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2024 KIA EV9 GT-Line — Three-row family friendly EV



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 19, 2024) Electric vehicles have nearly become ubiquitous with a wide variety of offerings from compact, midsize sedans, there's several trucks and varying sizes of SUV's. But the model that remains mysteriously evasive has been one with a third row of seats. Yes, there's a few offerings including the Rivian R1S and Tesla Model X but they can sell upwards of six figures and out of reach price wise except all but the well-heeled.

Despite overseas tensions, AAA predicts likely fall in gas prices



(April 19, 2024) Lackluster domestic demand for gasoline paired with decreasing oil prices led to the national average for a gallon of gas climbing just four cents to $3.67 since last week. With tensions running high over the past three weeks in the Middle East, the cost of oil reached the upper $80s per barrel. However, it has since fallen several dollars into the low $80s as the oil market watches to see if any further military actions occur.

Longstanding Q50 survives as lone sedan in Infiniti lineup



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmeica.com

(April 18, 2024) The Q50 sedan was an all-new model when it was introduced as a replacement for the G37 in Infiniti’s lineup, but despite its double-digit age, it has gone through no major modifications and remains part of the vehicle’s first generation, a rare shelf-life in the automotive world. Not only that, with the discontinuation of the Q60 after the 2022 model, the 2024 Infiniti Q50 is the only sedan offering in the company’s five-vehicle portfolio. Crossover SUVs bearing QX designations fill out the lineup.

New-vehicle average transaction prices drop to lowest level in two years



Consumers have fewer affordable
options, only 8 vehicles under $25,000

(April 16, 2024) ATLANTA, — New-vehicle transaction prices (ATP) in March held mostly steady, according to an analysis by Kelley Blue Book, down 1% from the revised February ATP. Last month, the average transaction price of a new vehicle in the U.S. was $47,218, down 1% from March 2023 and down 5.4% from the market peak in December 2022. Still, new-vehicle prices in the U.S. remain higher by 15.5% compared to March 2021.

BMW conjures an Ultimate Driving Machine from its X5 M60i crossover



By Casey Williams
MyCarData

(April 14, 2024) Back in the waning days of the last century when the BMW X5 began production in South Carolina, the vehicle was intended to be an “ultimate driving machine” marinated with American spirit — an SUV that could go flat-out on the Autobahn…or Eisenhower’s Interstate.  Through four generations, the X5 has been a staple of the German automaker.  But what if we crossed an M5 super sedan with the X5 and threw in a hybrid system for extra kicks?  Then, you’d have the 2024 BMW X5 M60i.

Changing the clocks helps pedestrians, but hurts motorists



(April 12, 2024) Setting the clocks forward to better align the workday with the rising and setting of the sun makes pedestrians and bicyclists safer, though the net effect on overall fatal crashes is minimal, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.

Why auto insurance costs are rising and what we can do about it



(April 11, 2024) CHICAGO — Across the country, auto insurance premiums are on the rise and many drivers are wondering why their rates have increased. The answer is for the simple reason that the cost of the things auto insurance pays for has been rising faster than premiums. This is exacerbated by inflation trends, legal system abuse, and in some states, regulatory uncertainty, according to the American Property Casualy Insurance Association.

A 2017 Hyundai Elantra and 472,000 miles of blood donation deliveries



(April 11, 2024) BROSSARD, QC — Since it was delivered in July 2017, Tim German's Hyundai Elantra has been on the move. With now more than 760,000 kilometers (471,960 miles) on the odometer, the Korean sedan has traveled the four corners of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, allowing its owner to help save people’s lives as a medical courier urgently delivering blood products classified as having a short turnaround time (STAT).

Two new surveys find electric vehicle interest is shrinking



(April 9, 2024) Despite the dozens of new electric vehicles automakers plan to roll out over the next few years, the percentage of consumers considering an EV is shrinking, according to two new surveys. Nearly a quarter of car shoppers — 23 percent — said they dislike EVs, according to an Edmunds survey fielded in January. In April 2023, the last time Edmunds asked the question, 19 percent said they disliked EVs.
Automotive research firm J.D. Power also is seeing declining interest,  Automotive News reports. 


BMW conjures an Ultimate Driving Machine from its X5 M60i crossover



By Casey Williams
MyCarData

(April 6, 2024) Back in the waning days of the last century when the BMW X5 began production in South Carolina, the vehicle was intended to be an “ultimate driving machine” marinated with American spirit — an SUV that could go flat-out on the Autobahn…or Eisenhower’s Interstate.  Through four generations, the X5 has been a staple of the German automaker.  But what if we crossed an M5 super sedan with the X5 and threw in a hybrid system for extra kicks?  Then, you’d have the 2024 BMW X5 M60i.