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Gas prices hit $3 per gallon average for first time since 2014



(May 13, 2021) BOSTON —The national average price of gasoline has passed the $3 per gallon mark, according to GasBuddy, the travel and navigation app. This is a milestone not seen since David Letterman still hosted Late Night, Pharrell’s hat was introduced to the world, and Kim and Kanye got hitched.

Gas prices up six cents; likely to climb higher with pipeline shutdown



(May 11, 2012) WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the week, the national gas price average jumped six cents to $2.96. If the trend continues, an increase of three more cents would make the national average the most expensive since November 2014  —  the last time we saw average prices at $2.99 and higher. AAA forecasts gas prices to climb this week in reaction to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, which delivers approximately 45% of all fuel to the East Coast.

Kelley Blue Book — Now is perfect time to sell or trade your car



(May 10, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — If you have been considering selling or trading in your car anytime soon, now is the time to get serious. With low vehicle inventory on dealership lots, increased car-shopper demand and resulting high prices, the market conditions are prime for peak consumer profit for people selling their vehicle, according to Kelley Blue Book.

2021 Ford F150 King Ranch — Electrifying America’s favorite vehicle



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 9, 2021) The F-150 is part of the F-Series pickup trucks that’s been America’s number one choice for 44 consecutive years. Now for 2021 Ford has introduced its 14th generation F-150 that they call “all-new.” While the redesign debuts with a mildly updated exterior and an upgraded cabin, the biggest news is it’s the first F-150 to offer a full hybrid option and embracing the advantages of electrification.

Edmunds offers tips for car shopping during chip shortage



(May 7, 2021) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Consumers looking to purchase a new vehicle ahead of the summer road trip season need to be prepared to do more research and be more flexible with their budget to get the car that they want. According to the car shopping experts at Edmunds, the percentage of consumers who paid above sticker price for a new vehicle climbed to 12.7% in April, compared to 11% in March 2021 and 8.1% in April of 2020.

Survey — Electric vehicle range jumps to top priority for consumers



By Autolist.com analytics team

(May 5, 2021) The range of an electric vehicle has become a holy grail for car shoppers, as their priorities for choosing an EV have shifted rapidly in just two years, a recent survey by Autolist.com has found. Range leapfrogged Price and Charging Infrastructure to become consumers’ most important element in choosing an EV since Autolist’s last poll on the subject in 2019.

Hyundai addresses pediatric heatstroke prevention



(May 4, 2021) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai continues to proactively address the safety issue of pediatric heatstroke as the result of children being left unattended in vehicles in high temperatures during warmer months. The company now features 13 products with Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) systems as standard or optional (Palisade, Santa Fe, Santa Fe HEV, Sonata, Sonata HEV, Elantra, Elantra HEV, Tucson, Tucson HEV, Tucson PHEV and Tucson N-Line, as well as Genesis GV80 and G80).

Bigger pump price changes expected in May



(May 4, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the start of May, the national gas price average is $2.90, which is three cents more than a month ago. Pump prices in April saw minimal variability compared to March, which increased 15 cents from start to finish. Stable crude oil prices amid fluctuating demand helped keep the national average price jumps nominal last month.

Kelley Blue Book names Best Family Cars of 2021



(May 3, 20210 IRVINE, Calif. — Buying a new family car is a task brimming with important considerations, from lifestyle needs and budget concerns to passenger safety and comfort. With an increasing number of new SUV models and options hitting the marketplace every year, in addition to the perennial family-car favorite the minivan, the choices available can be overwhelming to parents in any stage of life.

April new-vehicle sales to break record, J.D. Power predicts



(April 30, 2021) New-vehicle retail sales for April 2021 are expected to be the highest ever recorded for the month of April, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Retail sales for new vehicles are projected to reach 1,325,500 units, a 110.6% increase compared with April 2020, and an 20.8% increase compared with April 2019, when adjusted for selling days.