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New AAA research exposes the crash danger of spillover speeding

(May 6, 2024) WASHINGTON — Raising speed limits on highways could lead to more crashes on nearby roads, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This “spillover effect” creates unintended safety hazards for local communities that might not be involved in the decision-making process to raise the posted speed limit on a nearby highway.  According to NHTSA, speeding is a significant safety concern, contributing to almost one-third of road fatalities in the past 20 years.

2024 Ford Maverick Hybrid — Standard engine swapped

Ecoboost engine is now standard,
hybrid drivetrain optional for 2024

By Paul Borden

(May 6, 2024) The 2024 Ford Maverick is pretty much the same compact pickup that Ford brought to market for 2022, but the company did make one somewhat unusual change. The first two Mavericks were offered with a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain as standard and a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder as an option. The 2024 Ford Maverick switches those, making the 2.0L Ecoboost the standard and the gas-electric hybrid an option.

When it comes to gas prices — Pre Memorial Day funk

(May 3, 2024) The national average for a gallon of gas waffled up and down over the past week before settling higher by two cents at $3.67.  The slight increase in pump prices happened despite a lull in domestic gasoline demand and falling oil prices.

Explosion of e-commerce calls for safety features that deliver

(May 1, 2024) Equipping the light vans that fulfill America’s online orders with four safety features could prevent or mitigate close to 4 out of 10 fatal crashes involving such vehicles, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.

New-vehicle retail sales increase in April, but fleet sales decline

(April 30, 2024) Total new-vehicle sales for April, including retail and non-retail transactions, are projected to reach 1,304,600 units, a 0.9% decrease from April 2023 on a selling day adjusted basis, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and GlobalData. April 2024 has 25 selling days, one fewer than April 2023.

2024 Nissan Z NISMO — Return of the samurai

By David Boldt

(April 28, 2024) It was some 20 years ago when Nissan invited me (and many, many others) to its Nissan 360 press event, which brought together — in and around San Francisco — Nissan’s global fleet for, if you will, a fleet meet-and-greet. There were dozens of highlights, including the chance to both see and drive many of the Nissan models not available in these United States. But my personal best was driving a NISMO-modified 350Z on a winding route into Northern California’s Marin County.

Hyundai Tucson gets major power boost with hybrid drivetrain

By Paul Borden

(April 27, 2024) Hyundai continues to add to the top-selling vehicle in its fleet by putting a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain in the N Line trim of the 2024 Tucson. The HEV setup gives the Tucson a significant boost in power over gasoline-powered models while eliminating the need to plug it in for charging. Sure, you don’t get the 33 miles or so of all-electric driving that the PHEV offers, but that is a small price to pay for not having to dilly-dally around with charging sessions.

Small SUVs struggle with new IIHS front crash prevention test

(April 26, 2024) The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is updating its vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention test to address crashes that occur at higher speeds and those in which the struck vehicle is a motorcycle or large truck. Only one of the first 10 small SUVs evaluated earns a good rating.

National average gas price dips two cents

(April 26, 2024) With domestic gasoline demand decidedly in the doldrums and the cost of oil retreating, the national average dipped two cents since last week to $3.65.

2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 — The joy of Mercedes performance

ByJim Prueter

(April 26, 2024) The enormous and exquisite luxury Mercedes GLS 580 checks all the boxes of what you crave in an SUV answering the concerns of high-net-worth consumer's automotive trappings. With three spacious rows of seats, the cabin is a tour de force of advanced technological wonderment, an interior that looks stately with gorgeous materials and fine craftsman fit and finish and a drive quality where road noise and turbulence is difficult to recall and rather nothing more than a rumor.