November 2012

Ford Escape wins first Popular Mechanics Car of the Year

(November 14, 2012) Popular Mechanics magazine has conducted its first-ever Car of the Year awards and the inaugural winner is the 2013 Ford Escape.

Popular Mechanics says its Car of the Year selection "needs to be an affordable vehicle that excels in multiple auto excellence categories, not just one." And the magazine's editors say no vehicle hit a variety of marks harder or topped more editors' scorecards than the all-new Ford Escape.

Spouses most likely to play backseat driver on Texas roads

(November 14, 2012) IRVING, Texas — With more than 40 percent of survey respondents planning to hit the highways as passengers this holiday season, Allstate Insurance Company hopes to empower tongue-tied Texans to speak up when a driver is being unsafe with its new Passenger Anxiety Survey.

AAA says Thanksgiving travel to increase; continues steady climb

(November 13, 2012) ORLANDO, Fla. — AAA projects 43.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, an increase of 0.7 percent over the 43.3 million people who traveled last year. The increase marks the fourth consecutive year of growing holiday travelers since 2008 when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent.

Award shock: Tesla Model S named Motor Trend Car of the Year

(November 13, 2012) Motor Trend today named the all-electric luxury sedan Tesla Model S as its Motor Trend 2013 Car of the Year over a bevy of first-rate competitors including the new Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Avalon.

The award is one of the automotive industry’s most coveted. To take top honors, Model S garnered a unanimous vote from the panel of Motor Trend judges and guest judges, considered among the savviest and toughest critics in the industry. This is the first time in Motor Trend’s memory that every judge was in unanimous agreement.

Average fuel economy for new cars stays flat for third straight month

(November 9, 2012) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — has provided actual fuel economy numbers from September light vehicle auto sales that indicate TrueMPG increased to 23.2 mpg in October 2012 compared to 22.2 mpg in October 2011, and stayed flat from September 2012 at 23.2 mpg.

Young drivers admit to nodding off behind the wheel

(November 9, 2012) WASHINGTON — Younger drivers are more likely to drive while drowsy according to new data presented by AAA. Based on a recent survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, one in seven licensed drivers ages 16-24 admitted to having nodded off at least once while driving in the past year as compared to one in ten of all licensed drivers who confessed to falling asleep during the same period.

Nissan sales chief explains drop in China sales

(November 8, 2012) YOKOHAMA, Japan — After 36 months of record global sales and market share gains, Nissan's deliveries dipped in September amid protests in China. Executive Vice President of Global Sales Takao Katagiri explains the current sales picture to the Global Media Center.

Porsche Boxster wins magazine's 'Design of the Year'

(November 8, 2012) Automobile magazine's worldwide team of staff and contributors has selected the new Porsche Boxster as the Design of the Year for 2013.

Used-vehicle prices to increase in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

(November 6, 2012) McLEAN, Va. — Used-vehicle prices are expected to increase in the near term after Hurricane Sandy destroyed thousands of vehicles. The National Automobile Dealers Association is predicting that prices of used vehicles up to 8-years-old will increase from 0.5% to 1.5% as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

It's true — women are better drivers than men (at least in the UK)

(November 6, 2012) LONDON — A new survey reveals that, contrary to widespread belief, women are better drivers in terms of knowledge of the highway-code, number of penalty points and speed awareness.

A new survey from car rental comparison site Carrentals has found that women drivers perform better on the roads compared to men, highlighted by the fact they have been in fewer accidents and carry less penalty points on their driving license.