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Buy your car now, typical summer deals probably won't be there

(April 8, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The threat of supply shortages and ensuing price increases in the next few months should motivate car shoppers to buy or lease their next new car now rather than waiting for typical summertime deals, says Edmunds.com.

"Any production disruptions caused by the devastation in Japan have yet to be felt directly, but savvy consumers realize that it makes sense to buy sooner than later," said Jeremy Anwyl, CEO of Edmunds.com.

Propane industry says new bill excludes propane-driven vehicles

(April 8, 2011) WASHINGTON (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — Noting the introduction of the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NATGAS) Act of 2011, NPGA President Richard Roldan urged Congress to think twice about enacting any bill that removes consumer choice from purchasing decisions on alternative fuel vehicles.

Study finds men go for performance and brawn, women for practicality

(April  7, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. (PRNewswire) — TrueCar.com has released a refreshed demographic study based on car-buying behavior in 2010, examining gender differences in auto buying. TrueCar.com's study was based on over eight million retail purchases in 2010.

Toyota, Honda pace 37% first-quarter sales growth of hybrid and electric vehicles

(April 6, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Sales of new hybrid and electric cars climbed 37 percent in the first quarter of 2011, according to new data released by Edmunds.com. The growth outpaced sales of traditional gasoline-powered cars and trucks whose first quarter sales improved 20 percent over the same period in 2010.

Study finds children, adolescents suffer disproportionate percentage of ATV-related injuries

(April 6, 2011) ROSEMONT, Ill. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were introduced in this country in the 1970s. Currently, there are approximately 9.5 million ATVs in use and more than 150,000 reported ATV-related injuries annually.

The rapid rise in ATV-related injuries is due to increased use and also to the production of larger, faster, and more powerful vehicles, according to a review article that was recently published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS).

Losing car keys could cost hundreds of dollars, cautions Edmunds

(April 5, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — While advanced key technology has made new cars more difficult to steal, losing those keys could cost you hundreds of dollars according to a new report by Edmunds.com entitled "The High Cost of Losing Your Keys".

"In the last 20 years, car keys have evolved from common metal keys with cuts and grooves to laser-cut, remote control and transponder technology," said Edmunds.com Consumer Advice Reporter Ronald Montoya.

TrueCar forecasts increase in average gas mileage

(April 4, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. (PRNewswire) — TrueCar.com has forecasted that TrueMPG for vehicles sold for the industry will increase to an estimated 22.0 MPG in March 2011 compared to 21.2 MPG in March 2010.

AAA urges motorists to use caution at work zones

(April 4, 2011) WASHINGTON (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — If you are wondering what week this is — it is National Work Zone Awareness Week.

AAA, North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, reminds motorists to use caution and drive safely when approaching and driving through work zones.

Stolen keys account for most vehicle thefts in UK

(April 2, 2011) This is incredible, but in the UK stolen car keys account for nearly all automobile thefts.

Here's the thing. The latest figures from TRACKER, experts in stolen vehicle recovery in the UK, confirm that theft of cars using the owners’ keys continues to rise — 84% of all cars stolen and recovered by TRACKER in 2010 involved theft of keys. 

Traffic fatalities at lowest levels in recorded history

(April 1, 2011) WASHINGTON (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — Despite Americans driving nearly 21 billion more miles last year, U.S. highway traffic fatalities dropped 3 percent from 2009 to the lowest levels in recorded history.  The fatality rate also dropped, to 1.09 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT), according to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.