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Fisker proposes changes in EV incentives giving more back to buyers

(April 22, 2021) LOS ANGELES — Fisker, creator some of the world’s most sustainable electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions, marked World Earth Day with a call to action regarding federally funded clean vehicle incentives: a new program termed “75 And More For 55 And Less,” which encourages adoption of clean energy mobility powered by sophisticated automotive technology developed in America for use around the world.

Audi R8 Performance — Beautiful and powerful with an incredible roar

By Jim Prueter

(April 20, 2021) This is the 2021 Audi R8 — It’s beautiful, powerful and has an incredible roar, enough to make the hair stick up on the back of your neck. It’s powered by a behemoth of an engine with as much as 602 horsepower depending on which model you choose. After not being sold for the 2019 model year, the R8 returned last year with freshened enhancements both inside and out.

National gas price average holds steady despite demand

(April 20, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite gasoline demand mostly increasing this month, the national gas price average has seen little movement, fluctuating up or down by only a penny to $2.86 or $2.87. In fact, 10 of the past 12 days saw a steady hold at $2.86 despite demand reaching its highest measurement — 8.9 million barrels a day for the week ending April 9 — in more than a year.

2021 Lexus ES 300h — Endearing driving dynamics, value priced excellence

By Jim Prueter

(April 17, 2021) Twenty-two years ago, Toyota developed the first fully hybrid gas-electric mass-produced automobile, a new way to reduce gasoline consumption and vehicle emissions. Since that time Prius has been the leader in hybrid vehicles now sold worldwide in the millions. No other model has come close to its more than 2 million cumulative sales in the U.S. since, and generally supreme reign of fuel economy.

Autotrader names 10 Best Electric Cars for 2021

(April 16, 2021) ATLANTA — The electric vehicle (EV) boom is about to go into overdrive as auto manufacturers increasingly prioritize the electrification of their vehicle fleets and shoppers express their openness to making the switch. In fact, as many as 30% of consumers indicate they are more likely to consider purchasing an EV in 2021.

Average new-vehicle prices remain above $40,000

(April 15, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book have reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $40,472 in March 2021. New-vehicle prices increased $1,660 (up 4.3%) from March 2020, while dropping $608 (down 1.5%) from February.

"March average transaction prices continued to perform above the threshold of $40,000, even with near-record retail volume last month, " said Kayla Reynolds, industry intelligence analyst at Cox Automotive. "The Electric Vehicle category is a segment to watch, as affordable new models continue to roll in and drive down year-over-year pricing."

AAA study — users of alcohol and marijuana display risky driving behaviors

(April 14, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — People who use both alcohol and marijuana are some of the most dangerous drivers on the road — they are significantly more likely to speed, text, intentionally run red lights, and drive aggressively than those who don’t, according to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. They also are far more likely to report driving under the influence of alcohol than those who consume only alcohol and not marijuana.

2021 Chevy Camaro — Performance with a dash of civility

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(April 14, 2021) Ay, carumba! For pure driving fun that won't bust your wallet, few cars measure up to the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro. Agreed: It's not the most practical car on the road. Though, for anyone who drives for sheer pleasure, who cares if you can fit that just-purchased flat-screen TV in the trunk? Or, Aunt Betty in the backseat, for that matter? No one buys a Camaro for its cargo-carrying capacity. The government rates it a subcompact, for crying out loud.{{more}}

Gasoline supply and refinery utilization on the rise

(April 13, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Refinery utilization is at its highest measurement this year: 84 percent. This strong utilization rate, as measured by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), helped contribute to the addition of 4 million barrels of gasoline, pushing overall supply levels to 234.5 million barrels for the week ending April 2. The refinery and production increases amid a small decrease in demand and cheaper crude oil prices resulted in the national gas price average decreasing by a penny to $2.86 on the week.

Updated 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid combines style, tech and fuel efficiency

By Jim Prueter

(April 11, 2021) For the 2021 model year, the Honda Accord Hybrid has been given a very mild refreshening starting with revamped grill that’s broader giving the vehicle a more aggressive fascia. That’s paired with new LED high — and low — beam headlamps that improves forward visibility.