September 2020

Pacifica plug-in offers more than 30 miles of electric driving

By Paul Borden

(September 17, 2020) With a major refreshing due for 2021, the Chrysler Pacific doesn’t get much in the way of major changes for 2020, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss this year’s version of the company’s familiar minivan out of hand. Since introducing the Pacifica as a replacement for the company’s Caravan in 2017, Chrysler has continued to issue updates that has kept the Pacifica at the forefront of the segment, second only in popularity and sales to the Honda Odyssey.

VW explains why battery power will drive the future of transportation

(September 17, 2020) Chances are you might have at least two lithium-ion batteries on your body right now — one on your wrist, and one in the phone in your pocket. You may have multiple more if you’re holding a car key fob or have a pacemaker or any other electronic device. But do you know how those batteries actually work?

For a technology at the heart of modern life, batteries remain something of a mystery. While humans have used batteries for hundreds of years, it’s only within the past decade that the science of batteries has advanced enough to make long-range electric vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.4 electric vehicle possible.

Kelley names discontinued 2020 models and 12 cars worth waiting for in '21

(September 16, 2020) IRVINE, Calif., — The fall season brings new beginnings and opportunities, even for car shoppers. Now is a great time for potential buyers to decide if they want to jump on a 2020 vehicle purchase that they have had their eye on for a while or wait for a highly anticipated brand-new model. To help shoppers make that decision, Kelley Blue Book studied the marketplace and unearthed which 2020 models will be heading into retirement, and which all-new vehicles are worth waiting for in 2021.

Hyundai, Kia lead AutoPacific's vehicle satisfaction awards

(September 15, 2020) NORTH TUSTIN, Calif. — AutoPacific has announced the 2020 Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) winners according to the results of its annual New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey of over 73,000 new car and light truck owners. Now in its 24th year, the VSAs identify the most satisfying vehicles in the market. This year’s winners are spread across 12 manufacturers and 17 brands.

Gas demand plummets to lowest level in nearly 12 weeks

(September 15, 2020) The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report measures gasoline demand at 8.3 million billion barrels a day, which is the lowest level since mid-June. As demand dropped for a second week, so did gasoline supply levels — down nearly 3 million bbl to 231 million barrels. While consistently decreasing week-over-week, supplies also sit at a 3 million barrels year-over-year surplus.

Hyundai creates soapbox ride that families can create together

(September 14, 2020) Hyundai Motor has designed the Hyundai Soapbox ride which parents can build together with their children and groups of friends can create. The soapbox was developed by engineers and designers from the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC) using affordable and easily-available materials. Intended to promote quality time for customers, families and friends, Hyundai has made the instructions available to download so the vehicle can be built at home.

Cadillac invites you to its live online showroom

By Casey Williams

(September 13, 2020) Almost nobody likes going to a dealer to shop for a new vehicle.  That was true before COVID and it is especially true now.  Despite some genuinely excellent sales people across brands and dealers, the idea of going to a showroom ranks right there with getting teeth extracted.  Launched right before the pandemic, Cadillac Live, the brand’s digital showroom, lets you log in to select your next new car.  I recently logged in myself as part of a demonstration for the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

Research shows automaker marketing may lead to overconfidence

(September 11, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Motorists using active driving assistance systems, which combine vehicle acceleration with braking and steering, tend to overlook safety limitations when the branding and marketing used to sell it suggest an “automated” driving experience, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. 

As summer fades away, cheaper gas prices may be here to stay

(September 8, 2020) Motorists saw plenty of savings at the pump from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The national gas price average during the unofficial start and stop to summer was $2.15 — the cheapest since 2004. Demand was decimated this summer, which ultimately meant increased supply and cheap gas prices. That trend continues, according to statistics by AAA.

Best, worst driving cities rated by WalletHub

(September 7, 2020) WalletHub has released its 2020's Best and Worst Cities to Drive In, rating 100 cities across the U.S. The study found that Lincoln, Neb., is the best city while Oakland, Calif., is the worst. To determine those places, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 31 key indicators of driver-friendliness. Our data set ranges from average gas prices to annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter to auto-repair shops per capita. Read on for our findings, tips and insight from a panel of experts, and a full description of our methodology.