automotive experts at Edmunds have released a new report detailing how car shoppers are reacting. The analysis revealed that instead of jumping on the SUV bandwagon, 42% of Cruze and Focus owners are choosing to stay in the passenger car segment.

Japanese, Korean vehicles top Consumer Reports reliability survey

(November 15, 2019) YONKERS, N.Y. — Tesla, Dodge, Mazda, Porsche and Infiniti all made gains in the latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey from Consumer Reports (CR). On the other hand, Acura, Volkswagen and Audi are among the brands that saw sharp drops, following the introduction of troublesome redesigned vehicles.

Lexus LC 500 Coupe — Sensuous good looks, grand touring performance

Editor's Note: This review was written earlier this year for the 2019 LC. Little has changed for 2020 and this review has been updated to reflect those changes

By Jim Prueter

(November 13, 2019) First introduced for the 2018 model year, the LC 500 sports coupe is now in its third year of production for Lexus. In some ways it was a new line of business for Lexus if one would discount the now defunct, high-performance 553-horsepower V-10 powered Lexus LFA coupe that debuted back in 2012.

Maserati GranTurismo Zéda to bridge gap between old and new GranTurismo

(November 12, 2019) MODENA, Italy — Maserati takes another step towards a new chapter of its story. The brand will unveil a special car, the GranTurismo Zéda, to mark the end of production of the Maserati GranTurismo. The new car coincides with Maserati's recent announcement regarding production innovations, electrification and autonomous driving, as renovation work commences at the Viale Ciro Menotti plant in Modena.

Redesigned 2019 Audi Q3 rates among best luxury compact crossovers

By Paul Borden

(November 11, 2019) If you’re looking for a reason for the rise in popularity of SUVs/crossovers and the corresponding slumps in sedan sales, you need look no further than the 2019 Audi Q3, a compact SUV that drives and rides like a traditional car while offering the roominess and hauling capacity that today’s buyers appreciate in an SUV.

Gas demand looking more seasonal, national average goes up a penny

(November 12, 2019) The latest Energy Information Administration gasoline demand reading reflected the most fall-like numbers (9.1 million barrels a day) since the end of September. Despite lower demand, stocks drew by a significant 2.8 million barrels in part due to high exports. On the week, the national average increased one cent to $2.61.

“While most states are seeing more expensive gas prices on the week, the good news is that the majority of increases were nominal at a few pennies. In fact, only five states saw jumps of a nickel or more,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.