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$3 gallon gas price average predicted as OPEC keeps production cuts

(March 5, 2021) BOSTON — GasBuddy is warning motorists today that the national gas price average may breach $3 a gallon by Memorial Day after OPEC closed its meeting this week with no meaningful increase in oil production. The group’s large cuts to oil production in 2020 will generally be extended, with just Russia and Kazakhstan granted small exemptions to raise oil production by 130,000 barrels a day and 20,000 barrels a day, respectively.

Kelly Blue Book names Toyota, Porsche resale value winners for 2021

(March 2, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — Most new-vehicle shoppers have probably heard the phrase, "a car loses value the moment you drive it off the dealership lot." Yet the everyday car buyer may not be aware to what extent and how much this amount can vary from model to model. Understanding a car's resale value — what a vehicle will be worth down the line when going to sell or trade it in — can make the difference of hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in the long run.

March gas prices — In like a lion, but out like a lamb?

(March 2, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Gas prices continue to increase, with the national average up nine cents on the week to $2.72. That is a 30 cent increase from the beginning of February, 28 cents more than a year ago and the most expensive daily national average since August 2019.

2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport — Head turning good looks, but ready for update

By Jim Prueter

(March 1, 2021) Infiniti made a decision to up its performance game to compete with high-performance German sports sedans like the compact Mercedes AMG C43, BMW M3 and Audi S4 and S5. For the Infiniti brand, Red Sport is the name it gives to its highest performing cars including the Q50 with its 400-horsepower twin-turbo V6 tested here.

Six winter driving tips from VW pro driver Tanner Foust

(March 1, 2021) Tanner Foust has some words of wisdom for any Volkswagen owner driving during the cold-weather months: “Respect the conditions.” As a professional racing driver for Volkswagen, and a stunt driver for film and television, he’s in a position to know. Among his many accomplishments, Tanner is a three-time U.S. champion in the sport of Rallycross and a two-time winner of the Formula Drift championship. He’s mastered the art of controlling cars through all types of slippery conditions, and in fact began his career as an ice driving instructor.

Questions and answers on winter EV charging from Electrify America

(February 27, 2021) "Behind the Charge" takes viewers behind the scenes at Electrify America, interviewing employees across fields and exploring different features at the fast charging network to answer commonly asked questions. For many, this winter has been more of a challenge than normal across many states. Electrify America recognizes that electric vehicle (EV) charging is a new experience for drivers who may have purchased their first EV, and they may not know that frigid winter temperatures can have an impact when charging their  EV.

Drivers say improving car safety systems takes priority over self-driving cars

(February 26, 2021) ORLANDO, Fla.  — Automakers may already hold the key to improving public acceptance of self-driving cars — fine-tuning existing vehicle technology. AAA’s annual automated vehicle survey finds that only 22% of people feel manufacturers should focus on developing self-driving vehicles. The majority of drivers (80%) say they want current vehicle safety systems, like automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance, to work better and more than half—58%—said they want these systems in their next vehicle.

J.D. Power study finds EV supply outweighs consumer interest

(February 26, 2021) With some encouragement, undecided battery electric vehicle (BEV) shoppers can become likely purchase considerers, which is good news for automakers expanding their EV product lineup, according to the inaugural J.D. Power U.S. Electric Vehicle Consideration (EVC) Study.

Hyundai Veloster N gets 8-speed dual-clutch automatic for 2021

By Paul Borden

(February 23, 2021) Though the three-door configuration gets a lot of the attention, it is not the only thing that makes the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N a worthy competitor to any compact hatchback coming from its Asian rivals from Japan. With its turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine pumping out 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels, the Veloster N compares very well with much-heralded rivals like Honda’s Civic Type-R when it comes to performance and fun-to-drive quotient.

Severe winter weather sends gas prices soaring

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(February 23, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Motorists are filling-up to some of the most expensive gas prices seen in over a year. With the forced shutdown of Gulf Coast and some Midwest refineries due to last week’s winter weather, gasoline stocks have tightened and gas prices have skyrocketed. On the week, 66% of state averages spiked by double digits (10–22 cents), driving the national average up by 13 cents to $2.63. That is the most expensive national average since October 2019, according to AAA.