June 2013

The road of tomorrow is electric

(June 30, 2013) Consider a future where trucks and buses are continuously supplied with electric power without carrying large batteries. Instead, power lines are built into the surface of the road. This could be a future solution for long-distance trucks and buses running on electricity.

You talkin' to me? A road trip compliment paid the 2014 Chevrolet Impala

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(June 30, 2013) Here's something I never thought I'd get to write: A couple of weeks ago a guy driving a 2012 Hyundai Elantra followed me into a gas station to compliment me on — wait for it — the Chevrolet Impala I was driving.

Study: Diesel vehicles have lower cost of ownership than gas vehicles

(June 28, 2013) WASHINGTON — A new study released today found that diesel vehicles saved owners between $2,000 to $6,000 in total ownership costs during a three to five year period when compared to similar gasoline vehicles, according to data compiled by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

July 4 continues as deadliest day on the road for all Americans

(June 26, 2013) NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Independence Day is typically a time for barbecues, family gatherings, and celebrating the birth of our nation, however, for many travelers this holiday it may end in tragedy. According to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), July 4 is now the deadliest day on the road for all Americans.

Report says speeding still factor in a third of fatal teen driving crashes

(June 26, 2013) WASHINGTON — Speeding is a primary culprit in a third of fatal crashes involving teen drivers, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

June expected to be best month of year for car sales according to Kelley

(June 26, 2013) IRVINE, Calif. — New-car sales are expected to improve 6 percent year-over-year in June to a total of 1,363,000 units according to Kelley Blue Book.  After adjusting for one fewer selling day this June, the 10.1 percent year-over-year gain will mark the strongest improvement thus far in 2013. Kelley predicts Nissan will lead sales gains in June for the second straight month.

Group says Supreme Court decision on E15 leaves consumers at risk

(June 25, 2013) WASHINGTON — The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) expressed disappointment today after the Supreme Court decided not to consider the association's challenge of EPA's E15 waivers.

"The Supreme Court's decision denies the petitioners their day in court and will have negative repercussions for consumers.  It is unfortunate that EPA's decision to place politics ahead of science will stand," said AFPM President Charles T. Drevna.

Edmunds advises graduates and other first-time car buyers

(June 22, 2013) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — College graduates are finally out on their own (even if they've temporarily moved back in with mom and dad), and many of them will find themselves faced with buying a new car for the first time. Luckily, there are several resources that can help make a new car purchase go as smoothly as possible.

GMC, Chevrolet do well in 2013 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

(June 21, 2013) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — The majority of problems owners experience with their new vehicle in the first 90 days of ownership are design-related rather than manufacturing defects. These design problems are far less likely to be successfully resolved at the dealership than are defects, according to the J.D. Power 2013 U.S. Initial Quality Study released this week.

AAA projects more than 40 million Americans to travel over 4th

(June 21, 2013) ORLANDO, Fla. — AAA Travel projects 40.8 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday, a 0.8 percent decrease from the 41.1 million people who traveled last year.